Music at GMC

2007 Ian Tracey Recital

Concert: Ian Tracey Organ Recital
Date: Wednesday 10th October, 2007
Organist: Professor Ian Tracey
CD available: No


  1. Overture to the Occasional Oratorio - GF Handel
  2. Largo, Allegro, Aria & Two Variations - Michael Festing
  3. Passacaglia & Fugue in c (BWV 582) - JS Bach
  4. Four Sketches for Pedal Piano - Robert Schumann
  5. Suite Gothique - Léon Boëllmann
    Choral, Menuetto, Priere, Toccata
  6. A Chloris - Reynaldo Hahn/Tracey
  7. Flight of the Bumble Bee - Rimsky-Korsakov/Tracey
  8. Toccata 'Vom Himmel Hoch' - Garth Edmundson

PROFESSOR IAN TRACEY has had a life-long association with Liverpool Cathedral and its music, and with his two illustrious predecessors, continues the tradition of an almost apostolic succession. He studied organ with Lewis Rust, then with his immediate precursor Noel Rawsthorne. Studies at Trinity College, London, culminated in Fellowship, after which, scholarship grants enabled him to continue his studies in Paris, with both Andre Isoir and Jean Langlais.

In 1980 he became the youngest Cathedral Organist in the Country, and was subsequently appointed to his present position of Organist & Master of the Choristers two years later. In the intervening years, he has played most of the major venues in this country, and an increasing number in Europe. Very much in demand in the U.S.A., he has made twenty-two extensive tours, playing in all the major Cities and in 1999 & 2003 undertook major tours of Southern Australia, recitaling, examining and teaching. The year 2004 included concerts in Notre Dame, Paris, California, New York and the Bermuda Festival, and 2005, Seattle, San Francisco and Cologne. He again returns to the U.S.A. in 2008.

On the wider musical canvas, he is a frequent broadcaster with the B.B.C. and a regular soloist at the Proms. His recordings on the Cathedral Organ have met with wide acclaim from the critics, and he is a signed E.M.I. and CHANDOS artist. He holds Fellowships from sixteen prestigious musical institutions both here and abroad, including the Royal College of Organists, as one of only 28 Honorary Fellows worldwide. He regularly examines and adjudicates and, over the past 22 years, has conducted 180 concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus. In 2006 the University of Liverpool conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Music, both in recognition of his long and distinguished service to music in Liverpool and of his national and international reputation as a musician.

His other posts include: Organist to the City of Liverpool; at St. George's Hall; Chorus Master to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society; Guest Director of Music for the BBC Daily Service, Professor, Fellow and Organist at Liverpool, John Moores University and past president of the Incorporated Association of Organists of Great Britain.


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