Quarr Abbey Organ Recitals 2019

7th - 9th July


The Community of Quarr Abbey has the pleasure of presenting for the third time a series of Organ Concerts on the recently restored 1912 Mutin-Cavaillé-Coll Organ of their abbey church.

This year's programme will focus on the great Franco-Belgian composer César FRANCK (1822-1890) who played such an important part in creating a new style of organ music. From 1858, he was organist at St Clotilde in Paris where he benefited from the beautiful Cavaillé-Coll organ on which he liked to extemporise and for which he composed most of his organ music. In 1871, he was appointed professor of organ at the Conservatoire. His teaching and his playing attracted a great number of talented young musicians for whom he became a mentor and a father figure. Chausson, Dukas, Duparc, Ropartz and d'Indy were among his most famous pupils. When the monks of Solesmes had an organ built for their exile church at Quarr, they could not choose other than a Cavaillé-Coll on which they expected the music of César Franck's school to be regularly performed in dialogue with the newly rediscovered Gregorian Chant they used during the services.

Paul HALE, who will play on Sunday 7th, is an Accredited Member of the Association of Independent Organ Advisers and one of the most well-known concert organists in the country. He has an intimate knowledge of the Quarr Organ of which he oversaw the restoration.

Véronique LE GUEN is at the same time organist in St Séverin (Paris) and Deputy-Head of the Académie de Musique Sacrée in Sainte Anne d'Auray in Brittany. She plays regularly, in the liturgy and in recitals, the great Cavaillé-Coll organ of Sainte-Anne d'Auray basilica. Her recital on Monday 8th will certainly be filled with the special eloquence of the French school of organ music.

Conner McCAIN is a composer, organist and philosopher. He is currently a MMus student in composition at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. He will premiere one of his works during the recital on Tuesday 9th.

Recitals will take place on Sunday 7th, Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th July 2019 at 3pm. There will be free entrance, video-projection, and a retiring collection.

The recitals series will be opened by a solemn Mass at 10am on Sunday 7th July with Gregorian Chant and organ.






Mutin Cavaillé Coll Organ 1912





7th July at 10 am

Solemn Mass with Gregorian Chant and Organ


7th July at 3 pm


Archbishop of Canterbury’s ‘Thomas Cranmer Award’, 2017

Couperin, FRANCK, Vierne, Gigoult


8th July at 3 pm


Véronique Le GUEN
Titular Organist at St Séverin (Paris)
Dep. Chair of the Sacred Music Academy of St Anne d'Auray (Brittany)

Tournemire, FRANCK, Vierne


9th July at 3 pm


Conner McCAIN
M.M Composition
The Catholic University of America (Washington)

FRANCK, Vierne, Glass, McCain



All recitals last up to one hour. Free entrance. Video projection. Retiring collection.