Shrewsbury School

Summer Organ Recitals bring a glimpse of summer amidst the rain

Monday 17 June 2019

This year’s Summer Organ Recitals have blasted off with suitable fanfare, fizz and a fond farewell.

On 5th June, Alex Mason played out his final recital as Director of Chapel Music before his move to Lancing College as Director of Music, with some beautifully judged Bach, Couperin, Howells, Vierne, Jongen and Walton's ever popular Crown Imperial. The recital finished with a creative and affecting improvisation on the theme from Dambusters March – suggested by a member of the audience and an apt meditation as the nation commemorated the sacrifices of D-Day, 75 years on.

The following week it was the turn of the pupils with excellent performances by Arthur Hope Barton (I), Rohan McCourt (Rt) and Ivan Leong (SH) of music by Bach, Langlais, Karg-Elert and Mathias amongst others. Ivan gave a lyrical account of Bach's chorale prelude Ich ruf zu dir and Rohan McCourt produced a rousing interpretation of Fanfare by Mathias. Next up was Arthur Hope Barton with a stylish account of Bach's Fantasia in G minor. He also closed the concert with a virtuosic rendition of 'Te Deum' by Langlais.

The series finished this week with a recital by international concert organist Henry Fairs, which included works by Schumann, Vierne and Rachmaninov. 

Mr Fraser-Andrews

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