Music at GMC
2008 Summer Recitals
During August, September and October 2008 we held our fifth series of Sunday afternoon Organ Recitals by Local Organists. All recitals began at 3pm. Details follow:-
Born in Lympstone in 1958 he gained an interest in the organ whilst a chorister at St Peter’s Budleigh Salterton and went on to study with David M Patrick.
In the past Michael has played in many churches and cathedrals including Portsmouth, Bristol, Truro, Buckfast Abbey and two recitals on the magnificent organ in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral and also St George’s Hall in Liverpool (the first and third largest organs in Britain). He now simply plays for services in the lovely church in Ottery St Mary where he has been organist since 1985.
We are delighted that Michael came to play the instrument that he and his team rebuilt for us.
Ken Sherring was organist of Yeovil Parish Church from 1981 to 2002.
A talk entitled "The Life and Music of John Stanley" with musical illustrations. The main aim of the talk was to describe the life and music of a man who succeeded where lesser mortals might have failed.
Thine eyes are but inverted to thy mind.
There thou explor'st ideas unconfined,
While we (who look before) are dark behind.
During the afternoon Ken played the following pieces on the organ:
He also played a CD recording of the Concerto in A Opus 10 No.5 (published 1775).
Stephen Binnington is Director of the Farrington Music School, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He is well established both as a conductor and organist, and has presented recitals at venues throughout the UK and abroad. Last year he gave organ recitals in Liverpool Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Wesley's Chapel, London, and this year has notable engagements for recitals at Hull City Hall, Clare College Chapel, Cambridge and St Stephen Walbrook, London. His recording of English organ music from St Mary's Church, Beverley has won critical acclaim.
Nigel Nash arrived in Bristol in the last century to read Music at the University. He now teaches organ and piano at Badminton School and Millfield School in Street, where he plays for the regular school services in Wells Cathedral. He was Director of Music at Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church from 1986 until 1997, and in 1990 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Nigel was appointed accompanist of the Bristol Bach Choir in May 1998 and has played for the choir in many concerts in Bristol, Oxford and Gloucester, and on tour in Paris, Oporto and Prague. He is currently a deputy organist at Bristol Cathedral.
He has been involved with several broadcasts on national radio and television including HTV’s Morning Worship, Carols from Wells Cathedral, BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service, and Sunday Half-Hour on Radio 2, and once came within inches of appearing on BBC tv’s ‘Casualty’! He has accompanied many choirs and choral societies in the West Country including Bristol Cathedral Choir, Bristol Choral Society, Miscellany, Nailsea Choral Society, City of Oxford Choir, The Chantry Singers, Organum, Jubilate Singers, Cheltenham and Chew Valley Choral Society. He has given recitals in Bristol Cathedral, St. Mary Redcliffe and in Bristol University’s Great Hall and has performed organ concertos by Handel and Poulenc with the Bristol Philharmonic Orchestra, Bristol Chamber Orchestra and Emerald Ensemble. He has recorded a number of CDs with Miscellany and the Bristol Bach Choir, including the world premiere CD recording of organ music by Lennox Berkeley as part of the Bach Choir’s CD Ancient & Modern. Last July he was honoured to play for a degree ceremony in Bristol University where the distinguished organist and Messiaen scholar Jennifer Bate received an honorary doctorate.
Paul Ellis was born in Southwell, Nottinghamshire and studied at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music, where his tutors included Gillian Weir (organ) and Robert Elliott (harpsichord). Since then he has worked with many choirs in the South West, earning a reputation for high standards of performance and innovative programming of an extensive range of music, ranging from Renaissance to contemporary.