Jonathan introduces his first piece

Jonathan introduces his first piece

What a perfect way to spend a Friday lunchtime.

A wonderfully eclectic and entertaining programme of music introduced and played by Jonathan Kingston (soon to be our organist and musical director here at SMSG) on our magnificent newly restored Willis organ.  Jonathan was assisted by organ scholar Matthew.

The Church’s big west doors open wide to the sunshine, and a soup and homemade roll to boot!  What’s not to like?

Queue for soup

Queue for soup

Jonathan's programme:

  • Paean - Philip Moore (b. 1943)
  • Prelude and Fugue in E minor (Nicholas Bruhns 1655-1697)
  • Chanson de Matin (Edward Elgar 1857-1934)
  • Popular Song (from Facade) (William Walton 1902-1983)
  • Fantasie in E Flat (Camille Saint-Saens 1835-1921)
  • Tuba Tune (Norman Cocker 1889-1953)

Jonathan gave us an encore…

  • Mohrentanz  (Tylman Susato)
Turning pages for Jonathan

Turning pages for Jonathan

…played from memory.  What incredible skill!

The next First Friday organ recital is on 4 August at 12:30 pm when the organ will be played by Roger Lander. Soup will be served from 12 noon.

(Some background: Our Third Thursday at Twelve Thirty monthly concerts have proved so popular with audiences we have decided to start a bi-monthly lunchtime organ recital series on the First Friday of the month.)

Words by Shirley Scrutton, photos by Anna Page

The audience listens

The audience listens

Jonathan plays the organ on the First Friday

Jonathan plays the organ on the First Friday

lunchtime soup

lunchtime soup