Huddersfield Town Hall 1pm

15 October 2018

Gordon Stewart

It was a recording on the Huddersfield Willis organ by the former Borough Organist, Jonathan Bielby, which brought Lefébure-Wely’s Sorties back into the repertoire.  Although a sortie would normally be played at the end of a service, this one, which is almost fairground music, makes a lively start to a wide-ranging programme. Starting and ending in Paris, it journeys to Germany, Austria and England in between.  A real Town Hall programme.



Lefébure-Wély                                 Sortie in E Flat

Clérambault                                     Basse et Dessus de Trompette

Bach                                                  Prelude on Nun freut euch

Bach                                                  Prelude on Ein feste Burg

Mendelssohn                                  Sonata 3

Johann Strauss arr Rawsthorne   Radetzky March

Wolstenholme                                Allegretto in B flat

Widor                                                Toccata (Symphonie 5)

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“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
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