Concerts and Recitals

Concerts and Recitals for 2022

(Concert dates from March 2022 are provisional, and all concerts depend on the Covid situation)

Feb 19 2.30pm – Opera Night!
Organ Transcriptions, by the legendary concert organist E.H. Lemare, from Wagner, Verdi, Saint-Saens, Rossini, and Bizet.
With excerpts from ‘The Ring’ cycle, Tannhauser, Aida, Samson and Delilah, William Tell and Carmen. Jonathan Holmes

March 12 7.30pm – Here comes the bride!
Favourite organ pieces, including wedding music, music for occasions and audience choices.

April 23 2.30pm – The Organ as Orchestra
Prokofiev’s perennial favourite Peter and the Wolf, followed by an organ pupils’ recital, including ‘Christian Strover Scholars’, awarded by The Bromley and Croydon Organists’ Association.

May 21 7.30pm – Celebrity Organ Recital
Norman Harper. President of Bromley and Croydon Organists’ Association and former Director of Music at St.George’s Cathedral, Southwark. Norman’s programme will feature Max Reger’s monumental Phantasie über den Choral ‘Hallelujah! Gott zu loben’ Op. 52 No. 3 and music by Peter Tranchell to mark the centenary of his birth.

June 18 7.30pm – The best of Bach ‘Clavierubung’ Part 3
Jonathan Holmes continues the complete Bach organ music with the great ‘St. Anne’ Prelude and Fugue and the ingenious chorale preludes which Bach was proud enough to have printed in his own lifetime.

July 23 7.30pm – Multi-Pianos Concert
Wonderful original works and transcriptions for 8 hands form Sarah Holmes, Jonathan Holmes, Simon Gregory and Matthew Burgess.

September 10 7.30pm – Toccata!
Patronal Festival Organ Recital featuring Widor’s Symphonie 5, with its famous Toccata.

October 8 7.30pm – ‘The Organist Entertains’
Simon Gregory returns with popular favourites and a film improvisation.

November 19 2.30pm and 7.30pm – The Brahms Requiem
2.30pm practice, 7.30pm concert. Join the Parish Choir for a musical feast in this wonderful work for our ‘come and sing’. Piano Duet, using Brahms’ original accompaniment, Simon Gregory and Sarah Holmes.

December 10 7.30pm. – Return of ‘A Christmas Cracker’
Carol medleys and duets for organ, and popular Christmas songs and carols with audience participation.

Complete Bach Recitals on Tuesdays from 1.05pm – 1.35pm

Jan 11
Mit Fried’und Freud’ ich fahr’ dahin BWV 616
Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf BWV 617
Das alte Jahr vergangen ist BWV 1091
Wien ach einer Wasserquelle BWV 1119
Von Gott will ich nicht lassen BWV 658
Prelude and Fugue in B minor BWV 544

Feb 8
Fantasia in G BWV 571
Vater unser im Himmelreich BWV 737
Jesus, meine zuversicht BWV 728
Kleines harmonisches Labyrinth BWV 591
Pedal-Exercitium BWV 598
Prelude and Fugue in G BWV 541

March 8
Fantasia and Fugue in A minor BWV 561
Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 625
Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 718
Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 695
In dich hab’ich gehoffet,Herr BWV 640
Wenn wir in hochsten Noten sein BWV 641
Organ Concerto in C major (after Ernst) BWV 595

April 12
Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott BWV 720
Prelude and Fugue in D minor BWV 539
Ach Gott und Herr BWV 714
Canzona in D minor BWV 588
Ach Herr, mich armen Sunder BWV 742
Prelude and Fugue in A major BWV 536

May 10
O Gott, du frommer Gott BWV 767
Prelude in G BWV 568
Vater unser im Himmelreich BWV 762
Fugue in G BWV 576
Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag BWV 629
Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn BWV 630
Komm,Gott Schopfer, heiliger Geist BWV 631
Fantasia in B minor BWV 563
Fantasia in C minor BWV 562

June 14
O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig BWV 618
Christe, du Lamm Gottes BWV 619
Christus, der uns selig macht BWV 747
Christus, der uns selig macht BWV 747
Fugue in C minor BWV 575
Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund BWV 621
O mensch, bewein’ dein’ Sunde gross BWV 622
Prelude and Fugue in D minor BWV 554
Fugue in D BWV 580

July 12
Trio Sonata No 6 in G major BWV 530 (1. Vivace, 2. Lento, 3. Allegro)
Komm Gott Schopfer, heiliger geist BWV 667
Herr Jesu,Christ, dich zu uns wend’ BWV 709
Herr Jesu,Christ, dich zu uns wend’ BWV 726
Herr Jesu,Christ, dich zu uns wend’ BWV 632
Prelude and Fugue in C BWV 545

August 30
Valet will ich dir geben BWV 735
Valet will ich dir geben BWV 736
Fantasia in C BWV 570
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 633
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 634
Partite Diverse Sopra: Ach, was sol lich Sunder machen BWV 770

September 27
6 Schubler Chorale preludes:
Wachet auf,ruft uns die stimme BWV 645
Wo sol lich fliehen hin BWV 646
Wer nur den lieben Gott lasst walten BWV 647
Meine Seele erhebt den Herren BWV 648
Ach bleib bei uns,Herr Jesu Christ BWV 649
Kommst du nun, Jesu, von Himmel herunter BWV 650
Prelude and Fugue in G BWV 557

October 11
Trio Sonata No 2 in C minor BWV 526 (1. Vivace, 2. Largo, 3. Allegro )
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV 542

November 8
Allein Gott in der Hoh’ sei Ehr’ BWV 662
Allein Gott in der Hoh’ sei Ehr’ BWV 663
Allein Gott in der Hoh’ sei Ehr’ BWV 664
Concerto in G (after Ernst) BWV 592 ( 1.Allegro, 2. Grave, 3. Presto)

December 6
Fugue in B minor (on a theme by Corelli) BWV 579
Pastorella BWV 590
Partite diverse sopra Christ, der du bist der helle Tag BWV 766
Prelude and Fugue in E minor BWV 533

The Tuesday Bach Concerts are free, as is the ‘Christmas Cracker’

All the Saturday Concerts have an Interval with refreshments. After the Tuesday Bach concerts, there is time for tea, cake, and a chat. All Donations and admission charges from the concerts go directly to restoration work on the 132 years old Willis Organ. Works planned for 2022 include restoration of collapsed pipework in the Swell and Great Organ reeds, repairs to the Swell Stop Machines and the keyboard ivories and piston heads.

We suggest a £10 donation, which can be Gift-Aided, to the Saturday concerts.
Children 18 and under are welcome to all our concerts for free.

If you think you might be able to help us regularly, or occasionally, with front-of-house, cameras, or refreshments, please don’t hesitate to speak to us. We would be very pleased to hear from you. Our regular helpers include Julia Mathews, Liz Divall, Mavis Makaskill, Sue Moseley, John Fallis, Timothy Tomkins, and Adrian Smith.

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.