In response to the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis the free 2020 lunchtime organ recitals will take place in 2021, with a further progamme in 2022.

After the success of the annual Recital Series since 2015, the Selby Abbey Trust has arranged a series of FREE Celebrity Organ Recitals to be performed on the historic William Hill Organ from the nave console.

This prestigious series of concerts will feature cathedral and concert organists from the UK, Europe and the United States who are among the most distinguished performers in the world.

There will be a retiring collection in aid of Selby Abbey 950 Anniversary Roof Appeal.



'This prestigious series of concerts will feature cathedral and concert organists from the UK and from Europe.'

Chairman of Trustees

John Engelhart


The Rt Revd

Dr John Thomson,

Bishop of Selby

The Revd Canon

John Weetman

Vicar of Selby Abbey

David Barstow

David Caulfield

Selby District Council

Stewart Skilbeck

Jennifer Cooke

Tom Pilcher

Angela Crossland

Selby District Council


David Sherriff

Celebrity Recitals 2021


Programme 2021

Commencing 12.30pm in the Abbey

August 3rd

James O'Donnell  Westminster Abbey

August 10th

Aleksandr Nisse  The Carmelite Church Dublin

August 17th

Benjamin Morris  York Minster

August 24th

Jeremiah Stephenson All Saint's, London

August 31st

Daniel Cook Durham Cathedral

September 7th

Johannes Geffert  Bonn

September 14th

Eleni Keventsidou Athens & London

September 21st

Ashley Grote  Norwich Cathedral

September 28th

Martin Baker London


The Battle of the Organs

Sponsored by Viscount Organs


September 3rd at 7.30pm

Martin Baker & John Scott Whiteley

Tickets available in advance or on the door £ 15 & £10


Programme 2022

Commencing 12.30pm in the Abbey

May 31st

The New Director of Music  Selby Abbey

June 7th

Timothy Ravalde  Chichester Cathedral

June 14th

Roger Sayer  The Temple Church

June 21st

Richard Elliott  Principal Organist The Salt Lake Tabernacle

June 28th

Colin Walsh  Organist Laureate Lincoln Cathedral

July 5th

Adrian Gunning   St John the Evangelist Islington

July 12th

Juan Paradell Solê   Titular Organist of the  "Sistine" Musical Pontifical Chapel Choir. Vatican

July 19th

Alessandro Licata  Former Professor  Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music Rome

July 26th

Peter King  Organist Emeritus Bath Abbey





Programme shipping March 2021