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Simon Johnson to begin summer celebrity organ series

The annual summer of series of organ recitals at St Paul's kicks off in May with the Cathedral's Organist offering a programme including Bach and Walton.

The 2013 Celebrity Organ Recitals begin on Thursday 2 May, when Simon Johnson takes to the Cathedral's five-manual Grand Organ to begin the series, which showcases some of the country's most respected practitioners play one of the country's finest instruments.

Celebrity Organ Recital 2013 series
2 May - Simon Johnson, Organist, St Paul's Cathedral
13 June - Martin Baker, Master of the Music, Westminster Cathedral
11 July - David Goode, Organist, Eton College
1 August - Timothy Wakerell, Sub-Organist, St Paul's Cathedral
5 September - Roger Sayer, Organist, Rochester Cathedral

Simon Johnson is currently Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St Paul's. His work as a soloist, accompanist, improviser, choir director, composer, editor and arranger makes him one of the most versatile church musicians working today and this has led to a series of appointments. He was Head Chorister of Peterborough Cathedral Choir and went on to hold organ scholarships at Rochester, Norwich and St Paul’s Cathedrals, before becoming Director of Music at All Saints’ Church, Northampton in 1998, and Assistant Master of Music and Director of the Abbey Girls’ Choir at St Albans Cathedral in 2001. He took up his present position in September 2008.

Programme:

Toccata Marius Monnikendham (1896-1977)
Prelude and Fugue in E minor (Op.35 No 1) Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47) arr. Reitze Smits (b.1954)
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (BWV 663) ="en-us"> J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Orb and Sceptre William Walton (1902-1983) arr. William Mckie (1901-1984)
Miroir Ad Wammes (b.1953)
Trois Préludes et Fugues (Op. 7) Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)

All recitals begin at 6.30pm.
Tickets, £10 (£7) on the door.
Seating unreserved.
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