The Organ

News Archive: November 2008

  • Paul Jacobs to commemorate 100th Birthday of Olivier Messiaen
    News Item added: 27 November
    As part of the commemorations of the 100th birthday of Olivier Messiaen on December 10, organist Paul Jacobs will give a free 8 pm performance that evening of the composer's magnum opus, Livre du Saint Sacrement, at Yale University's Woolsey Hall as part of the Messiaen Centenary Celebration at Yale. Mr. Jacobs's performance of the work last season at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Times Square was named by New York magazine as among New York's best classical music performances of 2007. In the coming months he will be recording Livre du Saint Sacrement for Naxos.For more information, call 203-432-4158 or visit

  • Robert Sirota's The New Jerusalem (2008) to be premiered at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York
    News Item added: 27 November
    Robert Sirota's new hymn The New Jerusalem (2008) is to be premiered at a Service of Rededication at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York on Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 11.00am, celebrating the reopening of the entire length of the Cathedral after the fire of 2001. The Great Organ is to be played for the first time since the restoration. For more information about the service please visit

  • Pipe Up!
    News Item added: 17 November
    Pipe Up!is a Diocese of Salisbury scheme to encourage more youngsters to take up the organ. We have arranged a Christmas Concert to showcase the talents of the children on the 2008 course, and demonstrate the Peter Collins organ at St Mary's Church, Dorchester; one of the finest church organs in Dorset. Tutor Dr Richard Godfrey will introduce the concert, talk about the organ and finish by playing a number of classics. 11.30am, Saturday 13th December 2008, St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester. Easy walk from the South or West railway stations. Plenty of parking. Full details at or phone 01305 259998

  • Harry Christophers and the Sixteen
    News Item added: 17 November
    2009 will be a year of significant musical anniversaries. Not only those of Handel, Purcell and James MacMillan, but also the thirtieth anniversary of the award-winning ensemble The Sixteen and its founder, conductor Harry Christophers. To celebrate this extraordinary year The Sixteen will be undertaking an ambitious season of concerts at venues across the UK including Southbank Centre, Bridgewater Hall, Barbican Centre, Kings Place, and also abroad, focusing on these particular composers, with corresponding releases on its record label CORO. Harry Christophers & The Sixteen will also be performing their 150th performance of Handel's Messiah on 3 December 2008 at 7pm at Barbican Hall. Speaking of this historic event Harry Christophers commented “I can say with total honesty, as I approach this 150th performance with The Sixteen, that I never tire of it – there is always something new and unexpected to find.”Tickets start at £9 Box Office: 020 7638 8891.

  • Celebrated Edinburgh based choir, the Carlton Consort, presents a unique performance of works by Stravinsky
    News Item added: 17 November
    On Saturday 22 November, the mixed voice choir the Carlton Consort will present a concert of some of Stravinsky's most rarely performed works. The performance will include Stravinsky's "Les Noces" ('The Wedding'), an extraordinary work that will see the Carlton Consort performing alongside four soloists, four pianos and six percussionists. The Calton Consort is conducted by Jason Orringe, which has built a formidable reputation for its performances of 20th century masterworks such as the Rachmaninov Vespers, Schnittke's Choir Concerto and Schoenberg's Friede auf Erden. The programme on Saturday 22 November will also include Britten's Choral Dances and Brahms' Liebesliederwalzer. Stravinsky's 'Les Noces' was his fourth Russian Ballet and written for Sergei Diaghilev in 1923. The piece was written directly after The Rite of Spring and contains all of the relentless, driving rhythms of the Rite. It is scored for a combination of choir, soloists, four pianos and six percussionists. The concert starts at 7.30pm on Saturday 22 November at Canongate Kirk, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Tickets cost £8.00 and £6.00 on the door. For more information or to purchase tickets call Jason Orringe 0774 231 3907.

  • Dan and the Magic Musician screening at Bradford Animation Festival, Saturday 15 November, 10:30am
    News Item added: 2 November
    A public screening of the short animated film commissioned by the Royal College of Organists and produced by the University of Bradford which is aimed at introducing children to the pipe organ in a fun way. In addition to the screening, there will be an opportunity to see how the film was made and to meet the film makers. Booking details at To view the film free-of-charge visit

  • Early English Organ Project
    News Item added: 2 November
    The RCO Early English Organ Project organs are resident in St Paul's Cathedral between September and December 2008. The larger Wetheringsett organ will be located in the Quire, and the smaller Wingfield organ in the Crypt. The Wetheringsett organ will be featured most Saturdays during Evensong (Music Lists available at, and both instruments will be the focus of regular music workshops in conjunction with the Cathedral's Education Department. The centrepiece of their residency will be the sixth annual London Organ Forum, a study day entitled 'The Mulliner Book and the birth of English organ music'. Presentations will be given by Patrick Russill, Jane Flynn and Andrew Carwood. For further information about tickets, please visit The day will conclude with a free recital at 16.30 featuring the Wetheringsett organ and the Grand Organ, preceding Evensong at 17.00 sung by the Cathedral Choir, and featuring the Wetheringsett organ.

    Launch Your International Career in Early Music in York Next Summer
    News Item added: 2 November
    Applications are now being invited for the 2009 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition (previously known as the Early Music Network IYAC) which will take place at the National Centre for Early Music in York from 16th – 18th July.

    To take part, artists need to be aged between 17 and 30 (35 for singers); to be part of an ensemble of at least 3 players and to be presenting music in an historically appropriate style. Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM said “all short listed groups will be expected to present a short recital under the guidance of one of the world's most respected singing teachers – Evelyn Tubb - as well as entering the competition itself. Winners can expect a major boost to their professional careers with broadcasting, recording and touring opportunities”.

    Previous winners of this internationally recognised competition include the Palladian Ensemble, I Fagiolini, Le Jardin Secret and Stile Antico – who won the YEM Festival Friends Prize in 2005 – all have gone on to enjoy immensely successful careers. Early Music groups who are interested in taking part should log on to the NCEM's web site for details - the deadline date for applications is Friday 5th December 2008.