ORGANISTS are invited to play Chester’s finest instrument.

On Saturday, May 2, Chester Cathedral will host an organ marathon offering amateurs the opportunity to play the magnificent four manual organ.

Musicians will book slots of 15, 20 or 30 minutes to play what is widely reputed to be one of the finest cathedral organs in Europe.

Participants will be asked to raise sponsorship of at least £200 for the Cathedral Music Foundation. Any additional funds raised can be put towards a charity of their choice.

During the day Roger Fisher, former cathedral organist and master of the choristers, will give a recital.

The programme includes Bossi’s Scherzo, March on Handel by Guilmant and Dance of the Comedians by Smetana.

Cathedral director of music Philip Rushforth said: “The cathedral organ has four keyboards and a pedal board which enables the player to use nearly 5000 pipes. It even has its own set of bells.”

Participants will be photographed at the organ console and receive a commemorative certificate.

Chester Cathedral organ was built in 1876 by Chester firm Charles Whiteley Brothers.

To book a place on the organ marathon telephone Philip Rushforth on 01244 500974.