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.
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 www.stmarysewell.com
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.