AN organ recital will take place in a picturesque rural setting.

Well-known freelance organist Graham Eccles will be appearing at St Dyfnog's Church, in Llanrhaeadr, on Wednesday, July 17.

Graham first studied the organ at Worksop College in Nottinghamshire and during this time he gained his LTCL and ARCO diplomas.

He subsequently studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under Ronald Frost and was appointed Boddington organ scholar at St Ann’s Church.

As well as graduating from the college with an upper division diploma, he gained the diploma in professional performance and the Alice Shawcross prize in church music.

Graham also achieved the ARCM and FRCO diplomas at this time.

In 1989, Graham started as assistant organist at Chester Cathedral and played a key role in the musical life of the city, both in and out of the cathedral.

He was organist and master of the choristers at St Asaph Cathedral between 1998 and 2003.

Whilst there, he was awarded the diploma in choral directing from the Royal College of Organists, gaining the Brook Memorial Prize.

From 2004, Graham became a freelance musician and as well as teaching and performing locally, he is one of the regular organists for the Daily Service on BBC Radio 4.

He is a visiting tutor in organ at the Bangor University, and is conductor of the Colwyn Bay Choral Society, as well as St Asaph Choral Society and he is in regular demand as an organ accompanist by many other choirs and choral societies of the North West.

He has been the organist at Birkenhead School for a number of years and is the accompanist of the Chester Music Society Choir.

He has played many times with the RLPO and Hallé orchestras.

Graham was director of music at Bangor Cathedral between 2009 and 2014.

Currently, he is deputising at Chester Cathedral whilst they await a new member of the music team.

His recital at St Dyfnog’s Church on July 17 gets underway at 7pm.

It will include works by J S Bach, Wesley, Elgar, Bairstow, Vaughan Williams and Bossi.

Tickets, priced at £5, are available on the door, and they include refreshments in the nave after the recital.