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James Mcinnie gives the opening recital of the newly restored and completed Hill at Shrewsbury Abbey tomorrow Fri 15 October at 630pm. I say complete as it has taken 110 years to add pipes to the many "prepared for" drawstops but it is a beautiful instrument to play and hear.

Details of a weekend of events and the new specification can be found at



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This moment has been long in coming and now after 110 years of incompleteness, it is definitely well worth coming to Shrewsbury tonight to hear the Hill organ played by James McVinnie at 6.30 pm. His recent performance at the BBC Proms attracted glowing reviews, and he is playing a varied and exciting programme concluding with a selection from the Stravinsky Firebird Suite. Tickets available on line or at the door.

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The next in our regular recitals at St Michael and All Angels, Bedford Park this Friday at 12.30:

Jonathan Lilley (Waltham Abbey)

Music for the Royal Fireworks G F Handel  1685-1759

Ouverture – Bourrée – La Paix – La Réjouissance


Two movements from Suite Brève Jean Langlais  1907-1991

Cantilène – Dialogue sur les mixtures


Pensée d’Automne  Op.47 No.2 Joseph Jongen  1873-1953


Impromptu  from Pièces de Fantaisie, 3rd Suite Op.54 Louis Vierne  1870-1937


Final  from Sept Pièces Op.27 Marcel Dupré  1886-1971

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Next recital at St Michael and All Angels Bedford Park on Friday 7th January. Starting the celebrations of 200 years since the birth of Franck.


- Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911): Allegro assai from Sonata No. 4 Op. 61 in d minor

- Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924): Praeludium und Doppelfuge zum Choral op.7/76

- César Franck (1822-1890): Choral No. 2 in b minor

- Eugène Gigout (1844-1925): Prélude-Choral et Allegro

- Thierry Escaich (*1965): Évocation I

- Luigi Del Prete (*1977): Preludio


Maria Greco was born in Acri (Italy) in 1995. She started studying organ with prof. Federico

Vallini at the "S. Giacomantonio" Music Conservatory in Cosenza, where she received her diploma

with full marks with prof. Emanuele Cardi in 2016. In 2018 she received with full marks and

honours a Double Degree Master Program between the Istituto Pontificio di Musica Sacra in Rome

and the "S. Giacomantonio" Music Conservatory in Cosenza studying with prof. Roberto Marini in

Rome and prof. Emanuele Cardi in Cosenza. In 2021 she received a Master in organ performance at the "Universität der Künste" in Berlin under the guidance of prof. Paolo Crivellaro.

She has performed organ concerts in Italy, Germany and the Netherlands and attended

masterclasses with some of the most important organ professors such as Guy Bovet, Ludger

Lohmann, Daniel Zaretsky, Peter Westerbrink, Istvan Ruppert, Winfried Bönig and Maurice Clerc.

She has been selected as one of the finalists of the "Agati Tronci International Organ Competition"

in Pistoia in 2017 and of the “Domenico Alari International Organ Competition” (RM) in 2019. In

2018 she won the third prize at the 7th International Organ Competition “Premio Elvira Di Renna”

in Faiano.

In 2021 she has recorded her first CD “Portrait of the Ghilardi Organ in Battipaglia” for FSB Musique

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Greetings all. I thought this might be of interest to members of this forum.

Some of you may recall posts of 27th May 2018 - https://mander-organs-forum.invisionzone.com/topic/4336-st-elizabeth-wroclaw-historical-reconstruction/ - and others about the construction of the replica of the Engler organ (1752-1761) in St. Elizabeth's Church, Wroclaw, Poland: the work has been going on over the last couple of years by a 3-way consortium comprising Orgelbau Klais (Bonn, Germany), Organowy Zych (Wolomin, Poland) and Orgues Thomas (Stavelot, Belgium).

It is pleasing to note that the work is now finished and the details of the dedication service and recital are now online. The dedication concert is scheduled for Friday 28th January and is to be given by Lorenzo Ghielmi (Titular Organist of San Simpliciano, Milan) commencing at 1800hrs UK Time (1900 Polish Time). Wroclaw City Hall distributed free tickets for this event.

The service and recital above will be broadcast on the city's website at http://www.wroclaw.pl and, in addition, there are "6 to 8 organ concerts" planned for February "so that everyone who is interested can participate in such an event live" which suggests that these concerts may also be broadcast live on the city's website.

The above info is from https://www-elzbieta-archidiecezja-wroc-pl.translate.goog/?p=2446&_x_tr_sch=http&_x_tr_sl=pl&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en-GB&_x_tr_pto=wapp which also gives details of the dedication mass which, even though I don't understand a single word of Polish, is in my diary along with the concert and I will be tuning in if able. If I was in Wroclaw (I have been: lovely city) I would love to go to that inaugural concert if I could!

I hope this is of interest.


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Thomas Allery
St Michael and All Angels, Bedford Park March 4th 2022, 12.30pm. Entry free.
Bataglia Johann Caspar Kerll (1627 – 93) 5
Chorale Partita 'Christus, der ist mein leben' Johann Pachelbel (1653 – 1706) 8
Prélude du Premier ton Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers (1632 - 1714) 2
Fugue grave pour l’Orgue Jean Henri D’Anglebert (1621 – 91) 3
Tierce en taille Louis Marchand (1669 – 1732) 2
Praeambulum in d Heinrich Scheidemann (1595 – 1663) 4
Dies sind die heil’gen zehn Gebot BWV 678 J S Bach 6
Marche triomphale Lemmens 4
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Looking forward to Duo Svyati's recital at St Michael and All Angels Bedford Park, London W4 on 10th June. 12.30pm, entry free.

Abendlied – Joseph Rheinberger
Sonata in D major (Lento - Allegro - Largo - Allegro) – GP Telemann
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ – JS Bach
Humoresque – Joseph Jongen
Romance 'The Gadfly' – Dimitri Shostakovich
The day that was – Ad Wammes
Easy does it – Iain Farrington 



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First recital of the new term at Bedford Park, London W4. Friday 2nd Sept 12.30. Retiring collection.

James Perkins:

Toccata in D minor BuxWV 155 – Dietrich Buxtehude (c1637 – 1707)

Cornet Voluntary – John Robinson (1682 – 1762)

Offertory on the Grand Jeux (from Mass for the Parishes) – Francois Couperin (1668 – 1733)

Six Pieces for Organ – Christopher Steel (1938 – 1991)

  1. Intrada 2. Flourish 3. Nocturne 4. Dance      5. Meditation 6. Postlude

Litanies – Jehan Alain (1911 – 1940)

Prelude and Fugue in G Major BWV 541 – J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750)

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There's a "coffee and cake" recital tomorrow morning by Dr. David Pitches at St Mary's Moseley, Birmingham B13 8HW. 10:30am for refreshments, 11:00am recital. Admission free with retiring collection. Come and here the fabulous Henry Jones organ of 1887, the largest surviving work of this fine Victorian builder.


Allegro Maestoso - Edward Henry Thorne (1834-1916)

Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV727 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Herzlich tut mich verlangen - Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780)

Herzlich tut mich verlangen, F 8.2 - Johann Peter Kellner (1705-1772)

Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Herzlich tut mich verlangen Op. 121 no. 10 -Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Herzlich tut mich verlangen, Op. 67 no. 14 - Max Reger (1873-1916)

Toccata in B flat minor, Op 53 no. 6 - Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

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I notice this thread hasn't had anything since 24th March but I decided to bump it to pass on this date for your diaries. It should be good!

Sunday 04th June, 7:30pm

Concert featuring David Brggs, Wayne Marshall, Thomas Trotter, Anna Lapwood & Isabelle Demers as part of the RAH 150 celebrations. Details & programme: https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2023/organ-celebration/

I don't know how many tickets remain for this concert which has been rescheduled from Thursday 20th May 2021: the RAH website says tickets for the original date are valid for the new one. It would be good if BBC Radio 3 aired this for the benefit of those who can't get to London easily.


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Between September and November this year the regular lunchtime recital series at Bristol Cathedral continues to take place. This will be the final season of recitals before the organ is dismantled and departs for more than a year of restoration work. The remaining lunchtime organ recitals for this term are:

10th October: Christian Gautsci (Reformed Church, Zurich-Oerlikon, Switzerland)
17th October: Alison Howell (Organ) & Tilly Chester (Violin)
7th November: Farewell recital by the organists of the cathedral (Mark Lee (Organist & Master of Choristers) and Paul Walton (Assistant Organist) will feature in this along with, I would imagine, William Forrest who is the cathedral's Music Assistant and has organ playing duties as part of that role).

All concerts start at 1:15pm. A full list of recitals, including ones not featuring the organ, can be found at https://bristol-cathedral.co.uk/whats-on/lunchtime-recital-series.html


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