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Концерт состоялся 1 October 2017 года

Series: Cathedral's Eve, Music of the World's Cathedrals

The concert featured:

Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Indiana
Colin Andrews (organ, UK - USA)

Programme: J.S. Bach, C. Franck, Ch.-M. Widor, O. Messiaen

It is common knowledge that Johann Sebastian Bach travelled a lot and even moved from town to town. But the great composer never left his native country, Germany. However his music is nowadays familiar to all continents. Colin Andrews is an outstanding English organist who has been living and working in the United States these years. Listeners appreciate his ability to create an atmosphere of total immersion into the world of music. This time he is going to perform pieces by French composers of the organ Silver Age and Bach’s masterpieces that never fail to make the audience happy.

Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Indiana
Colin Andrews (organ, UK - USA)

“…Colin Andrews showed distinction as a Bach player.” London review of performance at Royal Festival Hall   “Andrews is good at establishing atmosphere.” The Gramophone   Since his debut at age eighteen, Colin Andrews has been recognized as a musician of great versatility, power and artistry. Born in Bristol, England, Andrews initially studied organ with Garth Benson of St. Mary Redcliffe Church. At sixteen, he entered London’s Royal Academy of Music for four years of organ and piano study under principal professors Douglas Hawkridge and Margaret McDonald. He later moved to Geneva, Switzerland where he was a student of Professor Lionel Rogg. Following his return to Britain he studied privately for two years with Dame Gillian Weir.   Colin Andrews has been the recipient of many awards; most notably, he was a prizewinner at both the 1980 and 1982 Dublin International Organ Competitions in Ireland, and, in 1993, The Royal Academy of Music, London, bestowed an Associateship upon him in recognition of his distinguished performing career.   Mr. Andrews has toured worldwide both as a solo recitalist and in solo and ensemble concerts with his wife, American organist Janette Fishell. He has appeared at a number of the world’s most prestigious venues including the Royal Festival Hall, London; King’s College, Cambridge; Suntory Hall, Tokyo; Hong Kong Cultural Center; The Moscow Conservatoire; the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris; the National Conventions of the NZAO and the American Guild of Organists; Yale, Duke and Stanford Universities, plus leading halls and cathedrals in Taiwan, South America, Iceland, Finland, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa and most of Eastern and Western Europe. Future engagements include concert tours of Asia, Europe and numerous engagements in the US.   In addition to his recitals, Colin Andrews is an active teacher and lecturer, and has given presentations at, among other venues, the Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest; Taiwan Theological College; Pipe Organ Encounter, Pittsburgh; Oundle Summer School for Young Organists, Oundle, UK; Emory University; and at the 1998 AGO National Convention. He has recorded 20 broadcasts for the BBC and has appeared on local and national television and radio in Russia, Poland, the UK, Japan and New Zealand. Commercial compact discs are available on the Priory, Zig Zag and Gothic/Loft labels.   Colin Andrews has served as a jury member for the International Organ Competition at the University of Michigan and for both the 1995 and 1997 J.P. Sweelinck Competitions, Gdansk, Poland. Mr. Andrews was also jury President/recitalist for the 2006 Felix Nowowiejski International Organ Competition in Poznan, Poland. He has served as a national councilor and local President of the I.A.O., UK and has served as Organist/Master of the Choristers at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Goldsboro, NC, USA, his country of residence. In the summer of 2004 he led that choir in its first international concert tour, conducting concerts in the cathedrals of Wells, Bristol and St. David’s, UK. During the 2000/2001 academic year Mr. Andrews was Visiting Lecturer in Organ and Sacred Music at East Carolina University. His students have distinguished themselves at the national and international levels of the competition circuit and have been accepted by all of the major organ programs in the US. In the fall of 2005, he joined the East Carolina faculty, teaching in the areas of Applied Organ and Organ Literature. During the 2008-2009 academic year, Andrews was Interim Director of Organ and Sacred Music Studies at East Carolina University. Since the autumn of 2009, Colin Andrews has been Adjunct Professor of Music at Indiana University; he is also Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Indiana. Recently, Mr. Andrews was named “Membre d’Honneur” of the “Association Grand Orgue Trinite Messiaen” based at “l’Eglise de la Sainte Trinite” in Paris, where Messiaen was organist for 61 years. This honor is in recognition of Mr. Andrews’s work with Messiaen’s organ works. Currently, Colin Andrews is recording the complete organ works of Messiaen on the Gothic/Loft label. In 2012, Mr. Andrews’s recording of “L’Ascension” & “Messe de la Pentecote” by Messiaen was listed among the top 10 recordings of the year in the category of sacred music by “Christianity Today”.

J.S. Bach

Fantasia in C minor BWV 562

Prelude & Fugue in G major BWV 541

Chorale-Prelude “O Mensch bewein” BWV 622

Passacaglia & Fuga in C minor BWV 582


C. Franck

Piece Heroique-Franck


Ch.-M. Widor

Adagio & Toccata from Symphony 5


O. Messiaen

Offrande et Alleluia Final (from “Livre du Saint Sacrement” 1984)

We listened to: Kuhn Organ