Recordings

MUSIC


This page has a few samples of my playing, most taken from live concerts.  I hope you enjoy them.

In 2020 many organ recitals have been cancelled because of the Covid 19 pandemic. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to perform at Portsmouth Cathedral in September and the programme included this delightful, six-movement Magnificat by Michel Corrette.

Listen out for the charming nightingale stop towards the end of the third movement.. I don't know why the stop label calls it

Pyrrhocorax Thomae but it gives a suitably rustic sound

to the musette..

An extract from my Christmas concert on the delightful organ at Saint-Aigulin in Charente-Maritimeth-West France..
I'm playing 3 Noëls by Jean-François Dandrieu:

  • Adam fut un pauvre homme,
  • Le Roy des Cieux vient de naître &
  • À minuit fut fait un reveil.

Saint-Aigulin is a small town of less than 2,000 people.  They do wonderfully well to maintain this excellent instrument and a programme of musical events based around it.  If you would like to know more about the organ you can find it at http://orgue-aquitaine.fr/Orgue-de-Saint-Aigulin-Eglise-Saint-Fort.html

In September 2019 I gave a lunchtime recital at Chester Cathedral, including music by Sweelinck, Bach, Franck, Brahms and Léfébure-Wely.  This is a live recording of the centrepiece of thatg programme, César Franck's Choral No 2 in B minor.


Carl Grainger’s excellent account of Franck’s Second Choral had all the space it needed.  His excellent use of the Chester organ guaranteed all the warmth and sonority that this superb work requires.

Philip Rushforth - Director of Music, Chester Cathedral

 

I'm preparing for a series of recitals in he UK during August and early September 2019. Here's a taste - the first movement of Bach's arrangement of a double violin concerto by Vivaldi (BWV 593). I'm also working on music by Buxtehude, Brahms, Franck, Dubois, Stanford, Alain and some 18th century English voluntaries. It's wonderful to have such a variety of great music to play.

Bach's famous Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) opened a recital on the organ of St Mary's Collegiate Church, Swansea in September 2018.  

 

If you are interested in the organ you can find the specification here.

Bach's chorale prelude on  Nun komm der heiden Heiland BWV 659.


Performed in a live concert on the William Hill organ in Brecon Cathedral.  Full details of the organ can be found here..



Sweelinck's Variations on Mein junges Leben hat ein End


Performed in a live concert on the William Sweetland chamber organ in Ewenny Priory in South Wales.


The video contains some notes about the composer, the church and the organ, so play it in a larger window if you would like to  read them while the music is playing.