24 Hour Organathon

24 hours of organ playing? Count us in!

The organists and organ-playing friends of Guildford Cathedral are taking part in an organathon from 20-21 September 2019. For 24 hours the extraordinary sound of the Cathedral's organs, in both the Quire and the Lady Chapel, will play out, ably played by our hugely talented musicians and their friends. 

Your support will make a huge difference to us! Please give what you can to keep us going over the 24 hours. Your gift will go towards the music of the Cathedral: our extraordinary choristers and their training, our vocal coach and her vital input, the worship we offer through choral evensong and our Cathedral Eucharist and so much more. 

As our organists play over the course of this marathon effort, your generous gifts will give them power to their pedals, keys and stops. You can sponsor this event at or pick up a sponsor form in the Cathedral.

During the Organathon there is an opportunity for you to Sponsor a Piece of music played. The Organists have all submitted items that are in their repertoire that they would be delighted if you were happy to sponsor for them to play. The minimum sponsorship for a piece should be £10, but you can do more if you think it is worth it! To Sponsor a Piece simply complete the form available on the Guides Desk, or download the sponsor form.

Download the Organists Repertoires here.

Many of the Organists are playing more than once, so please indicate on your form if you have a preferred time slot that you would like your sponsored piece to be played in, ie if Katherine is playing 12am – 2am, 6am – 8am and 4pm – 5pm, please indicate which is your preferred time slot for your piece to be played so you have an opportunity to hear it. There is no guarantee that the time preference will be met, however if your piece is played the sponsorship will be accepted.

You can put your completed sponsor form in the box in the Cathedral, through the Cathedral Office door for the attention of Carolyn Howard-Jones, or email it to 

Thank you for supporting our organists in this fundraising event.

The Organathon begins at 8pm with our three Cathedral organists, Katherine Dienes-Williams, Richard Moore and Will Campbell, giving an ‘opening flourish’ concert.

Following from the opening hour, the program of organists is as follows:

  • 9pm – 10pm Graham Thorpe, former Organ Scholar, current Assistant Organist at Bradford Cathedral.

At 9.45pm the Cathedral will be emptied and locked, only those playing the organ or who have purchased a ticket for the sleepover in the Cathedral – A Night to Remember will remain. Click here for tickets.

Tickets are £40 to include a cooked breakfast in Seasons café in the morning, and a seat at the Last Night of the Proms concert on Saturday 21 September. Please purchase your tickets by 9am on Monday 16 September, for catering purposes. Bring a sleeping bag, pillow and possibly your own deckchair!  You will need to be in the Cathedral by 9.45pm latest, as the building will be locked all night.

  • 10pm – 12am Richard Moore
  • 12am – 2am Katherine Dienes-Williams
  • 2am – 4am Will Campbell
  • 4am – 6am Richard Moore
  • 6am – 8am Katherine Dienes-Williams
  • 8am – 10am Matthew Kelley, former Organ Scholar, current music student, University of Durham, Director of Music, St. Chad’s College, Durham
  • 10am – 11am Paul Provost, former Sub organist, Guildford Cathedral, current Rector Chori, Southwell Minster
  • 11am – 1pm Chris Nott
  • 1pm – 2pm Ghislaine Reece-Trapp, former Organ Scholar, current Music Teacher, Highgate School
  • 2pm – 3pm Will Campbell
  • 3pm – 4pm Richard Moore
  • 4pm – 5pm Katherine Dienes-Williams
  • 5pm – 7pm Paul Provost, former Sub Organist, Rector Chori Southwell Minster

At 6.20pm all those listening to the Organathon will be asked to leave. Only those who hold a ticket for the Last Night of the Proms may remain. Tickets can be purchased online through the box office or on the night. Click here for tickets

  • 7pm – 8pm Last Night of the Proms final concert featuring the Cathedral Choir and all three current Cathedral Organists.