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 30 series! 

On August Bank Holiday, August 26th, I will play my 30th recital there.  There have been only three administrators of the series - Nigel Spooner, then Marion Lovelle (for 25 years) and now Malcolm Lock. When Marion retired, I asked composer Robert Cockroft to write a piece dedicated to her. The piece was "Melody for Marion", which I am including in this year's concert. 

Concert Overture in C                                           Alfred Hollins

Unter der Linden Grüne                                      Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck

Toccata in F                                                           Dietrich Buxtehude

Melody for Marion                                               Robert Cockroft

Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor                   J S Bach

 

INTERVAL

Sonata 4                                                                 Felix Mendelssohn

         Allegro con brio – Andante religioso – Allegretto – Allegro maestoso e vivace

In a Monastery Garden                                       Albert W Ketèlbey

Sortie in B flat                                                      Louis J A Lefébure-Wély

Serenade                                                               Derek Bourgeois

Toccata in D Minor                                               Albert Renaud

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