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:-

Concert: Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 1
Date: Sunday 3rd August, 2008
Organist: Michael Farley (organbuilder)
CD available: Yes - please contact Music at GMC here

Michael Farley is an Organbuilder by profession and now plays the organ as a hobby. Heading a team of six, he restores and maintains numerous instruments throughout the South and West of England from Devon to the Isle of Wight, Salisbury to Bristol. Michael has worked on many notable instruments throughout the South West including Barnstaple Parish Church, Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, Wellington Parish Church, Crediton Parish Church and the large instrument in his home Town - St Peter’s Budleigh Salterton, which incorporates the former nave organ from Worcester Cathedral which was recorded on CD by Roger Fisher.

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.


  1. Prelude in C (BWV 545) - JS Bach
  2. Sheep May Safely Graze - JS Bach
  3. Gavotte (from Holberg Suite) - Grieg
  4. Andante from Organ Concerto No. 1 - GF Handel
  5. A Selection of Popular Tunes and Songs from the Shows - Various
  6. 'Star Wars' Theme
  7. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
  8. ‘Match of the Day’ Theme
  9. ‘Eastenders’ Theme
  10. Phantom of the Opera 1
  11. Phantom of the Opera 2
  12. Encore: March from 'Scipio' - GF Handel

Concert Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 2
Date: Sunday 17th August, 2008
Organist: Ken Sherring A.Cert.C.M. (ex Yeovil Parish Church)
CD available: Yes - please contact Music at GMC here

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.

Why do mistaken mortals call thee blind?
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:

  1. Organ Voluntary Opus 5 No.1
    Adagio - Andante (Trumpet) - Largo - Allegro
  2. Organ Voluntary Opus 6 No.6
    Adagio - Moderato (Trumpet) - Adagio - Allegro Moderato
  3. Organ Voluntary Opus 6 No.5
    Adagio - Andante (the famous Trumpet Voluntary)
  4. Organ Voluntary Opus 6 No.8
    Largo - Vivace
  5. Organ Voluntary Opus 7 No.9
    Largo Staccato - Vivace

He also played a CD recording of the Concerto in A Opus 10 No.5 (published 1775).

Concert: Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 3
Date: Sunday 31st August, 2008
Organist: Stephen Binnington (Farrington Music School)
CD available: Yes - please contact Music at GMC here

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.
Stephen is also known as a composer and his published compositions include choral, organ and instrumental works.


  1. Fanfare - William Mathias
  2. Sonata No.7 in B flat - Ignazio Cirri
    1) Larghetto
    2) Allegro
  3. Pastorale in F (BWV 590) - JS Bach
    1) Pastorale
    2) Allemande
    3) Aria
    4) Gigue
  4. Sonata No.10 in A - Ignazio Cirri
    1) Andantino
    2) Allegro
  5. Pilgrimage: Postlude - Alan Spedding
  6. Andante & Variations - Felix Mendelssohn
  7. Diversions - Stephen Binnington
    1) Intrada 2) Andante con moto 3) Allegro
    4) Lento 5) Leggiero 6) Vivace
    7) Improvisation: Te lucis ante terminum
  8. Greensleeves - Adapted R. Vaughan Williams
  9. Festival Postlude - Uso Seifert

Concert: Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 4
Date: Sunday 14th September, 2008
Organist: Nigel Nash (Millfield School)
CD available: Yes - please contact Music at GMC here

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.


  1. Grand Choeur in D - Guilmant
  2. Two chorale preludes - JS Bach
    Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott (BWV 651)
    O Mensch, bewein' dein' Suende gross (BWV 622)
  3. Fugue à la gigue - JS Bach
  4. Sonata No. 4 in B flat - Mendelssohn
    Allegro con brio - Andante religioso - Allegretto - Allegro maestoso e vivace
  5. Fugue uber "Heil, unserem konig, heil" - Reger
  6. Folk Tune; March for the Phoebe; Andante Tranquillo - Percy Whitlock
  7. Fugue sur le theme du Carillon des heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons - Duruflé
  8. Saints on a spree - Nigel Ogden

Concert: Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 5
Date: Sunday 5th October, 2008
Organist: Paul Ellis (Sherborne Abbey)
CD available: Yes - please contact Music at GMC here

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.
As an organist, Paul has given numerous organ recitals, both in this country and abroad. Venues include Southwell Minster, Blackburn Cathedral, St George's, Bristol, Hanover Square, London, St Stephen's Walbrook, London, Manchester Town Hall and Notre Dame, Paris.
In January 2007, Paul was appointed Director of Music at Sherborne Abbey.


  1. Prelude and Fugue in D minor - JS Bach
  2. Sonata No.6 in D minor - Felix Mendelssohn
  3. Prelude, Fugue and Variation - César Franck
  4. Sonata No.2 - Paul Hindemith
  5. Prelude on 'Rhosymedre' - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  6. Hymne d'Actions de grâces "Te Deum" - Jean Langlais
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