In this programme, after demonstrating the changes made to the organ in 19th Century France by builders such as Cavaille - Coll, he selects highlights by Franck, Saint-Saëns, Widor and Dupré. From pastoral romance to the impressive sweep of the organ symphony, he explores the depth and breadth of this repertoire.
Wayne Marshall investigates the German tradition, starting with the music of JS Bach.
He demonstrates Bach's famous toccatas, preludes and fugues at the organ of Blackburn Cathedral as well as following through these ideas in the music of Liszt and Schmidt.
In the third in the series, Wayne Marshall investigates Twentieth Century organ music, focusing on Olivier Messiaen. Once again, Wayne uses the organ of Blackburn Cathedral to demonstrate the music he discusses.
Wayne Marshall looks at the way the organ has been used in collaboration with other instruments. He introduces his own improvisation projects, as well as music that combines the organ with choir and solo trumpet. Once again, Wayne uses the organ of Blackburn Cathedral to demonstrate the music he discusses.