Music at GMC

2009 Ian Tracey Recital

Concert: Ian Tracey Organ Recital
Date: Wednesday 14th October, 2009
Organist: Professor Ian Tracey
CD available: No

On Wednesday 14th October we were delighted to welcome Professor Dr. Ian Tracey (Liverpool Cathedral & Liverpool City Organist) back to GMC to give another of his exciting organ recitals. A visit from Ian in the middle of October has become something of a tradition since this was his fifth visit! As expected, he gave us another evening of virtuoso organ playing and entertaining stories and the general consensus was that this was his best visit yet!


  1. Overture 'The Occasional Oratorio - GF Handel/WT Best
    Allegro, Largo, March
  2. Sonata in c - Giovani Battista Pescetti
    Allegro, Largo, Presto
  3. Fugue on 'Magnificat' (BWV 733) - JS Bach
  4. Larghetto (Serenade Op.20) - Edward Elgar
  5. Allegro Giocoso (7 improvisations) - Camille Saint-Saëns
  6. Choral No.3 in A minor - César Franck
  7. Romance - WS Lloyd Weber
  8. Pavanne 'Rhythmic Suite' - Robert Elmore
  9. Popular Song (Façade) - William Walton
  10. Toccata (Sinfonie V en Fa) - Charles Marie Widor

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 after 27 years service in 2007, the Dean & Chapter created the post of 'Organist Titulaire', allowing him the freedom to devote more time to playing, lecturing, recording and writing. Since his appointment in 1980, 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-three extensive tours, playing in all the major Cities and in 1999 & 2003 undertook major tours of Southern Australia, recitaling, examining and teaching. The past two seasons have included concerts in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Bermuda, Paris, Germany and Spain. He again returns to the U.S.A. in 2010.

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, recording for E.M.I., CHANDOS and PRIORY. He regularly examines and adjudicates and, over the past 24 years, has conducted 200 concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. He holds Fellowships from twenty prestigious musical institutions both here and abroad, including the Royal College of Organists, as one of only 28 Honorary Fellows worldwide. 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. In 2008, the Royal School of Church Music and in 2009, the Guild of Church Musicians, awarded him Fellowships for distinguished services to church music and international reputation as a church 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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