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  1. 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 8EP SATURDAY, 26th SEPTEMBER at 4:00pm PAUL AYRES FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-47) Praeludium (D Minor) Andante (D Major) Praeludium (C Minor) Nachspiel (D Major) J.S. BACH (1685-1750) Air, from Suite no 3, arr Gordon Phillips BROOKER, REID, FISHER A Whiter Shade of Pale (arr Paul Ayers) PABLO BRUNA (1611-69) Tiento de 1 tono de mano derecha EMMA LOU DIEMER (b.1927) Fiesta BEATLES-INSPIRED ORGAN PIECES LENNON/ McCARTNEY/ AYERS Prelude on Eleanor Rigby Adagio Chromatico on Michelle Scherzo on Norwegian Wood Trio on Ich steh' (Bach) and Hey Jude Lament on And I love her Concerto on I want to hold your hand PAUL AYERS Toccata from Suite for Organ Paul Ayres was born in London, studied music at Oxford University, and now works freelance as a composer & arranger, choral conductor & musical director, and organist & accompanist. His music is widely performed, with pieces commissioned by choirs, ensembles, schools, churches and individual musicians across the world. His works have been awarded prizes in composition competitions in Canada, Croatia, New Zealand, Russia, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. Paul is the regular conductor of City Chorus and the choirs at London College of Music (University of West London), accompanist of Concordia Voices, and associate accompanist of Crouch End Festival Chorus. He has led many music education workshops for children and played piano for improvised comedy shows and musical theatre productions. Please visit www.paulayres.co.uk to find out more. This year Paul will be making an organ CD at St Barnabas Church Ealing (for release in early 2016), featuring his transcriptions and arrangements of popular tunes. His first two solo organ CDs are on sale after the recital today: Free Admission - Collection - Buffet Details of the organ on the NPOR at: www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=P00257 www.bloomsbury.org.uk
  2. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 8EP Sunday 16th August at 6.00 p.m. The First London Appearance of GERT van HOEF The 21 year old Dutch player who has amassed an incredible 10,000,000 + hits on Youtube. CDs and DVDs will be available after the concert. Gert's website may be seen here: gertvanhoef.nl C. Saint-Saëns (1835-1931) Danse Macabre J.S. BACH (1685-1750) Toccata in F H. F. ZIMMER (b. 1957) Pirates of the Caribbean GORDON YOUNG (1919-98) Prelude in a Classical Style LEE Ru-MA (b. 1978) Hope-Yiruma C.M.WIDOR (1844-1937) Symphony 6 (1st Movement) IMPROVISATIONS A. DVORAK (1841-1904) New World Symphony - No 9 (Last movement) Gert van Hoef was born in Barneveld, The Netherlands in 1994 and is currently a student at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, studying organ with Jos van der Kooy. He received his first organ lessons in 2010 from Evert van de Veen from the city of Voorthuizen and won first place in the Feike Asma competition in the same year. In June 2015, Gert won the Govert van Wijn Organ Competition in the Grote Kerk, Maassluis. Well over 200 youtube videos have featured Gert - some from a very early age - and in November 2014 his first commercial CD was recorded on the 4-manual Stahlhuth-Jann organ in Dudelange (Luxembourg), his double album 'Reprise' following in April, 2015. A 16 min compilation from the first CD may be seen here: ▶ Demo of Gert van Hoef's first CD 'Première' - YouTube *Please note date and time Free Admission - Collection A Special Buffet Tea will be available in the church Friendship Centre from 5:00pm Details of the organ on the NPOR at: www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=P00257 www.bloomsbury.org.uk
  3. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 8EP SATURDAY, 25th July at 4:00pm JOHN SCOTT St Thomas's Church, Fifth Avenue, New York S. PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) March, from ‘The Love of Three Oranges’ (arr. Jean Guillou b. 1930) J.S. BACH (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue in G major (BWV 541) C. FRANCK (1822-1890) Choral no 2 in B minor M.E. BOSSI (1861-1925) Scherzo L. VIERNE (1870-1937) Meditation (trans. M Durufle' (1903-1986) E.H. LEMARE (1865-1934) Concert Fantasia P. RACINE FRICKER (1920-1990) Pastorale S. PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Toccata (arr. Jean Guillou b. 1930) John Scott was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, where he became a Cathedral chorister. While still at school he gained the diplomas of the Royal College of Organists winning the major prizes. In 1974 he became Organ Scholar of St. John’s College, Cambridge, where for four years he acted as assistant to Dr. George Guest and held the University John Stewart of Rannoch Scholarship in Sacred Music. His organ studies were with Jonathan Bielby, Ralph Downes, and Dame Gillian Weir. He made his debut in the 1977 Promenade Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, playing Reubke’s Sonata on the 94th Psalm. He was the youngest organist to appear as a soloist in the Proms. On leaving Cambridge, he was appointed Assistant Organist at London’s two Anglican Cathedrals, St Paul’s and Southwark. During this time he won first prizes from the Manchester and Leipzig J. S. Bach International Organ Competitions in 1978 and 1984 respectively. In 1985 he became Sub-Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, becoming Organist and Director of Music there in 1990 until 2004. As an organist, John Scott has performed in five continents, premiered many new works written for him, and worked with various specialist ensembles. In November 1989 he inaugurated the new Rieger organ in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and in 1990, he was one of five international Cathedral organists invited to play in Washington National Cathedral to celebrate the completion of the Cathedral. In recent years, recital engagements have included venues in the USA, UK, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa, Slovakia, Australia and New Zealand. Highlights have included recitals in the Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Notre Dame in Paris, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, the Aarhus Organ Festival in Denmark, Cologne Cathedral, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral and King’s College, Cambridge.At St Paul’s he played a complete cycle of the organ works of J.S. Bach in 2000 and followed this in subsequent years with the organ symphonies of Vierne and Widor, as well as the complete organ works of Franck and Buxtehude. At St Thomas, Fifth Avenue, New York, he has performed complete cycles of the organ works of Buxtehude in 2007, Messiaen in 2008 and the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne in 2009. In 2014, he was one of the featured organists in the re-opening Gala and subsequently gave the first solo recital on the restored organ in London’s Royal Festival Hall and gave the opening recital of the organ in the new Musikkens Hus in Aalborg, Denmark. In June, he gave the premiere of Nico Muhly’s ‘Patterns’ for the American Guild of Organists National Convention in Boston. In addition to his work as a conductor and organist, John Scott has published a number of choral compositions and arrangements and he has jointly edited two compilations of liturgical music for the Church’s year, published by Oxford University Press. John Scott’s many recordings include the organ sonatas of Elgar, organ music by William Mathias, Duruflé and Mendelssohn, as well as two discs of music by Dupré. He has also recorded the solo organ part in Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. He recently made a recording at the organ of Washington’s National Cathedral for the JAV label. In 1998 he was nominated International Performer of the Year by the New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He is a Past President of the Incorporated Association of Organists and he has been a member of a number of international competition juries, including those in Manchester, Dublin, Chartres, Dallas, St. Albans, Erfurt and the Bach/Liszt Competition in Weimar. In the summer of 2004, after a 26 year association with St Paul’s Cathedral, he took up the post of Organist and Director of Music at St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York, where he directs the renowned choir of men and boys. He was awarded the LVO in the New Years Honours List of 2004, a personal gift from HM Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of his work at St Paul’s Cathedral. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Nashotah House Seminary in Wisconsin in 2007. johngscott.com Free Admission - Collection - Buffet Special August Organ Concert Sunday, 16th August at 6:00pm GERT van HOEF (Netherlands) Details of the organ on the NPOR at: www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=P00257 www.bloomsbury.org.uk
  4. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 8EP SATURDAY, 27th JUNE at 4:00pm SIMON THOMAS JACOBS Winner - 2013 St Albans International Organ Competition (Interpretation Prize) Michel Corrette (1707-1795) From Magnificat en a Mi la 3 (8e Ton) François Couperin (1668-1733) Messe pour les couvents: Couplet de Gloria: Cromorne en taille J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Pièce d’orgue, BWV 572 Très vitement – Gravement – Lentement From The Orgelbüchlein Project: Jacques van Oortmerssen (b.1950) “Nun ruhen all Wälder” Jean-Baptiste Dupont (b.1979) “Wir Glauben all’ an einen Gott” Iain Farrington (b.1977) “Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir” Joel Martinson (b. 1960) Three Essays on 'Out of the Depths' 1. Prelude 2. Intermezzo 3. Fugue - Chorale Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) From 'Parthenia' - Fantasia of Four Parts Philip Moore (b. 1943) Sinfonietta (2001) 1. Allegro deciso 2. Allegro Scherzando 3. Adagio espressivo, con rubato 4. Molto Allegro Winner of the First Prize for Interpretation and the Audience Prize at the 2013 St Albans International Organ Competition, Simon Thomas Jacobs read music as organ scholar at Clare College, University of Cambridge, where he studied organ with David Sanger and Jacques van Oortmerssen. During this time he accompanied and assisted in the direction of the chapel choir in the weekly routine of chapel services and in their capacity as an internationally-renowned vocal ensemble, performing concerts throughout the UK and Europe. These included appearances at the Salzburg Music Festival, Munich Opera Festival and the London, Innsbruck and Potsdam Early Music Festivals as well as rseveral commercial CD recordings. On Remembrance Sunday, 2007, Simon accompanied the choir on a live broadcast of Choral Evensong for BBC Radio 3 and during the Christmas season of 2008 played for the world première performance and BBC recording (and subsequent broadcast) of Sir John Tavener's Christmas Sequence, Ex Maria Virgine. Following graduation, Simon moved to the USA to take up the post of Associate Director of Music at Christ Church, Greenwich, CT and in 2011 moved to be Associate Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, IN. Most recently, he was awarded a full scholarship to the Artist Diploma program at Oberlin Conservatory of Music – one of the USA’s top-ranked music schools and home to the largest collection of pipe organs in the world – where he studied with James David Christie and was a teaching assistant for the organ department. In addition to a busy schedule of concerts in the USA, Simon will spend the summer of 2015 touring the UK and France, including a recital on the famous Dom Bedos organ at the Abbey of Ste Croix, Bordeaux. He will also record his first solo disc on the new instrument by Richards, Fowkes & Co. at St George’s Hanover Square, as part of Priory’s “Great European Organs” series. For further information, please visit Simon’s website: www.simonthomasjacobs.com Free Admission - Collection - Buffet Details of the organ on the NPOR at: www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=P00257 www.bloomsbury.org.uk
  5. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 8EP SATURDAY, 30th May at 4:00pm CHRISTIAN WILSON (H.M. Chapel Royal, Tower of London) Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) Varhany from Glagolitic Mass Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Jesus, meine Zuversicht, BWV 728 Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933) Canzone (‘Jesus meine Zuversicht’), Op 46IIb) Jehan Alain (1911-1940) Le Jardin Suspendu Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Prelude and Fugue No 6, Op 35 (arr. Bossart/Wilson) Edward Bairstow (1874-1946) Sonata in E flat Andante serioso, ma con moto Allegro giocoso Maestoso Francis Pott (1957- ) Toccata on ‘King’s Lynn’ (from 3 Hymn Fantasias) Christian Wilson's virtuoso performances mark him as one of the most unusual and exciting organists of his generation. He has performed as a soloist throughout Europe, the USA and Australia and appears regularly on BBC radio and other European stations. Recent and future engagements include the Presteigne Festival, Spitalfields Festival, Tarasp Castle Switzerland, Ulster Hall, Caird Hall, Oxford May Music Festival, Westminster Cathedral, tours to Norway, South Africa and the USA, performances and a recording of his own transcriptions of Shostakovich, and recordings of works by Durufle', Hans Gal, Oskar Lindberg and Olivier Messiaen. Christian's musical career began at Westminster Abbey, where he was head chorister. He spent a year as sub-organist at Perth Cathedral (Western Australia) before taking up the organ scholarship at Christ Church, Oxford. Following undergraduate studies, he took a combined performance and research degree investigating the pre-Reformation English organ and winning various prizes. In 2006 Christian was awarded the Nicholas Danby Scholarship and a Wingate Scholarship for study abroad and completed the two-year solo post-graduate course in Stuttgart where he studied with Jon Laukvik and Ludger Lohmann gaining the highest results. Christian is Organist of the Chapels Royal, HM the Tower of London. In 2012, he became the eighth person in the world to perform Francis Pott's epic organ symphony 'Christus' (widely considered the 'Everest' of the organ repertory) with performances in Germany and the UK. His numerous and well-received transcriptions range from works by Mendelssohn to the 24 Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich, and most recently a number of tangos by Piazzolla. Christian's performance interests include the harpsichord and piano, and he recently accompanied a well-received recording of English works for viola and piano with Sarah-Jane Bradley. Free Admission - Collection - Buffet Details of the organ on the NPOR at: www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=P00257 www.bloomsbury.org.uk
  6. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 8EP SATURDAY, 28th APRIL at 4:00pm ANTHONY GRITTEN (ROYAL ACADEMY of MUSIC) Georges Mac-Master (1862-1898), Grand Choeur op 48 (1891) Pierre Kunc (1865-1941), Grand Pièce Symphonique (1901) Daniel Roth (b. 1942), Ave Maris Stella (2014) Marcel Dupré (1886-1971), Choral et Fugue op 57 (1962) Laurence Caldecote (b. 1983), Tuba Tune (2013) Richard Francis (b. 1946), A Celebration of St Denio (2013) Charles Stanford (1852-1924), Marcia Eroica op 189/2 (1923) Paul Ayres (b. 1970), Toccata on Amor Satis Est (2010) Anthony is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and studied with Harry Gabb, David Sanger, and Anne Page. In 2012 he gave the first complete performance of Daniel Roth’s magnum opus, Livre d’Orgue pour le Magnificat, followed by recitals in St. Sulpice Paris as part of Roth’s 70th birthday celebrations and in Westminster Cathedral, where he gave the UK premiere of Roth’s Christus Factus Est. Other projects have included anniversary performances of the complete works of Buxtehude (a 6½ hour recital), Tunder, Homilius, Brahms, and Mendelssohn. Many of Anthony's recitals are listed at organrecitals.com/anthonygritten. His next recital is in Norwich Cathedral on Bank Holiday Monday, 4 May, at 11.00 am. Anthony studied at Cambridge University with Alexander Goehr, writing his doctorate on Stravinsky. He has worked at the University of East Anglia and Royal Northern College of Music, and is currently Head of Undergraduate Programmes at the Royal Academy of Music. His publications include two books on Music and Gesture and miscellaneous essays on a variety of subjects. Many of Anthony’s publications can be downloaded from ram.academia.edu/AnthonyGritten. Free Admission - Collection - Buffet THE VOICES of PEMBROKE CHOIR with ALISON RODDY (soprano) and PAUL LAVENDER (organ) will present a concert with a retiring collection for Christian Aid on Saturday 2nd May at 7:00pm. Alison has performed leading roles with ENO and Paul will include works by Bach and Guilmant in the programme. Details of the organ on the NPOR at: www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=P00257 www.bloomsbury.org.uk
  7. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 8EP SATURDAY, 28th March at 4:00pm TIMOTHY BYRAM-WIGFIELD (All Saints, Margaret Street) Sir George Elvey (1816-93) (arr. Charles Hancock) Festal March J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue in D minor (BWV 539) Alfred Hollins (1865-1941) Allegretto Grazioso (1908) Sir William Harris (1883-1971) Fantasy-Prelude Patrick Gowers (1936-2014) An Occasional Trumpet Voluntary Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-93) Trans Edwin Lemare (1865-1934) Overture: Romeo and Juliet Timothy Byram-Wigfield has enjoyed an illustrious career as an organist, giving recitals throughout the U.K and abroad, in France, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, the U.S.A, and Canada. A pupil of Richard Popplewell and David Sanger, he studied at the Royal College of Music and at Christ Church, Oxford as Organ Scholar. Whilst Sub-Organist at Winchester Cathedral he made BBC Radio 3 debut in a programme of Howells, Jackson and Bairstow, and was a finalist in the Performer of the Year competition presented by the Royal College of Organists. His recordings, on the Regent and Delphian labels, have been met with critical acclaim. These include a survey of Olivier Messiaen’s early organ music, and a disc of overture transcriptions at the organ in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow, which was nominated in the Instrumental Category for a Gramophone award. This year will see a release of a two-disc set of the complete organ works of Sir William Harris, and a second disc of overture transcriptions, on the celebrated Binns organ of Rochdale Town Hall. Tim has held a number of distinguished posts in the field of church music. He was the first full time Master of Music at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, following which he was Director of Chapel Music at Jesus College, Cambridge. From 2004, and for nearly ten years, he was Director of Music at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where he directed the music for many occasions in the presence of H.M. The Queen and other members of the Royal Family. In 2013 he took up the post of Director of Music at All Saints’, Margaret Street, London W1, which has a unique reputation for its music and liturgy, in order to concentrate on teaching and playing. Future plans include a further trip to the U.S.A., and recitals in Keble College, Oxford, Hastings, Coventry and Chichester Cathedrals, King’s College, Cambridge, (as part of the ‘Easter at King’s’ Festival), St John’s, Smith Square, and appearances at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. He presents 2 concerts a year with the Oxford Bach Choir, as their Associate Conductor, and teaches piano and organ at Eton College. He teaches with the RCO Academy, and examines regularly for their diplomas. He recently completed a Master’s degree, specialising in piano studies, at Goldsmiths’ College, presenting programmes of Rachmaninov, Debussy, and Liszt. Free Admission - Collection - Buffet Details of the organ on the NPOR at: www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=P00257
  8. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 8EP A THANKSGIVING RECITAL for the life of VICTOR BURROUGH Saturday 14th March at 5:00pm A buffet tea will be served in the church's Friendship Centre following the recital and there will be a retiring collection for The Nicholas Danby Trust. Four organists (who were encouraged by Victor) will be taking part. Ourania Gassiou: Robert Schumann - Sketch op. 58, no. 3 Georg Bohm - Vater unser im Himmelreich Pierre Cochereau - Scherzo Symphonique Georgina Sherriff: Felix Mendelssohn - Sonata 3 (first movement) Anton Heiller - Ecce Lignum Crucis Peter Warlock - Andante Tranquillo (from the Capriol Suite) Edward Elgar - Imperial March Matthew Blaiden: Percy Whitlock - Folk Tune Bach / Best - Chaconne from 2nd Violin Partita Eleni Keventsidou J.S. Bach - Concerto in G Major Jehan Alain - Deux Danses a Agni Yavishta Max Reger - Ist Movt, Second Sonata Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 235 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8EP
  9. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 8EP SATURDAY, 28th FEBRUARY at 4:00pm HENRY FAIRS 'Great Danes' A Celebration of the 350th and 150th anniversaries of the births of Nicholaus Bruhns and Carl Nielsen respectively. Dietrich Buxtehude (c. 1637-1707) Praeludium in F BuxWV 145 JPE Hartmann (1805-1900) Allegro Marcato from Sonata Op. 58 Nicholaus Bruhns (1665-1697) Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) Commotio , Op 58 Henry Fairs is Head of Organ Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire and Organist to the University of Birmingham. He was a prize-winner in a number of international organ competitions including Paris, St Albans and Chartres. Since winning First Prize and Special Prize at the Odense International Organ Competition (Denmark), his concert career has taken him to the major European centres of organ music and to America, performing solo recitals, broadcasts (BBC, BR, MDR, Danish Radio) and concertos on both historic and modern instruments (including Merseburger Orgeltage, Chartres Cathedral, St Albans International Organ Festival, Internationale Orgelwoche, Nuremberg, Leipzig Gewandhaus, St Paul's Cathedral Celebrity Series, London.) Born in Hereford (England), he received his earliest musical training as a chorister at Leominster Priory and studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where he graduated with First Class Honours and was a prize-winner at the Fellowship diploma of the Royal College of Organists. A scholarship from the Countess of Munster Trust enabled postgraduate studies in Paris, Cologne and Vienna. Important teachers and influences have included David Saint, Susan Landale, Thierry Mechler, David Sanger and Michael Radulescu. Henry is regularly invited to give guest lectures and masterclasses: recently as a guest tutor and jury member at the Carl Nielsen International Festival and Competition, Denmark, Eastman School (USA), Three Choirs Festival, Calgary International Organ Festival (Canada), Royal College of Organists (London), Edinburgh Organ Academy, Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies and the Royal Academies of Music in Oslo and Copenhagen. He enjoys playing and teaching a broad, eclectic repertoire: currently with a strong focus on the organ output of JS Bach in a project involving research and performance of the organ works in 15 concerts throughout Europe. In addition, he has in recent years been occupied with the performance of 19th and 20th century music; including complete performances of organ music by: Jehan Alain (2011), Liszt (the three great works -2011) and Reubke, Olivier Messiaen (2008) and Maurice Duruflé ( Naxos 8.557924) In March 2014, he was appointed Honorary Professor of Organ at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. "Fairs emerges as a top-notch performer. His registrations, tempos, and sensitivity to subtle nuances in phrasing and articulation are superb." American Record Guide henryfairs.com Free Admission - Collection - Buffet Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 235 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8EP
  10. Posted Today, 08:09 PM BLOOMSBURY ORGAN DAY Saturday, January 31st from 1:00 pm An Organists Online and Music in Bloomsbury Joint Event The theme of this year's event is Britannia!! - a survey of the organs and organ music of the British Isles. Three half-hour recitals will be given by Henry Websdale, Weston Jennings and students from the RCO / St Giles' School. Presentations will also be given by Philip Norman, Dr John Rowntree and Catherine Ennis. During the day, there will be ongoing refreshments, displays of relevant material and sales of CDs and books and a substantial buffet. Jane Watts will conclude the day with a celebrity recital. 1.00 pm PRESENTATION Philip Norman - Five Centuries of Organs - 1.30 pm RECITALS Students from RCO / St Giles' School Camilla Allison Philip Moore (b1943) Pæan Emily Fraser Philip Moore (b1943) Prelude from Withycombe John Zhiang Edward Elgar (1857-1934) Vesper Voluntary 3 David Pimm Georg Böhm (1661-1733) Praeludium in A minor Rachelle Lam J S Bach (1685-1750) Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BMV 645 Evelyn Greaves Petr Eben (1929-2007) Three Choral Preludes from “Ten preludes on Chorales of the Bohemian Brethren 1971-73” No. 8 Hříchů Svých oplakej (Praise God, Praise God with Singing) No. 9 Nastala noc (At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing) No. 10 Jáfjsem v tom rozveselem (Good Health for those Who Are Hungry 2.30 pm PRESENTATION Dr John Rowntree - A BIOS Presentation 3.00 pm RECITAL Henry Websdale (Winchester College) Edward Elgar (1857-1934) Sonata in G - Mvt 1 Allegro Maestoso William Mathias (1934-1992) Carillon Alfred Hollins (1865-1942) Song of Sunshine William Alcock (1861-1947) Introduction and Passacaglia 4.00 pm PRESENTATION Catherine Ennis - A Presentation on the RCO 4.30 PM RECITAL Weston Jennings (Organ Scholar - Royal Festival Hall) Edwin Lemare (1865-1934) Marche Héroïque in D, Op. 74 Scherzo from Sonata No. 1 in F, Op. 95 Frank Bridge (1879-1941) Adagio in E Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Arabesque No. 2 Marcel Dupré (1886-1971) Prelude and Fugue in B Major, Op. 7, No.1 DISPLAYS There will be displays by various organ-related organisations and the opportunity to purchase magazines, books, CDs, etc. REFRESHMENTS Free ongoing during the afternoon. A bookable Special Buffet price £5.00 is available at 5:00 pm COST For the afternoon recitals and displays - free (but with a voluntary collection) Special Buffet - £5 Celebrity Recital by Jane Watts - £5 6.00 pm CELEBRITY RECITAL Jane Watts Ernest Macmillan (1893-1973) Cortège Académique William Lloyd Webber (1914-1982) Chorale, Cantilena and Finale Alexander Guilmant (1837-1911) Pastorale William Mathias (1934-1992) Variations on a Hymn Tune (Braint) Op20 William Mathias Tournemire (1870-1939) tr Durufle' Cantilene Improvisee Hubert Parry (1848-1918) Fantasia and Fugue in G FULL DETAILS HERE: http://www.organists...e.org/britannia DISPLAYS There will be displays by various organ-related organisations and the opportunity to purchase magazines, books, CDs, etc. REFRESHMENTS Ongoing during the afternoon. A bookable Special Buffet is available at 5:00 pm Please let Philip Luke know - philipluke@waitrose.com or phone 01953 688393 to book a meal in advance (this can also be done through the website) or for any further information at all. Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 235 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8EP
  11. BLOOMSBURY ORGAN DAY Saturday, January 31st from 1:00 pm Now under general discussion
  12. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 8EP SATURDAY, 29th NOVEMBER at 4:00pm DANIEL MOULT (Concert Organist) J.S. BACH (1685-1750) Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C (BWV 564) CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS (1835-1921) Benediction Nuptionale JULIUS REUBKE (1834-1858) Sonata on the 94th Psalm CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS (arr. Guilmant) Le Cygne AD WAMMES (b.1953) Toccata Chromatica IAN FARRINGTON (b. 1977) Live Wire Daniel Moult, “one of the finest organists of our time” (The Organ), is renowned in the UK and abroad for virtuosic, intelligent and engaging performances of repertoire from the 14th to the 21st centuries. His musicianship has been praised as “exhilarating” (Gramophone), “dazzling” (The Organ), and “formidable” (Organists’ Review). He has pioneered the use of film as a means of promoting organ music, and has presented and performed in two DVD releases, Virtuoso! Music for Organ, a film featuring some of the most demanding 20th century repertoire, and The Elusive English Organ, a journey through English organ music from 1550 to 1830. He is currently preparing the sequel, The Imperial English Organ, which will continue the story through the 19th and into the 20th century. He has made several CDs, the most recent of which is the first solo recording of the newly restored organ of Arundel Cathedral, to be released by Regent Records in Spring 2014. As a soloist, Daniel performs throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and Singapore. Recent ensemble appearances include playing Mozart’s organ music as part of the Mozart Unwrapped festival at King’s Place in London, concerts celebrating Handel with the London Early Opera Orchestra, and tours of France and Switzerland with Kammerorchester Basel. In June 2014 he was the artist in residence at Sydney Grammar School, performing Poulenc's organ concerto, and he will return to Australia in 2015. Born in Manchester, Daniel studied at Oxford (where he gained the Fellowship diploma of the Royal College of Organists with three of the top playing prizes and was jointly awarded the University of Oxford John Betts Organ Scholarship) and the Amsterdam Conservatorium. Previous posts include visiting organ tutor at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, seven years as Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Coventry Cathedral, and five years as Artistic Director of The London Organ Day. He is a sought after educator, and teaches through the RCO Organ School, on many masterclasses, workshops and courses around the world, as well as maintaining regular positions at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Wells Cathedral School and The Royal College of Music Junior Department. He examines for the Royal College of Organists. He has published several editions, including the Easy Bach Album and the upcoming Easy Handel Album with Bärenreiter and the Complete Church Organist, volumes 1 and 2, with RSCM Publications. His articles on performance practice and performance-related topics have appeared in various music journals. Based in London, Daniel is in demand as a soloist and accompanist, broadcasts frequently on BBC Television and Radio and has recorded for various record labels including Fugue State, Sony BMG and Radio Netherlands. www.danielmoult.com Free Admission - Collection - Buffet Details of the organ on the NPOR at: www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=P00257 www.bloomsbury.org.uk
  13. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 8EP SATURDAY, 25th OCTOBER at 4:00pm ELENI KEVENTSIDOU (Rugby School) J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Prelude and fugue in B minor BWV 544 F.Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Songs without words No.21 in G minor op.53 No.3 Saint- Saens (1835-1921) Fantaisie No 3. in C major op.157 F. Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Variations Serieuses op.54 arranged by Reitze Smits Manos Hadjidakis (1925-1994) from Suite: For a Little White Seashell, op.1: Grand Sousta, Syrtos Yannis Constantinidis (1903-1984) Greek Dances Nos 5 and 8 Max Reger (1873-1916) Second Sonata op.60, 1st mvt: Improvisation, Allegro con brio Eleni was born in Athens and started playing the piano at the age of 9 with Kate Trulli at the Athens National Conservatory. She graduated in 1995 with a unanimous First Prize. At that time Eleni was also studying Greek Literature (Linguistics) at the National Republic University of Athens. In 1998 Eleni was awarded a three- year scholarship by the “Friends of Music Society” in order to study the organ with Nicolas Kynaston in the Athens Concert Hall. Studying organ music with Nicolas Kynaston and David Titterington at the Royal Academy of Music Eleni graduated from the Postgraduate Performance Course in 2004 with distinction and has also studied privately with Johannes Geffert, Head of Church Music Studies at the Cologne Hochschule. Eleni has performed as a soloist at the Athens Concert Hall, Bonn-Beuel. Dusseldorf, Himmerod Abbey (Germany), All Souls Langham Place, Westminster Cathedral, Bath Abbey, Huddersfield Town Hall, Cambridge Festival, St. Dominic’s Priory, Ciuntadella Cathedral (Menorca), Temple de Foyer (Paris), Bristol Cathedral, York Minster. As a chamber music player Eleni has performed at St. Martin in the Fields, the Dutch Church London, the Evangelist Church of Katerini (Greece), the Athens Spring Organ Festival and the Athens Megaron In 2003 Eleni was awarded a scholarship from the Alexander S.Onassis Scholarship Foundation. In 2004 she was awarded the “Margaret and Sydney Lovett Organ Prize” and the “United Music Publishers Ensemble Prize (London-Royal Academy). In 2007 she was awarded the Artistic Director’s Prize at Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia. In 2005 Eleni participated in a joint recording project with the Royal Academy of Music and the Southwark and South London Organ Society, playing at the Royal Festival Hall. In February she participated in a CD recording of English Choral music with the Rugby School Choirs. Eleni has been Organist-in-Residence at Tonbridge School, Bilton Grange School and Bishops Stortford College. Currently she teaches piano at Kent College, East London Music Service and piano- organ at Rugby School. Eleni has started in October 2010 her PhD in Organ Performance in Max Reger’s organ music on a studentship at Christ Church University, Canterbury. Currently she teaches keyboard skills at CCCU and plays the organ for the University Graduation Ceremonies at Canterbury Cathedral. Free Admission - Collection - Buffet Details of the organ on the NPOR at: www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=P00257 www.bloomsbury.org.uk
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  15. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 SHAFTESBURY AVENUE, LONDON WC2H 8EP SATURDAY 27th SEPTEMBER AT 4:00PM Prof STEFAN ENGELS (LEIPZIG) Organ Works from the Great Leipzig Organ Tradition MAX REGER (1873-1916) Chorale Fantasia on 'Hallelujah, Gott zu Loben...' Op 52/3 ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Studies in Canonic Form, Op 56 i Mit innigem Ausdruck ii Andantino / Etwas schneller iii Nicht zu schnell iv Adagio SIGFRID KARG-ELERT (1877-1933) Symphony for Organ Op 143 i Lento misterioso ii Allegro brioso ed energico iii Scherzo (Presto demoniaco) iv Largo e quieto v Finale (Vivace e brioso) Stefan Engels was recently named Professor of Organ and Leah M. Fullinwider Centennial Endowed Chair in Music Performance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, USA. This appointment was preceded by his positions as Professor of Organ at the University of Music and Performing Arts “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany, and as Associate Professor of Organ and Chair of the Organ Department at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. In Leipzig, Mr. Engels was founder and Artistic Director of the European Organ Academy Leipzig, attracting faculty and students from around the world. As an advocate and specialist for the music of the late-Romantic German Composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert, he also founded the Karg-Elert Festival in Leipzig, demonstrating and discovering the unique works of this Leipzig composer. In 2015 Mr. Engels will finish the world premiere recording of the complete organ works of Karg-Elert. Mr. Engels maintains a vigorous international concert schedule and is a sought-after teacher, having presented lectures and master classes across the European continent, North America, Russia and South Korea. Mr. Engels frequently serves on juries at leading international organ competitions, such as the St. Albans Competition and the Bach Competition Leipzig. His musical education took place in Germany and the United States. He studied organ, piano, harpsichord, choral conducting and church music at the Universities in Aachen, Düsseldorf, and Cologne. From 1993 until 1998 he pursued further organ studies with the late Robert Anderson in Dallas and Wolfgang Rübsam in Chicago. He achieved his international break-through when he was awarded the “Concerto Gold Medal” at the 1998 Calgary International Organ Competition. Since then he is represented by Karen McFarlane Artists Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Free Admission - Collection - Buffet Details of the organ on the NPOR at: www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=P00257 www.bloomsbury.org.uk
  16. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 8EP SATURDAY, 26th July at 4:00pm ANNE PAGE (CAMBRIDGE) Jeanne Demessieux (1921-1968) Répons pour le Temps de Pâques Jehan Alain (1911-1940) Introduction et Variations - Scherzo - Choral. Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) Joie et clarté des Corps glorieux. J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue in G major BWV 541 E.T. Chipp (1823-1886) Introduction and Variations on 'God Preserve the Emperor' Anne Page is known in the UK and abroad as a musician who combines virtuosity and versatility. Born and educated in Perth, Australia, she moved to Europe to continue advanced studies with Marie-Claire Alain, Peter Hurford and Jacques van Oortmerssen. She made her London debut playing 20th century repertoire at the Royal Festival Hall. Her career encompasses performances and broadcasts in Europe, the USA and Australia. In the pioneering spirit of her country of origin she likes to explore some of the less well trodden musical paths and has been one of a handful of musicians at the forefront of the revival of the harmonium, making critically-acclaimed recordings and establishing a course on the instrument at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2008 she was featured in a Purcell Room recital for solo harmonium and the Swiss organist and composer Lionel Rogg has written a suite of pieces for harmonium for her. As a member of the British Institute of Organ Studies she took a leading role in the development of the Historic Organ Sound Archive. This innovative scheme combined community education with a permanent free online archive to increase access to our organ heritage. Anne researched and recorded 10 hours of music for the project. Now based in Cambridge, she directed the Cambridge Summer Recitals for eight years, presenting many world and UK first performances and bringing several major recitalists from Europe to Britain for the first time. During 2011/12 she performed the complete organ works of Bach in 23 recitals on 14 different organs in Cambridge. The series attracted capacity audiences and helped to support the educational work of the Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies of which Anne is a founder. www.anne-page.co.uk YouTube channel: annepagecambridge Free Admission - Collection - Buffet Details of the organ on the NPOR at: www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=P00257 www.bloomsbury.org.uk
  17. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 SHAFTESBURY AVENUE, LONDON WC2H 8EP SATURDAY 28th JUNE AT 4:00PM JONATHAN SCOTT Concert Organist and Pianist Richard Wagner (1813-1883) arr. Lemare Tannhäuser Overture Tom Scott (b.1981) Sesquialtera (2012) Charles Gounod (1818-93) arr. Scott Funeral March of a Marionette Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) Prélude et fugue sur le nom d’Alain Op. 7 Philip Glass (b.1937) Satyagraha (Act III conclusion) Richard Wagner (1813-1883) arr. Lemare Ride of the Valkyries Jonathan Scott enjoys a hugely varied performing career on a diverse spectrum of keyboard instruments performing music which spans the entire classical repertoire. In addition to his career as pianist and organist he is a leading authority on the French harmonium d'art and has a busy concert schedule with his pianist brother, Tom Scott, performing as Scott Brothers Duo. Born in Manchester, Jonathan studied piano and organ at Chetham's School of Music before gaining a scholarship on both instruments to attend the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). With the aid of a Countess of Munster Scholarship he was able to continue his studies in USA and Holland. Jonathan has been a member of the keyboard staff at the RNCM since 2001. A prizewinner at many International competitions including St Albans Organ Competition and RCO Performer of the Year Competition, Jonathan also won the coveted Worshipful Company of Musicians WT Best Scholarship and gold medal, and is a Freeman of The City of London. In the past 12 months Jonathan has given a solo recital at Mansion House on the new organ for Westminster Abbey for the Lord Mayor of London, given a European tour with trumpeter Håken Hardenberger, as well as presenting his second season of solo lunchtime organ concert series at The Bridgewater Hall. He has also appeared as harpsichord soloist in Poulenc's Concert Champêtre with The Orchestra of Opera North and piano soloist in Gershwin Piano Concerto with RPO. He recently appeared at The Royal Albert Hall for a series of performances as organ and piano soloist in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Saint-Saëns' “Organ” Symphony. Forthcoming performances include recitals across the UK as well an autumn Gershwin tour and solo performances on QM2. In collaboration with his brother, Tom Scott, Jonathan has released several CDs to great critical acclaim on the Scott Brothers Duo label. Their discs have received wide international airplay as well as receiving their own special edition of ‘The Organist Entertains‘ on BBC Radio 2. Jonathan's latest solo CD celebrating the centenary of “The Organ of Rochdale Town Hall” was described as "superb" in Organists' Review.
  18. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 8EP SATURDAY, 31st MAY at 4:00pm KATHERINE DIENES-WILLIAMS (GUILDFORD CATHEDRAL) Programme: Herbert Howells (1892-1983) Rhapsody No 3 Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers (1632-1714) Kyrie J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue in E flat (St Anne) William Albright (1944-1998) Sweet sixteenths Calvin Hampton (1938-1984) At the Ballet Edward Elgar (1857-1934) Sonata in G (1st movt) Guy Bovet (b. 1942) Salamanca Katherine Dienes-Williams, MA, BMus, FRCO, Hon. ARSCM, Hon. GCM was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Guildford Cathedral in January 2008 following six years as Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St. Mary, Warwick. Katherine was born and educated in Wellington, New Zealand and studied for a BA in Modern Languages and a BMus at Victoria University, Wellington. Katherine was Organ Scholar at Wellington Cathedral from 1988 to 1991 when she was appointed Assistant Organist there. Katherine came to England in 1991 to take up the post of Organ Scholar at Winchester Cathedral and Assistant Organist at Winchester College. She has also held posts as Organist and Assistant Director of Music at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool, Assistant Organist and Director of the Cathedral Girls’ Choir at Norwich Cathedral prior to moving to Warwick as Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St. Mary. She is a sometime guest tutor for the Royal College of Organists and is regularly asked to be a guest choral workshop leader for the Royal School of Church Music in the UK, South Africa and the USA. Katherine has given several organ recitals in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, U.S.A., Bermuda, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia and Singapore. She has performed as organ soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, the City of London Sinfonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and has taught a masterclass at the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, USA. She is also active as a composer, having received several commissions both in the UK, the USA and New Zealand. Katherine holds a Master of Arts in Music and Liturgy from Leeds University. She features both as organist and choral conductor on several recordings. She is in demand as a choral workshop leader in the UK, the USA and several other European countries. In February of this year, she undertook a weekend workshop based at Trinity Church, Asbury Park, N.J. followed by workshops with the choir of Trinity Church, Princeton, the Chapel Choir of St. James’ School, Hagerstown, Maryland, and the choir of Christ’s Church, Rye. She also gave an organ recital at Ursinus College, Pennsylvania. In July 2014, she will direct the RSCM Montréal course summer school which will be based outside Boston, USA. In August of this year she will give an organ recital at Himmerod Abbey in Germany. In January 2016 she will direct the combined RSCM summer school of Australia and New Zealand in Canberra, Australia. She has recently been elected into her secondary school’s ‘Hall of Fame’ as an outstanding alumnus (Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Wellington, New Zealand). Other interests include languages (her BA is in French and German), travel, reading and swimming. She is a Knight of the Grand Order of Vitéz and a Knight of the Order of St. Ladislau (Hungary). Katherine is married to Patrick Williams, and they have a daughter, Hannah. Free Admission - Collection - Buffet Details of the organ on the NPOR at: www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=P00257 www.bloomsbury.org.uk
  19. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 8EP SATURDAY, 26th APRIL at 4:00pm LUKE BOND (TRURO CATHEDRAL) J. S Bach (1685-1750) Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV 542 Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend BWV 655 C.H. Parry (1848-1914) Chorale fantasia on The Old Hundredth Percy Grainger (1882-1961) Handel in the Strand Norman Cocker (1889-1953) Tuba Tune Herbert Howells (1892-1983) Psalm Prelude Set 1 Number 1 Alexander Guilmant (1837-1911) Sonata in D minor: 1. Introduction and Allegro 2. Pastorale 3. Finale Luke Bond is currently Assistant Director of Music at Truro Cathedral where he works with the Cathedral Choir in its six choral services per week and also accompanies the Choir in broadcasts, tours and recordings on the Cathedral's famous Father Willis organ. He grew-up in Gloucester and became the Cathedral Organ Scholar aged 17, studying with David Briggs. Subsequent posts were held at Bristol Cathedral, St Mary's Church, Warwick and Clifton College. In Truro Luke also directs St Mary's Singers and Orchestra with whom he has programmed a diverse repertoire of works from Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks to Copland's Old American Songs. The choir recently performed Bach's St Matthew Passion in a liturgical context. He works regularly as organ and piano accompanist, most recently with Julia Hwang (BBC4 Lark Ascending) and Grace Davidson (in Handel's Gloria). Luke is collaborating with the trumpeter Ross Brown in a programme of new trumpet and organ transcriptions for publication and recording on the Regent Label, with whom he made a solo organ disc last year which has received numerous five star reviews. Luke has given first performances of works by numerous composers, most recently works by David Bednall and Paul Drayton. Luke recently accompanied the first broadcast of Julian Philips' anthem Church Music (from Choirbook for the Queen). His freelance work takes him out of Truro and often includes being Organist on the Eton Choral Course, and working with Andrew Nethsingha on a summer course in Chinon, France, and a tour to Sweden in 2014. Free Admission - Collection - Buffet Details of the organ on the NPOR at: www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=P00257 www.bloomsbury.org.uk
  20. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 8EP SATURDAY, 29th MARCH at 4:00pm TOM BELL St Michael’s, Chester Square Carillon de Westminster - Vierne Rhosymedre - Vaughan Williams Overture 'Caesar and Cleopatra' - Bliss arr.Gower Seven Waves Away - Bliss arr.Gower Bridal Ceremony (Adam Zero) - Bliss arr.Gower Intermezzo (Miracle in the Gorbals) - Bliss arr.Gower The Rout Trot - Bliss arr.Gower Vesper Voluntaries nos.3, 5, 6 - Elgar The Tame Bear - Elgar arr.Walker Variations de Concert - Bonnet Tom Bell enjoys a varied freelance solo career as an organist, based in London and active across the UK. He has played additionally in mainland Europe and the USA, undertaking two tours to the latter encompassing the East Coast and Mid West in 2013. Tom's debut CD, featuring music by Bliss, Elgar and Malcolm Williamson recently was released on the Regent label, and was described by one reviewer as "...a marvellous recording, full of light, from a charismatic and virtuosic musician" (Organists' Review). His performance on the same disc of Williamson's unjustly neglected Symphony for Organ was described in American Record Guide as "brilliant". Tom's playing has been heard on the radio in the UK, Europe and the United States, including (from the Temple Church in London) a live solo recital on Dutch Radio 4 as part of their Handel Day, 2009. Highlights in 2014 include the release of a double CD of contemporary music, the formation of a duo with organist Richard Brasier, and his debut at the Royal Festival Hall, London as a featured artist in the Pull Out All The Stops festival. Tom will give two concerts at the RFH, both to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and featuring first performances of works by Neil Hannon and Shlomo. Tom teaches in a freelance capacity for the Royal College of Organists, and also on courses run by the Royal School of Church Music and Oundle for Organists, for whom he will direct a course in 2014. He is organ tutor both at Sevenoaks School and the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk, and regularly gives masterclasses (recently Birmingham Conservatoire and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia). A passion for education and outreach has led to involvement with many different schemes, and he is organist to the long-running Organworks project, based at Eton. Tom is Artistic Director to the London Organ Day, a trustee of the ON Organ Fund, and serves as Organist and Choir Master at St Michael's Church, Chester Square in central London. He also writes occasionally, and his work has been published in BBC Music Magazine, Organists' Review and others. Tom studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Kevin Bowyer, also travelling to Amsterdam to see Jacques van Oortmerssen on an occasional basis. His repertoire is broad but he harbours a particular love of new music, something which has led him to premiere many pieces in the last few years. Besides tea drinking he likes fell walking, good beer and (most of all) steam locomotives. Free Admission - Collection - Buffet Also at Bloomsbury - Two Evening Recitals by Young Performers: WEDNESDAY 2ND APRIL at 6:00pm TAK MAN CHOW (RCM) WEDNESDAY 9TH APRIL at 6:00pm MATT BLAIDEN (Cambridge) Details of the organ on the NPOR at: www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=P00257 www.bloomsbury.org.uk
  21. We have just heard the news that Jennifer Bate will be interviewed live on Radio 3's 'In Tune' this afternoon (Wednesday) between 5:20 and 5:40. We don't have much other information at the moment but "watch this space." There seems to be more 'organist awareness' on the radio at the moment which can only help our cause. JohnW
  22. A special 70th Birthday Year Concert by Jennifer Bate will be held at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on Saturday, March 1st at 6:30pm following on from The London Organ Day. A St David's Day buffet will be available beforehand and all are welcome to join in the celebration. The programme includes the UK première of Jennifer Bate's Suite 'Veni Creator Spiritus'. Free Admission - Collection - Buffet Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Sonata No 3 in A, Op 65 i. Con moto maestoso ii. Andante tranquillo J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Two Chorale Preludes: 1.Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 2. Wir glauben all' an einen Gott Vater, BWV 740 Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Fantasia and Fugue on 'Ad nos, ad salutarem undam' Jennifer Bate (b.1944) Suite on Veni Creator Spiritus (U.K.première) i. Processional ii. Intermezzo iii. Aria iv Toccata Jennifer Bate is in the top rank of international organists and has long been a favourite at all the world’s great festivals. Many composers have written for her, inspired by her phenomenal technique and ability to bring out the colours of the organ. In 1990, Jennifer’s artistry and outstanding contribution to music received international recognition with the Personnalité de l’Année award by the French-based jury. She was only the third British artist to achieve this distinction, after Sir Georg Solti and Sir (later Lord) Yehudi Menuhin. In 1996, Jennifer was granted Honorary Citizenship of the Italian province of Alessandria for her services to music in Northern Italy over 20 years. In 2002, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, in 2007 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Bristol and in 2008 she was awarded an OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List. In April 2011, the French Minister of Culture made her an Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In July 2011, President Sarkozy appointed her to the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest order. Jennifer is recognised as the world authority on the organ works of Olivier Messiaen, with whom she worked extensively. Her world première recording of his last masterpiece for organ, Livre du Saint Sacrement, won a Grand Prix du Disque. In 1995, Jennifer opened the Messiaen Festival at l’Eglise de la Sainte Trinité, Paris, where his complete organ works were performed and recorded. Among numerous awards for her CD, were the Diapason d’Or and Preis der Deutsche Schallplattenkritik. Regis Records reissued the complete works of Franck and Messiaen and her historic anthology, From Stanley to Wesley, in budget boxed sets. All were awarded the Penguin CD Guide’s “Top Recommendation”. Her CD of recently-discovered works by Samuel Wesley and its sequel, The Wesleys and their Contemporaries (both recorded from first editions, on an historic organ), received great critical acclaim, as did her 5-CD set of The Complete Organ Works of Felix Mendelssohn. More recently, Naxos released The Complete Organ Works of Peter Dickinson. Please visit Jennifer’s web page: www.classical-artists.com/jbate for further information. Jennifer gives master-classes worldwide (including Oxford and Cambridge Universities), lectures on a wide range of musical subjects and particularly enjoys working with young people. Her pioneering education programme – A Guide to the King of Instruments - which she delivers in any of five languages, is in great demand for all age groups. She will open the first series of recitals on the refurbished organ in the Royal Festival Hall on 29 September 2014. www.bloomsbury.org.uk
  23. Bloomsbury Organ Day Saturday, January 25th from 1:00 pm A Music in Bloomsbury and Organists Online Joint Event The theme of this year's event is Allein Gott!! - chorale and cantus firmus based organ music explored through that mainstay of the organ repertoire - the toccata / prelude / fantasia and fugue. Three half-hour recitals will be given by Freddie James, Ben Bloor and students from the RCO / St Giles School. Presentations will also be given by Philip Norman, John Peacham and Neil Collier (Priory Records). During the day, there will be ongoing refreshments, displays of relevant material and sales of CDs and books and a substantial buffet. Jane Parker-Smith will conclude the day with a celebrity recital. FULL DETAILS HERE: http://www.organistsonline.org/allein.gott Summary: RECITALS Students from RCO / St Giles - 1:00 pm Freddie James (St John's College, Cambridge) - 2:30 pm Ben Bloor (New College, Oxford) - 4:00 pm Jane Parker-Smith (International Concert Organist) - 6:00 pm PRESENTATIONS Philip Norman - Gregorian Chant Based Music - 1:30 pm John Peacham - The German Chorale Prelude - 3:00 pm Neil Collier - Karg-Elert and the Chorale Prelude - 4:30 pm DISPLAYS There will be displays by various organ-related organisations and the opportunity to purchase magazines, books, CDs, etc. REFRESHMENTS Ongoing during the afternoon. A bookable Special Buffet is available at 5:00 pm COST For the afternoon recitals and displays - free (but with a voluntary collection) Special Buffet - £5 Celebrity Recital by Jane Parker-Smith - £5 Please let Philip Luke know - philipluke@waitrose.com or phone 01953 688393 to book a meal in advance (this can also be done through the website) or for any further information at all. Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 235 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8EP www,bloomsbury.org.uk
  24. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 SHAFTESBURY AVENUE, LONDON WC2H 8EP SATURDAY 30th NOVEMBER at 4:00 p.m. NORMAN HARPER (St George's RC Cathedral, Southwark) ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS MUSIC PLUS THE THALBEN-BALL PEDAL VARIATIONS FOLLOWED BY CHRISTMAS TEA IN THE CHURCH FRIENDSHIP CENTRE Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988) Hymn Fantasias: Helmsley (Lo, he comes with clouds descending) Lumetto – Little canonic variations (Jesus bids us shine) Veni, Emmanuel (O come, O come, Emmanuel) George Thalben-Ball (1896-1987) Variation on a theme of Paganini Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645 (Sleepers, wake!) Flor Peeters (1903-1986) Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933) Wachet Auf! ruft uns die Stimme J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Nun komm', der Heiden Heiland (Saviour of the nations, come) 1. Canto Fermo in Soprano BWV 659 2. In Organo Pleno BWV 661 Meine Seele erhebt den Herrn BWV 648 (My soul doth magnify the Lord) Meine Seele erhebt den Herrn BWV 733 (The 'Magnificat' Fugue) Improvisation on Chosen Audience Carol Admission Free - Collection - Buffet Norman Harper was organ scholar at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and is now organist and director of the Girls’ Choir at St George’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Southwark. In addition to his CD recordings, he has performed as soloist in many of the major venues in the UK, including St Paul’s Cathedral, St John’s College and King’s College Cambridge, the Temple Church, St Dominic’s Priory, Coventry Cathedral and Southwark Anglican Cathedral, as well as in Germany, France, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Australia and the USA. He has broadcast solo recitals on BBC Radio 3 and accompanied numerous choral services on BBC Radio and TV. Recital venues during 2013 & 2014 include Westminster Abbey, St Michael’s Cornhill, Grosvenor Chapel, Westminster Cathedral, Bromley Parish Church, St Michael & All Angels Beckenham, Godalming Parish Church, Christchurch Priory and Central Hall, Westminster. www.bloomsbury.org.uk
  25. BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH 235 SHAFTESBURY AVENUE, LONDON WC2H 8EP SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER at 4:00PM DAVID PIPE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF MUSIC, YORK MINSTER C. V. Stanford (1852-1924) Fantasia & Toccata in D minor, op. 57 John Bull (1562-1628) Salve Regina (Five versets) Huw Morgan (b.1975) Triptych (2013) Ffanffare - Lullaby - Dialogues George Haynes (b.1989) Salve Regina: four meditations Harold Britton (b.1923) Variations on "I got rhythm" Born in London in 1983, David Pipe read Music at Cambridge University as Organ Scholar of Downing College, later studying organ at the Royal Academy of Music. His organ teachers have included David Titterington, Susan Landale and Lionel Rogg. David appears regularly as an organ recitalist, accompanist and conductor. Recent recitals have include Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral, as well as tours to the USA; he recently performed Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with Sheffield Symphony Orchestra. He has worked as both organist and conductor on BBC television and radio, and has featured on several recordings as organist and continuo player. His first solo recording, a disc of original organ works and transcriptions by Liszt and Brahms, was released last year to critical acclaim on the SFZ Music label. It was previewed on Radio 3’s In Tune programme and voted Record of the Month by MusicWeb International. David became Principal Conductor of York Musical Society in April 2012, and has conducted them in works including Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem and Bach’s St Matthew Passion. David came to work at York Minster in September 2008, and was appointed Assistant Director of Music in September 2010. He performs regularly with local groups and is increasingly in demand as a teacher. More details can be found at www.david-pipe.co.uk. ADMISSION FREE - COLLECTION - BUFFET www.bloomsbury.org.uk
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