Our Director of Music, Peter Yardley-Jones, organises an impressive line up of local, Swiss and internationally renowned organists to come and show off our Swiss-built Späth organ. Concerts take place on Saturdays at 5pm.
Saturday 1st February 2020
Peter Stevens is Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral. Born in Lancashire in 1987, he was educated at Chetham’s School of Music, subsequently holding organ scholarships at Manchester Cathedral, St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and King’s College, Cambridge. He came to Westminster Cathedral in 2010, taking up his present position the following year. As well as accompanying the Cathedral Choir in their daily services, recordings and concerts, he has given solo recitals across the UK and Europe. In 2013 he became Director of the Schola Cantorum of the Edington Festival, following three years as Festival Organist. His teachers have included Thomas Trotter, David Briggs, and Colin Walsh.
Saturday 26 September 2020
His repertoire consists of works from the most musical eras – from the 17th century to the contemporary music. He plays with special love the great masterworks of J. S. Bach, romantic organ literature pieces , and rarely performed pieces by composers
Callum has performed extensively as a soloist in the UK. He won first-prize at the IAO/RCO Organ Playing Competition (2018) in Peterborough, and Dame Gillian Weir Messiaen Competition (2018) in Birmingham, and was twice a finalist in the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition. Recital venues have included cathedrals in Birmingham (Anglican and RC), Liverpool (RC), Wells, Westminster and Winchester; chapels in Oxford and Cambridge; as well as parts of music festivals in St Davids (Wales), Hexham, St Albans (International Organ Festival), and at the annual Bloomsbury Organ Day (2019). Callum’s debut CD Klangredenhas recently been released on the Regent label, featuring the Garnier organ at the University of Birmingham, and the Walker organ at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, performing Lutheran chorale-based repertoire.
January 2021 [POSTPONED from July 2020]
Richard Gowers, a renowned organist and harpsichord player. He started the piano at an early age. He then sang as a chorister in the King’s College Choir Cambridge in 2004-2008 and took up the organ and violin. He spent five years at Eton College (2008-2013) with the support of a generous music scholarship, and continued his studies in several musical disciplines while beginning to take an interest in the harpsichord and in conducting. At the age of 16 he became a prize-winning Associate of the Royal College of Organists, and a year later became a prize-winning Fellow.
Do continue to check our events page for the next recital.
Entrance to organ recitals is free with a retiring collection at the end. We now offer live-console video projection (with thanks to a generous sponsorship by Oakridge Executive Medicine Ltd), so the audience is able to watch the organist perform live. Hearing is believing with our organ and we look forward to welcoming you at one of our concerts.
With thanks to organrecitals.com for advertising our events.
If you would like to learn more about the Swiss Church Organist and Director of Music, read the interview with Peter Yardley-Jones in the Swiss Church News Summer 2017 edition.