Lincoln Organ Recital

Saturday 29 June, 12.00 noon

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Peter Holder at Thaxted Festival

The Lincoln Organ: its story

Early days

Estampie from Robertsbridge Codex
Sellingers Rownde from My Ladye Nevells Booke - William Byrd
A Fancy in Gamut Flat - Orlando Gibbons

Bells and whistles

Voluntary for Double Organ - Henry Purcell
‘Trumpet’ Voluntary in D - John Stanley
Voluntary in G - Theophania Cecil

Thaxted today

Estampie - Franz Danksagmüller
New Commission - Iain Farrington

In his role at Westminster Abbey, Peter Holder was the principal organist for the funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

Peter has held the post of Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey since October 2017. He is the principal organist for the Abbey’s daily services and at state occasions, and accompanies the Abbey Choir in its concerts, recordings and broadcasts. He is the principal deputy conductor of the choir and supports Organist and Master of the Choristers Andrew Nethsingha in training the Abbey choristers.

As a recitalist, Peter performs in cathedrals and concert halls across the world. He regularly broadcasts for BBC radio and television. He first performed at the BBC Proms as a soloist in 2019, and returned in 2021 to perform a solo organ recital as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s 150th anniversary celebrations. His programme culminated with Liszt’s Fantasia and Fugue on 'Ad nos, ad salutarem undam', which musicOMH reviewer Sam Smith described as ‘…a breathtaking half hour of virtuoso playing in which different moods and themes were delineated to wondrous effect…’.

His programme will showcase Thaxted’s restored Lincoln Organ. The significance of the instrument as a 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.

'Impeccable articulation … playing with great precision and yet also a humanity that imparts life and warmth … Peter Holder is a true musician.’ Christopher Maxim, Organists’ Review

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

Venue: Thaxted Parish Church
Tickets: £15. Age 30 and under: £10. Unreserved seating.

“[The Tippett Quartet] concert as part of the 2023 Thaxted Festival revealed a group of musicians of profound interpretative depth, and capable of traversing a wide range of repertoire.”
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“A positively life-enhancing performance of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love in English with reduced ensemble by Wild Arts…”
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“The performance was a joy … and the quartet brought out its sense of both structural and linear perfection.” Holst’s Phantasy Quartet Op 36 performed by the Tippett Quartet.
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“The Tippett Quartet and Emma Abbate have performed Schumann’s Piano Quintet together many times. On this occasion they combined flawless execution with instinctive – and utterly engaging – musicianship.”
Claire Seymour, in Seen and Heard International.
“…this was a wonderfully enjoyable and engaging performance that really punched above its weight. The audience in Thaxted clearly loved it and were fully engaged, whilst this experienced reviewer was carried away as well.”
Wild Art’s production of The Elixir of Love, reviewed by Robert Hugill in Planet Hugill
“2 terrific concerts I heard with London Mozart Players.”
Thaxted Festival concertgoer
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Thaxted Festival concertgoer
“It's always the variety and quality which keeps me coming back.”
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