• Phase Two

    Last night I completed the second phase of my Bach project on the superb Drake organ in the  OBE Chapel at St Paul's Cathedral. This cycle of concerts began back in September with a programme including sonatas by JS and CPE Bach on Carsten Lund's marvellous reconstruction of the 1724 Kastens organ in the Garnisonskirken in Copenhagen followed by an enjoyable day working with students from the Royal Danish Academy of Music. My thanks to Hans Westenholz and Bine Bryndorf for hosting me for some wonderful days in this beautiful city.

    Early October saw a visit to The Hague to perform the Schübler Chorales and other works on the Bätz Organ of 1762 in the Lutheran Church and to give two Bach Masterclasses to students from the Rotterdam Conservatorium in the Grote Kerk (Metzler organ) and Oud-Katholieke Kerk (Garrels-organ). Many thanks to colleagues Aart Bergwerff, Bas de Vroome and Ben van Oosten for attending and making me so welcome and hosts Mr and Mrs Baaima and Nigel Lamb for their help and hospitality.

    Over the past three Mondays I have performed Bach's Orgelbüchlein with other free and chorale-based works at St Paul's Cathedral. I would particularly like to thank the three wonderful sopranos who joined me and whose presence and singing helped to make these concerts memorable: Elizabeth Weisberg, Cecilia Osmond and Rebecca Outram. Thanks too to Simon Johnson and Andrew Carwood for hosting me and to Angela Palotai for ensuring everything ran smoothly. It was great to meet Peter, Rachel and Tom during my time here too - a great team of musicians! Finally, my thanks to friends family and students who made the journey to these concerts.

    Some short excerpts from The Hague:

    Wachet_auf.mp3

    wo_soll_ich fliehen hin.mp3

    wer_nur_den_lieben_Gott_laesst_walten.mp3

    mag.mp3

    ach_bleib bei uns.mp3

    kommst_du_nun_Jesu.mp3

  • Phase Two

    03.09.14 Garnisonskirken, Copenhagen, Denmark Carsten Lund Organ (reconstruction of Kastens organ of 1724) Bach: Father and Son Sonatas by JS and CPE Bach, Passacaglia BWV 582 (also played at Mariager, Denmark and Trinity College, Cambridge)

    11.10.14 Lutheran Church, The Hague, The Netherlands Bätz Organ of 1762 Programme includes Sechs Choräle von verschiedener Art: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 Woll soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 646 Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 647 Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 648 Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649 Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV 650

    13.10.14 OBE Chapel, St Paul's Cathedral, London, UK William Drake Organ, 2012 Orgelbüchlein I, Pastorale BWV 590

    20.10.14 OBE Chapel, St Paul's Cathedral, London, UK Orgelbüchlein II, Prelude & Fugue B minor, BWV 544

    27.10.14 OBE Chapel, St Paul's Cathedral, London, UK Orgelbüchlein III, Fantasia super: Valet will ich dir geben BWV 735 & 736

  • Phase One

    I have just completed the first phase of my Bach project and have played six concerts over the past month or so. A highlight has been performing the 'Great 18' at St. Paul's, where the combination of the fine instrument by Bill Drake, intimate space in the OBE chapel and Bach's music made for a deeply satisfying experience. Audience numbers grew steadily and, by the final concert (which included the canonic variations), extra programmes were printed to accommodate the large numbers. It was a privilege to have a number of eminent organists present for these concerts. I would particularly like to thank Simon Johnson for hosting me and Thomas Trotter for attending my second concert. Also to the many good friends, colleagues and students (you know who you are) who came - thank you. Playing three all-Bach programmes in three weeks was a first for me and was both immensely challenging and rewarding. I'm very happy that I will return to St Paul's next October to play another series of Bach recitals that will include the Orgelbüchlein.

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2011


15.01.11
Lecture recital for Herefordshire Organist's Society, Ledbury PC, UK

24.01.11, 7.30pm
Liszt Recital, St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham

21.02.11-27.02.11
Conservatoire Study Trip, Germany

23.02.11
Recital, Hauptkirche St Petri, Hamburg

28.02.11-03.03.11
Masterclass, RCO/St Giles study trip, Hamburg

05.03.11
Masterclass, London Organ Day, UK

13.04.11
Recital, St Mary's Quarry St, Guildford, UK

15.04.11
Masterclass, St Marys Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh, 2-5pm

16.04.11
Recital, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, 7.30pm

05.05.11
Celebrity Recital Series, St Paul's Cathedral, London, 6.30pm

16.05.11
Lecture recital, St Mary's, Selly Oak, Birmingham, 7.30pm

31.05.11-10.06.11
Jury member, Odense International Organ Competition, Denmark

03.06.11
Recital, Carl Nielsen Festival and Competition, Odense, DK

03.06.11
Talk: "Pianist/composers with recent anniversaries and their organ music", Odense, DK

10.06.11
Recital, St Swithun's, Worcester

23.06.11
Recital, Christchurch Priory, UK

24.06.11
Open Day, Birmingham Conservatoire

25.06.11
Alain class, St Giles Cripplegate, London

02.07.11
Recital, Recklinghausen, Germany

15.07.11-22.07.11
Birmingham University Recitals, UK

01.08-06.08.11
Tutor, RCO/St Giles Summer Course, City of London

18.08.11
Recital, Polditz, Germany (Ladegast Organ)

20.08.11
Recitals, Merseburg Cathedral & Borau, Germany, 12 & 5pm

16.09.11
Merseburger Orgelsommer, Merseburg Cathedral 8pm

17.09.11
Merseburger Orgelsommer, Merseburg Cathedral, Musiknacht

30.09.11
Alain Recital I, Birmingham Cathedral, 1.10pm

02.10.11
Recital, Straelen, Germany

03.10.11
Recital, St Hedwig, Paderborn, Germany

18.10-20.10.11
Teaching, Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo

19.10.11
Recital, Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo

??.10.11 (tbc)
Liturgical performance of Messiaen Messe de la Pentecote, Worcester Cathedral

03.11.11
Alain Recital II, St Pauls Church, Birmingham, 1.15pm

??.12.11
Alain Recital III, St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham

??.12.11-??.12.11
Birmingham University Recitals, UK