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Line up for 2017 Organ Recitals confirmed

Heading up an exciting line up of talent, Ian Wicks, the Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral School, will give the...

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Line up for 2017 Organ Recitals confirmed

Posted By : Marie Thomas Tuesday 11th April 2017

Heading up an exciting line up of talent, Ian Wicks, the Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral School, will give the annual Alcock Organ Recital on Wednesday, 26 April at 19.30 in memory of former Salisbury Cathedral organist Sir Walter Alcock.

Sir Walter Alcock (knighted 1933), a renowned organist and composer, joined Salisbury Cathedral in 1916 during which time he oversaw the  restoration of the Cathedral’s famous Father Willis Organ. Such was his attention to detail that he refused to allow parts of the instrument to leave the Cathedral for fear that tonal alterations were made without his approval.

Alcock’s music is regularly performed at Cathedral services, concerts and recitals. Ian Wicks will play his Introduction and Passacaglia as part of his recital programme.

Recitals will be monthly on Wednesdays at 19.30 and the big screen will be used, allowing the audience to see into the organ loft.

Other performers include Peter Gould (Derby Cathedral’s Master of Music until his recent retirement), Paul Carr (a well-known freelance organist and recitalist based in Birmingham), Peter Stevens (Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral) and Charles Harrison (Organist and Master of the Choristers at Chichester Cathedral).

David Halls (Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral) and Claudia Grinnell will also give recitals in May and June.

Claudia will give the Jenkinson Recital, named after Clive Jenkinson, a former Salisbury Cathedral Bishop’s Chorister and member of the Cathedral congregation. The Jenkinson Recital is traditionally given by the Cathedral Organ Scholar and was instituted by the Dean and Chapter in recognition of the support he gave to young musicians.

Please see details of all dates and programmes:

Wednesday 26 April
Organist:          Ian Wicks

Programme:      Walter Alcock (1861–1947): Introduction & Passacaglia
                        Marcel Dupré (1886–1971): Cortège et Litanie
                        J. S. Bach (1685–1750): Prelude & Fugue in G (BWV 541)
                        William Lloyd Webber (1914–82): Benedictus
                        Percy Whitlock (1903–46): Sonata in C minor (i. Grave–Animato, iii. Scherzetto)
                        Julius Reubke (1834–58): Sonata on the 94th Psalm

Wednesday 24 May
Organist:          Claudia Grinnell

Programme:      Herbert Howells (1892–1983): Psalm Prelude (Set 1, No 1)
                        J. S. Bach (1685–1750): Trio Sonata in C (BWV 529)
                        Louis Vierne (1870–1937): Clair de Lune
                        William Byrd (c1540–1623): Fantasia in A minor (Fitzwilliam Virginal Book)
                        Paul Hindemith (1895–1963): Sonata No 1
                        Dan Locklair (b1949): Rubrics (A Liturgical Suite for Organ)           

Wednesday 28 June   
Organist:          David Halls

Programme:      Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens (1823–81): Fanfare                           
                        Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937): Symphony No 5 (i. Allegro vivace)  
                        Eugène Gigout (1844–1925): Scherzo
                        James MacMillan (b1959): Gaudeamus in loci pace
                        J. S. Bach (1685–1750): Dorian Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 538)
                        Eric Coates (1886–1957): Dance in the Twilight
                        Alexandre Guilmant (1837–1911): March on a theme of Handel 
                        Charles-Marie Widor: Symphony No 4 (iii. Andante cantabile: Dolce)
                        Marcel Lanquetuit (1894–1985): Toccata

Wednesday 26 July
Organist:          Peter Gould

Programme:      J. S. Bach (1685–1750): Prelude & Fugue in E flat (BWV 552)
                        Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) arr. Peter Gould (b1952): Two Derbyshire Marches
                        Herbert Howells (1892–1983): Psalm Preludes (Set 2, No 1)
                        Alfred Hollins (1865–1942): Berceuse
                        Kenneth Leighton (1929–88): Paean
                        Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937): Symphony No 6

Wednesday 30 August
Organist:          Paul Carr

Programme:      Naji Hakim (b1955): Ouverture Libanaise
                        Marcel Dupré (1886–1971): Choral et Fugue
                        Derek Bourgeois (b1941): Serenade, and Variations on a theme by Herbert Howells
                        J.S. Bach (1685–1750): Fugue in G (BWV 577)
                        Sir William Harris (1883–1973): Sonata in A minor
                        Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) arr. Paul Carr (b1974): Vocalise
                        Marco Enrico Bossi (1861–1925): Etude Symphonique

Wednesday 20 September
Organist:          Peter Stevens

Programme:      Franz Schmidt (1874–1939): Prelude and Fugue in D
                        Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): Passacaglia (BWV 582)
                        César Franck (1822–90): Choral No 1
                        John Ireland (1879–1962): Elegiac Romance
                        Maurice Duruflé (1902–86): Suite

Wednesday 18 October (The Emery Recital)
Charles Harrison

Programme:      J. S. Bach (1685–1750): Prelude & Fugue in A minor (BWV 543)
                        Michel Corrette (1707–95): Cromhorne en taille (Premier Livre d’Orgue)
                        Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676–1749): Récit de Nazard (Suite deuxième ton)
                        Jean-François Dandrieu (c1682–1738): Duo en cors de chasse (Premier Livre d’Orgue)
                        Joseph-Ermend Bonnal (1880–1934): Paysages Euskariens
                        Maurice Duruflé (1902–86): Scherzo
                        Edward Elgar (1857–1934): Sonata


All recitals take place on Wednesday at 19.30 in Salisbury Cathedral.
Big screen projection is available at all recitals and there will be relevant CDs/DVDs for sale

Tickets: £10 (£7.50 wheelchair)
Recital series brochure: £2
Tickets available online at and on the door on the night


For any other enquiries contact Marie Thomas 01722 555148