Music at GMC: 2020 Summer Virtual Recitals

Music at GMC

2020 Summer Virtual Organ Recitals

During August and September 2020 we will be holding our seventeenth series of Sunday afternoon Organ Recitals. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these will be virtual recitals and will be released for viewing on the dates shown below. Follow the links shown by each concert to gain access.
Details follow:-

Concert: Virtual Organ Concert #1
Go-live Date: 3pm, Sunday 2nd August 2020
Organist: Jonathan Delbridge
Access Links: YouTube

Jonathan Delbridge is a pianist and organist based in Somerset where he has a busy career as a soloist, accompanist and teacher. He regularly performs at a wide range of small and large venues throughout the UK from the Royal Albert Hall, York Minster and Sherborne Abbey to Plymouth University and All Saints Church in his local village. He has worked with leading professional musicians including trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins, bass-baritone Arwel Huw Morgan and clarinettist David White.

Jonathan is particularly passionate about showing the exciting range of music which can be performed on the pipe organ and has recently performed a concert which included works by JS Bach and Mendelssohn alongside St Louis Blues by Fats Waller and other jazz standards!


A Celebration of JS Bach
  • Prelude in G (BWV 568)
  • Trio Sonata in E flat (BWV 525)
  • Air from Suite no. 3 in D
  • Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C (BWV 564)
  • Sheep may Safely Graze
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565)

Concert Virtual Organ Concert #2
Go-live Date: 3pm, Sunday 23rd August 2020
Organist: Tobias Rihm
Access Links: YouTube

Tobias Rihm is originally from Germany and studied at the University of Würzburg, Bavaria. He qualified in 2001 and took his exams in concert masters, organ, harpsichord and solo chant as a bass baritone.

He has lived in the UK for more than 10 years and played at numerous organ concerts and recitals across Dorset including Sherborne Abbey, St. Peter's Church and St. Clements Church, Poole and also regularly for these Summer recitals at GMC.

Tobias is the Musical Director and founding member of 'Collegium Musicum Dorset', a 4-voiced solo quartet accompanied by a chamber orchestra.


  • Prelude and fugue in d minor, No.3 - Felix Mendelsohn-Bartoldy
  • Fantasia over 'Weinen Klagen Sorgen Zagen' by Bach - Franz Liszt
  • Concert Fantasie in D-Major, Op.34 - Otto Dienel
  • Concert Fugue in c-minor, Op.1 - Otto Dienel
  • Praeludium und Fuge - Clara Schumann
  • Marche Religieuse - Maurizio Machella
  • Toccata from Plymouth Suite - Percy Whitlock

Concert: Virtual Organ Concert #3
Go-live Date: 3pm, Sunday 30th August 2020
Organist: Claudia Grinnell
Access Links: YouTube

Claudia Grinnell recently graduated with a first-class degree in Music from the University of Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge, she was Organ Scholar at Peterhouse, a college with no Director of Music where the organ scholars take full responsibility for the running of the Chapel Choir. There she led the choir on tours to Reykjavik and Dublin. Prior to this she was Organ Scholar at St Peter’s Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton.
Claudia was Organ Scholar at Salisbury Cathedral, before moving to Winchester Cathedral as Assistant Organist in 2017.


  • 1st movement from Sonata in A, Op.65 - Felix Mendelssohn
  • Gloria & Offertoire from 'Messe pour les Couvents' - Francis Couperin
  • Angel's Farewell from The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38 - Edward Elgar
  • Toccata quasi fantasia con fugo - Henry Purcell
  • Suite in D minor: Almand, Corant, Hornpipe - Henry Purcell
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (BWV 654) - JS Bach
  • Pièce d'Orgue (BWV 572) - JS Bach

Concert: Virtual Organ Concert #4
Go-live Date: 3pm, Sunday 13th September 2020
Organist: Chris Mahon
Access Links: YouTube

Following a 30-year career as Director of Music in various schools in the private sector, Chris Mahon took early retirement in 1994. Since then he has worked as a teacher of keyboard, as an accompanist and recitalist and as the organist and choirmaster of St. James' Church, Shaftesbury. He has been a member of the Farrant Singers since 2004 and he recently joined the cello ranks of the local Shaftesbury Orchestra.

Chris has performed for us on several occasions before and we are delighted to welcome him back to give today's recital.


  • Pièce d'Orgue (BWV 572) - JS Bach
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (BWV 654) - JS Bach
  • Spring Song - Alfred Hollins
  • Fantasy on the tune "Erin" - Kenneth Leighton
  • Scherzetto - Arthur Wills
  • Tune in E - George Thalben-Ball
  • Scherzo - Eugene Gigout
  • Bonus Track (from Jonathan Delbridge)

Concert Virtual Organ Concert #5
Go-live Date: 3pm, Sunday 27th September 2020
Organist: Martyn Noble
Access Links: YouTube

Martyn Noble is an Organist/Piano accompanist that specialises in solo concerts/recitals & accompanying concerts/rehearsals in many different styles. He is currently Musician-in-Residence at Highgate School and also Sub-Organist at HM Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace. He has previously held posts in Liverpool and Southwark Cathedrals. In the UK, he has given recitals in places such as Buckingham, Hampton Court and St. James's Palaces as well as Canterbury Cathedral, York Minster and Liverpool Cathedrals. He has also played in Paris, Budapest, Brussels and Northern Ireland.

In 2015, Martyn graduated with a first class Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal College of Music, London and in recent years he has appeared live on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and Classic FM as well as recorded choral CDs for Priory and Signum Records.


  • Prelude and Fugue in G minor (BWV 542) - JS Bach
  • Adagio from Sonata No. 2 in Ab major, Op. 65 - Josef Rheinberger
  • In your own sweet way - Dave Brubeck
  • Psalm Prelude Set 1, No. 2 - Herbert Howells
  • Bring him home (from Lés Miserables) - CM Schönberg
  • Somewhere (from 'West Side Story') - Leonard Bernstein
  • I say a little prayer - Arethra Franklin
  • Tears - Ken Dodd
  • Toccata - Sergej Slonimsky
  • Crown Imperial - William Walton

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