Reviews in the German press:

"BACH FESTIVAL: Masterly Interpretation - Virtuoso organ concert by the Bach expert Tim Rishton in the Erlöserkirche"
Märkische Allgemeine

"The music says a big 'yes': Tim Rishton plays in the Erlöserkirche [Potsdam] ... Warm applause for Tim Rishton"
Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten

"Tim Rishton perfectly masters the organ - Pleasant treat for visitors in Ponitz ... His immaculate playing was perfectly adapted to the action and playing style of the Ponitz organ, which he controlled from the very first note"
Ostthüringer Zeitung

A listener’s organist

Tim’s music is full of life, freshness, humour, rhythm, melody. He plays in order to convey something special to those who are listening – and if he doesn’t believe that the music really will speak to people, he doesn’t play it.

He’s a distinguished academic, with doctorate, senior university posts and expertise in historic performance practice; he is author of books and articles galore, but all this knowledge is used for only one purpose: to bring music to life.

He chooses to live at an absurdly remote farm way out in the mountains of Norway in order to keep his feet firmly on the ground, but from there he travels to give concerts and lectures in many countries – most frequently in Bach’s home district of Thüringen in Germany.

Bach Prelude in D major, in Bjerkreim Church:

From a live concert in Stavanger Cathedral:
last movement of Bach's 5th Trio Sonata (C major) -

Adagio from a voluntary by John Bennett, in Bjerkreim Church:

Ave Maria by Ástor Piazzolla, arr. for organ by Tim Rishton, in Bjerkreim Church:



How to play hymns in church

A 4-part course.

YouTube teaching on Bach's Orgelbüchlein

Each prelude discussed and played.

YouTube teaching on Brahms chorale preludes opus 122

Each prelude discussed and played.

A Mendelssohn sonata

discussed and played.


Two new publications:


Coming soon: pre-order now!
To be published during 2024, a volume of stories and memories of hilarious and frequently embarassing concert experiences and travels.