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.

Organ Elevenses with Huw Morgan
Saturday 7 October from 10.30am

The Autumn season of Organ Elevenses continues with a recital given by Huw Morgan, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Huw’s programme is as follows:
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637–1707) – Praeludium in C, BuxWV 137
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562–1621) – Lachrimae Pavane SwWV 328
Frederick Frahm (1964– ) – Hymn Prelude on Llangloffan
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) – O Welt, ich muss dich lassen & Es ist ein’ Ros’ entsprungen (op. 122; 3 & 8)
JS Bach (1685–1750) – Prelude & Fugue in C minor, BWV 871
Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016) – Farewell to Stromness
Huw Morgan (1975– ) – Aria (2017) and Dialogues (2014)

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

Huw Morgan was born in Newport, South Wales, in 1975. He read music at St Edmund Hall, Oxford; following a career in the financial services, Huw graduated in 2007 from the Royal Academy of Music, winning the Olwen Doreen Leyshorn prize, after studying choral conducting with Patrick Russill, voice with David Lowe and the organ with David Titterington and Susan Landale.

Huw has directed a number of choirs, most recently the Hanover Choir, the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral, and of St Laurence Church, Catford; he has worked for the Royal School of Church Music and managed His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts. He performs regularly as an organist, and in 2013 he recorded his debut solo CD Breaking Light for SFZ Music, described as “sparkling” and “wonderfully atmospheric” in Church Music Quarterly (June 2014).

Huw composes for choir and organ and is published by Firehead Editions; in 2013 with the organists Lauren Redhead and Michael Bonaventure formed Automatronic, a collective that explores, creates and promotes new music for organ with electronics. Huw’s music has been performed at the Southbank Centre, at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Canterbury Festival, the Bergen International Organ Festival, at many of the UK’s cathedrals including Canterbury, York Minster, St Paul’s and Westminster Abbey; on several CDs and on Radio 3.

After a spell living in Hamilton, New Zealand, Huw now lives with his wife Emma and daughter Arwen in Grosmont, south Wales, and teaches at Monmouth School.

Future Organ Elevenses dates for your diary are as follows:
18 November – Andrew Kirk
23 December – Richard Johnson
13 January – Claire Alsop
17 February
10 March – Richard Pilliner
14 April
16 June
14 July – Alistair Mackenzie

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


Autumn/Winter 1300th anniversary celebration music dates for your diary

Saturday 7 October at 7.30pm

The Waites of Gloucester are coming to play their medieval instruments as part of the 1300 celebrations. The ensemble is modelled on the band of musicians run by the City of Gloucester in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Suggested donation £5 on the door.

www.gloucesterwaites.org.uk


Saturday 14 October at 7.30pm
Exultate Singers performs a concert of music specially chosen for the 1300th anniversary celebrations www.exultatesingers.org


For future local and national concerts, see www.organrecitals.com