With RW seemingly open to revising R3 programme policies, is it not time to enter a plea for the return of the weekly organ recital?
Organ music on R3 is at present mostly confined to the concluding voluntary at Choral Evensong and a few obscure chorale preludes in Through the Night. With the exception of Classic fm, who only have two organ recordings - the Bach and Widor toccatas - every other classical music station in Europe treats the organ as part of the mainstream repertoire.
Organ music recitals attract significant audiences in the UK and the number of young organists is increasing. When compared to opera, symphonies, chamber and early music, the instrument, in all its variety, is grossly under represented.