Concerts and Recitals for 2023
Feb 18 2.30pm – Eine Kleine Viener Musik
Jamie Akers, Susana Teixeira and friends perform a programme of Viennese salon music for flute, viola and guitar, with lieder including Beethoven, and Schubert.
March 11 7.30pm – Jonathan Holmes plays Widor
The final symphony, where Widor was inspired by age-old Easter plainchant in ‘Symphonie Romane’ plus Dupre’s American-inspired Symphonie 2, originally improvised on the organ in Macey’s Department Store in Philadelphia.
April 22 7.30pm – Parish Choir ‘Royal Connections’
We celebrate the Carolean era with music from Coronations, in preparation for King Charles III Coronation, including favourite choral items Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’ and Parry’s ‘I was glad’.
May 20 7.30pm – Mark Dancer on the ‘Father’ Willis organ
Mark is organist at Petersfield Parish Church, he was organist at St Mary’s, and we frequently sing his popular Mass in G. We look forward to welcoming him back to St Mary’s.
June 17 7.30pm – Jonathan Holmes plays Max Reger
Reger’s kaleidoscopic magnum opus, the Mahlerian-like Op 73 Variations on an original Theme
July 22 7.30pm – ‘The Return of 8 Hands on 2 pianos’
This extremely popular concert with Sarah Holmes, Matthew Burgess, Simon Gregory, and Jonathan Holmes features Simon’s new arrangement of Glinka: ‘Ruslan and Lyudmila’ Overture
September 16 7.30pm – Jonathan Holmes Patronal Festival Organ Recital
In celebration of the 151st anniversary of Cesar Franck’s birth, Jonathan plays the ‘Trois Chorales’, considered to be among Franck’s finest works, and forming his ‘last will and testament’.
This music is ideally suited to the ‘Father’ Willis organ whose maker was inspired by the great Parisian organ-builder Aristide Cavaille-Coll, who built the organ Franck so loved at St Clothilde in Paris.
October 14 7.30pm – Simon Gregory ‘The Organist Entertains’
Well-known classics and the ever-popular improvisation to a Silent Film Classic.
November 25th 2.30pm and 7.30pm – Come and Sing Handel’s Messiah
With our Parish Choir
December 9 7.30pm – Jonathan Holmes ‘A Christmas Cracker’
Carol medleys and duets for organ and piano, popular Christmas songs and carols, with audience participation.
Bach Tuesdays from 1.05pm – 1.35pm Featuring the major Preludes and Fugues
Admission to the Saturday Concerts is £10 suggested donation for over 18s. The Tuesday concerts are free and are followed by afternoon tea. Every penny raised goes towards restoration of the Willis organ.
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.