All Saint's Church, Hastings

When in 1988 Nigel Spooner, then organist of All Saint's Church, Hastings, invited me to play in the first season of recitals on the 1877 Father Willis organ, neither of us could have thought that the season would go from strength to strength with most of Britain's leading players appearing over the years.  Neither would we have thought that that I would be the one organist to in every one of the 31 series! 

On August Bank Holiday, August 26th, I will play my 31st recital there.  There have been only three administrators of the series - Nigel Spooner, then Marion Lovelle (for 25 years) and now Malcolm Lock. The programme is designed to allow the audience to hear all the 'colours' of a classic Father Willis organ. 


Marche aux Flambeaux                                      Scotson Clark

Prelude on Nun freut euch                                 Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue in A minor                           Johann Sebastian Bach

Scherzando in A                                                Joseph Haydn arr Harry Wall

Sonata 2                                                             Felix Mendelssohn




Introduction and Passacaglia (Sonata 8)           Joseph Rheinberger

Bells across the Meadow                                    Albert W Ketèlbey

Trumpet Tune on Highland Cathedral                  George McPhee

Capriccietto                                                           Leonard Butler

Toccata di Concerto                                             Enrico Bossi



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