Concerts and Organ Elevenses

Organ Elevenses is a monthly Saturday morning recital series. Come and enjoy coffee, tea and cake served from 10.30am and a 40-minute recital on the newly-restored organ of the parish church from 11am with a large screen projection of the performer. The recitals are given in aid of the parish church organ fund. Occasionally recitals are also given by other solo musicians and choirs.

Saturday 22 September from 10.30am – Organ Elevenses with Eric Tyson

Eric Tyson gets our new season of Organ Elevenses recital under way with a programme that includes music by Bach, Bairstow, Vierne and Elgar as well as a Suite specially written for Eric by Paul Ayres.

Fantasia in G BWV 572 – J.S. Bach
Suite for Eric – Paul Ayres
Evening Song – Edward Bairstow
Chanson de Matin – Edward Elgar
Piece de Fantasie- Louis Vierne

Come and enjoy coffee, tea and cake served from 10.30am and a 40-minute organ recital from 11am with a large screen projection of the performer. Suggested donation £5 on the door, under 18s free of charge.

Eric was born in Bolton in the UK and educated at Bolton School where he had organ lessons with Norman Harper. He studied chemistry at Hatfield College in Durham and continued his organ studies with the assistant organists at the Cathedral, Alan Thurlow and David Hill. He then moved to London where he worked for British Telecom and was also organist of St John’s Leytonstone in the East of London for seven years. When he moved to Bristol in 1995 to work for a telecommunications consulting company based in Chepstow he became assistant organist at St Mary’s Wotton under Edge and held that post for about four years until his international work travel prevented him providing the necessary commitment.

Eric has been the accompanist for a group of singers called the Clarkes of Old Sarum for around 20 years and has played for other groups from time to time which visit cathedrals around the UK to sing services for half term weekends and also summer residence weeks. He has played for these groups in numerous cathedrals across the UK including Bristol, Wells, St Paul’s and Westminster Abbey. Eric has also given recitals in the UK, USA, Slovak Republic, the Netherlands and Australia. He has recently taken early retirement from his full time consulting job but continues to do short term assignments. When is at home he assists at All Saints Church in Clifton where he very much enjoys playing the recently restored organ as well as at other local churches.

Future Organ Elevenses dates for your diary are as follows:

13 October – Niamh Drew
10 November – Daniel Moult
8 December – Richard Johnson
12 January
9 February
9 March
13 April
8 June

Suggested donation £5 on the door, under 18s free of charge.


Sunday 11 November at 6.30pm
Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym

An informal service of music and readings given by Westbury Singers and the Westbury-on-Trym parish church choirs to mark the centenary of the Armistice, including excerpts from letters of soldiers from Westbury village. Free admission.

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