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I have just read of the tragic passing of Jennifer Bate.  I am sure there are many members of this forum more qualified than I to write of her achievemnts

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On 26/03/2020 at 12:02, Jim Treloar said:

I have just read of the tragic passing of Jennifer Bate.  I am sure there are many members of this forum more qualified than I to write of her achievemnts

I only had the pleasure of hearing her once in a live performance when she gave the re-opening recital on the Royal Festival Hall organ in 2014.  Very elegant, stylish and polished playing is the best that I can describe it.

Her programme inevitably included Bach, her personal speciality Messiaen, a Mendelssohn Sonata and, most memorably, a wonderfully spiritual reading of Franck’s A minor Choral - also his musical last will and testament.  RIP.

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A fine musician. In the mid 1980s I was having FRCO paperwork lessons from music academic Robert Pascall (RIP) who knew JB well, having been a pupil of her father. She came to Nottingham to do a masterclass. Robert was short of pupils and he asked me if I'd be one of the guinea pigs. I played Mendelssohn IV first movement. She didn't like a few things I did - fair enough. She told the assembled company how important it was to try and get into the composer's mind. She mentioned that she had spent some considerable time doing that for her recent Messiaen collection, whereupon I said "well there you have the advantage over me and Felix". Much laughter. She didn't appreciate my impertinence. RIP.

 

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I remember Jennifer Bate coming to Colwyn Bay in the mid-1980s to give a recital on the Conacher/Cowin organ at St Paul's Church (and I guess having to give a recital on that organ would have been an ordeal for anyone). But... she certainly delighted and thrilled us all with her music that evening.  Later on I purchased her Messiaen recordings from Beauvais Cathedral and one or two others.  But now I think of it, I don't seem to have heard much about her in ages and ages.  Was she still active in the organ world?  There doesn't seem to be too much comment about one of our great organist recitalists.  Just wondering....

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I bought one of her LPs at a recital she gave in 1978 which she signed.

'Jennifer Bate plays Liszt at the Royal Albert Hall' which I absolutely loved, especially her totally bonkers performance of Ad Nos which to my delight found on youtube a bit earlier today:

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