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Концерт состоялся 22 November 2017 года Series: Music of the World's Cathedrals

The concert featured:
Organist at St George’s Church in London,
Simon Williams (organ, Great Britain) Programme:  G.F. Handel, J.S. Bach, C. Franck, E. Elgar, J. Stanley, W. Boyce, J. Keeble, S.S. Wesley, Ch.V. Stanford, B. Kelly, Z. Szathmáry

The United Kingdom is famous for its love for tradition. Indeed the country cherishes its past and tries to preserve the best of its rich history. But tradition does not mean blind imitation, otherwise we would not have so many film adaptations of the world-famous Sherlock Holmes stories. A brilliant British organist Simon Williams has prepared an unusual program. On the one hand, it contains important works by British composers of various periods, from baroque to romanticism. The recital starts with Handel’s Water music that produced a deep impression on George I, this time it is arranged for organ. John Stanley, William Boyce, Samuel Wesley, Charles Stanford, Edward Elgar are great composers well known not only to the British Isles, but to the whole world. Their organ pieces go together perfectly with the compositions by the continental composer Johann Sebastian Bach, interpreted by the English organist. The music of contemporary composers occupies a special place in the recital. These are classical pieces: a sonatina, a chorale prelude. By the way, some of them were dedicated to Simon Williams who is a Fellow of the body of the Royal College of Organists – FRCO.

Organist at St George’s Church in London,
Simon Williams (organ, Great Britain)

Simon Williams is Organist & Director of Music at St George’s Church, Hanover Square, the parish church of London’s Mayfair district. Here he directs the church’s professional choir each Sunday as well as for weddings and memorial services, broadcast services on BBC Radios 3 and 4, and for concerts, including the highly popular annual performances of Handel’s Messiah and J. S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion. He played a leading role in commissioning the highly acclaimed new organ for the church, built by Richards, Fowkes & Co. of Tennessee, USA, and completed in 2012.    Simon Williams is a graduate of the University of Durham, where he was organ scholar of St Chad’s College, and of the Royal College of Music. He has led the education programme of the Royal College of Organists (of which body he is a Fellow – FRCO) since 1995, organising, leading and teaching on numerous courses for organists of ages and levels of experience, and heading a team of accredited teachers offering individual lessons across Great Britain. He is also Music Director of Harrow Choral Society with whom he has performed many of the major works of the choral repertoire and commissioned several major new pieces.   As an organist, Simon Williams has performed in many major venues in England, including St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, St Paul’s Cathedral London, and the cathedrals in Birmingham, Portsmouth and Wells, as well as in venues in Germany, France and Italy. He was President of the Enfield and District Organists’ Association from 2007 to 2010.Several new works have been dedicated to him or commissioned by him, including the Sonatina by Bryan Kelly, and the chorale prelude by Zsigmond Szathmáry which feature in tonight’s programme.

G.F. Handel Hornpipe from the Water Music (arranged for organ by O.H. Peasgood)   J. Stanley Voluntary in A major op.7 no.1 Adagio; Allegro   W. Boyce Voluntary in C major Rather slow than fast; Brisk   J. Keeble Voluntary I in G Andante; Largo; Adagio ad Libitum; [Allegro maestoso all capella]   S.S. Wesley Larghetto in F sharp minor   F. Jackson Praeludium, op. 84, no. 5   Ch.V. Stanford Postlude in D minor, op. 105/2 no. 6   B. Kelly Sonatina Agitato; Aria; Allegro   Orgelbüchlein Project sequence J.S. Bach Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 599    Z. Szathmáry Mag ich Unglück nicht widerstan    J.S. Bach Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625   B. Kelly  Gott sei gelobet und gebenedeiet   J.S. Bach Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641   C. Franck Prélude, fugue et variation   E. Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March no 4 in G major

We listened to: Kuhn Organ

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