Roger Lander plays the Willis organ

Roger Lander plays the Willis organ

On Friday 4th August, the Church doors were open wide for the second of the new series of First Friday lunchtime recitals. This time it was Roger Lander, long-serving organist at Woburn, and more recently St Peter’s Milton Bryan and All Saints Leighton Buzzard, who entertained us.

Delicious homemade hot soup and bread rolls were served from 15 minutes before 12 noon, as there was already an enthusiastic audience turning up!

Roger brought out the colours of our newly restored Willis organ with a variety of pieces – a great way to spend a relaxing, sunny Friday lunchtime in August!

Rogers’ programme was as follows:

  • March - Nicholas Choveaux (1904-1995)
  • Fidelis - Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)
  • Prelude and Fugue in B minor BWV 544 - J S Bach (1685-1750)
  • Prière à Notre Dame, from Suite Gothique - Léon Boëllmann (1862-1897)
  • Magnificat Primi Toni - Buxtehude (1637-1707)
  • Vespers No III - Eric Thiman (1900-1975)
  • Jubilate Deo - Anthony Foster (b. 1926)
  • Toccatina for Flute - Pietro Yon (1886-1943)
  • Toccata in A - W A Blakeley (1852-1938)
First Friday audience for Roger Lander

First Friday audience for Roger Lander

Thank you Roger for coming to play for us, to his wife for page-turning, Lesley for the delicious soup and to all those who helped with refreshments. The recital attracted a decent audience of 50 people. £158.90 was raised for organ maintenance.

The next First Friday organ recital is on 6th October  at 12:30pm,  played by Keith Morgan. 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 and photos by Ellie Page

Listening to Roger playing the Willis organ

Listening to Roger playing the Willis organ

Applause for Roger

Applause for Roger