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Clifton Festival 2024

The Battle of the Organs

with David Bednall and James Gough

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Clifton Festival favourites, organists David Bednall and James Gough return to the famous Rieger organ of Clifton Cathedral in a high-energy showcase of music for the king of instruments.

Listen and be amazed as themes from Bach to The Beatles take on a new lease of life, re-imagined by two of the country’s most skilful improvisers, before your chance to choose the tunes you’d like to hear under their fingertips.

You won’t miss a second of the action – follow on the big screen as the organists go head to head in this fast-paced feat of musical skill and agility.

Presented by Clifton International Festival of Music

Student tickets: £5.45 incl. booking fee

David Bednall Organ
James Gough Organ



J. S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Felix Mendelssohn War March of the Priests
Georg Böhm Partita “Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten”

Unreserved seating

All ages

Start Time: 19:30

All timings are approximate and subject to change

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Clifton Festival 2024

Wed 5 – Sat 15 Jun 2024

Bristol’s classical music festival returns this summer with spellbinding sounds from acclaimed artists and vibrant music-making from some of the country’s most exciting performers.

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“Bednall is an organist of considerable distinction.”

Organists’ Review

The venue

Clifton Cathedral

Getting There

Address: Clifton Park, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3BX

The site has entrances on both Pembroke Rd and Clifton Park Rd. There is level access at the Clifton Park side entrance.

  Bicycle & e-scooter

Voi e-scooters are available for hop-on hop-off short-term rental across Bristol. The closest Voi parking is on Worcester Rd opposite the venue.

Car parking

The church has underground parking located on Worcester Rd.


From the centre, the 8 will stop at Clifton Park which is a short walk from the venue.

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Parking & drop off

Level access is available to the Cathedral from the front (Clifton Park). There is an on-site car park located underneath the venue with disabled parking spots off Worcester Rd.

The space directly outside the West Door is available for parking or drop-off.

Assistance dogs

All assistance dogs are welcome. Our staff are trained to know how to behave around working dogs. Please ask if there’s anything we can do to help.

Accessible Toilet

There are accessible toilets in the venue.

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