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:
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