Music at GMC: 2011 Summer Recitals

Music at GMC

2011 Summer Organ Recitals

During August, September and October 2011 we held our eighth series of Sunday afternoon Organ Recitals by Local Organists.
Details follow:-

Concert: Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 1
Date: 3pm, Sunday 7th August, 2011
Organists: Robin Jackson & Maureen McAllister (duets)
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Maureen McAllister and Robin Jackson, husband and wife organ duettists, have been making a speciality of presenting a wide range of attractive and interesting music in their recital tours which have taken them up and down the Country and across to Ireland. In recent years they have played in the Cathedrals of St. Paul's, London, York Minster, Canterbury, Chester, Chichester, Exeter, Leicester, Winchester, St. Patrick's, Dublin, St. Anne's, Belfast, Dunblane, and Oban, The Kelvingrove Galleries in Glasgow, The Parr Hall, Warrington, and Croydon's Fairfield Halls. In July 2005 they played in Cardiff's St. David's Hall as part of the Welsh Proms season.
Maureen McAllister studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Dr. Douglas Hopkins, at Westminster Cathedral with Nicolas Kynaston, and in Siena with Fernando Germani, where she was awarded two Italian Government scholarships and two Diplome di Merito. Her recital career has included BBC Radio 3 and most Cathedrals and Town Halls in the country. In addition, Maureen McAllister was Professor of Organ at the London College of Music, and a Deputy Organist at Westminster Cathedral.
Robin Jackson was a prize-winner at the Royal College of Music under Richard Latham. At seventeen he was organist at Christ Church, Lancaster Gate, London, and subsequently a Deputy Organist at St. George's Metropolitan Cathedral, Southwark. After five years as Assistant Director of Music at Sutton Valence School, he was appointed to take charge of student music making at the University of Bath in 1980, a post from which he retired in July 2005. He was a member of the Panel of Examiners in Music for Trinity College London (now Trinity-Guildhall) from 1983 to 2007.
Maureen and Robin came to GMC in 2010 and performed some amazing duets (and a trio!) for us. They returned this time by popular demand!


  • Introduction & Fugue Op. 10 - Ernst Gaebler
  • Three Dances from the 15th & 16th Centuries (arr. MM)
    Pavan La Cornetta - Anon
    Dance - Demantus
    Ballet Les Coqs - Praetorius
  • Two Norwegian Dances Op. 35 - Grieg (arr. MM)
  • Grand Coronation Anthem - Handel (arr. John Marsh)
  • Petite Suite for Organ Duet - Denis Bédard
    (Dedicated to Maureen McAllister and Robin Jackson)
    Introduction - Fanfare - Lied - Scherzando
  • Church Sonata in F Major KV 244 - WA Mozart (arr. Ernst Duisberg)
  • Sonata in D Minor for Organ Duet - Gustav Merkel
    Allegro molto - Adagio - Allegro con fuoco

Concert Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 2
Date: 3pm, Sunday 21st August, 2011
Organist: Tobias Rihm (Iwerne Minster Church)

Tobias Rihm studied “historical keyboards”, solo chant and organ at the University of Wuerzburg, Bavaria before moving to the UK. He now lives in Iwerne Minster and works full-time for the NHS.
Since 2010 he has acted as an organist at local churches (Iwerne, Fontmel), either playing for services or for concerts. During Easter, 2010 he was a solo vocalist in Handel's “St. John’s Passion” with the Silton Singers under the direction of Charles Hetherington and last December he played for a fundraising Christmas Concert, raising money for a local children's hospice.
We were delighted to welcome Tobias to Gillingham Methodist Church. The majority of the proceeds of this concert were donated to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.


"From Tenebrae, Sorrow to pure Joy"
  • Prelude in e minor - Nikolas Bruhns
  • Fantasia & Fugue in c minor (BWV 537) - JS Bach
  • Lamentation Op. 45 No. 1 - Alexandre Guilmant
  • Marche funebre et chant seraphique Op.17 No. 2 - Alexandre Guilmant
  • Marche des Morts - Jean-Paul Verpeaux
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - GF Handel
  • Finale a la Schumann - Alexandre Guilmant
  • Toccata on Psalm 146 - Jan Zwart
  • A Trumpet Minuet - Alfred Hollins
  • Prelude in Classic Style - Gordon Young

Concert: Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 3
Date: 3pm, Sunday 4th September, 2011
Organist: Chris Mahon (Shaftesbury St James' Church)

Following a 30 year career as Director of Music in various schools in the private sector,
Chris Mahon took early retirement in 1994. Since then he has worked as a teacher of keyboard, as an accompanist and recitalist and as the organist and choirmaster of St. James’ Church, Shaftesbury.
He has been a member of the Farrant Singers since 2004 and he recently joined the cello ranks of the local Shaftesbury Orchestra.
Chris’s hobbies include gardening, cycling and running. He avidly follows test cricket and professional football, most often from the comfort of his armchair!
Chris has performed for us on several occasions and we were delighted to welcome him back to Gillingham Methodist Church to give this recital.


  • Paean - P Moore
  • Three Chorale Preludes - JS Bach
    Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (BWV 731)
    Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott (BWV 651)
    Wo soll ich fliehen hin (BWV 646)
  • Allegro, Aria & Two Variations - M Festing
  • Prelude & Fugue in B minor (BWV 544) - JS Bach
  • From 'Five Short Pieces' - P Whitlock
    Folk Tune
  • Greensleeves (Bluesleeves) - M Archer
  • From 'Ten Pieces' - E Gigout

Concert: Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 4
Date: 3pm, Sunday 18th September, 2011
Organist: Martin Cooke (Clayesmore School)

A Cornishman by birth, Martin Cooke spent five years as a chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, under the direction of Sir John Dykes Bower and Christopher Dearnley, both of whom inspired and fostered his early interest in the organ. Later, whilst a pupil at Monkton Coombe School, Bath, he was lucky to be taught by Garth Benson on the four manual Harrison and Harrison instrument at St. Mary Redcliffe.
In 1975, he won the Organ Scholarship to Bishop Otter College, Chichester, and received lessons from Ian Fox and John Birch on the cathedral organ. He was subsequently appointed Director of Music at Bembridge School, Isle of Wight, where he went on to become Deputy Head for ten years. During this time, Martin was Organist and Choirmaster at Bembridge Parish Church and oversaw the rebuilding of the Foster and Andrews instrument there as well as raising the funds to install a Bradford Computing Organ in the beautiful chapel at the school. He also served as Director and Conductor of the Isle of Wight Youth Choir for a number of years.
He was appointed Headmaster at Clayesmore Preparatory School in 1994 and Headmaster of Clayesmore Senior School in 2000. Before headmastering, he gave regular organ recitals and has performed in Truro, Portsmouth and Chichester Cathedrals.
Musical activity these days is mainly confined to accompanying school choirs and occasionally directing the Iwerne Valley Benefice Choir.


  • Fanfare for St Gregory - Christopher Tambling
  • Three Improvisations - Edgar Moy
    On Suspensions
    On Sevenths
    On the Modes
  • Adagio in E major - Frank Bridge
  • Andante from Concerto No.4 in G minor - GF Handel
  • Fugue in B minor on atheme of Corelli (BWV579) - JS Bach
  • Trumpet Tune in A major - David Johnson
  • Two Movements from Organ Concerto in D - Charles Avison
    Air with Variations
    Molto Allegro
  • Prelude on Londonderry Air - Noel Rawsthorne
  • Menagerie Musicale - Robert Jones
  • Festival Toccata - Percy Fletcher

Concert: Organ Recitals by Local Organists: Recital 5
Date: 3pm, Sunday 2nd October, 2011
Organist: John Dale (Crewkerne PC)

John Dale is the Director of Music of St. Bartholomew's Church, Crewkerne, Somerset. He studied music to grade 8 standard, having taken (and passed!) grade 8 organ in 1964. However, there his formal musical education ended as he was directed to other studies, "there's no future in music son, you need to study for a proper job." So he studied electrical engineering but involved himself in as much music as he could while studying, earning a living, bringing up a family and all the minutiae of daily life. He still does!
Although the organ was a second instrument at first, over the years he has become closer to the instrument having been organist and choirmaster or Director of Music for several churches over the last 40 years. As a keyboard and wind instrument player John also has a great interest in early music performance, playing with the early music group Sine Nomine for several years.
A current project sees John building early organs, a portative and a positive organ being the latest projects.
We were pleased to offer John a warm welcome to Gillingham Methodist Church.


  • Estampie from Robertsbridge Codex - Anon.
  • Canzona - Claudio Merulo
  • Echo ad manual duplex, forte et lene - Samuel Scheidt
  • Basse et Dessus de Trompette - Louis Clérambault
  • Praeludium und Fuge - Dieterich Buxtehude
  • Chorale Preludes on ‘Liebster Jesu wir sind hier’
    - JS Bach
    - Richard Purvis
  • Adagio in G Minor - Remo Giazotto
  • 2 pieces - Malcolm Archer
    Prelude on ‘Aus der Tiefe’
    Greensleeves (Bluesleeves)
  • Pavane - Robert Elmore
  • Fugue in G Major - JS Bach
  • Festive Trumpet Tune - David German
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