Music at GMC
2013 Summer Organ Recitals
During August and September 2013 we held our tenth series of Sunday afternoon Organ Recitals by Local Organists.
Peter Lattimer was born and educated in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. After National Service, he read music at Oxford and was also the assistant organist in the Cathedral. His teaching career was spent firstly at Hurstpierpoint College and then for 30 years at Bryanston School. Since his retirement, he enjoys playing the organ at St Mary’s Church, Sturminster Newton and being involved with a multitude of other musical activites in the region.
Peter has performed at GMC several times in the past and has been a strong supporter of our musical endeavours. We were therefore delighted to welcome him back to open our 2013 recital series.
Originally from the UK, John White moved to Canada’s West Coast in the 1970’s to take up the position of Director of Music at Vancouver Cathedral and to assume the role of organ instructor on the Faculty of Music, University of British Columbia. Later he became Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Rosary, Vancouver. He subsequently went into the world of business before semi-retirement to Victoria, BC and the position of assistant organist at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Victoria. He and his wife Maggie returned to the UK approximately 2 years ago and are members of Salisbury Cathedral congregation where John is on the staff of the Marketing Department.
John’s training includes a Bachelor of Music, Licentiate of Trinity College, London, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, as well as orchestral conducting study with Sir Adrian Boult. His organ tutors have included Frederick Geoghegan, former sub-organist, Westminster Abbey, and Thomas Hazleton, former Assistant Organist, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.
Gordon Amery was born on the Wirral in Merseyside. As a child he studied piano and subsequently organ, and following professional lessons became the organist at his parents’ church (Irby Methodist Church) at the age of thirteen. After a long break from playing, he took up the organ again following a twist of fate and became organist here at Gillingham Methodist Church in 2002.
In June 2004 GMC launched their Organ Restoration appeal and Gordon spent much of his spare time organising concerts such as this to fund the restoration. The restoration was completed in 2006 but he was still not content and went on to oversee the installation of a new Trumpet stop in 2010! Over the years he has organised many different types of concerts covering not only classical music but also folk and jazz genres. This recital is concert number 131 and by the end of 2013 the total will have reached 136!
In early 2008 he introduced Music at GMC and this has since taken on a life of its own with its own website, this one, of which he is webmaster!
Gordon has played some of the country’s finest organs, including those at Salisbury Cathedral, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Town Hall and St Margaret’s Church, Westminster. He has also played at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, where he was honoured to have been invited to give a recital in August 2010. Today’s recital was a little more modest!
Jeffrey Williams was born in Cornwall. After leaving grammar school he read music at Bath and studied organ and choir training with Dudley Holroyd at Bath Abbey and choral conducting with John (W J) Richards. From university he moved to Hampshire to take up his first teaching position and has taught in both state and independent sectors. Jeffrey is on the panel of Music Examiners for Trinity College, London and has examined in Australasia, Asia and Europe, as well as extensively in the UK. He is active in his work with the Royal School of Church Music, both as an Examiner for the School’s Chorister Awards scheme and in directing choral workshops.
Jeffrey has been Organist at St Mary’s, Southampton since 2007. Prior to this he enjoyed a long association with the music at Romsey Abbey, retiring from the post of Organist and Master of the Choristers in 2004. Jeffrey established the choir at Romsey as one of the most successful all-male church choirs in the South of England. As a recitalist he has played at many of the English Cathedrals and Major Parish Churches, as well as performances in France, Holland, the USA and Hong Kong. Jeffrey is Organs Advisor to the Diocese of Winchester.
Jenna Gover grew up in Romsey and attended the Abbey Primary School, Romsey School and Peter Symonds College. She was Head Chorister in the Romsey Abbey Girls’ Choir and also a bell-ringer. She holds Associate and Licentiate Flute Diplomas from Trinity College, London, both with distinction, and combine flute teaching in two local secondary schools with a flourishing private practice. For the past seven years Jenna has directed the music for stage shows produced by Jane MacKinnon at the Greggs School, Southampton. She also plays with the City of Southampton Orchestra, Ringwood and Winchester Operatic Societies.
At Oxford, Anthony Burns-Cox was most fortunate to study with Dr Bernard Rose, under whose influence and the wonderfully inspiring singing of his choir, the path of his future life became clear.... Church Music!
An F.R.C.O., Anthony was Director of Music at St Albans School, before moving to Wales as Sub-Organist of Llandaff Cathedral and Director of Music in the Cathedral School. Later he was appointed Organist and Choirmaster of Romsey Abbey, where he revitalised the choir. Two of his choristers won the Redifusion Chorister of the Year award, another won the Piano section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year, and TV work included some Inspector Wexford Mysteries. He returned to teaching as Director of Music at Norman Court School, where he built up the Chapel Choir which, as well as enjoying a busy musical life within the school, sang Evensong regularly and gave a concert each summer in a different cathedral, visiting Salisbury, Winchester, Chichester, Portsmouth, Lincoln, Exeter, Truro, York Minster and Tewkesbury Abbey. Foreign tours included recitals in Notre-Dame, Paris, and singing Sunday Mass in St Mark’s, Venice. Anthony must be one of the few organists to have played the ‘cello in Chartres Cathedral: the senior choristers also used to play their instruments and on that day the cellist had fallen ill!
Since retiring from full-time Teaching, Anthony has been able to specialise in organ playing. Advanced studies with Jacques van Oortmerssen in Amsterdam and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin in Paris have also led to discovering the details of authentic fingering for early music, which has inspired a compelling programme of research, with sparkling results! This has led to an increasingly busy programme of recitals, including recent tours of Germany and France.
For the past 12 years Anthony has led a group of a dozen organists for a week’s holiday in France, each year visiting a different region, exploring and playing the best historic and modern instruments by day and eating and drinking well together in the evenings, which makes a really very civilised holiday!
This afternoon's programme was a Birthday Bonanza + Krebs fest!