Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Ushaw College

Events at Ushaw College

Allan Coombes, Organist of St. Margaret of Antioch Parish Church, Crossgate, Durham – Saturday, 16 September at 2.30pm. Retiring Collection. Refectory Café open from 11.00am – 5.00pm

The organ recital series promotes an eclectic range of music from the classical organ repertoire; from renaissance to baroque and romantic to twentieth century.


Allan studied organ with Hector C. Parr at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Darlington. After a brief flirtation with science at university, he resumed organ studies with Hector Parr, obtaining the diploma of Licentiate of Trinity College London.  Further tuition followed with John Scott Whiteley at York Minster.  He has been organist at St. Margaret of Antioch Parish Church in Durham for more than 20 years and has worked widely as piano and organ accompanist with soloists and choirs in the region.

The recital will include:

Praeludium in E minor by Bruhns

Hindemith’s Organ Sonata No. 3

Te Deum by Reger.

Ushaw College was founded over two hundred years ago and has a rich and fascinating history, with some of the finest Victorian architecture in the North East, with many of the buildings designed by the illustrious Pugin family. The organ recital series, held in the magnificent setting of St. Cuthbert’s Chapel, is just one of an exciting and varied programme of cultural events happening throughout the course of the year. Other events include folk, classical, jazz and choral music, plus talks, plays, exhibitions and choral services.


Further information is available from the website.


To find out more information about Ushaw College, including volunteering opportunities, please visit our website, where most of our events are listed. For further enquiries please e-mail us:, or tel: 0191 334 5119.