The crowd listens as Jonathan introduces music

The crowd listens as Jonathan introduces music

Friday Night Organ Pops was our first evening recital of the 2016 organ festival.  It was given by Jonathan Kingston, Festival Music Director, and he had chosen popular organ showpieces to demonstrate the depth and breadth of the sounds the restored Willis is capable of producing.

Jonathan gave interesting introductions to each piece which went down well with the audience.  The programme was totally different from the inaugural recital he gave at the end of April and included a piece used on the organ video (Chanson de Matin) as well as one of my favourites by Louis Vierne.

Jonathan explains about a piece

Jonathan explains about a piece

His programme:

  • Overture to the Occasional Oratori - G F Handel
  • Chanson de Matin - Edward Elgar
  • Toccata and Fugue in F - Dietrich Buxtehude
  • Handel in the Strand - Percy Grainger
  • Suite in D Major: Introduction, Trumpet Tune, Air, Allegro - John Stanley
  • Bolero de Concert - Lefebure-Wely

Interval

Jonathan introduces the second half

Jonathan introduces the second half

  • Imperial March - Edward Elgar
  • Fantasia Super Kom Heiliger Geist (Come Holy Ghost) BWV651 - J S Bach
  • Suite from Henry V: March, The Death of Falstaff, Touch her soft lips, March - William Walton
  • Andante in E minor - Joseph Hector Fiocco
  • Psalm Prelude Set 2, No 2 - Herbert Howells
  • Carillon de Westminster - Louis Vierne

The team of volunteers did a great job of welcoming people, serving refreshments and tidying up afterwards.  We served wine, juice and small cakes during the interval.

Dave the camera man

Dave the camera man

Dave King had his video camera trained on Jonathan to project onto the big screen which was hanging from the gallery, he also doubled up as page turner for one piece!

Comments from the audience included:

"Superb organist with flair and a wonderful way with words and the audience"

"Lovely event, splendid organ, nothing not to like"

"Fantastic - unbeatable. Not only does Jonathan Kingston play superbly, his introductions are a performance in their own right.  He gives you something to listen for and notice in every piece."

Thank you Jonathan for a superb recital - it was a pleasure to hear you play again.

More photos can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78058413@N06/albums/72157672574524970

Words by Anna Page, photos by Anna and Eleanor Page

Jonathan at the console

Jonathan at the console

Organ footwork on screen

Organ footwork on screen