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Lunchtime Live! 2010 ends with a bang!
16th July 2010

 

  

Over the past seven weeks, seven of the finest female organist working in Britain today have performed at our summer series of Lunchtime Live, this year entitled “The Queen of Instruments”. The series began with our Patron, Dr Jennifer Bate OBE, and our final two recitalists (pictured) brought the series to a remarkable conclusion.

On Thursday 8 July Dr Katherine Pardee introduced the audience to two fine works by female American composers. Florence Beatrice Price’s remarkable ‘Suite No.1 for organ’ recalls the music of Reger

and Karg-Elert and, in Dr Pardee’s words, includes “…unmistakable shades of George Gershwin, as well as the ‘You-Dirty-Rat’ style of actors Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney”! But it was in Marjorie Merryman’s ‘Les Très Riches Heures’ where she excelled. Here, our recently-installed projection system was switched from the live video feed from the console, to show the medieval illuminations upon which each movements was based on (see picture, above, of Dr Pardee in front of one of the projections).

The series concluded on Thursday 15 July with the young Czech organist Nikola Eckertovà who explored a number of intense works by César Franck and Petr Eben. But it was the world première of

 
   

Estonian composer Elo Masing’s ‘Miniatures’ that made the greatest impact. From the rhythmic slamming of the swell box and full arm clusters (pictured left), this music explored regions of the organ very rarely heard, and it would be impossible to reproduce many of the sounds and textures on any other instrument!!!

Monthly recitals continue on the first Thursday of the month from September (after the Director of Music’s “Requests Recital” on 22 July), with three recitals exploring Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque organ music, before six recitals comprising

the second “Back to Bach” series begin in December. Next summer’s series begins on 9 June 2011 at 1:10pm, with recitals exploring the compositions of the organists of the great Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris: Nivers, Clérambault, Séjan, Lefébure-Wély, Widor, Dupré, Grunenwald and Roth.



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