STELLA performances are in store for Salisbury Cathedral’s organ recitals.

This week the cathedral has announced its full programme of artists who will be taking part in this season’s recitals.

Heading up the line-up is Ian Wicks, the cathedral’’s musical director, who will give the annual Alcock Organ Recital on Wednesday, April 26 in memory of former cathedral organist Sir Walter Alcock.

While Alcock’s music is regularly performed at cathedral services, concerts and recitals, Mr Wicks has selected to play his passacaglia as part of his recital programme.

Mr Wicks said: “It is a great honour for me to give the prestigious Alcock Recital. My programme features music that will sound magnificent on the Salisbury Willis including Julius Reubke’s monumental Sonata on the 94th Psalm. Written when he was just 23 years old it is a rollercoaster of notes and dramatic sounds that is certainly exhilarating to play.”

A renowned organist and composer, Sir Alcock joined Salisbury Cathedral in 1916 during which time he oversaw the restoration of the cathedral’s famous Father Willis organ. He refused to allow parts of the instrument to leave the cathedral for fear that tonal alterations were made without his approval.

Recitals will be monthly on Wednesdays at 7.30pm.