New Monkland recital – 10th October 

Saturday 10th October at 2:30pm at New Monkland Parish Church, the LSO invite you to our October event!   We welcome Matt Edwards as our guest recitalist.  

The Programme…

1. Toccata pour Grand Orgue – G. Bélier
2. Suite in D – J. Stanley
3. Trumpet Tune in D – D. Johnson
4. Ciacona in Em – Buxtehude
5. Sonata No. 2 in C – F. Mendelssohn
6. Cantilène Pastorale – A. Guilmant
7. Fantasie für das Pedal – J. Krebs
8. Blaze Away! – A. Holzmann
9. Toccata and Fugue in Dm BWV 565 – J. S. Bach

Matt Edwards…

Matt, born in Hampshire, first studied the organ with Robin Walker at St. Michael’s Parish Church in Aldershot, where he was
also a chorister. He later moved on to King Alfred’s University College in Winchester, receiving organ tuition from Christopher Monks at Winchester Cathedral. He was then appointed Organ Scholar at Peterborough Cathedral, spending time as both Acting Assistant and Acting Master of the Music. In 1998 he was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Dundee, at just 21 becoming the youngest Cathedral director of music in Britain. In May 2008 he was appointed to his most recent post, Director of Music at Thomas Coats Memorial Church in Paisley, the “Baptist Cathedral of Europe”. Matt left Paisley in September 2015 due to ill health, and is now enjoying the life of a freelance organist.

Matt is a perpetual student, and recently gained his fourth degree from The Open University. He plans to start study for a Master of Arts degree in October 2016. He also holds several diplomas, including a distinction in his LTCL examination. He recently acted as one of two consultants for the design and installation of a large four manual digital Copeman Hart organ in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

Recent recitals have taken him around the country, and include performances at the Cathedrals of Blackburn, Brecon, Chester, Dunblane, Hereford, Oban, Perth and Winchester. Matt is also a regular recitalist at Glasgow’s famous Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. In a few weeks time Matt will release a solo CD of the historic Hill organ of Thomas Coats Memorial Church.

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