Free organ recitals are returning to St Albans Cathedral this week with an all-Bach concert.

As part of the St Albans International Organ Festival, Robert Quinney will perform the work of Johann Sebastian Bach at 6.30pm on Saturday, January 27.

Robert is director of the choir of New College, Oxford, and his previous roles include sub-organist at Westminster Abbey and director of music at Peterborough Cathedral.

He said: "When I play or listen to Bach’s music it feels as if he is speaking directly to me.

"This is an illusion, of course – we aren’t holding a séance – but it suggests there is an individuality, a personal voice somehow encoded in his music...

"Bach’s music isn’t bound by historical specificities. It speaks to us here and now, as it has done to generations of musicians.


"How about having Mozart, Beethoven, Clara and Robert Schumann, Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Bartók, Kurtág, Keith Jarrett and the great Benny Andersson – yes, the ABBA keyboardist – in your fan club?"

As with all of the festival's Saturday concerts, admission is free and booking is not required.

There will be a collection on the night to support future events presented by the festival.