Music at GMC
2022 Autumn Organ Recitals
During September and October 2022 we will be holding our eighteenth series of Sunday afternoon Organ Recitals. It is good to be holding 'live' recitals again!
Philip Scriven is widely regarded as one of the finest organists of his generation, and is highly respected as a choral, orchestral and operatic conductor. He is currently Organist-in-Residence at Cranleigh School, co-founder and Principal Conductor of the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra, and Assistant Conductor and Accompanist of the world-renowned Bach Choir, combining these posts with a freelance recital career which takes him all over the world.
Philip has worked at Westminster Abbey, St. George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, St. John’s College Cambridge and Winchester Cathedral, and from 2002-10 was Organist and Master of the Choristers at Lichfield Cathedral, where he was also the Musical Director of the Lichfield Cathedral Chorus.
We look forward to welcoming Philip back to Music at GMC.
Geoffrey Morgan has enjoyed an unconventional career. Brought up in the Free Church, he was twenty before he played for his first Evensong. As a very young schoolboy, however, he played regularly in Baptist, Methodist and Congregational churches, where he developed his love for hymns and their accompaniment. His first official post as a church organist was at the age of thirteen and, just four years later, in 1963 Charles Smart engaged him to play the organ for a compilation of hymns recorded as an LP on the Decca label, involving such well-known singers as Heather Harper and Wilfred Brown, and the percussionist James Blades.
Upon leaving school at sixteen, Geoffrey started an apprenticeship with J.W. Walker and Sons Ltd. and his fascination with organ-building has remained with him ever since; though he eventually became a graduate student at Trinity College of Music. His teachers there included Harry Gabb and Charles Proctor, who quickly appointed him as organist to the Alexandra Choir. Thus it was that from the age of only twenty-one Geoffrey was regularly playing for concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and on London's South Bank.
In 1965 he played in the London master classes of Flor Peeters; and in 1969, a scholarship from the British Council enabled him to undertake further study with Dr Peeters in Belgium. In 1975, Geoffrey's promising career as a teacher was interrupted when he won first prize in the London Organ Week competition and later, at aged thirty-one, the organ scholarship to Magdalen College Oxford. From this followed the post of Assistant Organist at Westminster Abbey, where for much of the time he worked under the direction of Simon Preston, playing for many special services and performing at the Royal Wedding of 1986. After ten years at the Abbey, Geoffrey became Visiting Professor of Organ at Yale University, U.S.A., later taking up the post of Sub Organist at Guildford Cathedral in 1989, where he was also Diocesan Organ Adviser, and Conductor of the Fleet Choral Society.
Geoffrey has been involved in many recordings and BBC broadcasts, both as a soloist and accompanist. His solo CD "English Contrasts", recorded at Guildford Cathedral, received a five-star category in 'Choir and Organ'.
Since 2002, in addition to pursuing his own freelance work, he has been organist of Christchurch Priory, where he is custodian of one of the finest organs on the South Coast.
We very much look forward to welcoming Geoffrey to Music at GMC.
David Bednall is recognized as one of the leading choral composers of his generation. He studied for a PhD in Composition with Professor John Pickard at the University of Bristol and is signed to Oxford University Press. He is Choral Director at Clifton Cathedral, Sub Organist at Bristol Cathedral, Director of Bristol Chamber Choir and Chew Valley Choral Society alongside an extensive freelance career.
David studied with Dr Naji Hakim and David Briggs and was Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral. He was Organ Scholar at The Queen’s College, Oxford and then at Gloucester Cathedral where he also spent periods as Acting Director of Music and Acting Assistant Organist and was closely involved with the Three Choirs Festival.
He won prizes in Improvisation and Performance at the examination for Fellow of The Royal College of Organists and has given recitals at La Trinité, Paris, and many English Cathedrals. In June 2008 he gave a recital at Notre-Dame de Paris. He has performed all the major works of Messiaen and his debut solo recording and CD of improvisations with Malcolm Archer have received excellent reviews. He has improvised on live radio and in concert. He has also appeared as stunt-organist on BBC TV’s Dr Who.
David is most prominent as a composer and his works are widely performed and recorded, and regularly broadcast on Radio 3, 4, and Classic FM. The first CD of his choral music, Hail, gladdening light, was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice, the recording of his Requiem received similar accolades, and a further recording of his choral music, Flame Celestial, received a Gramophone Recommendation. Commissions have included Missa Sancti Pauli for St Paul’s Cathedral and Welcome All Wonders for The Queen’s College, Oxford. The latter is his largest work to date and the recording on Signum has garnered superb international critical acclaim. His Stabat Mater was premiered in New York in 2015, and its recording on Regent with Jennifer Pike (violin) and the Chapel Choir of Benenden School under Edward Whiting was an Editor’s Choice in the Awards Edition of Gramophone 2016.
David performed in one of our virtual recitals during the pandemic so we are looking forward to him appearing 'live' in 2022.
Clapper Chaos are a Poole based handbell group. They currently have 4 members - Tim Rose, Sas Watson, Fiona White and Eleanor Wallace - between them playing 36 bells (3 chromatic octaves) and 25 handchimes (2 chromatic octaves). The set of bells were refurbished in 2012 by Mr Ian Hayes of Okehampton and since added to expanding the range from 2 to 3 octaves.
Over the years various members have come and gone from the group. Tim and Sas have been in the group since it began in the summer of 2009. Fiona joined them in January 2014 and Eleanor in January 2017. They are not like the usual handbell team because they combine ringing styles and use a combination of 4, 5 or 6 in hand and off the table. Their music arrangements are unique as they arrange them themselves, they are carefully orchestrated with bell swaps and sharing so they achieve the fullest score possible. You will not hear them played by any other group! They play a variety of music from classical to pop and Disney.
Gordon Amery is one of the organists at Gillingham Methodist Church and has been the driving force behind Music at GMC's concerts since 2004. He will be performing 2 solo sets during the concert to give Clapper Chaos a breather!
Lyndon Ford is an accomplished musician and technician rolled into one. Having completed an Organ Scholarship within the Portsmouth Diocese, he is well known for bringing life to music.
He was Assistant Director of Music and Accompanist for the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir, performing in London, Houses of Parliament, Ely Cathedral and Portsmouth Cathedral. He also co-ran the NATS Choir (National Air Traffic Systems) for 5 years and performs for high level MOD events.
On his technical side, he trained in sound reinforcement and electronics. He's very passionate about organ voicing and design with a broad view on tonal finishing.
Lyndon kindly lent us his superb Hauptwerk organ for our Ukraine Benefit Concert so we are now delighted to welcome him to Music at GMC to play our Sweetland pipe organ.