Concert Archive at All Saints

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2019

Monday 26 August 2019

August Bank Holiday Concert

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Monday 26th August at 11am

Fergus Black piano

An hour of classical music from 1889, followed by birthday cake and (non-alcoholic) prosecco, to celebrate the 130th birthday of the Bechstein piano at the church.

Programme

Selections from The Gondoliers – Arthur Sullivan, arr. Charles Godfrey (The opera was first performed in 1889).

Bourée from The Suite for Piano – Edward German, (published 1889)

Minuet and Marche, from the Anna Magdalena Bach Book – arr. Edward MacDowell (published 1890)

2 Cuban Dances – Ignacio Cervantes
(these ones published in 1899, from his long series of 45 Danzas Cubanas, composed between 1875 and 1895).

Notturno Op. 54 No. 4 (from the Lyric Pieces) (composed between 1889 and 1891; published 1891) – Edvard Grieg

Ricordatti (Mazurka de salon) – Isaac Albeniz (published 1889)

Impromptu in A flat major (Moderato con moto) – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (written in 1889)

Pas des écharpes (Scarf Dance) Op.37 No.3 – Cécile Chaminade (published 1889)

Birthday wishes for piano from famous composers (from Happy Birthday to you, Humorous Variations for Piano by Gunther von Noé) – Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauss.


ORGAN RECITALS in July 2019

Fridays in July @ 1pm, With video projection of the player. Retiring collection for Church Music Fund. Friday is Market Day; expect the town to be busy. Scotgate Car Park is nearest: PE9 2YB.

Supported by the Peterborough and District Organists' Association.

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Friday 5 July 2019

Friday 5th July 1pm : Felix Elliott

Hampton School, London
Recital Prizewinner, London Organ Competition for Teenagers, 2017

Biography

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My name is Felix Elliott, and I’m 18 years old. I have just finished my last year at Hampton School, where I have been studying for A levels in music, maths and philosophy. I have been learning the piano with Margaret Turner for around 10 years, and the organ with Dr Julie Ainscough for around 4 years.

During the last couple of years, Simon Harvey and Simon Hancock, directors of music at 2 local parishes (the parish of St Andrew’s and St Mark’s, and the parish of St Matthew’s respectively) have kindly given me opportunities to play and accompany around once a month.

Recently I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to perform a solo recital at St Matthew’s church, Surbiton, to help raise funds for the restoration of their tower and spire. I really enjoy composing my own music and have been exploring different styles and idioms as part of my Pre-U music coursework.

Programme

JS Bach - Präludium und Fuge in F BWV 556
(from 8 kleine Präludien und Fugen: No. 4)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645 (Advent chorale) - J.S. Bach
Ruhig bewegt - Paul Hindemith
(from the Sonata No.2 for Organ - second movement)
Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich BWV 605 (Christmas chorale) - J.S. Bach
Power of Life - Mons Leidvin Takle
In dir ist Freude BWV 615 (New Year chorale) - J.S. Bach
Better Now - Post Malone arr. Felix Elliott
Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf BWV 617 :
(Epiphany chorale) - J.S. Bach
Thema met Variaties voor Orgel - Hendrik Andriessen
O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß BWV 622 (Lent chorale) - J.S. Bach
Dialogue en trio du Cornet et de la Tierce - Francois Couperin
(from Messe à l’usage ordinaire des Paroisses: (Gloria 8e couplet).
Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn BWV 630 (Easter chorale) - J.S. Bach
Toccata - Felix Elliott


Friday 12 July 2019

Friday 12th July 1pm : Fergus Black

Director of Music, Stamford All Saints’

Biography

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Fergus Black was born in Scotland in 1958. After taking his degree at St Andrews University, Fergus studied music in the USA at the University of Pennsylvania and at UCLA, before returning to the UK to pursue a career in arts management. He now devotes his time entirely to performing and teaching – piano, organ and singing, both privately and in schools. Aside from his regular organ concerts at Stamford All Saints, where he is the Director of Music and Organist, he is giving a recital at Burghley House later in the year for The Stamford Georgian Festival. His web site is at fergusblackmusic.uk

Programme

in honour of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Thoinot Arbeau, the author of Orchésographie, a study of late sixteenth-century French Renaissance social dance

Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock (1894 - 1930)
arr. Kenneth Gange (b.1939)
based on tunes in Orchésographie by Thoinot Arbeau (1519 – 1595)
1. Basse-Danse Allegro moderato, D minor
2. Pavane Allegretto, ma un poco lento, G minor
3. Tordion Con moto, G minor
4. Bransles Presto, G minor
5. Pieds-en-l’air Andante tranquillo, G major
6. Mattachins (Sword Dance) Allegro con brio, F major
2 Minuets by John Stanley (1712 - 1786)
arr. Gwilym Beechey (1938 - 2016)
Minuet in D major Op.1 No.1
Minuet in E minor Op.4 No.2
Menuet Op.56 by Camille Saint–Saëns (1835 - 1921),
arr. Gaston Choisnel (1857 - 1921)
Sicilienne Op.78 by Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
arr. Philip Lane (b.1950)
Gymnopedie No. 1 by Erik Satie (1866 - 1925)
arr. Colin Hand (b.1929)
Pastoral (Canço i dansa No. 15) by Federico Mompou (1893 - 1987)
Swiss Country Dances by Hannes Meyer (1939 - 2013) - selection
Wedding March
At Papa’s (Waltz with Jodel)
Ustrinket in Kulm (Schottisch)
The Wartenstein Witch


Friday 19 July 2019

Friday 19th July 1pm : Fr. Bruce Burbidge

Oscott College, Birmingham

Biography

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Bruce Burbidge studied the organ with Jean-Albert Villard, Gavin Williams and David Sanger and held organ scholarships at King’s School Rochester, Christ’s College Cambridge and Westminster Cathedral. In recent years he has combined organ playing with pastoral ministry and academic pursuits in philosophy. He has a particular interest in works of the French and German baroque.

Programme

The Best of British

Kenneth Leighton – Paean
Orlando Gibbons – Fantazia of foure parts
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Hymn Prelude on ‘Rhosymedre’
Percy Whitlock – Divertimento
(No.2 of Four Extemporisations)
Charles Villiers Stanford – Postlude Op.105 no.6
John Stanley – Voluntary Op.6 no.6
Herbert Howells – Master Tallis’ Testament
Hubert Parry – Chorale Prelude on ‘St Ann’s’


Friday 26 July 2019

Friday 26th July 1pm : Stephen Barber

All Saints’ and St. James, Kingscliffe

Biography

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Stephen Barber was born in Belfast. He read music at Cambridge University during which time he took the FRCO diploma, gaining the Turpin Prize. He continued his organ studies with Nicholas Danby at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and during this year was also the organ student at St. Paul's Cathedral where he played regularly.

For four years he was assistant organist at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin and was also Director of Music in the Cathedral Grammar School. He has been the organist at various churches in London and Peterborough but moved last November to the Parish Church in the village of King’s Cliffe where he now lives. He has given recitals in cathedrals and churches in many parts of England and Ireland and has broadcast on both radio and television.

He worked as a teacher both privately and in schools and has now retired.

Programme

Music from Five Countries

ENGLAND
Intrada - Grayston Ives (b. 1948)
Pastorale (By the waters of Babylon) - William Lloyd Webber (1914 - 1982)
Toccata (from “Suite for Organ”) - Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)
GERMANY
Fugue in B minor on a theme of Corelli (BWV 579) - J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
Sonata No 2 in C minor (Op 65/2) - Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Grave - Adagio - Allegro maestoso e vivace - Allegro moderato (Fugue)
FRANCE
Lied (from “24 Pièces en style libre”) - Louis Vierne (1870 – 1937)
Pièce Héroïque - César Franck (1822-1890)
UNITED STATES
Aria - Paul Manz (1919-2009)
RUSSIA
Toccata (from “Uzbekistan suite”) - Georgi Mushel (1909-1989)


Sunday 30 June 2019

Sunday 30th June 3pm : Summer Serenade

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Programme

Treat yourself to a selection of numbers from favourite musical composers brought to you by the Peterborough Gilbert & Sullivan Players under the baton of Margaret Blenkin, and accompanied by Craig Torr on the piano. The programme will include:–

Music of the Night (Phantom)
Anthem (Chess)
Razzle Dazzle (Chicago)
Lullaby of Broadway (42nd Street)
Empty Chairs and One Day More (Les Mis)

Add to the mix a handful of your favourite G&S numbers (Pirates, Pinafore and Mikado). If you enjoy listening to music in joyful harmony we defy you to leave the church without smiling!


2018

ORGAN RECITALS in July 2018

Fridays in July @ 1pm, With video projection of the player. Retiring collection for Church Music Fund. Friday is Market Day; expect the town to be busy. Scotgate Car Park is nearest: PE9 2YB.

Supported by the Peterborough and District Organists' Association.

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Friday 6 July 2018

Friday 6th July 1pm : Fr. Bruce Burbidge

Oscott College, Birmingham

Biography

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Bruce Burbidge studied the organ with Jean-Albert Villard, Gavin Williams and David Sanger and held organ scholarships at King’s School Rochester, Christ’s College Cambridge and Westminster Cathedral. In recent years he has combined organ playing with pastoral ministry and academic pursuits in philosophy. He has a particular interest in works of the French and German baroque.

Programme

Preludes, Toccatas and Fugues

Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Op.37 no.1 (1837)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Short Fugues:
First two verses of the Kyrie from ‘Parish Mass’ (1690)
François Couperin (1668-1733)
Voluntary VII, from Ten Voluntaries for the Organ or Harpsichord
William Boyce (1711-1779)

Toccatas:
Toccatina for Flute from Twelve Divertimenti for Organ, no.2 (1918)
Pietro Yon (1886-1943)
Toccata and Fugue in F, BWV540
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Preludes:
Praeludium in G
Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
Prélude sur une Antienne, from Neuf Pieces pour Grand Orgue, no. 8 (1945)
Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
Placare Christe servulis, from Le Tombeau de Titelouze, Op. 38 no.16 (1942)
Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)


Friday 13 July 2018

Friday 12th July 1pm : Fergus Black

Director of Music, Stamford All Saints’

Biography

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Fergus Black was born in Scotland in 1958. After taking his degree at St Andrews University, Fergus studied music in the USA at the University of Pennsylvania and at UCLA, before returning to the UK to pursue a career in arts management. He now devotes his time entirely to performing and teaching – piano, organ and singing, both privately and in schools. Aside from his regular organ concerts at Stamford All Saints, where he is the Director of Music and Organist, he is giving a recital at Burghley House later in the year for The Stamford Georgian Festival. His web site is at fergusblackmusic.uk

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
With thanks to Dr James Garratt, Senior Lecturer in Music and University Organist at the University of Manchester, whose YouTube channel “Organ Music from the Great War” now has 53 recordings played by him at the Whitworth Hall (David Wells).

Programme

Music for the Armistice

Gerard Bunk – Heroischer Marsch Op. 49
First performance: 15 November 1914 in the Martinikirche, Bielefeld-Gaderbaum ‘for the wounded soldiers’

Claude Debussy – Berceuse Heroique
Composed in November 1914, to honour the heroic resistance of King Albert and his people following the German invasion of Belgium

Rene Vierne – Canzona
Vierne was organist at Notre-Dame-des-Champs in Paris and was killed in action near Verdun in May 1918

Hendrik Andriessen – Fete Dieu
The Dutch composer, Andriessen writes: ‘Fête -Dieu [the church festival of Corpus Christi] was composed in the Summer of 1918 , when war still raged and the admired and beloved cathedrals of France were in dire straits. The sharp contrast between the war and the feast of Corpus Christi led me to write this piece. This explains why the piece does not have a festive character but rather a dramatic, beseeching one.’

Ernest Farrar – Prelude and Variations on a Ground Bass, Op. 22
Farrar, a pupil of Stanford, was killed at the Battle of Ephey Ronssoy on 18 September 1918

Alan Gray – Elegy
Written in 1915, ‘In memoriam W. D. B. (Dardanelles June 1915)’ [William Denis Browne (1888-1915)]

Christina Harmon – Processional and Fugue on “Pomp and Circumstance” [after Elgar]


Friday 20 July 2018

Friday 20th July 1pm : Nigel Stark

Director of Music, St Mary’s and St Martin’s Stamford

Biography

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Nigel Stark comes originally from Chester where he studied piano and later organ with Roger Fisher at Chester Cathedral. He was formerly Director of Music at St. Michael’s Church Bishop’s Stortford, conductor of the Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society, musical director of the Harlow Opera Company and founder and director of ‘Serenata’, a small professional vocal ensemble.

Before moving to the West Midlands in April 2002 to take up the post of Director of Music at St. Alphege Church, Solihull, Nigel was Director of Music at the Church of St. Mary Portsea and head of St. Mary’s Music Foundation. The Music Foundation was formed in 1992 to provide musical opportunities and education for children from the local ‘Urban Priority Area’. Nigel was also accompanist and assistant conductor of the Portsmouth Festival Choir and Portsmouth Choral Union under Jonathan Willcocks and featured as a soloist in many of their concerts.

St. Alphege Parish Church has a long history of choral music with a choir of men and boys who perform a cathedral style repertoire and now separate girls’ and ladies’ choirs too. The choir has toured extensively, both here and abroad. Before leaving Solihull in the summer of 2012, Nigel directed the music at a service in Canterbury Cathedral in the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury to mark the millennium of the martyrdom of St. Alphege.

As a pianist, Nigel has specialised in accompanying solo singers and instrumentalists and has appeared many times locally and nationally. He has given many solo organ recitals in London and major churches and cathedrals here and abroad.

Nigel has been conductor of the Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir since 2005.

Appointed to the post of Director of Music at St. Martin’s and St. Mary’s Stamford in August 2012, Nigel is now resident in Oakham, Rutland.

His company, Hauptwerk Systems UK, www.hwsystemsuk.co.uk supplies virtual pipe organs to churches, halls and homes. This allows one to play real instruments from around the world with breathtaking authenticity.

In addition to his work as a conductor, organist and pianist, Nigel plays trombone with the Rutland Big Band. An Associate of the Royal College of Organists and holder of the Diploma in Choral Directing, Nigel holds the degree of MA (distinction) in Organ Historiography from Reading University. He is a former council member of the British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS) and an Inspector for the Historic Organs Certificate Scheme (HOCS).

Programme

Symphony No. 5 – William Boyce (1711-1779)
1. Allegro
2. Gavotte
3. Menuet
Prelude, Fugue and Trio in C, BWV 545 – J S Bach (1685-1750)
Introduction and Passacaglia – Walter Alcock (1861-1947)
Andante Cantabile – Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) arr. Stark
Bridal March from The Birds of Aristophanes
C H H Parry (1848-1918)
Variations on Amazing Grace – Denis Bédard (b. 1950)


Sunday 11 Nov 2018

11th November 2018 5pm : Fauré Requiem on Remembrance Sunday

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Programme

This is a come-and-sing performance of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in the new scoring by David Hill to mark the 100th Anniversary of The Armistice. The rehearsal and performance is at All Saints’ Church, Red Lion Square, Stamford. Scotgate Car Park is nearest: PE9 2YB.

We are unable to provide vocal scores. Any SATB score will be compatible. Pre-registration required.

Roger Stimson violin, Cleo Wood cello, Rowena Bass harp, Bruce Burbidge organ

Suzanne Over soprano, Simon Nurser baritone, Fergus Black conductor

Friday 9th November 2018
7:00-9:00 pm – rehearsal (required)

Sunday 11th November
3:30 pm – rehearsal 5:00 pm – Service

Retiring Collection in aid of the Church Music Fund


Saturday 8 Dec 2018

Saturday 8th December at 7:30 Christmas Treasures

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Programme

Soprano Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues and pianist Kate Wishart in a concert of Christmas Favourites. with seasonal refreshments.

An evening of Christmas favourites, such as O Holy Night, Mary Did You Know, Ave Maria, etc.. “Christmas Treasures” promises to be a superb evening of Christmas music and fun, and there will be plenty of opportunity for the audience to join in with some of the songs.

Tickets (£10. £7 concessions. Accompanied children free (no ticket needed)) from Stamford Arts Centre


The Little Road to Bethlehem – Michael Head
Ave Maria – Bach/Gounod

Members of Stamford All Saints’ Children’s Choir:
O come O come Emmanuel
This is the truth sent from above – Vaughan Williams
Gatatumba (Spanish carol)

Come Sing & Dance – Howells

Audience Christmas Songs and Carols

Maria Wiegenlied – Max Reger
Walking in the Air from “The Snowman” – Howard Blake

What child is this (arr. Dewagtere) – Played by Annike van Tonder (violin)
Silent Night – Played by Rhea Sehgal (piano)

Mary, Did You Know?
Rejoice Greatly (from Messiah) – Handel

Encore O Holy Night - Adam


Sunday 9 Dec 2018

Sunday 9th December 2018 at 3pm Organ Recital by Fergus Black

with Cleo Wood ’cello

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Fergus Black, organist at All Saints’, shows off the 1916 Binns organ in an entertaining Christmas afternoon programme of traditional and familiar holiday favourites.

Programme

Christmas Bells are Ringing – Dan Miller (b. 1954)

Four fughettas for Advent – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott (BWV 704) [for Advent 1]
Gottes Sohn ist kommen (BWV 703) [for Advent 2]
Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn (BWV 698) [for Advent 3]
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV 699) [for Advent 4]

Overture from ‘Christmas in Brandenburg’ - Nigel Gaze (b. 1943)

Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night) – Adolphe Adam (1803 - 1856)
arr. Dudley Buck (1839 - 1909) *

Winter (from the Four Seasons) – Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)

In the Bleak Mid-Winter (Frosty wind made moan ... ) – Arthur Wills (b. 1926)

The Holy Boy (A Carol of the Nativity) – John Ireland (1879 - 1962) *

Grace Notes II – Timothy Albrecht (b.1940)
Angels we have heard on high (And the Glory of the Lord)
Comfort, Comfort Ye My People

Four fughettas for Christmas and the New Year – Bach
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (BWV 701) [for Christmas Day]
Christum wir sollen loben schon (BWV 696) [for the Sunday after Christmas]
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (BWV 697) [for the Second Sunday after Christmas]
Das Jesulein soll doch mein Trost (BWV 702) [for the New Year]

Three Christmas Hymns for Cello and Organ – Raymond Haan (b. 1938) *
Quem Pastores
Divinum Mysterium
Puer Nobis Nascitur

Rejoice and be Merry (A collage of carols) – Christopher Shiner (1929-2003)

* with Cleo Wood ’cello


2017

Friday 16 June 2017

Friday 16th June - 2:30pm

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Programme

Roger Stimson & Fergus Black play first violin sonatas by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

Tickets: Adult £5


Sunday 18 June 2017

Sunday 18th June 3pm

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Programme

Medieval to modern music played on recorders, rebec, crumhorns, psaltery, symphony, timbrel, nakers and keyboard, with Sam Graper (soprano). All proceeds towards All Saint’s Church Music Fund.

Tickets: Adult £6 Child £4 including light refreshments


Friday 7 July 2017

Friday 7th July 1pm : James Bowstead

Organ Scholar, Peterborough Cathedral

Biography

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James Bowstead is Organ Scholar at Peterborough Cathedral, where he plays for some of the daily services and contributes to the training and rehearsal of the boy and girl choristers, in particular the probationers. He was educated at Colchester Royal Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he was the Senior Organ Scholar, responsible for directing the voluntary choir, with whom he toured to Cologne, Bratislava, Vienna, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Whilst at Oxford he studied organ with Steven Grahl and choral conducting with Paul Spicer. He graduated in 2015, following which he spent a year as Organist in Residence at Pangbourne College in Berkshire and Organ Scholar at All Saints Church, Fulham.

In Summer 2014 he gained his ARCO, winning the Limpus Prize, Frederick Shinn Prize and Durrant Prize for the highest mark in the practical examination. He has given recitals at Jesus and Exeter Colleges, Oxford, at the 2015 Three Choirs Festival in Hereford, and as part of the inaugural recital series on the newly-restored organ at the Moot Hall in Colchester. He is also a composer and arranger, having had works recorded by the Choir of Jesus College, Oxford for Regent and published by Novello.

Programme

Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 544 - JS Bach
Rhosymedre - Vaughan Williams
(from Three Prelude on Welsh Hymn Tunes)
Sonata No. 4 in B-flat, Op.con 65, No. 4 - Mendelssohn
i. Allegro brio
ii. Andante religioso
iii. Allegretto
iv. Allegro maestoso e vivace

Allegro Scherzando - Howells
(from Six Short Pieces for Organ)
Dankpsalm, Op. 145, No. 2 - Reger


Friday 14 July 2017

Friday 14th July 1pm : Andrew Reid

Director, Royal School of Church Music

Biography

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Andrew Reid is the Director of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), where he leads a charity of several thousand churches and individual members dedicated to the study, practice and improvement of music in Christian worship. He also runs choirs at All Saints’ (Anglican) and All Souls’ (Catholic) churches in Peterborough. He was previously Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral (2004-2012). Under his leadership the Cathedral Choir sang daily services, gave concerts with renowned instrumental ensembles, made recordings, toured, and broadcast the Christmas Eucharists on BBC1 (2008). He was also involved in the founding and recruiting of the junior girl choristers (2011), and the transition to a new Junior Department at The King’s School.

Prior to his role at Peterborough, Andrew was Sub Organist at Westminster Abbey, where he played the organ for the funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. In London he also served as Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, accompanying the award-winning Choir on several critically acclaimed discs on the Hyperion label, and playing for the premiere of James MacMillan’s Mass. He was educated at St Catharine’s and Robinson Colleges, Cambridge, learnt the organ with Peter Hurford and David Sanger, and performed the complete organ works of JS Bach in one twenty-five hour recital.

Andrew has recently been appointed Managing Director of Harrison & Harrison, the organ builders responsible for the design, restoration and upkeep of many of the most significant instruments in the UK, including the organ in Peterborough Cathedral. He leaves the RSCM to take up this new post in October, moving to the North East of England with his family.

Programme

Sonata in A minor (Wq 70/4) - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Pastorale - César Franck
A Fancy - William H Harris
Canzona - Percy Whitlock
(from Sonata in C minor)
Veni Emmanuel - Kenneth Leighton
(from Six Fantasies on hymn tunes)
Dix pièces - Eugène Gigout
viii Scherzo
iv Toccata

Imperial March - Edward Elgar (arr. Bryan Hesford)


Friday 21 July 2017

Friday 6th July 1pm : Fr. Bruce Burbidge

Oscott College, Birmingham

Biography

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Fergus Black was born in Scotland. After taking his degree at St. Andrews University, he studied music in the USA at the University of Pennsylvania and at UCLA, before returning to the UK. He works as a musician, performing and teaching – piano, organ and singing, both privately and in schools. He is the President of Peterborough Young Singers and the Peterborough and District Organists’ Association, and conducts the choirs, Burghley Voices and St Martin’s Singers. He is the Director of Music at Stamford All Saints’. He lives in Peterborough with his wife, Helen. His web site is at www.fergusblack.com

Programme

Daniel Purcell (c. 1664 – 1717)
Prelude, Air, Minuet and Hornpipe [Reprise Minuet]
arr. Nigel Gaze (b. 1943)
The prelude and air are arranged from Purcell’s Second Flute Sonata of 1698; the Minuet is from the Second Lesson in D major, and the Hornpipe from the First Lesson in D minor, from the book, A Collection of Lessons for the Harpsicord or Spinnett Compos’d by Mr. J. Eccles and Mr. D. Purcell and others (1702).

Francis Jackson (b. 1917) Georgian Suite (1992)
Prelude, Invention, Gavotte, Sarabande, Fugue, Jig

Michael Tippett (1905 – 1998)
Preludio al Vespro di Monteverdi (1946) [after Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)]

Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941)
Allegro con spirito
(from Three Pieces, 1905)

Clifford Harker (1912-1999)
Pastoral Suite (1959)
Pastourelle (based on the opening of Sumer is i-cumen in), Musette, Scherzetto (references a traditional May-Day carol)

Francis Jackson
Chorale
(from the Toccata Chorale and Fugue, 1955)

Healey Willan (1880 - 1968)
Aeterna Christi munera
(from 5 Preludes on Plainchant Melodies, Op. 157, 1951)


Friday 28 July 2017

Friday 28th July 1pm : Michael Stephens-Jones

First Prizewinner, London Organ Competition

Biography

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Michael Stephens-Jones won first prize in the inaugural London Organ Competition in 2016, organised by the Organ Club. He is the organ scholar at All Saints’ Parish Church, Hertford. As an Academic and Music scholar at St Edmund’s College, Ware, he commenced organ lessons with Martin Penny in 2011, gaining a Distinction at Grade VIII in 2015.

He is currently completing his ARCO and also studies occasionally with Edmund Aldhouse at Ely Cathedral. He has attended Oundle for Organists and RCO summer courses, participated in classes under renowned organists such as Dame Gillian Weir and Frédéric Blanc, and was senior organ scholar to the RSCM Bath Summer Choral Course 2016. He has performed solo recitals in Hertford and St Albans and has been invited to perform in the Leeds Town Hall series in October 2017.

Michael holds an offer to read music and has been elected Organ Scholar of Selwyn College, Cambridge commencing Autumn 2018. He will spend his ‘gap-year’ as Organ Scholar to the Dean Close Foundation, Cheltenham. There he will work with musicians throughout the school, the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum and at Tewkesbury Abbey.

Programme

Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)

Choral phrygien (from 2 Chorals, JA 67-68) - Jehan Alain (1911 - 1940)

Cantabile (from 3 Pièces pour grand orgue) - César Franck (1822 - 1890)

Plein Jeu, Récit, Grand Jeu (from Livre d’Orgue) - Pierre Dumage (1674 - 1751)

Air and Gavotte for organ or harpsichord - Samuel Wesley (1766 - 1837)

Elegy - George Thalben-Ball (1896 - 1987)

Toccata (from 12 Pièces pour orgue) - Theodore Dubois (1837 - 1924)