Music at GMC: 2012 Summer Recitals

Music at GMC

2012 Summer Organ Recitals

During August, September and October 2012 we held our ninth series of Sunday afternoon Organ Recitals by Local Organists. This year, some of these recitals were a little bit different!
Details follow:-

Concert: Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 1
Date: 3pm, Sunday 5th August, 2012
Organist: Jeffrey Williams (St.Mary's PC, Southampton)
CD Available: Yes - please contact Music at GMC here

Jeffrey Williams was born and grew up in Cornwall and read music at Bath, where he studied organ and choir training with Dudley Holroyd at Bath Abbey and choral conducting with John (WJ) Richards. From university he moved to Hampshire to take up his first teaching position and has taught at schools both in the state and independent sectors. Jeffrey is on the panel of Music Examiners for Trinity College, London and has examined in Australia, New Zealand, India, Asia, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as extensively in the UK. He is an examiner for the Royal School of Church Music, and has been Organ Advisor for the Diocese of Winchester since 1999.

During a long association with the music at Romsey Abbey, Jeffrey established the choir as one of the most successful all-male church choirs in the South of England. Under his direction, the Abbey Choir sang at most of the major Cathedrals in the country, including three visits to Westminster Abbey and two concert tours to Holland, as well as performing on local television and national BBC Radio Three. For a number of years Jeffrey was conductor of the Romsey Choral Society, directing many large-scale works and working with professional soloists and instrumentalists. In December 2003 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for his work in music.

Jeffrey is currently Organist at St Mary’s Church, Southampton and Musical Director of the Romsey Counterpoint Singers, a small male voice group that specialises in a cappella repertoire. As an organ recitalist he has given numerous recitals in the UK, having played at many of the English Cathedrals and major Parish Churches, as well as performances in France, Holland and the USA. More recent recitals have included Portsmouth Cathedral, Sherborne Abbey and Fabrezan in France. In September 2012 Jeffrey will be playing at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. His CD recording of the restored 1858 Walker Organ at Romsey Abbey has had extracts featured on the BBC Radio 2 programme The Organist Entertains. He is also in increasing demand as an adjudicator.


  • Offertoire (Messe pour les paroisses) - Francois Couperin
  • Voluntary in D Op 6 no 6 - John Stanley
  • Fantasia in G (BWV 547) - JS Bach
  • Adagio for strings - Samuel Barber
  • Sonata no 5 in D - Felix Mendelssohn
  • Organ Fantasy on 'O Paradise' - Malcolm Williamson
  • Sortie in E flat - Louis Lefebure-Wely

Concert Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 2
Date: 3pm, Sunday 19th August, 2012
Organist: Neil Sissons (Shillingstone Parish Church)
CD Available: Yes - please contact Music at GMC here

Neil Sissons studied piano, organ and electronic composition at The Royal College of Music in London, subsequently gaining an organ scholarship to Oxford University, where he read Music.
Since then he has had a very varied musical career, including repetiteuring (Batignano Festival, the BBC Three “Flashmob” Operas); accompanying (Purcell Room, lieder with Stephen Varcoe); teaching (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Sylvia Young School, piano in Dorset schools); conducting (Abbey Road Studio for “Scream 3”, The Soviet State Symphony Orchestra of Cinematography in Moscow) and playing at Ronnie Scott’s Club in Soho.
He lives in Fiddleford and is the organist at Shillingstone Parish Church. He is also the author of “Read Music from Scratch” published by Boosey & Hawkes.
Neil first played for us at GMC in 2007 and has since added panache to some of our ‘Last Night of the Organ Proms’ events!


  • 6th Organ Sonata (On Vater Unser im Himmelreich) - Mendelssohn
  • "Lebhaft" (from 6 Fugues on the name BACH) - Schumann
  • Fantasy and Fugue on the name BACH - Liszt
  • Retro Toccata (inspired by Vater Unser Im Himmelreich) - Richard Nye
  • Overture to "William Tell" (arr. AL Peace) - Rossini

Concert: Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 3
Date: 3pm, Sunday 2nd September, 2012
Organist: Paul Daggett
Soprano: Lorna Daggett
CD Available: Yes - please contact Music at GMC here

Paul was born in London and studied piano, organ and trombone at the Royal Academy of Music and at Liverpool University where he was organ scholar at the Anglican Cathedral from 1993-1994. His illustrious teachers have included Roger Sayer, Christopher Bowers Broadbent and Noel Rawsthorne. Paul continues to give successful recitals throughout the United Kingdom, together with his wife. He has worked with many choirs including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, and has sung as a layclerk with both Liverpool Anglican and Liverpool Metropolitan Choirs. More recently Paul has accompanied local choirs the Linsdale singers and the Danesborough Chorus. He regularly visits Cathedrals to accompany the Linsdale singers which have included Salisbury Cathedral, Southwell Minster, Worcester Cathedral and Bury St Edmunds. Paul is currently Lead Teacher for Performing Arts at Walton High School in Milton Keynes, and organist at Hockliffe Street Baptist Church in Leighton Buzzard.

At the age of seventeen Lorna played the part of Eve in Raymond Warren’s young people’s opera ‘In the Beginning’, staged in Norwich Cathedral. She studied a BEd Honours in Expressive Arts at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, where her solo performances included Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and Gounod’s ‘Faust’. Lorna has studied singing with Claudio Barr (London) and Sarah Castle (Manchester). She sang with Manchester Opera Workshop playing various roles including Gounod’s Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Mozart’s Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro) and Britten’s Miss. Jessel (The Turn of the Screw). Concert performances have included Charpentier’s ‘Te Deum’, Mozart’s ‘Vespers’ and ‘Requiem’, Schubert’s ‘Mass in G’ and Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’, and in December 2000 the first ever public performance of ‘The Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’ by Simon McEnery with Berkhamstead Choral Society.
She met her husband whilst singing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and together they successfully give recitals such as this throughout the country.


  • Organ Solo
    Grand Choeur Dialogue - Gigout
  • Soprano Solo
    If music be the food of love - Purcell
    Ophelia’s song - Elizabeth Maconchy
  • Organ Solo
    Prelude and Fugue in G major (BWV541) - JS Bach
  • Soprano Solo
    Sure on this shining night - Samuel Barber
    Summertime - Gershwin
  • Organ Solo
    A Song of Sunshine - Hollins
    No. 2 from 6 Short Preludes & Postludes - Stanford
  • Soprano Solo
    The Man I love - Gershwin
    The Lady is a tramp - Richard Rodgers
  • Organ Solo
    Berceuse - Vierne
    Toccatina for Flutes - Yon
    Pim’s Toccata - Alan Wilson
  • Soprano Solo
    Tell me the truth about love - Britten
    Calypso - Britten

Concert: Organ Recital 4 for Children
Date: 3pm, Sunday 16th September, 2012
Organist: Sam Hanson (St.Peter's, Bournemouth)
CD Available: Yes - please contact Music at GMC here

The organ is not often considered to be of interest to younger people but we still need to encourage a new generation of organists. In an attempt to address this, we are holding an organ recital which is designed to appeal to children of all ages! Apart from music which it is hoped will appeal to the younger generation, there will be demonstrations of how the organ works and a chance to try out our Sweetland organ. Be there or be square!


  • Introduction to the Organ (Gordon Amery)
  • Organ Demonstration (Gordon Amery/Sam Hanson)
  • Organ Recital (Sam Hanson)
    • Tuba Tune - Lang
    • Humoresque (Toccatina for Flute) - Yon
    • The Cuckoo & the Nightingale (2nd mvt) - Handel (arr. Hanson)
    • Folk Tune - Whitlock
    • Gigue Fugue in G (BWV 577) - JS Bach
    • Berceuse - Vierne
    • Toccata (from Symphony No. 5) - Widor
    • Theme from ‘Star Wars’ - John Williams
  • Children's 'Hands On' (Children of all ages!)
  • Refreshments

Concert: Organ Recital 5: Baroquenroll
Date: 3pm, Sunday 30th September, 2012
Organist: David Butler
Recorder: Louise Salmond Smith
CD Available: Yes - please contact Music at GMC here

Louise Salmond Smith took up the recorder at the age of seventeen whilst a scholar at Clayesmore School, Dorset. Studying as an undergraduate at UEA and subsequently as a postgraduate at the Universities of Hull, Gloucestershire and Keele, she was the holder of the Britten-Pears (96-97) and the Hansell Stevenson (97-98) Scholarships, and has been a pupil of Ross Winters and Pamela Thorby.
She has performed solo concerti with various ensembles including the Orquesta de Cámara de Chile, and at numerous festivals throughout the UK including the Cardiff Festival, the Wirksworth Festival and the Aldeburgh Festival. She has also performed Malcolm Arnold's Recorder Concerto in the presence of the composer. She is in demand as a performer of 20th century music as well as the more traditional repertoire bringing a dazzling new piquancy, and indeed ethnicity, to the recorder's capabilities.
After four highly successful years as Head of Music at The Grange School, Santiago, and subsequently running the Music Manifesto's National Singing Programme (Sing Up) in Lincolnshire, she is now Director of Music and Head of Years 5 and 6 at Hall Grove School, Bagshot.
Outside of her musical activities Louise is a keen off-roader in her trusty 1965 Land Rover, and can occasionally be seen falling down mountains on a snowboard, participating in skate marathons or flying a plane haphazardly over West Berkshire.

David Butler lives in Cardiff, South Wales. He was educated at Christ College, Brecon, before winning an Organ Scholarship to Peterhouse in Cambridge in 1995. He studied at Cambridge for four years, gaining a degree in Music and directing Peterhouse Chapel Choir as well as studying the organ under Peter Hurford and Anne Page. It was whilst at Cambridge that David met Louise and they began performing together, debuting at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in North Wales in 1996.
Since leaving Cambridge David has pursued a varied musical life. He is currently organist and choirmaster of St Paul's Church, Cardiff, and directs 'Voces Petrensium', a choir for former singers of Peterhouse. He has accompanied choirs in many of the great UK cathedrals. When not playing or conducting, David has even been known to sing, and can frequently be spotted in the Bass section of choirs as diverse as the BBC National Chorus of Wales and Llandaff Cathedral Choir.

Baroquenroll have performed in some of the most beautiful venues in the world including several Cathedrals, Boston's King's Chapel, many college chapels in Oxford and Cambridge, and numerous Parish Churches. Baroquenroll recently competed in Cardiff 's Photomarathon, but didn't do very well (although it should be noted that Louise did marginally better than David).


  • Engels Nachtegaeltje - Jacob van Eyck
  • Sonata in F - Johann Sebastian Bach
    Allegro moderato - Siciliano - Allegro
  • Sonata in B flat - George Frederick Handel
    Allegro - Adagio - Allegro
  • Fantasia No 1 - Georg Philipp Telemann
  • Sonata in F Op 5, No 4 - Archangelo Corelli
    Adagio - Allegro - Adagio - Allegro
  • Suite - Gordon Jacob
    Burlesca Alla Rumba - Pavane - Tarantella
  • Fantasia on Greensleeves - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Rondeau Hongrois - Ernst Krahmer
  • Feu Follet - Hans Wessely
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