Keith Morgan, from Lincolnshire, gave us a a very pleasurable lunchtime organ recital on the first Friday of October 2017.
We were introduced to many works not heard here before, which delighted the audience - highlights being the delicate Andante in Bb by Lefébure-Wely (a total contrast to the other piece by the same composer which he also played) and Malcolm Archer's Centenary Toccata AD 2010 (which had been written for the 100th birthday of the Lancaster Town Hall pipe organ).
The full programme:
- Ciacona in E minor (BuxWV160) - Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
- 2nd Sonata in C minor - Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
- Variations on: 'Mein junges Leben hat ein End' (My young life hath an end) - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
- 'Centenary Toccata AD2010' (from the Lancaster Suite) - Malcolm Archer (born 1952)
- Andante in B flat - Louis Lefebure-Wely (1817-1869)
- March in F - Louis Lefebure-Wely (1817-1869)
- Aria - Noel Rawsthorne (b 1929) - featuring the new Nazard
- Toccata in G (from Douze Pieces) - Theodore Dubois (1837-1924)
Keith's interesting and amusing introductions to the pieces were as much enjoyed by the audience as his excellent playing. We look forward to welcoming him back again.
Many people came to enjoy soup and a roll before the concert and funds of £101.00 were raised for the ongoing maintenance of the organ. Very grateful thanks to Keith for playing for us and to all those who came to listen.
Words by Lesley Salter and Anna Page, photos by Anna Page