Lincoln Organ Recital - George Herbert, organ

Saturday 24 June, 12 noon

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Lincoln Organ Recital - George Herbert, organ at Thaxted Festival

Image © Michael Bailie.

George Herbert is the Assistant Organist at St John’s College Cambridge, following his three years as the Herbert Howells Organ Scholar whilst he studied Music and German. He now directs Aquila, the College’s all-female a capella ensemble, and is building a varied career as a choir trainer, animateur, organist and trumpeter. He is a coach on the Oxford and Cambridge Singing School, and enjoys regularly collaborating with Kantos Chamber Choir and the Armonico Consort. His programme will showcase Thaxted’s restored Lincoln Organ, which was moved from St John’s Chapel, Bedford Row to Thaxted Parish Church in 1858. The significance of this instrument as a unique little-altered Georgian organ has been recognised by the award of a Grade 1 certificate as a rare instrument of its period by the British Institute of Organ Studies. Since its restoration in 2014, the Lincoln Organ Recital has become an annual highlight of our Festival, attracting both specialists and general listeners alike. The programme of works to be performed is shown below, and will be distributed at the recital.

‘George Herbert is one of the finest musicians I have ever known’ Andrew Nethsingha, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey.

This concert is sponsored by a friend of Thaxted Festival who wishes to remain anonymous.

Concert programme

Buxtehude: Präludium in G minor BuxWV 149

J S Bach: Sonata in D minor BWV 527
i. Andante
ii. Adagio e dolce
iii. Vivace

Farrington: Fiesta
i. Celebration
ii. Conversations

Duruflé: Chant Donné

J.S. Bach: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr’ BWV 663

Wheeler (arr. Herbert): Sweet Time Suite: Opening

Vivaldi, arr. J S Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor BWV 593

Whitlock: Divertimento