And then the organist launched into the oddest bit of organ playing...and everyone sat and listened...and then tentatively applauded before leaving. I've never witnessed that before. The piece was in 5 or 7, curiously jazzy, and played quite stiffly, with some strange synthy choices of organ sound. An elderly gent to my left afterwards leaned over to his friend, laughed and said something about "Brubeck". And that was it — it was like Jean-Michel Jarre had hijacked the organ for a few minutes and played a bit of Brubeck he'd only just learned. What was that??
postscript: OK, I just communicated with the Cathedral via Twitter and found out what it was:
It was composed last year, I discovered here. And the stiffness was in the composition — no swing at all — not in the organist's playing, as you can hear here. So the idea of Ant Saggers' (aka Stray Ghost's) extraordinary Lament, or some Soft Machine, being played in the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ at Canterbury (to give it it's full name) doesn't seem that unreasonable. Would they let me curate?