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Cathedral releases album of organ music played during vaccinations

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alisbury Cathedral has released an album of organ music played during vaccinations, to raise money for NHS Charities Together.

The album, named Salisbury Meditation – Music For The NHS, features 16 tracks played on the cathedral’s famous Father Willis organ.

Since January, more than 25,000 people have received their Covid-19 vaccine at the historic site, which was built 800 years ago.

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John Challenger, assistant director of music, developed a programme of music to be played during the vaccinations along with David Halls, director of music.

They have clocked up 270 hours at the organ console since January, treating people to calming pieces by Bach, Handel and Pachelbel as well as music from Harry Potter and the Second World War.

Mr Challenger described the album, which is released on Monday, as “the most extraordinary turn of events”.

“At the start of January, I don’t think I would ever have predicted what was going to happen,” he said.

“I was aware that we were going to be vaccinating in the cathedral, but once we started playing music for people the response was overwhelming, so we felt compelled to continue all the way through.

“We try to play music which is calming, which is familiar, and music which just makes people feel like they’re welcome.

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“Largely it’s quiet music, it’s relaxing music, but occasionally there’s a burst of something more energetic. We do try to take people’s requests as well.