Organ Concerts


2024 Concerts

15 June 2024, 7.30pm – Clapham Church, North Yorkshire
17 June 2024, 1.15pm – Leeds International Organ Festival
21 June 2024, 7.00pm – Giggleswick Church

Benjamin Saunders is a regular performer at International Organ Festivals across Europe. These have included the annual series at the Stiftskirche (Stuttgart), St.Bavo’s Bascilica (Haarlem), St Hedwig’s Cathedral (Berlin), Perugia Cathedral, Novo Mesto Cathedral (Slovenia), Kaliningrad Cathedral (Russian Federation) and Cologne Cathedral. He has also given solo recitals in the United States in Dallas, New York, Fort Worth and Indiana.

Benjamin performs concerts in the UK which have included the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival, Town Halls of Birmingham, Huddersfield and Leeds and the Cathedrals of London (Westminster and St Paul’s), Edinburgh (St Giles’ and St Mary’s), Liverpool (Anglican and Metropolitan) and St Chad’s, Birmingham. He has performed in concert series on the famous Cavaillé-Coll organs of Fanborough Abbey and the Parr Hall (Warrington) and other well known instruments such as Bath Abbey and St Bartholomew’s Church, Armley.

As organ advisor for the Diocese of Leeds he has given inaugural recitals on many new and recently restored instruments such as Leeds Cathedral (Klais), St Patrick’s Huddersfield (Škrabl), St Edward’s, Clifford (Foster and Andrews), Our Lady and All Saints, Otley (Peter Collins) and St Theresa’s, Crossgates (David Wood).

Previous Concerts

9 May 2023, 1.15pm – Leeds International Organ Festival
17 June 2023, 7.00pm – Clapham Church, North Yorkshire

9 May 2022, 1.15pm – Leeds International Organ Festival
21 May 2022, 7.00pm – Martinskirche, Markoldendorf, Germany
22 May 2022, 7.00pm – St. Martin, Greene, Germany

19 June 2021, 3.00pm – Rochdale Parish Church
21 June 2021, 1.00pm – Leeds Cathedral

19 May 2020, 6.00pm – St Anthony’s Church, Beeston, Leeds (Leeds International Organ Festival)
19 October 2020 1.05pm – Leeds Town Hall

17 June 2019, 1.10pm – Leeds Cathedral (Leeds International Organ Festival)
20 October 2019, 5.00pm – Blevio, Como, Italy

14 May 2018, 1.00pm – St Michael’s, Cornhill, London
25 May 2018, 6.00pm – Göttingen St. Jakobi, Germany
26 May 2018, 6.00pm – Hardegsen St Mauritius, Germany
27 May 2018, 6.00pm – Bad Gandersheim, Dom, Germany
28 June 2018, 7.30pm – Leeds Cathedral (Leeds International Organ Festival)
30 July 2018, 10.30am – RCO Guest Lecture, Peterborough Cathedral

29 March 2017, 1.00pm – Bradford Cathedral
5 May 2017, 6.00pm – Downing College, Cambridge
15 May 2017, 1.10pm – Leeds Cathedral
6 July 2017, 1.00pm – Boston Parish Church
12 July 2017, 8.00pm – Pauluskirche, Darmstadt, Germany
16 July 2017, 5.15pm – Ely Cathedral
23 September 2017 – Kathedrale Basiliek St.Bavo, Haarlem, Netherlands (Andriessen International Festival)

1 February 2016, 1.05pm – Leeds Town Hall
16 March 2016, 1.00pm – St Paul’s Hall, University of Huddersfield
5 August 2016, 8.00pm – Perugia Cathedral, Italy (Perugia International Organ Festival)

26 April 2015, 2.00pm – Saint Mary’s College, Church of Our Lady of Loretto, Indiana USA
29 April 2015, 7.30pm – Abbey of the Genesee, New York USA (Opening of new organ)
9 May 2015, 11.15am – St Joseph’s Church, Bradford (Yorkshire Organ Day)

Example Programmes

Abbey of the Genesee, New York USA (Opening of new organ)
Thinking about Bix  Hyman
Salut d’Amour  Elgar
Indiana Variations  Hyman
Elevation on a modal theme  Benoit
Variations on Shenandoah  Hyman

Cologne Cathedral
Marche Triomphale  Guilmant
Playful Pizzicato (Simple Symphony)  Britten arr. Saunders 
Cathédrales  Vierne
Satyagraha  Glass
Largo (New World Symphony)  Dvorák arr. Saunders
Passacaglia and Fugue  Kushnariov

Stiftskirche, Stuttgart
Lotus Blossom  Strayhorn
Samarkand Suite  Mushel
Felix namque  Tallis
Sonata da Chiesa  Andriessen
Humoresque – L’organo primitivo  Yon
Rondo in G  Bull arr. Saunders

Leeds Town Hall
Batalla del sexto tono  Ximénez
Chant de paix and Canzona  Langlais
The Squirrel – Scherzino  Weaver 
Rhapsody in Blue  Gershwin
Pleasant moments: Ragtime waltz  Scott Joplin
Coronation March  Meyerbeer

Many organ recitals in the UK are listed at

You can read an article about the Klais organ in Leeds Cathedral.
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