Salisbury Cathedral is operating as a Coronavirus vaccine center. That provides organist John Challenger with a captive and appreciative audience.
Challenger says the cathedral’s dean, Nicholas Papadopulos, offered the building as a hub as soon as he heard the news that the vaccine was on its way to England. He pitched the building due to its beauty, size and ventilation.
“I’ve been quite fortunate throughout this pandemic in that I have largely been able to continue to play the wonderful instruments that we have in the cathedral, but not to people,” Challenger said. “It’s just wonderful to have reactions again. It makes it so much more worthwhile.”