ST JAMES'S CHURCH RECITALS

St James's Church, Louth


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.


PROGRAMME

J S Bach:  Prelude and Fugue in C minor (BWV 546) 

J S Bach:  Chorale Prelude:  Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott (BWV 721)

Marcel Dupre:   Five psalms from Antiphons for Vespers Op 18

Louis Vierne:   Impromptu from Pieces de Fantaisie

Louis Vierne:   Final from Symphony VI


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)


PROGRAMME  

Purcell, Henry (1659-1695)                              If music be the Food of Love  arr. for Recorders and Cello

Holborne, Antony (c. 1545-1602)                    Fantasia 2                                          

Greene, Maurice (1696-1755)                          Fugue No 4 from 12 Voluntaries for Organ                            

Handel , George Frideric (1685-1759)             Lascia ch'io pianga from Rinaldo

Boyce, William (1711-1779)                             Gavotte from Symphony No 4                                    

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)             Sleepers, Wake                                   

Telemann, Georg Philipp (1681-1767)            Trio Sonata in C major for Two Alto Recorders and Continuo

Finger, Godfrey (c.1665-1730)                         Sonata in G major for Descant Recorder and Continuo          

Mozart , Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)       Adagio for Glass Harmonica arr. for Recorders and Cello

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)               Allegro for a Flute Clock arr. for Recorders and Cello



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.

 

PROGRAMME

J.S. Bach: BWV 572 - Fantasia G major                         

Tres vitement, Gravement, Lentement  

 

Pietro Yon: Toccatina for Flute                               
No2 of twelve divertimenti

 

Camille Saint-Saens: Fantasie in E flat major                  

Con moto, Allegro di molto e con fuoco

 

Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 65     

Allegro moderato e serioso, Adagio, Andante recit, Allegro assai vivace

 

Théodore Dubois - Toccata in G major                               


FRIDAY 27 JULY:   'SILVERWOOD'

SilverWood is a flute quartet (flute, violin, viola, cello) and participants are Chris Hunter, Sylvia Windsor, Rosalind Millward and Simon Kent. 

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.  


PROGRAMME

Bozza: Fantasie Italiane

David Maslanka: Eternal Garden

   I. Lamentation 

   II. On Chestnut Hill

   III. Elegy: August 6th, 1945 

 Bonneau: Caprice en Forme de Valse

 Piano solo

 Marcello: Concerto in C minor

    I - Andante  

    II - Adagio                        

    III - Presto


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.

PROGRAMME

     The Spitfire Prelude  - William Walton (arr. Morrell)

      The programme begins and ends with music by Sir William Walton.  This first piece is a  

      shortened arrangement for organ by Denis Morrell of Walton's Prelude and Fugue

      (The Spitfire), composed originally in 1942 for the orchestral score of the film

      The First of the Few.

 

Englar a sveimi  -  Bara Grimsdottir

    (a) Undir verndarvaeng    (b) Eg kryp   (c) Engladans

These are three settings of texts from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke by the Islandic composer Bara Grimsdottir:  (a) 'Under Guardianship' from Matthew 18:10;

(b) 'I Kneel' from Luke 22: 41-43; (c) 'Angels' Dance' from Matthew 25:31.   The work was completed in Reykjavik on 18th January 2014.

 

Prelude & Fugue in G major, 'The Great’ (BWV 541)  -  J.S. Bach

Trio in E minor, (BWV 528), Third Movement  -  J.S. Bach

Bach wrote many large-scale Preludes and Fugues and Toccatas and Fugues, some more well know than others.   Six bear the epithet 'Great'.  A very small number have three sections with am intervening slow movement between Prelude and Fugue.   It seems that this was Bach's original intention here, the first few bars of the above Trio's last movement appearing on the back of the original manuscript of the main work.  He apparently abandoned the idea (for whatever reason), so I play the trio movement after the main work - just for the fun of it!    The Prelude and Fugue in their final form date from a third revision of about 1725, although the fugue's subject is a major version of the first chorus of Cantata No. 21, composed in 1714.

 

Lento & Mouv't de Menuet  -  Ian W. Major

        (From Gaelic Suite no. 4 “An Eala bhan”)

The Suite, using tunes for the Gaelic song 'The White Swan', was composed earlier this year to mark our fiftieth Wedding Anniversary, celebrated last month.    

 

Crown Imperial  - William Walton (arr. Murrill)

Like the Spitfire Prelude, this Coronation March reveals how Walton, largely self taught and relying on natural talent, was well able to produce a good nationalistic tune in the manner of Elgar.   Again an arrangement for organ (this time by Herbert Murrill), the work was first performed on 9th May 1937 by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Adrian Boult - twenty-six days before the Coronation of King George VI.   Walton made cuts to the original version in 1963, and it is this shortened score that is played today.



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.    Fred has taught the piano for over fifty years, and he continues to be an active musician and teacher.    He has never worked in a bank.


A Piano Teacher's Anthology, to include music set at ABRSM Grades 1 to 8

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

March                                                 Shostakovich

Gypsy Song                                        Brian Kelly

Gavotte                                               James Hook

Cradle Song                                        Cornelius Gurlitt

Chatanooga  Choo-choo                    Warren and Gordon, arr. Marshall


The Prince of Denmark's March      Jeremiah Clarke

Lullaby                                                C V Stanford

Cloudy Day                                        Christopher Norton

Allegro in B flat (K3)                        W A Mozart


Prelude in C major (BWV939)          J S Bach

Round Dance                                     Bartok

Wiosna (Spring)                                 Chopin

Sonatina in B flat                               Samuel Wesley


Morgenlied (Morning Song)             Robert Fuchs

Allegretto                                           Muzio Clementi

(First movement from Sonatina in G)    


Miniature in D minor             Alexandr Gedike

Vivace Assai                                      Haydn


Adagio in F                                         Beethoven                             

Song without words in F                     Mendelssohn


Traumerei (Dreaming)                       Schumann

Consolation No. 5 in E                       Liszt


Song without words in A flat (Duetto)   Mendelssohn



FRIDAY 24 AUGUST:   JOHN PRIOR (flute) WITH PHILIP HOTHAM (piano)





FRIDAY 31 AUGUST:  AMY BAKER (piano)

Amy is originally from Louth and last year she graduated from Newcastle University with First Class Honours in Music with Spanish, winning the D Court Prize for the highest final recital mark for Major Performance and a Stephenson Noble prize for excellent academic achievement.

Having started to learn the piano aged 8, she studied with Molly Shucksmith and Anne Holmes and in 2013 she gained an ALCM Diploma in Piano Performance.   Since 2013 she has studied under David Murray and is currently working towards the LRSM diploma.   Whilst at Newcastle, she has been fortunate enough to play the piano in Britten’s War Requiem at the Sage Gateshead with Newcastle Symphony Orchestra, participate in a Samling Academy course as an accompanist, and collaborate with various other student musicians, including Ana Fernandez Guerra and Emily Nunns.  

Since her graduation Amy has remained in Newcastle, where she continues her work as a piano teacher, pianist and singing leader for Preppies Youth Theatre and as a freelance performer.

PROGRAMME
Widmung (Dedication) - Schumann Arr. Liszt
Ballade (Slave) - Debussy
Rhapsody in Blue - Gershwin:    on two pianos played with David Murray