Benedict Todd

Organist · Composer · Conductor

We hope that you enjoy listening to these recordings
from a selection of Benedict’s organ performances

Great St Mary’s, Cambridge   2021

During the Covid-19 pandemic, there where several periods when Great St Mary’s, the University Church in Cambridge, could only hold services online. During these periods, Benedict recorded organ music for use at these virtual services using the church’s two organs. Here are some highlights from those recordings.

  • Parish Organ

  • Grand Chœur    Théodore Salomé
  • Festival Voluntary    Flor Peeters
  • University Organ

  • Voluntary for Double Organ   Orlando Gibbons
  • Chorale prelude on ‘Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme’ (BWV 645)   J S Bach
  • ‘Con spirito’ (No.6 of ‘Six short and easy pieces’)   Henry Smart
  • These recordings where made at various points during 2021 at Great St Mary’s, the University Church, Cambridge, while the church was closed during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns. Benedict is playing both the Kenneth Jones 1991 Parish Organ and the Smith/Hill/Mander (et al.) University Organ. The latter was first built in 1698 and, although it has been extensively modified over the years, still contains one of the largest known single collections of pipework originally made by ‘Father’ Bernard Smith. You can find out more information about the organs on this sheet or on the National Pipe Organ Register, which has listings for both the Parish Organ and the University Organ. Other recordings from this period, as well as more recent livestreamed services, can be found on the Great St Mary’s YouTube channel.

  • Benedict Todd in Great St Mary’s, the University Church, Cambridge
    Benedict and the University Organ in Great St Mary’s, Cambridge

Blackburn Cathedral   March 2016

  • Thema met Variaties    Hendrik Andriessen
  • Rockingham    Kenneth Leighton
  • Chorale prelude on ‘Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder’ BuxWV 178   Dietrich Buxtehude
  • Chorale improvisation sur le ‘Victimæ paschali’    Charles Tournemire
  • These recordings were made during a live lunchtime recital given in Blackburn Cathedral on the 9 March 2016. Benedict is playing the magnificent JW Walker cathedral organ. You can find out more about the instrument on the cathedral website (including a specification & also a very informative leaflet about the history of the cathedral’s organs).

  • Blackburn Cathedral - Organ
    The Organ at Blackburn Cathedral

Advent from St James-the-Great, Dursley    December 2015

  • Fantasy on ‘Veni Emmanuel’ Op. 72 No. 5   Kenneth Leighton
  • O come, o come Emmanuel    Plainsong, arr. Benedict Todd

    Bonus track! Recorded at the St James’ advent carol service 2015, this is the last verse of the hymn O come, o come Emmanuel, the accompaniment for which was written by Benedict.

  • Happy Advent 2015 from St James! These recordings were made in the church of St James-the-Great, Dursley (Glos.) in December 2015. You can find out more about the church on the parish website, and about the organ on the page here.

  • St James the Great, Dursley - Organ
    The Organ at St James the Great, Dursley

Blackburn Cathedral   June 2013

  • Ciaconna in E minor BuxWV 160   Dietrich Buxtehude
  • Adagio from Symphonie 5 Op 42 No 1   Charles Marie Widor
  • Chorale-Prelude on a theme by Tallis Op 20 No 3   Harold Darke
    ‘Lord, teach us how to pray aright’
  • These recordings were made during a live lunchtime recital given in Blackburn Cathedral on the 25 June 2013. Benedict is playing the magnificent JW Walker cathedral organ. You can find out more about the instrument on the cathedral website (including a specification & also a very informative leaflet about the history of the cathedral’s organs).

  • Blackburn Cathedral - Organ
    The Organ at Blackburn Cathedral

You can also listen to recordings of some of Benedict’s compositions.