Winchester Cathedral 4pmGordon plays the Bank Holiday concert in a popular programme including Montague Phillips' Empire March and music by Festing, Bach and Vierne
BBC Radio 2 - The Organist Entertains 9.30pmTracks from Gordon's CDs are played and he talks to Nigel Ogden about his life as an organist, both in cathedrals and in concert halls.
Caird Hall, Dundee 7.30Gordon opens a series celebrating 90 years since the opening of the Caird Hall, Dundee with its magnificent Harrison organ. Gordon is President of the Friends of the Caird Hall Organ and is delighted to be playing this celebration concert.
Gordon Stewart is one of the UK’s most popular and adaptable organists; he has played Celebrity Concerts in such places as St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral, the Laurenskerk, Alkmaar and at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Leeds Town Hall, Melbourne Town Hall, Pietermaritzburg City Hall and Johannesburg Cathedral. His large repertoire means he can design concerts suitable for most organs and audiences. Playing regularly on the 1860 Father Willis organ at Huddersfield Town Hall, where he has been resident organist for over 20 years, he has built a large and enthusiastic following.
Gordon tours abroad most years; recent tours have included the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia and South Africa.
Gordon has recorded several CDs recently, and those of the organs of Huddersfield Town Hall, Johannesburg Cathedral, and All Saints' Church Hastings are available from this site. A CD of the organ works of Noel Rawsthorne, also avaible here, was released in January.
Gordon was for 15 years one of the regular conductors of BBC television's long-running series Songs of Praise, and he has been musical director for broadcasts on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4. His programme from the Wanamaker Store in Philadelphia has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and in the United States. Gordon was born in Dundee, Scotland, and studied in Manchester and Geneva. His teachers included Eric Chadwick, Gillian Weir and Lionel Rogg. He was awarded a Performer’s Diploma with distinction in Manchester and a Premier Prix de Virtuosité in Geneva. For fifteen years he was a cathedral organist, first in Manchester then in Blackburn. In recent years he has been awarded honorary fellowships by the Royal College of Organists, the Guild of Church Musicians and the Royal School of Church Music, and an honorary doctorate by the University of Huddersfield.
Gordon is also well-known as a teacher. Former students have held positions at St Paul’s Cathedral London, Westminster Abbey, Wells Cathedral, St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh and Coventry Cathedral. He is now one of the visiting organ tutors at Cambridge University where he teaches organ scholars at, among others, King's College, St John's College and Jesus College. He has led master-classes for colleges and universities throughout the UK and in the USA, South Africa and the Netherlands.
“Gordon Stewart is a marvellously engaging performer. He almost literally runs onto the stage, and before he plays a note transmits a sense of energy, fun and anticipation. This touch of showbiz and the scattering about of funny stories prepares you to fully enjoy yourself. Gordon’s ‘show’ is very visual, but nothing of this style of delivery detracts from the seriously good musicianship of his performance. On the contrary, it energises and places in the mainstream an instrument which, certainly in the eyes of the young and the unchurched, can seem stuffy and dull……Gordon Stewart is a vibrant and accomplished player, at one with his instrument and his audience, whom he delighted from beginning to end.” Organ Australia