FRIDAY 6 JULY: COLIN WALSH (organ)
Colin Walsh’s association with Cathedral music goes back over forty years. He has served, in various capacities, St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, Christ Church Oxford (where he worked closely with Simon Preston and studied the organ with Nicholas Danby), Salisbury Cathedral and St Albans Cathedral. He went to Lincoln Cathedral in 1988 as Organist and Master of the Choristers, becoming Organist Laureate in 2003.
As an organ recitalist he has played in all the major venues in the UK, most European countries, the USA, Australasia, Hong Kong and Russia.
His studies in Paris with the blind French organist and composer Jean Langlais inspired him to specialise in 19th and 20th century French organ music. In 1988 he played, at a public concert, the music of Olivier Messiaen in front of the composer. His recordings on CD and DVD as a choral conductor, accompanist and soloist number nearly forty over many years and various labels. He has appeared as organ soloist in the BBC Radio 3 ‘Live in Concert’ series, and he recently recorded a live performance of Messiaen’s La Nativité for Priory Records.
He teaches in Cambridge and London and is an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Lincoln. His interests include travel, animals and, of course, good food.
FRIDAY 13 JULY: MUSIC FOR RECORDERS, OBOE, HARPSICHORD AND CELLO
Colin Hutchinson and Heather Sullivan (recorders), Janet Briggs (cello), Frederic Goodwin (harpsichord & piano), Heather Ryan (oboe)
FRIDAY 20 JULY: BARRY WHITFIELD (organ)
Barry is a highly accomplished professional musician – an accompanist, composer and director in several disciplines, with a strong background in arranging. He also has extensive experience as a music educator and is currently Head of Music at Franklin 6th Form College, Grimsby.
As an accomplished church musician, he held the post of sub-organist at Grimsby Minster for several years, is currently Organist and Director of Music at St Augustine’s, Grimsby and continues to enjoy his occasional duties as associate organist here at St James, Louth.
He has been Musical Director for many stage shows including High School Musical, Bugsy Malone, The Wizard of Oz and Oliver.
A skilled arranger; he has achieved gold record sales on two occasions whilst working with Flair Records/N.O.W. Music. He is a respected session musician and has worked on TV and Radio with a diversity of musicians and cabaret artistes, including Sir James Galway, Lulu, Lenny Henry, Ronnie Corbett, Smokie & Black Lace as well as spending several years as assistant Musical Director to Sir Norman Wisdom.
His jazz trio has made several appearances at venues and festivals throughout country including the Cleethorpes Jazz festival and most recently with Scunthorpe Choral Society for their African concert.
J.S. Bach: BWV 572 - Fantasia G major
Tres vitement, Gravement, Lentement
Théodore Dubois - Toccata in G major
FRIDAY 27 JULY: 'SILVERWOOD'
SilverWood was formed in 2002. We are all instrumental teachers who also play in various Lincolnshire orchestras and groups. Most of our work is playing at weddings, celebrations, charity events and small concerts. We have a wide repertoire and hope you like the selection we have chosen for you today.
FRIDAY 3 AUGUST: NAOMI SULLIVAN (saxophone), with JANE O'FARRELL (piano)
Naomi Sullivan studied at Chetham's School of Music, Royal College of Music and Northwestern University, Chicago. She has performed across the UK as part of the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme and also for 'Live Music Now!' She now lives and works in London.
In 2009, Naomi co-founded the chamber group 'syzygy'. They recently released a CD "Songs for the Coming Day" with the support of an Emerging Excellence Award. Naomi also plays with Flotilla, lead by Kyle Horch, and as part of an international saxophone duo with Masahito Sugihara. Alongside chamber music, Naomi works as an orchestral musician and has worked with CBSO, Halle Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet, BCMG, The Opera Group, Music Theatre Wales and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She has also worked for musical theatre tours including 'Wonderful Town' and 'Chicago'. And has occasional dates with the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra.
Naomi was the artist director the first London Saxophone Festival and the 2015 Birmingham Conservatoire Saxophone Day, where she has been Head of Saxophone since 2008. She has given masterclasses and performances in UK and abroad. She also writes articles for the Sheffield Samizdat.
Jane O'Farrell began studying the piano at the age of 8 with Mabel Bausor in Lincoln. She was a regular performer at the Lincoln Festival of Music and Drama in both solo and duet piano classes, and won the Senior Repertoire trophy when she was 16. Jane went on to study at the Royal College of Music in London where she was a pupil of Kendall Taylor, Ian Lake and Bernard Roberts. Whilst at college Jane was regularly asked to accompany other students for lessons, competitions and recitals, a role which she particularly enjoyed.
After college Jane continued living in London for another eight years, teaching music in primary and secondary school and giving individual tuition at home, and working with other musicians locally for performances. Since living back in Lincolnshire she has continued her teaching work, and since retirement from school has become involved in several other musical activities. Jane accompanies two choirs on a regular basis, has been a musical director for productions at the Riverhead Theatre in Louth, and has performed for various county concert groups.
Jane is a member of the board of LICMF, and may be known to some of you as ‘Ashley’s page-turner’, a role she has enjoyed and from which she has learned a great deal! At Chetham’s Piano Summer School she worked with Ashley as one of her teachers, (where we had a little role’reversal!), others being Lesley Howard, Daniel Ben-Pinaar and Matthias Kirschnereit.
FRIDAY 10 AUGUST: IAN MAJOR (organ)
Born in Lincolnshire, Ian Major studied at the Royal College of Music in the late 1960s with Nicholas Danby, Richard Popplewell and Dr. W.S. Lloyd Webber. He has held church appinments as organist/choirmaster in various parts of the country since 1963, always in plurality with a main career in education. He has given many recitals in England and Germany.
Among other projects, Ian has made a study of the music of the north-west of Scotland and in particular the Outer Hebrides and other islands where something of the Gaelic oral tradition of music and story-telling remains. Originally intended only for personal use and to ensure the continuing existence of much beautiful song by talented people, the organ music from this study now numbers over some one hundred and fifty pieces.
FRIDAY 17 AUGUST: FREDERIC GOODWIN (piano)
Frederic Goodwin read Music at St Peter's College, Oxford. Whilst at Oxford he sang daily evensong in the Choir of Magdalen College, was a countertenor soloist in many student concerts, and studied the organ with John Webster. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and has recently been awarded the honorary diploma of Associate of the Royal School of Church Music. Fred's professional career was as a teacher in the independent sector, notably at the John Lyon School, Harrow, where he nurtured the talents of a number of future professional musicians. He retired from full-time teaching in 1995, and a year later moved to Louth to become Organist and Choirmaster at St James's Church, Louth, retiring yet again in 2009. He continues to be an active musician and teacher, preferring to be known as a 'musical GP' rather than a 'jack-of-all-trades'. He has never worked in a bank.
FRIDAY 24 AUGUST: JOHN PRIOR (flute) WITH PHILIP HOTHAM (piano)
FRIDAY 31 AUGUST: AMY BAKER (piano)