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Church of All Hallows, Gospel Oak


Savernake Road, London NW3 2JP


Winter Organ Festival


Thursday, 13 December, 7.00 pm.


Huw Williams


Celebratory Music for Advent and Christmas


Prelude and Fugue in C Major BWV 547 J.S. Bach

Variations on Nun komm der Heiden Heiland Heiller

March on ‘Lift up your heads’ Guilmant

Andante Sostenuto from Symphonie Gothique Op. 70 Widor

Three short pieces on ‘Quem pastores laudavere’ Paulmichl, Willan, Walcha

Toccata on ‘God rest ye merry, gentlemen’ Rutter

La Nativité Langlais

At Christmastide Stanford

Cradle Song Hollins

Prelude and Fugue in B major Op. 7 No. 1 Dupré



Programmes £10; Concessions £5.00


Refreshments served


In aid of the Organ Restoration Appeal


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Bristol Cathedral, Tuesday 4 December 1:15pm

Music for Advent and Christmas


Paul Walton plays a programme including Jackson, Bach, Baker, Hollins and Cochereau


This recital is the launch of Paul's new CD, Rejoice and be merry! Organ music for Christmas, recorded on Regent Records - Paul's first commercial recording and the first recording for 8 years of the organ of Bristol Cathedral. This will be available from Paul for £10. More details here:





And great fun it was too - very enjoyable!



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Church of All Hallows, Gospel Oak


Savernake Road, London NW3 2JP


Winter Organ Festival


Thursday, 17 January, 7.00 pm.


Colin Walsh


Seasonal Music


Epiphanie Litaize

Noel & Rosace (Esquisses Byzantines) Mulet

In Dulci Jubilo BWV 608, Das alte Jahr vergangen ist BWV 614 and In dir ist Freude BWV 616 JS Bach

Choral No 1 in E Franck

Pastorale, Intermezzo & Exultemus Whitlock

Adeste Fidelis (written for Colin Walsh) Langlais

Dieu parmi nous Messiaen


Programmes £10; Concessions £5.00


Refreshments served


In aid of the Organ Restoration Appeal


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PLEASE NOTE LATER STARTING TIME to allow those attending the London Organ Day to follow-on afterwards


Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church


235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP



Saturday 23rd February at 6:30 pm

















1. Allegro appasionato

2. Adagio con molt' espressione

3. Scherzando: Allegro

4. Recitativo

5. Choral et Fugue: Allegro




"I cannot remember when I last enjoyed organ-playing, either recorded or live, as much. The star of the show is Jane Watts, who boasts that rare combination of a secure technique, intelligent musicianship and an ability to communicate genuine enjoyment and enthusiasm for the music." - Gramophone



“Seldom do you hear an instrumentalist so confident and capable as Jane Watts: she demonstrated total self-possession, in addition to ample musical knowledge” - so wrote the reviewer in New York - The Sun of her recital in Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York City. Miss Watts will return to the USA in July.



The internationally-acclaimed Welsh organist enjoys a career that has taken her all over the world. She has given recitals in Europe, Hong Kong, Barbados, Australia and New Zealand, and made numerous appearances in festivals and concerts throughout the United Kingdom: additionally she has been both a soloist in, and a jury member of, the prestigious St Albans International Organ Festival. In July 2011 she gave the opening recital of the first International Organ Series to be presented in the Frits-Philips Concert Hall in Eindhoven, Holland.


Jane Watts has recorded exclusively with Priory Records since 1988. “From the first few bars, you can tell why Jane Watts’ performances have gathered such superlatives” began the review in Gramophone magazine of her recording made on the organ of the Ulster Hall, Belfast. Other recordings, including those from Westminster Abbey, Chartres Cathedral, Sydney Town Hall and Wellington Cathedral, New Zealand have been equally well received, as has a CD of Handel Organ Concerti, and of world premiere recordings of the two Organ Concerti of Richard Popplewell, both these CDs being under the direction of Sir David Willcocks. A recital recorded in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney will be issued next year.


Jane Watts has also made numerous recital recordings for BBC Radio 3 in Britain, France and Germany, and broadcast on radio in America, Australia and New Zealand. She was organist of The Bach Choir under Sir David Willcocks and David Hill from 1991 until 2010, her departure resulting from the latter’s requirement that the postholder act also as Assistant Conductor. In addition to appearing as a soloist with the Choir throughout the world, she also featured in its recordings: during its visit to the 10th Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, she undertook the formidable organ part in the world premiere of Naji Hakim’s Gloria.


Amongst the orchestras with which Jane Watts has appeared as soloist are the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. Conductors with whom she has appeared as soloist include Matthias Bamert, Richard Hickox, John Mauceri (with whom she made her debut at the BBC Proms), Sir Roger Norrington, Tadaaki Otaka, Howard Shelley, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Sir David Willcocks.





Details of the organ on the NPOR at:



Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church

235 Shaftesbury Avenue




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235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP


Saturday 23rd March at 4:00pm



(H.M. Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace)




J.S. BACH (1685-1750)


Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir BWV 686

O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross BWV 622


ALAN RIDOUT (1934-1996)


The Seven Last Words:

I ‘Father, forgive them: for they know not what they do'.

II ‘Woman, behold thy son......Behold thy mother’.

III ‘My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?’

IV ‘Verily I say unto thee: Today shalt thou be with me in paradise'.

V ‘I thirst’.

VI ‘It is finished’.

VII ‘Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit’.



JEHAN ALAIN (1911-1940)


Deux Fantaisies

Postlude pour l’Office de Complies


JEAN LANGLAIS (1907-1991)


Incantation pour un jour Saint






CARL JACKSON was born in London and studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Malcolm Hill

and Alan Harverson. He also held organ scholarships at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace,

and at Downing College, Cambridge where he was a pupil of Peter Hurford.


After teacher-training at Goldsmiths’ College (University of London), he taught at Hinchingbrooke

School, Huntingdon and at Whitgift School, Croydon before spending nine years at St Paul's Girls'

School as Senior Music Teacher and subsequently as Organist. In 1998, he was appointed

Director of Music at Kingston Grammar School, a position he held for twelve years before taking

on the role of Master of Music Scholars from September 2010 to March 2012. Carl was Organist

of Croydon Minster from 1986-1990, Sub-Organist of the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace,

from 1990-1993, and Assistant Director of Music at St Peter’s Church, Eaton Square from

1993-1996. In October 1996, he returned again to the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court on his

appointment there as Director of Music. He has broadcast with the chapel choir on radio and

television - notably in the Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 2010, and conducted them in performances

with Sir Cliff Richard, José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.


As an accompanist he has worked with Sir Willard White, and with the Elysian Singers of London

with whom he appears on their CD of the music of James MacMillan (Signum Records). Distinctions

include Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music and Honorary Fellowship of the Guild of

Church Musicians. He was appointed MVO in the 2012 New Year Honours list.

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235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP


An Organ Recital by


Gary Sieling

Bromley Parish Church


Saturday, April 27th at 4:00pm


JS Bach (1685-1750)

Chorale-Partita 'Christ, der du bist der helle Tag (BWV 766)


Johannes Brahms (1833-1887)

Chorale Prelude: 'Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen


Edward MacDowell (1869-1908)

To a Wild Rose


Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749)

Suite du deuxième ton:

Plein jeu, Duo, Trio, Basse de cromorne,
Flûtes, Récit de Nazard, Caprice sur les grands Jeux


John Stanley (1713-1786)

Voluntary in G


Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria


Gary Sieling (b.1952)

Toccata and Fugue on a theme of Enrico Mancini


Gary Sieling
was born in Bedfordshire and educated at Dunstable Grammar School. He read for his BMus degree at the University of London, Goldsmiths’ College and while a student played for the debut of the London Cantata Choir with whom he is still associated. He studied organ with Peter Moorse, Nicholas Danby at the Royal College of Music, Dr Peter le Huray at St Catherine’s College Cambridge, and Jane Parker-Smith. He was awarded FRCO in 1981 and MA in Performance from Anglia Ruskin University in 1997, studying organ with Nicholas Kynaston at Caius College Cambridge.


Gary was organist of Dunstable Priory and then Assistant Master of Music at Peterborough Cathedral. During his time there he was Conductor of the Peterborough Philharmonic Society, Director of the St Peter’s Singers, and Founder and Associate Conductor of the City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra. He also taught organ and piano at Oundle and Stamford Schools. He played for the Cathedral Choir on two tours of America in addition to regular TV and radio broadcasts and recordings.


Gary is now Director of Music at Bromley Parish Church (
. He also directs the chamber choir ‘FineChants’ and works as a freelance organist, harpsichordist, conductor, adjudicator, and examiner for the Royal College of Organists. He spent the summers of 2009 and
as the Music
Adjudicator to the Sri Lanka Performing Arts Festival.


His recent CD recordings include one for Priory Records from Chelmsford Cathedral featuring the major organ works of Stanley Vann, sometime organist of Peterborough Cathedral, and the ‘Kenneth Leighton Memorial Album’ which Gary compiled and published. Gary has also recently recorded a CD of harpsichord and organ music at Bromley Parish Church.
Organ concert venues in this country include St Paul’s, Canterbury and Westminster Cathedrals, King’s College Cambridge and Westminster Abbey. He has made ten international concert tours visiting Denmark, Germany, Italy and USA.


Gary likes to relax by travelling and exploring old churches.



Admission Free - Collection - Buffet


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St Andrew's Minster Church

Royal Parade



Thursday 16 May 2013

7.30 p.m.


D'Arcy Trinkwon

International Concert Organist

The Organist, Worth Abbey



Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)

Plymouth Suite


Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Canon in B minor, Op.56, no.5


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) arranged by John Cook (1918-1984)

Chaconne in D minor, BWV1004




Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Hymne au Soleil (From Pièces de Fantaïsie, Op.53 )


Markus Braun (b.1953)



Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Fantasia & Fugue on “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam”


Tickets £10 at the door or from Kerry's Music Shop, Ebrington Street, Plymouth


Presented by the Plymouth Medical Society, in support of Medic Malawi, and The Eddystone Trust

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Music for a Summer Evening


Organ recital by Andrew Caskie


Tuesday 4 June 2013, 7.30pm (free admission)

Palmerston Place Church, Edinburgh EH12 5AA


Veni Creator – Nicolas de Grigny (with plainchant sung alternatim by men from the choir)


Meditation: Love Unknown – Francis Jackson


Berceuse à la mémoire de Louis Vierne – Pierre Cochereau, transc. F. Blanc


Trio Sonata No. 6 in G major BWV 530 – Johann Sebastian Bach


Free Fantasia on O Zion, haste and How firm a foundation – William Bolcom


Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Delilah, Op. 47) – Camille Saint-Saëns, transc. E.H. Lemare


Variations sur un Noël, Op. 20 - Marcel Dupré



Organ - 1992 IIP/29 Wells-Kennedy Partnership (details)

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The new season of recitals on early organs at St Swithun's, Worcester, begins this coming Friday, June 7th at 1.10pm


There are now two early organs at St Swithun’s: the church's own Gray 1795, and the RCO’s ‘Wetheringsett’ reconstructed Tudor organ. Both will be used in recitals.


St. Swithun's Church (Church Street, Worcester, WR1 2RH) is situated in the heart of the City of Worcester, a few yards from the pedestrianised High Street


Organ Recital by Henry Fairs


Friday, 7th June starting at 1.10pm and lasting around 40 minutes


Played on the Wetheringsett Organ:


Paul Hofhaimer (1459-1537)

Salve Regina


Hans Kotter (c.1485-1541)

Proemium in re

Proemium in re (ii)

Fantasia in ut


Buxheimer Orgelbuch



Arnolt Schlick (c.1460-after1521)

Maria zart


Played on the Gray/Nicholson organ:


Heinrich Scheidemann (c.1595-1663)

Dic nobis Maria


JS Bach (1685-1750)

Jesu, meine Freude BWV 1105


Samuel Wesley (1766-1837)

From 'Twelve Short Pieces for Organ'

Nos. 6, 7, 8, 9


William Russell (1777-1813)

Voluntary XIII

Largo - Fugue

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Thought this might be of interest for anyone likely to be in Bristol on the date in question.


Christ Church, Broad Street (Central Bristol)

Wednesday 19th July 2013 | 1:10 - 1:45pm

Owain Park (Organ Scholar, Wells Cathedral)


Music to be by Bach, Franck & Reger.


Anyone who still has the edition in question will find Owain in the "New Music" section of Choir & Organ, May / June 2012 issue.



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There are now two early organs at St Swithun’s: the church's own Gray 1795, and the RCO’s ‘Wetheringsett’ reconstructed Tudor organ. Both will be used in recitals, and both are available to organists for teaching, practice, or informal playing of these historic instruments. (Please pm if interested or use the email link on the St Swithun’s website: www.swithun.org.uk.)


St. Swithun's Church (Church Street, Worcester, WR1 2RH) is situated in the heart of the City of Worcester, a few yards from the pedestrianised High Street


There are recitals each week through the season.


Organ Recital by Christopher Allsop (Worcester Cathedral) at St Swithun's, Worcester


Friday, 21st June starting at 1.10pm



Played on the reconstructed Tudor 'Wetheringsett' Organ:


William Byrd (?1540-1623)

Voluntarie for my Lady Nevell


Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)

Worcester Braules


Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)

Variations on Unter der Linden grune



Played on the 1795 Gray/Nicholson organ:


Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Dalby's Fancy


John Stanley (1713-1786)

Voluntary in D minor op. 5 no. 8


Samuel Wesley (1766-1837)

Air and Gavotte from 'Twelve Short Pieces for Organ'


Thomas Arne (1710-1778)

Sonata in A major


Pietro Alessandro Yon (1886-1943)



Admission free, with retiring collection in aid of the organs

Wide-screen projection of the main organ console

Refreshments available

St Swithun’s, Church Street, Worcester WR1 2RH

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Dr David Pitches plays a recital of organ music with a public health twist on the grand Nicholson and Lord organ of Walsall Town Hall


Thursday 20 June 1pm, admission £2


Dr David Pitches trained as a consultant in public health. He worked for several years in central Africa before returning to the UK to work for Walsall Primary Care Trust. Until the 1970s, public health delivery was the responsibility of local government, and in April 2013 following recent NHS reforms public health has returned “home” again to local councils. It is to celebrate this arrival that he is performing a recital that calls to mind the contribution that advances in public health have made to life expectancy and health over the centuries, since many of the composers featured died prematurely from conditions that we would aspire to prevent nowadays.


Details of this and many other organ recitals can be found online at organrecitals.com


Johann Ludwic Krebs (1713-1780) Toccata, from the Toccata and Fugue in E major

Getting people to do more exercise is a high priority – only one in six adults in Walsall meets the recommended minimum level of moderate exercise per week. This exuberant baroque work was composed by Bach’s greatest pupil and is enough to get any organist’s legs into good shape!


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers wake, the watch cry pealeth)

This well-known tune, often used in television commercials, comes from a Lutheran hymn written at the start of the 16th century by a pastor who buried thousands of people during a particularly bad plague outbreak and is a reminder that none of us knows when our life may end. Bach was no stranger to tragedy: of his twenty children, ten died in childhood and his first wife died, possibly as a result of complications of pregnancy.


Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) Mein junges Leben hat ein End (My young life hath an end)

Sweelinck was a noted Dutch organist, teacher and composer, spending his entire life in Amsterdam. This set of variations on a popular tune of the day highlights something public health professionals would rather not think about and would hope to delay!


Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726) Elevazione in F

Zipoli was an Italian Jesuit who went to Argentina as a missionary and wrote music for the local indigenous population. His beautiful, dreamy music formed the inspiration for Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack (most famous for including “Gabriel’s oboe”) to the film “The Mission”. Orchestral arrangements of his two Elevaziones are frequently played on Classic FM. He died from a tropical infection, possibly tuberculosis, before he could be ordained as a priest.


Edward Macdowell (1860-1908) To a wild rose (arranged for organ by Charles Scott)

Macdowell was an influential American composer and music professor and a founder member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His best-known short piece is “To a wild rose”, written originally for voice and piano and here arranged for organ. He died from dementia resulting from tertiary syphilis. Thanks to early diagnosis and effective treatment this is very rare nowadays.


Jeremiah Clarke (1674-1707) Prince of Denmark's March (arranged by Jürgen Knuth)

Often incorrectly attributed to Henry Purcell, this is Clarke’s best-known piece and was performed at the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles. He was organist at the Chapel Royal but fell in love with a woman he could not marry and eventually completed suicide with a shotgun.


Max Reger (1873-1916) Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (From depths of woe I cry to Thee)

Reger was a prolific composer whose life was cut short from a heart attack aged 43. He battled with profound depression and alcoholism for most of his creative years.


Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) O welt, ich muss lich lassen (O world, I must now leave thee)

This is the last piece Brahms ever wrote, as he was dying from liver cancer, one of a set of eleven chorale preludes based on hymn tunes.


Felix Mendlessohn (1809-1847) Variations on “Vater unser im Himmelreich” (Our Father who art in Heaven”) from Sonata no. 6

This set of variations is based on the Lutheran hymn tune for the Lord’s Prayer and forms the first part of Mendelssohn’s final organ sonata. Mendelssohn died aged only 38 from a stroke.


Ernest Chausson (1855-1899) Veni sponsa Christi, from Vepres, opus 31.

Chausson entered music relatively late, having first studied to become a barrister. At the height of his musical career he crashed into a wall going downhill on his bicycle and was killed instantly.


Léon Boëllmann (1862-1897) Finale - Marche from Deuxième Suite

Boëllmann was organist at St Vincent-de-Paul in central Paris and composed many works, though he is chiefly noted for his “Gothic Suite”. He married the niece of his teacher and had three children, but died aged only 35 from tuberculosis. His wife died shortly afterwards, leaving his professor to adopt their three children. He composed this exuberant piece shortly before he died.

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Jean-Baptiste Dupont (Titulaire des grandes orgues de la Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux)


Vierne 2 - plus improvisations


This should be good [.....]

And indeed it was: I hope I get to hear JBD again before too long. The improvisation, for anyone wondering, was on the tune of "Praise My Soul The King of Heaven"



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St Luke's Church, Eardley Road



Friday, 28 June at 7.30pm


Music by Bach, Buxtehude, Gardonyi, Lemare, Hollins, Phillips, Delius, Franck

Admission £6 Concessions £4



Call 01732 750870 for further details

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Any info about the new organ? I remember the previous one when it was new - an extension job by Ralph Arnold (they had a 4 manual pipe organ in Sevenoaks parish church in those days, too!).


I have a roughed out booklet on the organs - if anyone is interested, email me at paul.isom@me.com and I'll happily send you details.



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Just seen this on Liverpool Cathedral's website. Should be an interesting evening!





Notre Dame Organist to perform at Liverpool Cathedral

Olivier Latry, the internationally-renowned organist from Notre Dame Paris, is to play a Gala Concert on the great organ of Liverpool Cathedral on Saturday 29th June at 7.30pm.


He will present a mixed, popular programme in his own inimitable style, and the programme will include work by Louis Vierne (Carillon de Westminster, Clair de lune and Feux follets), Olivier Messiaen (L'Ascension) and Thierry Escaich (Evocation II), after which, he will improvise on a submitted theme.


In 1985, aged 23, Olivier was awarded the post of one of four Titulaires des grands orgues de Notre-Dame, Paris, alongside Yves Devernay, Philippe Lefèbvre and Jean-Pierre Leguay. In addition to this role and his teaching positions, Olivier has an active career as concert performer, playing in more than forty countries across five continents.


Olivier has gained a reputation for performing music by his contemporaries. He is renowned for his performances of the works of Olivier Messiaen and has recorded the complete organ works of Messiaen for Deutsche Grammophon. He is also considered to be a distinguished improviser, in the tradition of an exceptional French line that runs from Charles Tournemire through to Pierre Cochereau.


The concert will raise money for Liverpool Cathedral’s £900,000 Organ Appeal, now in its fourth year and standing at £350,000.


Completed in 1926, the cathedral's great organ is one of the supreme examples of the craftsmanship of Henry Willis & Sons, with 8 manual divisions and pedals, 199 drawstops, played from each of two consoles, and comprising the staggering total of 10,268 pipes. Built as the largest musical instrument ever conceived, the Grand Organ of Liverpool Cathedral is one of the greatest church organs in the world and the largest organ in the UK today.


Olivier said: 'It has always been my wish to play on Liverpool Cathedral's iconic instrument and I am delighted to be doing this at long last'

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