Llandaff Cathedral has hosted a 24-hour playathon to launch the various events planned to celebrate the tenth-year-anniversary of its organ.
With the ‘Celebrate 10’ events, the cathedral is hoping to raise money to host renowned organ players and invite local schools to give children unique access to the organ and the life of music at the cathedral.
The installation of Nicholson and Co. organ was completed in 2013 and is the largest wholly new cathedral organ to be built for a UK cathedral since the 1960s.
Llandaff Cathedral’s head of special events Olivia Moore, said: “The organ is being showcased in every kind of possible way that the organ could be used. And so, we needed to raise funds to make that happen. A playathon seemed like an amazing, wild, crazy idea. And we're really up for it.”
A total of 15 organists, including music directors from Brecon and Newport and the Metropolitan Cathedral Director of Music, took part in the 24-hour event.
Moore continued: “Music is integrated at every point of the cathedral. It's an integral part of the worship at the cathedral but also the wider community that visit our cathedral. We're very lucky that it is mainly a place of worship, but it's also a historical tourist attraction and a hub of culture.”