Music at GMC
2019 Summer Organ Recitals
During August and September 2019 we held our sixteenth series of Sunday afternoon Organ Recitals by Local Organists.
David Price was educated at Stockport School, where he began his musical studies under Geoffrey Barber. He then became a full-time student at The Royal School of Church Music, studying the organ with Martindale Sidwell. In 1963 he was awarded the 'Limpus' Prize in the examination for Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists, and two years later gained the Choirmaster's Diploma.
The early years of his professional career were spent back in NW England, where he was Assistant Organist at St. George's Church, under Arthur Rooke. In 1969 he moved to East Anglia, where for 24 years he was Director of Music of Taverham Hall Preparatory School, Norwich, and for a period also Master of the Music at the Priory Church of St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth – the largest Parish Church in England! He now lives in his retirement home in Thailand.
Stephen Binnington studied the organ with Alan Spedding at Beverley Minster before continuing his studies at the RCM, London where his professors included John Birch, Hubert Dawkes and Herbert Sumsion. For many years, Stephen combined work in education with freelance work as an organ recitalist, piano accompanist and choral conductor. He was the conductor of the Blandford Choral Society for 16 years.
In August, 2013 he was appointed organist & choirmaster at St.Gregory's Church, Marnhull, and he enjoys a busy freelance career which includes concerts and recitals, accompanying, editing, teaching and writing. He has written numerous scripts for musical presentations, including "An Evening with Mr.Handel".
His published works include organ, choral and chamber music, some of which has featured in the ABRSM exam syllabus, including two recorder pieces in the current woodwind syllabus. Recently he has contributed to "Organists' Review".
Bookings in 2019 include piano duet concerts with his wife, Deborah. There are organ recitals in Blenheim Palace, Bournemouth, Frome, Gillingham, Solihull, Sturminster Newton, Woking and All Hallows-by-the-Tower and Wesley’s Chapel, London, among others. His wife is a freelance musician and they have two grown-up children. He enjoys many hobbies including social history, writing and hacking his way round a golf course!
Anthony Burns-Cox studied with Dr Bernard Rose at Oxford, under whose influence and the wonderfully inspiring singing of his choir, the path of his future life became clear.... Church Music!
An FRCO, 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.We are delighted to welcome Anthony back to play for us and he says he is looking forward to savouring the delights of our super Sweetland organ again!
Programme - 'An All-Organic Musical Menu !'
* Celebrating their anniversary!
Anna Hallett is 14 and has been playing the organ for four years and the piano for seven. After attending a 'Pipes and Pizza' workshop at Edington Priory in 2014, hosted by the Diocese of Salisbury's 'Pipe Up' scheme, she was hooked straightaway. She started lessons almost immediately with Chris Totney, working through the early ABRSM grades at an alarming rate and gaining valuable service playing experience. She is currently preparing for her Grade 7 exam, which she hopes to take this year. In addition, she has attended a number of organ courses and takes any opportunity she can to attend recitals. Last year, Anna became an RSCM Pipeline Organ Scholar, supported by St John's Church, Devizes, where she sings in the choir and plays with increasing regularity at services and concerts.
Anna is currently a Music Scholar at Stonar School, where she is studying ahead of her GCSE exams in 2021. In her spare time, she enjoys astronomy, film, reading and keeping her blog – pipeskeysandchords.com – up to date. She has aspirations to go to university in Cambridge and become a Director of Music in a cathedral.
Bill Tomkins was born in the North of England but moved to the South West at an early age. His early music experiences were as a church chorister singing two fully choral services each Sunday with occasional weekday services as well. He also studied piano and later organ, the latter now being his first instrument. On leaving school he went to London as a trainee in a merchant overseas bank. After a few months he found the lure of music proved irresistible!
Bill was at one time the organist at GMC and we are delighted to welcome him back to rediscover our rebuilt Sweetland organ!