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Graham Barber at Bloomsbury Baptist Church

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Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church

235 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8EP

Saturday 24th September at 4:00pm

ORGAN RECITAL

by

Graham Barber

(St Bartholomew's, Armley, Leeds)

 

Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877 – 1933)

Chorale Prelude: O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort , Op.65, No. 42

Fantasy and Fugue in D major, Op. 39B

 

Wolfgang Stockmeier (b. 1931)

Six Preludes (Reflections on Karg-Elert)

 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750), completed W. Stockmeier

Fantasy and Fugue in C minor, BWV 562

 

Wolfgang Stockmeier (b. 1931)

Chorale Prelude: O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort (Toccata française)

 

Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877 – 1933)

Gregorian Rhapsody, Op.141, No.2

 

Admission free, retiring collection, buffet.

Since his solo début in London at the Royal Festival Hall, Graham Barber has been constantly in demand as one of Britain's leading concert organists. Reviewing his first recording the Sunday Times described him as ‘a technically brilliant, musically mature organist.’ He has made many subsequent recordings both in English cathedrals (Coventry, Norwich, Salisbury, Hereford, Ripon and Truro) and in German and Dutch cathedrals and churches (Altenberg, Ingolstadt, Osnabrück, Limburg, Villingen, Leeuwarden and Schagen), and has been described in Gramophone magazine as ‘one of the organ world's finest recording artists.’

 

Graham Barber has played in most major venues in Britain, as well as in Europe, the Far East, Australia and the United States, and has made many radio broadcasts. Recent concerts have been at the Smetana Hall (Prague), St. Michael’s Church (Leipzig), the Elder Hall (Adelaide), Stanford University (California), Grace Cathedral (San Francisco), King’s College (Cambridge), Santa Cruz (Braga, Portugal), Lillehammer (Norway), Notre Dame (Paris) and Himmerod Abbey (Germany). Recording projects for Priory Records have included music by Herbert Howells, the complete organ works of Percy Whitlock, 17/18th-century German and Dutch music on the Müller organ of the Jacobijnerkerk, Leeuwarden, and Edwardian Music at Ripon Cathedral. For ASV he has recorded music by J.S.Bach, Böhm, Buxtehude, and Krebs, and for Hyperion by Reger, Franz Schmidt and Victorian composers. His most recent recording is of works by Henry Smart for Amphion.

 

Emeritus Professor at the University of Leeds, Graham Barber has given masterclasses in Weimar, Enschede, Braga, Lisbon, Cologne and Lillehammer. He is organist at St. Bartholomew's Church, Armley. His DVD Organ Story charting the restoration of the renowned Schulze organ there, and featuring a performance of the Reubke Sonata, has been critically acclaimed.

 

From 2006 – 2009 Graham Barber was the recipient of a prestigious Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts which allowed him to explore innovative ways of presenting the organ in performance.

 

For more information phone: 020 7240 0544 or www.bloomsbury.org.uk

 

The organ amalgamates two redundant Binns instruments: Beechen Grove Baptist Church, Watford and St Augustine's Tonge Moor, Bolton.

A small amount of non-Binns pipework has been retained.

The imaginative scheme has been carried out by B.C. Shepherd and Sons in collaboration with J.H. Males.

Details of the organ on the NPOR at:

http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi...ec_index=P00257

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From 2006 – 2009 Graham Barber was the recipient of a prestigious Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts which allowed him to explore innovative ways of presenting the organ in performance.

 

Errr.... how can you be more innovative in presenting the organ? Paint it red?

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Errr.... how can you be more innovative in presenting the organ? Paint it red?

 

Now there's a thought, but it would clash with the rest of the Church.

 

Why not come along on Saturday and see if you can find out?

 

John

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