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Summer Organ Festival: James O’Donnell

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James O’Donnell plays Bach, Liszt and Duruflé

The Summer Organ Festival continues with Abbey Organist and Master of the Choristers James O’Donnell performing Duruflé’s Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du 'Veni Creator', together with works by Bach and Liszt.

About James O'Donnell

James O’Donnell is Organist and Master of the Choristers of Westminster Abbey. Internationally recognised as a conductor and organ recitalist, he has worked as soloist and director with many of the country’s leading orchestras and ensembles.

He has appeared as organ soloist at the BBC Proms and has given recitals all over the world. As the Abbey’s Director of Music and principal conductor of the Abbey Choir he is responsible for directing the music at all the services and great occasions held in the Abbey and for the Abbey Choir’s busy programme of recordings, concerts and tours.


Bach Fantasia super Komm, heiliger Geist BWV 651
Duruflè Prélude, Adagio, et Choral varié sur le thème du ‘Veni Creator’
Whitlock Scherzetto from Organ Sonata in C minor
Liszt Weinen, klagen, sorgen, zagen
Bach Toccata in F BWV 540


Tickets must be booked in advance via Eventbrite. It will not be possible to purchase tickets on the door.


Please stay at home if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you’ve recently been in contact with someone who has the virus. If you are unable to use your tickets because you are unwell or self-isolating, please contact us via Eventbrite to arrange a refund.

Face coverings must be worn (unless you are exempt) and we ask you to observe social distancing at all times.

Find out more about COVID safety measures and things you need to know before entering the Abbey by visiting our Coronavirus information page..


This concert is planned as a socially-distanced event with reduced capacity, in line with current government guidance.

Seats are available singly or in pairs, with pairs suitable only for attendees from the same household or support bubble. Seating is unreserved and our staff will allocate the most appropriate seats within the relevant price band when you arrive.

Timings and access

Entry is via the Great West Door from 6.30pm. Performances begin at 7.00pm and last for approximately one hour without an interval, finishing at around 8.00pm.

Please ensure you arrive on time as we cannot guarantee that we will be able to admit latecomers.

Digital programme

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With thanks

This concert takes place thanks to the generous support of Patricia Owen Keltner and David Keltner. Every ticket purchased helps support the Abbey recover from the severe financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic and ensure the continuation of its rich musical tradition.