Summer afternoon organ recital

Summer afternoon organ recital

Michael Tinsley treated us to a wonderful variety of music on the Willis pipe organ at 3pm on Sunday 7 August.  He chose a theme of 'Ancient and Modern' to feature classic organ works as well as modern pieces which are not normally heard on a pipe organ.

Michael is one of the team of organists at St Lawrence, Towcester and is the regular organist for the West Buckingham Benefice Choir.

Michael Tinsley plays Buxtehude

Michael Tinsley plays Buxtehude

His programme:

  • Prelude and Fugue in G Minor - Buxtehude
  • Elegy - G. T. Thalben-ball
  • For your eyes only - Bill Conti
  • Praeludium in C - Johann Christoph Kellner
  • Voluntary on the old 100th - Henry Purcell
  • Prelude and Fugue

    Prelude and Fugue

    A Timeless classic - Ron Grainer

  • Folk tune - Percy Whitlock
  • Two Trumpet Tunes (Cebell & Maestoso) - Henry Purcell
  • Over the rainbow - Harold Arlen
  • Toccatina for Flute - Pietro A. Yon
  • Toccata from the 5th Symphony - Charles-Marie Widor
Michael Tinsley at the Willis console

Michael Tinsley at the Willis console

Michael introduced each piece with some background information.  The 'timeless classic' wasn't an ancient piece of music at all - it was the theme from Dr Who!  As Michael explained it is not a piece normally heard in an Anglican church played on a pipe organ, however it went down well with the audience as did all the other pieces which showed off the tonal range of the instrument beautifully.

At the end of the recital I presented Michael with a pipe dedication certificate - Tenor E of the Corno di Bassetto, which was the stop he liked the best when he came to practice a few weeks earlier.  Everyone enjoyed tea and cakes and plenty of conversation afterwards.

Michael introduces the next piece

Michael introduces the next piece

Thank you Michael for such an enjoyable afternoon of music and the volunteers for helping on the day.  £114 was donated to the organ fund in the retiring collection and refreshments.

Words and photos by Anna Page

Turning pages for the organist

Turning pages for the organist

Michael plays the Willis organ

Michael plays the Willis organ