Concerts and Recitals

Concerts and Recitals for 2020

You can help us keep the organ playing by coming to our concerts, or sponsoring a voluntary. We are also looking for more volunteers to help Julia Mathews with the refreshments and Ian Burgess with the screens at the recitals.

New Event for your diary on Saturday 18 April. From 11.30am to 12pm as part of ‘National Organ Day’ Jonathan Holmes will be playing a special version for organ of Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the wolf’ showing off all the colours of the organ. This is aimed at children and adults and the story will be told by Sarah Holmes. Free Event……..further details of rest of our ‘National Organ Day’ events below.

The Bach series, by our Director of Music Jonathan Holmes, continues on Tuesdays 1.05pm – 1.35pm. Admission is free. Any donations to the organ fund may be put in our spare organ pipe!
You are welcome to stay afterwards for a chat and a cuppa in the Parish Room.
Below these dates, details of our Saturday concerts are given.
We look forward to welcoming you to St. Mary’s, and the wonderful sounds of our great ‘Father’ Willis organ.
Bach Concert Programmes
3 March
Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 559
2 Chorale Preludes on The Creed:
Wir glauben all an einen Gott,
BWV 680
Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott
BWV 740
Toccata and Fugue in F major BWV 540
21 April
Fugue in C minor on a theme of Legrenzi BWV 574
Erbarm’dich mein, o Herre Gott BWV 721
Trio in C minor BWV 585
Prelude and Fugue in C BWV 531
19 May
Prelude and Fugue in F minor BWV 534
Jesu Christus, unser heiland BWV 626
Erstanden is der heil’ge Christ BWV 628
Prelude and Fugue in F BWV 556
Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Gut BWV 957
Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 1100
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan BWV 1116
Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 551
Fugue in G ‘Gigue’ BWV 577
16 June
Toccata Adagio and Fugue in C BWV 564
Herzlich tut mich verlangen BWV 727
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 730
Trio super: Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend BWV 655
Komm, Heiliger Geist BWV 651
22 September
Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 549
Wer nur den lieben Gott lasst walten BWV 642
Alle menschen mussen sterben BWV 643
Ach wie nichtig, ach wie fluchtig BWV 644
Prelude and Fugue in B Flat BWV 560
Woll soll ich fliehen hin BWV 694
Fugue in G BWV 581
Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
20 October
Prelude in A minor BWV 569
Wir Christenleut BWV 710
Wir Christenleut BWV 1090
Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott BWV 652
Nun danket alle Gott BWV 657
Prelude and Fugue in G minor BWV 535
17 November
Vor deinem Thron tret’ich BWV 668
Herr Jesu Christ, du hochstes Gut BWV 1114
O Herre Gott, dein gottlichs Wort BWV 1110
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir BWV 1099
Dorian Toccata and Fugue BWV 538
8 December (TBC)
Fugue in G minor ‘Little’ BWV 578
O Lamm Gottes unschuldig BWV 1085
O Lamm Gottes unschuldig BWV 1095
O Lamm Gottes unschuldig BWV 656
Prelude and Fugue in D BWV 532
19 January 2021
Trio Sonata 3 in D minor BWV 527
I. Andante II. Adagio e dolce III. Vivace
Schmuke dich, o liebe seele BWV 759
Schmuke dich, o liebe seele BWV 654
Non Komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 599
Gott, durch deine Gute BWV 600
Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes Sohn BWV 601
Lob se idem allmachtigen Gott BWV 662
St Mary’s Saturday Concert Season 2020

21 March  The Imperial Organ (great British organ music by Whitlock, Howells, Elgar, Healey Willan W.T Best and Yorke Bowen including Howells: Rhapsodies, Elgar Marches, W.T. Best Fantasia on Welsh Themes, Healey Willan Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue, and Bowen’s Fantasia played by Jonathan Holmes

18 April ‘Film Night’ with Simon Gregory

In addition to Simon’s Evening recital we will be taking part in ‘National Organ Day’ an initiative by the Royal College of Organists when as many churches and organs will be open and played in the country as possible.

From 10am until 11.30am we will be encouraging children and adults to come and play our mighty Willis organ in an ‘Open Console’ session. No playing experience required. All welcome to have a go.

There will be cameras inside the instrument to see the pipes and inner workings, and a talk about the organ and its maker‘ Father’ Henry Willis, the great Victorian organ builder.

Jonathan’s pupils will play from 10am and at 11.30am Jonathan will play Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf especially arranged to illustrate the sounds of the organ to children and adults alike. The story will be narrated. Later in the day, at 7.30pm, Simon will play the following popular programme including an improvised score to Buster Keaton’s silent classic film ‘The haunted house’.

Recital for National Organ Day by Simon Gregory on 18 April

The Versatile Organ:

Part 1: Music from several centuries

Ut Re Mee Fa Sol La                                  Byrd

Organ Concerto op. 7 no. 8                        Handel

Piece for an organ in a clock k594             Mozart

Carillon de Westminster                            Vierne

Mozart Changes                                         Gardonyi

Part 2 Music while you Work, Rest and Play

Calling All Workers                                  Coates

Dusk                                                          Armstrong  Gibbs

Coronation Scot                                         Ellis

The Boulevardier                                      Curzon

FILM  The Haunted House (1921)           Buster Keaton

By the Sleepy Lagoon                                 Coates

16 May An evening with J. S. Bach including the ‘Great’ chorale preludes from Clavierubung Part III and Bach’s ‘greatest hits’ including the famous D minor Toccata BWV 565 played by Jonathan Holmes

27 June Our ever-popular ‘8 Hands on 2 pianos’ with friends Sarah Holmes, Simon Gregory, Matthew Burgess and Jonathan Holmes

25 July An evening of Gilbert and Sullivan with stars of music theatre Rachel Chalkley Gunton and Stephen Chalkley and friends from the Parish Choir.

5 September The Annual Patronal Festival Organ Recital. Jonathan plays Liszt and his pupils including Liszt’s Fantasia on BACH and Reubke’s Sonata on Psalm 94

10 October The Brahms Requiem performed by the Parish Choir and visiting singers ‘from scratch’, in the piano duet version with Simon Gregory and Sarah Holmes (piano duet) and soloists from the Parish Choir.

All our concerts are on Saturdays at 7.30pm. They include close-ups of the soloists on ‘the big screen’, refreshments and programme notes.

Tickets cost £8.00 (18 and under £1). The only exception is for Brahms Requiem visiting singers, when the cost is £10 including hire of score.

Tickets are available ‘on the door’.

Further information from

About our Recital Programme

Most of our recitals showcase our wonderful Father Willis pipe organ. You can read more about the organ, and we hope you will come to hear it at one of our recitals.

Sometimes, our recitals take the form of a “come and sing”, open to all. A scratch choir rehearsed and performed Handel’s Messiah in March 2012, shown above.

You can always buy tickets on the door at any of our recitals. So please come along, and we promise you a warm welcome!

You can listen to Jonathan’s organ recital recordings on his YouTube channel.