Music at GMC: 2009 Summer Recitals

Music at GMC

2009 Summer Organ Recitals

During August and September 2009 we held our sixth series of Sunday afternoon Organ Recitals by Local Organists. All recitals began at 3pm. Details follow:-

Concert: Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 1
Date: Sunday 2nd August, 2009
Organist: Gordon Amery (Gillingham Methodist Church)
CD available: Yes - please contact Music at GMC here

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 has since spent much of his spare time organising concerts such as this to fund the restoration. He has organised many different types of concerts over the years covering not only classical music but also folk and jazz genres. Today’s concert is number 78 and by the end of 2009, the total will have reached 86!
In early 2008 he introduced Music at GMC and this has since taken on a life of its own and has this website, 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 is honoured to have been invited to give a recital in August 2010.
Outside the church, Gordon is employed by Sigma Aldrich in Gillingham, is a devoted husband and the proud father of two girls and a boy.


Organ Lollipops for a Sunday Afternoon!...
  • Mohrentanz - Tylman Susato
  • Andante - JH Fiocco
  • Blue Danube Waltz - Johann Strauss
  • Air on a G String - JS Bach
  • Marche Militaire - Franz Schubert
  • Brideshead Variations - Geoffrey Burgon
    Brideshead Theme - Julia's Theme - Finale
  • Prelude on the Londonderry Air - Arr. Rawsthorne
  • Hornpipe Humoresque - Noel Rawsthorne
  • Jerusalem - Hubert Parry
  • The Lost Chord - Arthur Sullivan

Concert Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 2
Date: Sunday 16th August, 2009
Organist: Philip Carter (John Wesley's Chapel, Bristol)
CD available: Yes - please contact Music at GMC here

Philip Carter was born in Bristol and became a member of Knowle Methodist Church, his parent’s church, where his grandfather had previously been the first organist. His musical education was interrupted by the war but he subsequently had organ lessons at St. Nicholas church, Bristol Bridge, and then for 11 years at St James Priory Church in the Horsefair (Bristol’s oldest building and The Wesleys’ Parish Church where Charles Wesley’s sons had their first organ lessons). The late Ernest Mizen was the organist and choir director and Philip’s tutor, to whom he owes a tremendous debt. Philip’s first musical role was that of organist for the Youth Fellowship in Knowle church. Subsequently for a number of years he acted as a temporary organist for a number of the city churches as well as becoming the deputy organist at his own church. During the 1960s he was privileged to play the great organ at the Bristol Colston Hall for the annual MAYC weekends, over some 10 years.

In 1967 Philip agreed to become the temporary organist and choir master at Totterdown Methodist church (Knowle’s ’mother’ church) and he has been there ever since!

The Totterdown organ was the main attraction but his love for this soon had to be shared with the role of choir leader which, with a junior choir, youth singers, instrumental groups and concert promotions etc., became that of musical director. (It has been a great joy that his elder daughter Rachel has been his assistant MD for many years).

In 1980 Philip was invited to also assume the role of organist at The New Room (John Wesley’s Chapel, world Methodism‘s oldest place of worship), this role has also grown into that of musical director. Here there is also a small choir, drawn from members of city and surrounding churches, but the major opportunities at the New Room involve the promotion of musical possibilities for singers and instrumentalists from the city, the country and the wide world, to offer their talents in this unique shrine (which also houses the oldest, and one of the most unique organs in Methodism).

Philip and his wife Pam have been privileged to serve as officers for the Methodist Church Music Society, The British Methodist Youth Choir (which visited Gillingham in the 1980s) and the national and district Youth Makes Music, Dance & Drama courses. Together they have led a number of choir tours for BMYC and the USA MYC and since 1982 have arranged and led overseas Organ Discovery Tours (45 tours to date, visiting many hundreds of organs and having the privilege of hearing, and sometimes playing some of the greatest).

Philip is an organ adviser and since the early 1990’s has coordinated the Methodist Organ Advisory Service (a nationwide team of 26 advisers). He is a ’grass roots’ organ tutor and coordinates the local area Organ Training Scheme for the Royal School of Church Music.

Apart from music Philip has served the Methodist church in circuit, district and connexional roles, and also ecumenically with the local council of churches.

In his professional life Philip was a lecturer at the regional BT Engineering college.

Pam and Philip have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.


‘With a little help from my friends’

Notable Anniversaries

  • A Trumpet Tune - Henry Purcell (born 350 years ago)
  • Andante from Sonata No.1 - F Mendelssohn (born 200 years ago)
  • Two pieces for an Organ Clock - FJ Haydn (died 200 years ago)
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Solomon) - GF Handel (died 250 years ago)

Charles Wesley’s Sons

  • Variations on ‘God save the King’ - Charles Wesley Junior (1757-1834)
  • Voluntary in F Op. 6 No.12 - Samuel Wesley (1766-1837)
    Slow - With spirit but not too quick - Moderately slow

Contemporary Composers

  • Bristol Suite - Graham Morrison (died 2007)
    Air - Lesson - Echo Voluntary
  • Gavotte for the New Room (style of S. Wesley) - James Carey
  • English Country Gardens - Malcolm Archer
  • Saints on a Spree - Nigel Ogden

By the Master

  • Little Fugue in G minor - JS Bach (1685-1750)

Organ Fun

  • Tambourin sur des Noels - JJ Charpentier (1734-1794)
  • Toccata from The Suite Gothique - Leon Boellman (1862-1897)

Concert: Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 3
Date: Sunday 30th August, 2009
Organist: Paul Daggett
Soprano: Lorna Daggett
CD available: Yes - please contact Music at GMC here

Paul Daggett 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 Daggett (Soprano) 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 throughout the country.


  • Soprano Solo
    Tell me Lovely Shepherd - Boyce arr. Poston
    Sweet Suffolk Owl - Elizabeth Poston
  • Organ Solo
    Prelude in Classical Style - Young
    Sonata no 4 First Movement Allegro con brio - Mendelssohn
  • Soprano Solo
    Silver - C. Armstrong Gibbs
    The Silver Swan - Gibbons
    Rusalka Song to the Moon - Dvorak
  • Organ Solo
    Prelude and Fugue in A minor - J S Bach
  • Soprano Solo
    Dido’s Lament - Purcell
  • Organ Solo
    Toccata - Dubois
  • Soprano Solo
    With Verdure Clad - Haydn

Concert: Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 4
Date: Sunday 13th September, 2009
Organist: David Slater (Bruton PC)
CD available: Yes - please contact Music at GMC here

David Slater read Classics at Cambridge before entering the teaching profession. He took up the organ during his time at Felsted Preparatory School. As a self-taught organist he counts himself fortunate to have played for services with the Felsted Choir at many of England's major Cathedrals, including York Minster, Canterbury and St.Paul's.
David has been the regular organist at St. Mary's, Bruton since taking early retirement, a post he combines with part-time music teaching at King's School.


  • Agincourt Hymn - John Dunstable (arr: E.Power Briggs)
  • John Redford:
    Hymnus: Exultet celum laudibus
    Versus: Te per orbem terrarum
    Hymnus: Verbum supernum
    Hymnus: Eterne rex altissime
  • Buxtehude:
    Gigue Fugue in C major
    Chorale Prelude: Num bitten wir den heiligen Geist
    Chorale Prelude: In dulci jubilo
    Chorale Prelude: Erhalt uns Herr bei deinen Wort
    Prelude & Fugue in g minor
  • Fantasia and Fugue in c minor (BWV 537) - J S Bach
  • Sonata No.4 in a minor (Op.98) - Rheinberger
    Tempo moderato - Andantino - Fuga cromatica
  • Toccata in G - Dubois

Concert: Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 5
Date: Sunday 27th September, 2009
Organist: Greg Underwood (Shaftesbury PC)
Violinist: Peter Miller
CD available: Yes - please contact Music at GMC here

Greg Underwood was appointed Director of Music at St Peter’s Parish Church, Shaftesbury in late 2004. Previously he had been Organist and Choirmaster of St Helier Parish Church (The Town Church) in Jersey where he had also been Director of Music at St Michael’s Preparatory School.
Before going to Jersey in 1988 Greg was Head of Music at Wroughton Middle School, Gorleston in Norfolk for 20 years and also Organist and Choirmaster of St Andrew’s Parish Church where he was responsible for the purchase, rebuild and installation of a very fine three manual Norman and Beard organ from the redundant church of St John’s in Lowestoft.
The Wroughton School Choir was well known for excellence in many musical areas. Most famously they were chosen by Howard Blake, (of ‘Snowman’ fame), to feature in his animated film ‘Granpa’ with Peter Ustinov and Sarah Brightman. In Jersey, the St. Michael’s School Choir was soon created, appearing on television and making two CDs.
Greg has taken early retirement from teaching, and with daughters Rachel and Heidi living in Blandford, together with five grandchildren, it was time for Greg and his wife Angela to leave the Channel Islands for a new life in the beautiful County of Dorset.

For this afternoon's concert, Greg was joined by Peter Miller on violin. Peter studied at Bretton Hall College in Yorkshire prior to spending one year at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He then went on to become a teacher and gave violin lessons. He retired 12 years ago but is still involved in musical activities in the region.


  • Prelude and Fugue in G minor - Nicolaus Bruhns
  • Sicilienne - M Th von Paradis (Arr: S Dushkin)
  • Sonatine for violin and piano Op.137 No.1 - Schubert
    (first movement)
  • Romance Op.78 No.2 - Jean Sibelius
  • Theme from “Schindler’s List” - John Williams
  • Humoresque “L’organo primitivo” - Pietro Yon
    (Toccatina for Flute)
  • Largo and Giga from Sonata IX (Op.5) - Arcangelo Corelli
  • Allegro from Konzert in A moll Op.3 No.6 - Vivaldi
  • Hornpipe (Water Music) - GF Handel
  • Jealousy (the famous Tango) - Jacob Gade

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