Celebrity Organ Recital – 18 July 2013

St Bride’s Episcopal Church

The 1865 William Hill Organ

Second International Concert Series

 

CELEBRITY RECITAL BY THOMAS HEYWOOD (MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA)

 

1) War March of the Priests from the Incidental Music to Athalie, Op. 74

                Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), trans. William Thomas Best (1826-1897)

 

2) Siciliano from Flute Sonata No. 2 in E-flat major, BWV 1031

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), trans. William Thomas Best (1826-1897)

 

3) A Trumpet Minuet                                                                        Alfred Hollins (1865-1942)

 

4) Church Sonata in D, KV 144

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), trans. Leonard Charles Fullard (1907-1988)

5) Bridal March from ‘The Birds’ of Aristophanes

   Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918), trans. John Ebenezer West (1863-1929)

 

6) First movement from Concerto in A minor, Op. 3 No. 8 [Concerto No. 2, BWV 593]

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741), trans. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

 

7) Imperial March, Op. 32

Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934), trans. Sir George Clement Martin (1844-1916)

 

8) Fugue à la Gigue [‘Gigue’ Fugue in G major], BWV 577

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), edited by Thomas Heywood (b. 1974)

 

9)         i.          Meditation in B-flat [Organ Works, Volume II – p. 49]

ii.          Vienna March – No. 15 from 15 Marches for the Organ

The Revd Frederick Scotson Clark (1840-1883)

 

10) From Douze Pièces pour Orgue [Twelve Pieces for Organ]:

i.          Marche des Rois Mages [‘March of the Magi Kings’], No. 9

ii.          Toccata [in G major], No. 3

Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)

 

Wine and cake will be served at the back of the church following the concert

 

 

“The most compelling music making of any kind I’ve heard in ages”

The Dallas Morning News, USA

 

The internationally acclaimed organ virtuoso Thomas Heywood enjoys an outstanding reputation as one of the world’s finest concert organists.

 

As the first and only Australian musician in history to ever live as a professional concert organist, Heywood is celebrated as “an

 

acknowledged master” for his unique ability to make the greatest music of all time come alive on the King of Instruments. He has an ever-growing repertoire of over 5,000 works.

 

Touring around the world for over four months every year, the latest international solo tour of “The Wizard from Oz” dazzled audiences and critics alike in Concert Halls, Town Halls, Cathedrals and Churches throughout North America, the UK and Europe.

 

Since 1994, Heywood has also performed more concerts in Australia than any other organist, maintaining a demanding schedule around the country performing to thousands each year.  To date he has performed over 1,500 concerts around Australia to over 500,000 people.

 

Also a talented and prolific transcriber, Heywood’s published solo concert organ arrangements of the most famous classical and romantic music are performed by organists around the world.

 

Born into a Melbourne musical family in 1974, Heywood was acknowledged to be a child prodigy giving his first public performance at five after commencing musical studies at the age of four.  He has since performed on thousands of occasions ranging from a celebrated recital in the Sydney Opera House at the age of 17 to touring in venues reading like an encyclopaedia of the world’s most famous organs from the largest pipe organ in New York City to Windsor Castle.

 

Heywood’s solo concerts are managed in the USA and Canada by Karen McFarlane Artists and internationally by Concert Organ International – the management, recording, publishing, marketing and distribution company he founded in 1997 with his wife and manager Simone.

 

Regularly inaugurating new and restored organs since 1993, Heywood has opened many landmark instruments from the largest musical instrument in the southern hemisphere, the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ, in 2001 to Australia’s newest concert organ in 2009.

 

Since 1992 when he released Australia’s best-selling organ recording at only 18 years of age, Heywood has become “one of the world’s most prolific organ recording artists” with over twenty popular sell-out recordings receiving extraordinary critical acclaim. His performances have been broadcast internationally on television and radio.

 

Not confined to the “organ world”, Heywood’s phenomenal success in reaching out to the vast concert-going public has made the critics boast that he “reincarnates Edwin H. Lemare”, the greatest concert organist of the twentieth century.

 

 “What a stunning player Thomas Heywood is. His flawless technique is just the platform from which truly artistic and memorable performances flow.”

The Editor’s Choice – Organists’ Review, UK

 

 

 

For information about more live organ music throughout the UK, please visit http://www.organrecitals.com

St Bride’s Episcopal Church is a charity registered in Scotland, No. SC012625.

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