Lunchtime Concert: Thomas Simpson, organ

Chichester Cathedral's popular lunchtime concerts take place on Tuesdays at 1.10pm during term time, in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral Nave. They are free and last approximately 50 minutes. There is a retiring collection.


Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
Con moto maestoso from Organ Sonata III in A major
Allegretto from Organ Sonata IV in B-flat major

Dieterich Buxtehude (c. 1637–1707)
Toccata in F major, BuxWV 157

Frank Bridge (1897–1941)
Allegretto grazioso

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Prelude and fugue in C major, BWV 547

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)

Kenneth Leighton (1929–1988)

Musician Biographies

Thomas Simpson is the organ scholar at Chichester Cathedral, where he plays for daily services alongside accompanying local choirs and playing for events in the cathedral and elsewhere.

Thomas was a chorister in New College Choir before going on to Magdalen College School, Oxford. He held the post of organ scholar to the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford for two years, playing in the cathedral’s live-streamed Platinum Jubilee service and on tour in Cologne Cathedral. He has given recitals at Romsey Abbey, Sherborne Abbey and Merton College, Oxford.

In October Thomas will begin a music degree at Cambridge as organ scholar at Trinity College. Thomas also enjoys composing, playing the cello, and sailing


Chichester Cathedral's Lunchtime Concert series is self-supporting, and thrives through the generosity of its audiences. While there is no charge for admission, we suggest a minimum donation of £3 per person, with Gift Aid applied if possible. Donations can be made in the retiring collection, in the Cathedral, at our Visitor’s Desk or at various donation points, using cash, card and contactless or using the button below.

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Can't make it this time?

Lunchtime Concerts take place every Tuesday at 1.10pm during term-time, our talented performers come from across the UK and occasionally overseas, to delight our audiences with music from Beethoven to Chopin, Elgar to Mozart and more.

Download the Summer 2024 Programme