Celebrity Organ Recitals

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Celebrity Organ Recitals

A summer series at which some of the world's very best organists, led by the musicians of St Paul's, play the Cathedral's Grand Organ. Tickets available here: https://stpaulscelebrityorganrecitals2016.eventbrite.co.uk

Thursday 2 June 2016

Simon Johnson  |  St Paul's Cathedral

6.30pm  |  £12 (£8conc.) tickets on the door  |  Unreserved seating

Fugue in E flat major (BWV 552ii)   J.S. Bach

from the Orgelbüchlein:   J.S. Bach

44.  Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten (BWV 642)

from the Orgelbüchlein Project:   Simon Johnson

87.  Wohl dem der in Gottes Furcht steht 

Dankpsalm (Op.145, No 2)   Max Reger

Benedictus (Op. 59, No 9)    Max Reger

Fantasia and Toccata in D minor   Charles Villiers Stanford

Fantasmagorie   Jehan Alain 

Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain   Maurice Duruflé

Simon Johnson is the Organist & Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral.

“A brilliant and sensitive musician, achieving greatness through his calm demeanour” (Gramophone), Simon’s work as a soloist, accompanist, conductor, composer and arranger makes him one of the most versatile church musicians working today. As well as leading the cathedral’s wide-ranging organ programme, Simon accompanies the world-famous choir of men and boys and directs the Cathedral Consort. In addition to the daily round of services and events at St Paul’s, Simon has been involved in all the national occasions that have taken place there since his appointment in 2008, including at the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher and the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen and also at the celebration of her 90th birthday.  He can be heard as both soloist and accompanist at St Paul’s on recordings for the Hyperion and Decca labels and last year took on the monumental project of recording Holst’s The Planets for Priory.

Outside of St Paul’s, Simon enjoys a diverse and busy freelance schedule.  Recitals have taken him all over Europe and the USA, as well as to many of the premier venues in the UK.  He has worked as soloist, accompanist and continuo player with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, City of London Sinfonia, London Baroque, The Sixteen and The Cardinall’s Musick.  Simon performed the extended organ part in the Oscar, BAFTA and Grammy award-winning musical soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel.

As a director he became well-known through his work with the St Albans Abbey Girls’ Choir, leading them in several highly-acclaimed recordings and tours.  Recently he has conducted Bach’s St John Passion, Duruflé’s Requiem, Bruckner’s Mass in E minor, Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No 3 and Messiaen’s L’Ascension at St Paul’s as part of the cathedral’s ongoing partnerships with leading orchestras in London.

Simon’s yearly extravaganzas for the Lord Mayor’s Show in London has seen collaborations with Jo Brand and Alistair McGowan (in Simon ‘s own arrangement of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, 2010, 2014), and Brian Blessed (Farrington Animal Parade, 2011).

He has taken part in the premières of works from many of the world’s leading composers including, recently, a new piece for the organ of St Paul’s by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as part of the City of London Festival.  His own commissioned Gloria for choir, brass and organ received its première in Atlanta in 2014 and has now been published by OUP.

Visit simonjohnsonmusician.com

Thursday 14 July 2016

Vincent Dubois  |  Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

6.30pm  |  £12 (£8conc.) tickets on the door  |  Unreserved seating

Sinfonia from Cantata No 146   J.S. Bach transcr. Marcel Dupré 

Sonata in D minor (Op. 65, No 6)   Felix Mendelssohn

Allegro vivace from Symphony No 5 in F minor (Op. 42, No 1)   Charles-Marie Widor

Aubade, Naïades from Pièces de fantaisie   Louis Vierne 

Danse macabre   Camille Saint-Saëns transcr. Edwin Lemare


Newly appointed as one of the three titular organists at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, Vincent Dubois is one of the finest concert organists to appear on the world stage in many years. He is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris where he was a student of Olivier Latry, and earned First Prizes in Organ, Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue and 20th-century composition.

In January 2016, after a comprehensive audition and competition for the available post, Mr Dubois was appointed the newest of three titular organists of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, where he will serve along with the two other titular organists, Olivier Latry and Philippe Lefebvre.

Mr Dubois took the world’s stage early in his career when he won two major organ competitions in 2002: the Recital Gold Medal at the 2002 Calgary International Organ Competition, and the Grand Prize at the 2002 International Competition of Toulouse, France. As a result of these prizes, Mr Dubois has performed in major concert venues throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific. His performances have included numerous international music festivals such as Cambridge, Stuttgart, Dresden, Vancouver, Montreal, Chartres, and Roskilde. Mr Dubois has also appeared as guest soloist with several orchestras and ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hong-Kong Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique of Radio France, the Orchestre National de France, the Orquesta Filharmonica del Gran Canaria, the Orchestre de Picardie, and the Orchestre de Bretagne. His performances have been broadcast over Radio France, the O.R.F. Vienna, CBC Radio Canada, Australian Radio and American Public Media’s Pipedreams. In addition, he has been invited to teach organ master classes at such prestigious institutions as Yale University, Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Oberlin College, Baylor University, St. Paul University, Emory University, and he was recently appointed Continuing Guest Artist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he continues with teaching residencies each season.

Mr Dubois has made several recordings, including a CD of the organ music of Franz Liszt available on the Vox Coelestis label; a CD on the JAV label recorded at St. Sulpice in Paris; and on the Radio France and Tempéraments label a recording at St. Etienne de Caen, which features the complete 3rd Symphonie of Louis Vierne and the Preludes and Fugues (Op. 7) of Marcel Dupré.

In addition to his extensive performing and teaching, Mr Dubois has held the post of Director General of the Strasbourg National and Superior Conservatory of Music in France since March 2012.

Thursday 4 August 2016

Colin Walsh  |  Lincoln Cathedral

6.30pm  |  £12 (£8conc.) tickets on the door  |  Unreserved seating

Hymne d'Action de Grâce 'Te Deum' from Trois Paraphrases Gregoriennes (Op. 5, No 3)   Jean Langlais

Communion from Suite Médiévale   Jean Langlais

Fantasia and Fugue in G minor (BWV 542)   J.S. Bach

Choral No 1 in E major   César Franck

Fantaisie-improvisation sur l'Ave Maris Stella   Charles Tournemire reconstituted Maurice Duruflé

Méditation from Trois improvisations   Louis Vierne reconstituted Maurice Durufle

Final from Évocation (Op. 37)   Marcel Dupré

Colin Walsh’s association with cathedral music goes back over 40 years. He has served, in various capacities, St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, Christ Church Oxford (where he took an honours degree in music), Salisbury Cathedral and St Albans Cathedral. He came to Lincoln Cathedral in 1988.

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.

He studied 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 40 over many years and various labels.  More recently he appeared as organ soloist in the BBC Radio 3 ‘Live in Concert’ series.

He describes the famous ‘Father’ Henry Willis Organ of Lincoln Cathedral as ‘one of the best’. He teaches in Cambridge and London and last year he received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Lincoln. His interests include travel, animals and, of course, good food.

Thursday 1 September 2016

Peter Holder  |  St Paul's Cathedral

6.30pm  |  £12 (£8conc.) tickets on the door  |  Unreserved seating

Coronation March   Giacomo Meyerbeer   transcr. W.T. Best

Fantasy and Fugue on the chorale "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam"   Franz Liszt

William Tell Overture   Gioachino Rossini

Peter Holder is Sub-Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, a post to which he was appointed at the age of 23, following two years as Organ Scholar at Westminster Abbey. His responsibilities at both institutions have involved playing at numerous events of national importance, including the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II and a Service of Remembrance to mark the 10th Anniversary of the London Bombings.

Peter is an Organ Tutor at the Junior Royal Academy of Music and was last year the Pidem Organ Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, where he previously undertook undergraduate and postgraduate studies, gaining numerous scholarships and awards, most notably HRH Princess Alice the Duchess of Gloucester’s Prize for exemplary studentship at graduation in 2013. Peter was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music earlier this year. He continues his repertoire studies with David Titterington, Jon Laukvik and Patrick Russill, and improvisation with Thierry Escaich.

Peter has previously held posts at St Albans Cathedral, Southwell Minster and The Royal Hospital Chelsea. He has broadcast for BBC radio and television, and his first solo recording, played on the sensational 1797 Holzhey organ of Neresheim Abbey, featuring the works of members of the Bach family, WA Mozart and Christian Heinrich Rinck, will be released imminently.

Further information can be found at www.peterholdermusic.co.uk


A summer series at which some of the world's very best organists, led by the musicians of St Paul's, play the Cathedral's Grand Organ. Tickets available from the New Year.

Thursday 4 May 2017

Peter Holder  |  St Paul's Cathedral

6.30pm  |  £12 (£8conc.) tickets on the door  |  Unreserved seating

Thursday 1 June 2017

Ben van Oosten  |  Netherlands

6.30pm  |  £12 (£8conc.) tickets on the door  |  Unreserved seating

Thursday 3 August 2017

Nathan Laube  |  USA

6.30pm  |  £12 (£8conc.) tickets on the door  |  Unreserved seating

Thursday 7 September 2017

Simon Johnson  |  St Paul's Cathedral

6.30pm  |  £12 (£8conc.) tickets on the door  |  Unreserved seating