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Douglas Major 1953 -

Saint Michael Concerto Richard Watson (trumpet)
Douglas Major organist
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Douglas Major

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Douglas Major
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Douglas Major born 1953 in Berwick, Pennsylvania.
He commenced organ studies with
He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Webster University.
In 1974 he was appointed assistant organist at the National Cathedral.
In 2002 Major left the National Cathedral to concentrate on concertizing and composing.
Stephen Mann
Abba Selection
Mamma Mia
Lay All Your Love On Me
Thank You For The Music
Super Trouper
Organist Stephen Mann
Haig Mardirosian 11th May 1947 -
Fantasia on 'Komm, Heiliger Geist St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Tampa, FL

Vierne's Finale Symphony 1 Dobson Opus 89 Pipe Organ

Capriccio Dobson Organ
Sykes Chapel

Grieg, Norwegian Dance No. 4 Sykes Chapel, University of Tampa.
Haig Mardirosian organist
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Haig Mardirosian was born 11th May 1947 in New York City.
He is Dean Emeritus of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Tampa, a concert organist, composer, and conductor.
Wayne Marshall 13th Jan 1961
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Transports de Joie by Olivier Messiaen
Improvisation: 'Cancan'
Improvisations on themes from 'West Side Story'
Wayne Marshall organist
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Wayne Marshall
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Wayne Marshall was born 13th January 1961 in Oldham, Lancashire. He is an English pianist, organist, and conductor.
He is Chief Conductor of WDR Funkhausorchester in Cologne, Germany, and Organist and Associate Artist of the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. He became Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in 2007, and is a celebrated interpreter of George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, and other 20th-century American composers.
Alan Morrison
Toccata by Anne Wilson
Recorded live in recital
The Curtis Institute of Music

Meet Alan Morrison Alan Morrison chats about his varied career

Teachers and Teaching recalls his teachers
Alan Morrison organist
Photo by Joe Routon
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Alan Morrison
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Alan Morrison
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Alan Morrison enjoys a versatile career as organist, teacher, recording artist, adjudicator and pianist/chamber musician.
In his student years he captured First Prize in numerous organ competitions including the Arthur Poister National Organ Playing Competition (1991) and the Clarence Mader National Organ Competition (1991)
In 2002, Alan Morrison was appointed head of the organ department at the world renowned conservatory, The Curtis Institute of Music, where he holds the Haas Charitable Trust Chair in Organ Studies.
Daniel Moult
The Elusive English Organ Documentary film and recording featuring Daniel Moult

Bridlington Priory Pipe Organ

Toccata from 'Suite', Op.5 Excerpt from Maurice Duruflé, Toccata from 'Suite', Op.5
Maurice Duruflé
Daniel Moult organist
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Five questions for…..Daniel Moult

Daniel Moult
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Daniel Moult was born in 1973 in Manchester.
He attended St John’s College, Oxford, where he was organ scholar. While at Oxford he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
He studied as a post-graduate at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where his teacher was
Michael Murray
Organ Recital Saint Mark's, Upper Arlington

You Tube link iconToccata & Fugue In d, BWV 565
214 Rank Skinner-Schlicker Organ
You Tube link icon7 centuries of organ composition
Aeolian-Skinner/Harrison Organ
You Tube link iconSelection of French organ works
Aeolian-Skinner Organ.
Boston Symphony Hall,
Michael Murray organist
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Dr. Michael Murray was born 19th March 1943 in Kokomo, Indiana.
He studied at Butler University and the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, before private study with in Paris.
During the 1968–69 performance season, Murray performed the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Murray's performances have included nearly every major city in North America.
Murray has written many articles and has published five books.
Thomas Murray 6th Oct 1943 -
Schumann Op. 56 No. 4 Newberry Memorial Organ

You Tube link icon opening movement to Guimant's first Organ Sonata. Opus 42.
You Tube link iconOn Hearing the First Cuckoo of Spring
Thomas Murray organist
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Audio Interview with Thomas Murray

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Thomas Mantle Murray was born 1943 in Los Angeles, California.
He studied with at Occidental College.
Martin Neary
Britain's biggest organ restored London: Royal Albert Hall

Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor performed at the First Night of the 2004 Proms
Martin Neary organist
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Let the organist thunder
Martin Gerald James Neary was born 28th March 1940 in Hackney, London.
Martin was an organ scholar at Gonville and Caius Colleges, Cambridge. He was assistant organist then organist at St. Margaret’s, Westminster, London; then organist at Winchester Cathedral then Westminster Abbey. He then went on to be Professor of organ at Trinity College of Music, London.
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Anthony Newman
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BWV 542, Bach; Fugue in G Minor
Anthony Newman discusses harmony
Part 1 : Part 2

Improvisation in E-Flat Minor
Toccata in F major, BWV 540
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543;
Prelude In B Minor, BWV 544
Anthony Newman organist
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Anthony Newman was born 12 May 1941 in Los Angeles, California.
His mother arranged for him to have piano lessons when, at the age of four, he began to play the family piano by ear. He could read music before he could read words. At five he decided his instrument would be the organ after hearing his first Bach organ recording but had to be content with the piano until, at age ten, his feet could first reach the organ pedals. From the age of ten to seventeen he studied organ with Richard Keys Biggs.
At eighteen, Newman travelled to Paris to study with Pierre Cochereau (organ), Madeleine de Valmalete (piano), and Marguerite Roesgen-Champion (harpsichord) at l'École Normale de Musique. He received the Diplóme Supériere. Returning to the United States, Newman studied organ with Edgar Hilliar, piano with Edith Oppens and composition with William Sydemann at the Mannes School of Music where he received his B.S. in 1963. In 1964, Newman won the Nice prize for organ composition. He attended Boston University for his doctoral degree studying organ there with George Faxon and composition with Gardner Read and Luciano Berio for whom he also served as a teaching assistant.
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James O'Donnell
James O'Donnell organist
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James O'Donnell was born 1961 in Scotland.
He studied music as Organ Scholar of Jesus College, Cambridge, and was then appointed Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral.
In January 2000 James O’Donnell took up his present appointment at Westminster Abbey.
Jane Parker-Smith
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You Tube link iconToccata in D major
Organ of St Martin, Memmingen, Germany
You Tube link iconFranz Liszt - Organ Recita
Jane Parker-Smith organist
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Jane Parker-Smith
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Jane Parker-Smith studied at the Royal College of Music in London. While there she won a number of prizes and scholarships, including the Walford Davies Prize for organ performance. After a further period of work with concert organist a French government scholarship enabled her to complete her studies in Paris with blind organist .
She made her London debut at Westminster Cathedral at the age of twenty, and two years later made her first solo appearance at the BBC Promenade Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall.
Osborne Peasgood 5th Mar 1902 – 25th Jan 1962
Osborne Peasgood organist
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Dr Osborne Harold Peasgood was born 5th Mar 1902 in London.
He gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Music when he was 17, made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and received his doctorate at Dublin in 1936.
Osborne Peasgood taught the organ at the Royal College of Music and had become sub-organist at Westminster Abbey from 1924. He played at a number of state occasions in the Abbey, including the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
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Simon Preston 4th Aug 1938 -
You Tube link iconBach Fugue in G major a la Gigue
BWV 577
Simone Preston organist
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Simon John Preston was born 4th August 1938 in Bournemouth, England.
A.R.C.M., A.R.A.M., C.B.E.
Studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London; King’s College, Cambridge, and was a pupil of and . Organ scholar of King’s College, Cambridge.
John Pryer
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John Pryer organist
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John Pryer was born in 1941
He received his musical education as a chorister at Ely Cathedral, a music scholar at Clifton College, Bristol, and as organ scholar of Keble College, Oxford. Where he graduated and gained the F.R.C.O. diploma.
Presently he is organist of the Oratory Church, Birmingham and of the Alexandra Palace, London.
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