2022 BRIGHTON FESTIVAL FRINGE RECITALS AT ST. BARTS, BRIGHTON
Recitals on Tuesdays given by distinguished local organists on the fine Walker organ at St. Bartholomew's Church.
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May 10: Nicholas Houghton (St. Michael's, Lewes) PROGRAMME Prelude & Fugue in B minor (BWV 544) J S Bach(1685-1750 Introduction & Passacaglia (from Sonata 8) Joseph Rheinberger (1839-1901) L’Ascension Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
May 17: Hamish Dustagheer (St. Bartholomew's, Brighton) PROGRAMME Fantasia & Fugue in G minor (BWV 542) J S Bach (1685-1750) Trois Pièces G Pierné (1863-1937) Prélude Cantilène Scherzando de Concert Sonata on the 94th Psalm J Reubke (1834-1858)
May 24: David Stevens (All Saints' Hove) PROGRAMME Introduction & Passacaglia (from Sonata 8) Joseph Rheinberger (1839-1901) Organ Sonata (Op 65) H Parker (1863-1919) Allegro moderato Andante Allegretto Fugue Allegro vivace non troppo (from Sonata No 2 Opus 77) D Buck (1839-1909)
May 31: Alexander Eadon (Eastbourne College/Arundel Cathedral) PROGRAMME March (Richard III) William Walton (1902-1983) St. Bride, assisted by angels Judith Bingham (b. 1952) Psalm-Prelude (No. 1, Set 2) Herbert Howells (1892-1983) Toccata, Chorale and Fugue Francis Jackson (1917-2022) Suite Carmelite Jean Françaix (1912-1997) Soeur Blanche Soeur Constance Mère Marie de l’Incarnation Soeur Mathilde Soeur Anne de la Croix Mère Marie de Saint Augustin
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2021:
JULY 2021: All day visit to Bexhill - on - Sea
It was so good to be able to meet together again to listen, play and chat for our July meeting. The morning was spent at St. Peter's Church, Old Town where members had the opportunity to both play and hear the 1893 Hunter instrument:
In the afternoon it was on to St. Augustine's Churchand the Organ built by John Males in 1994.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 23rd: MEMBERS' RECITAL: ST. MICHAELS' CHURCH LEWES
The recitalists for the afternoon: Nick, Alastair, Susan, Alan, Anthony
LOOKING BACK - HIGHLIGHTS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS:
Talk BY Philip Norman - “Let the Organ Thunder”:
“A German organist from 1730 would feel pretty restricted playing for a modern, English service, as would a French organist from the same period. And, let it be said, an English organist of the early 19th century.” (Philip Norman) “Liturgical Organ Playing from 1600–2000” was the sub-title of this talk, in which Philip Norman presented a very interesting and informative survey of the use of the organ in Christian worship over the last 400 years. The talk, well-illustrated with visual media and recordings, examined four principal traditions, namely Italian, classical French, contemporary German, and English. Beginning with C17 Italy Philip explained how the organ was played within different parts of the Mass, often interspersed with sung sections (“alternatim”). The organ interludes would be based on the plainsong themes of the Mass. In this tradition, the choir would have a lot to sing, and the organ sections would offer the singers some relief! Frescobaldi produced a collection of such pieces, “Fiori Musici” in 1635. Similar procedures existed in the French classical period. Louis XIV saw himself as (unofficial) head of the church and played a strong part in directing, in great detail, the forms of worship. Among the best-known examples of the part played by the organ in this period are the two Organ Masses of Francois Couperin (one for convents and the other for parishes). Other organ masses include those by de Grigny and Corrette. In the German practice of today where, in the Lutheran church, much emphasis is placed on hymn singing, the organist would normally improvise an introduction to the hymn, and this might be of several minutes’ duration! There is also provision for a “second” voluntary during the course of the service. Voluntaries are regarded as an integral part of the liturgy and are given due attention and treated with respect! The tradition in this country is largely forgotten but, in fact, the use of hymn introductions and interludes between verses go back several centuries. They would be either improvised or written down and Philip pointed out that many of us would find examples in hymn-anthems, quite likely to be found on dusty shelves in out choir vestries. He suggested various ways of mprovising/composing introductions and interludes, including the use of material from other hymn tunes. There was also the provision for a “middle” voluntary. Sadly, the interactive part played by the organ in liturgy has, in many places, declined over the years. The lack of understanding and unthinking response of many congregational members, and not a few clergy, is typified by an occasion on which, while playing a voluntary, Philip was asked to stop because it “spoiled the conversation”! In conclusion, he encouraged us to revive some of the above elements of the liturgical use of the organ in our own churches; but it was important to negotiate (with the vicar), explain (to the congregation), and begin small!