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Martin Riessen
Bachs Concerti - Del 1
Bachs Concerti - Del 2
Recital on Eminent Cantate Digital Church organ
Martin Riessen organist
Martin Riessen was born in Vadstena. He grew up in Matthew's Parish in Stockholm and started to take organ lessons for Bengt Berg when he was 13 years old.
The young Martin Riessen was a curious person. He wanted to try everything. He studied theology and had thoughts of becoming a priest but the music was fun, so he eventually became organist, he was educated at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
Since 1994, Martin Riessen well cantor every summer on Medevi Brunn. He says he's as good Lutheran has a foot in each regiment. He has over the years combined various services in both Swedish Church as the Armed Forces. For the Church, he worked at 16 years of service in the German St Gertrude's church in the Old Town of Stockholm. For the Military, he worked at the Life Guards Band, where he was music director. Prior to that, he served for 20 years as cantor at the castle Military Academy Karlberg.
- During my studies, organist, I learned that one of Sweden's finest organs are in Östra Husby Church in Vikbolandet, and it has been a delight, he points out.
Extract & translation:- norrkopings magazinet
Robert Rowley
Robert Rowley Linked-In page
Robert Rowley organist
Robert Rowley Web site

Robert Rowley Cinema Organ page
Robert Balfour-Rowley left college as an electronic engineer, and moved into organ building shortly afterwards. He started his career working on theatre organs.
Robert took the opportunity to join Harrison and Harrison Organ Builders in 2009, working on large installations such as Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, Westminster Central Hall, and Holy Trinity, Sloane Street. He joined the London tuning team, and eventually took over primary responsibility for tuning such organs as those in The Royal Festival Hall and Westminster Abbey.
David Saint
David Saint organist
David Saint Web site
Incorporated Society of Musicians’
Web site
David Saint was born in Jarrow in the northeast of England in 1954.
He read music at Hull and Liverpool Universities. He studied the organ with Alan Spedding and
Gillian Weir Gillian Weir organist
Gillian Weir
L.R.S.M., F.R.C.M., L.T.C.L., Hon.F.R.C.O., Hon.F.R.C.C.O., C.B.E., D.B.E.
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He gained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO) at the age of 20, winning the Turpin Prize for Performance. 
Extract :- David Saint web site
David Sanger 17th Apr 1947 - 28th May 2010
Widor 5th Symphony
David Sanger organist
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

David Sanger Wikipedia page

The Telegraph
Article on the death of David Sanger

Composers For Organs
Portrait Gallery
David John Sanger was born 17th April 1947 and educated at Eltham College and the Royal Academy of Music. His teachers included Susi Jeans,
Marie-Claire Alain Marie-Claire Alain organist
Marie-Claire Alain
10th Aug 1926 - 26th Feb 2013
and Anton Heiller.
His career as a performer was launched when he won first prize in two international competitions: St Albans, England in 1969 and Kiel, Germany in 1972. After this, he toured as a solo recitalist.
Extract :- David Sanger Wikipedia page
Roger Sayer

Organ Sonata 19 in G minor, Op. 193, I Prelude Performed at Rochester Cathedral
29 April 2012

Organ Sonata 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 111, I Grave Performed at Rochester Cathedral
29 April 2012

Organ Sonata 1 in C minor, Op. 27, I Prelude Performed at Rochester Cathedral
29 April 2012

Organ Sonata 16 in G sharp minor, Op. 175, I Allegro ModeratoPerformed at Rochester Cathedral
29 April 2012

Organ Sonata 15 in D major, Op. 168, I Phantasie Performed at Rochester Cathedral
22 January 2012

Organ Sonata 17 in B major, Op. 181, I Fantasie Performed at Rochester Cathedral
22 January 2012
Roger Sayer organist
Roger Sayer Web site

Roger Sayer Wikipedia page
Roger Sayer is Organist and Director of Music at The Temple Church, London, having previously held the same position at Rochester Cathedral.
In his early years Roger was an organ student at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Roger is organ soloist on the soundtrack of the blockbuster film ‘Interstellar’
Extract:- Roger Sayer Web site
Albert Schweitzer 14th Jan 1875 - 4th Sep 1965
practising Bach in Lambarene
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God Full Documentary of Albert Schweitzer
Albert Schweitzer organist
Albert Schweitzer
Nobel prize page

Albert Schweitzer
Wikipedia page

Albert Schweitzer
Organ Live Page
Albert Schweitzer was born on 14th Jan 1875 in Kaysersberg. He spent his childhood in the Alsatian village of Gunsbach, where his father, taught him how to play music.
He studied organ in Mulhouse from 1885 to 1893 with Eugène Munch, organist at the Protestant cathedral, who inspired Schweitzer with his profound enthusiasm for the music of the German composer Richard Wagner
He received instruction in piano and counterpoint from professor Gustav Jacobsthal at the Kaiser Wilhelm University in Strasbourg, and associated closely with Ernest Munch organist of St William church, who was also a passionate admirer of J.S. Bach's music.
Schweitzer served his one-year compulsory military service in 1894.
Schweitzer rapidly gained prominence as a musical scholar and organist, dedicated also to the rescue, restoration and study of historic pipe organs. In 1899 he astonished Widor by explaining figures and motifs in Bach's Chorale Preludes as painter-like tonal and rhythmic imagery illustrating themes from the words of the hymns on which they were based.
Schweitzer also studied piano under Isidor Philipp, head of the piano department at the Paris Conservatory.
Extract:- Albert Schweitzer Wikipedia page
John Scott 18th Jun 1956 – 12th Aug 2015
Prelude and Fugue in a minor, BWV 543Recorded at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, NYC.
Taylor & Boody organ

Mendelssohn's Overture to St Paul Playing the newly restored pipe organ at Our Lady of Refuge in Brooklyn

March on a Theme of Handel Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in NYC
(Guilmant)
- Anton Bruckner
Canon in B Minor St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Slide show
Robert Schumann
John Scott organist
John Scott
Wikipedia page

Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

John Scott
Organ Live Page
John Gavin Scott was born 18th Jun 1956 in Wakefield, Yorkshire.
He began his musical career as a chorister at Wakefield Cathedral. It was also there that he first learned to play the organ. He was Organ Scholar at St John's College, Cambridge, assisting
George Guest Gworge Guest organist
George Howell Guest
9th Feb 1924 - 20th Nov 2002
F.R.C.O., C.B.E.
and studying with Jonathan Bielby,
Ralph Downes Ralph Downes organist
Ralph Downes
1904 - 1993
B.A., M.A., Mus.B., A.R.C.M., C.B.E.
and
Gillian Weir Gillian Weir organist
Gillian Weir
L.R.S.M., F.R.C.M., L.T.C.L., Hon.F.R.C.O., Hon.F.R.C.C.O., C.B.E., D.B.E.
.
He was appointed as Assistant Organist at St Paul's Cathedral and Southwark Cathedra London.
In 2004, John Scott moved to New York City to succeed Gerre Hancock as Organist and Director of Music at St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue.
Extract :- John Scott Wikipedia page
Nariné Simonian b. 1965
Toccata, adagio & fugue BWV 564
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Nariné Simonian organist
Nariné Simonianwas born in Gyumri, in 1965, Narine started studying music at the age of six. In 1976, she was admitted to the Normal School of Music, where she graduated and was awarded the gold medal in 1980. From 1981 to 1985, Narine Simonian followed the Curriculum of the National School of Music of Yerevan, where she graduated as a professional concert pianist.
In 1991 she decided to take classes in France, under the direction of
Marie-Claire Alain Marie-Claire Alain organist
Marie-Claire Alain
10th Aug 1926 - 26th Feb 2013
, Huguette Dreyfus and Andre Isoir. She was awarded the First Prize for organ.
Extract:- Nariné Simonianwas Wikipedia page
Gordon Stewart 1952 -
Promo video Huddersfield Town Hall

Music up close Gordon discusses his life as an organist

Sonata in C Minor two-manual, four-stop chamber organ
Gordon Stewart organist
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

Gordon Stewart
Web site

Gordon Stewart
Wikipedia page

Gordon Stewart
Organ Live Page
Gordon Stewart was born 1952 in Dundee, Scotland.
He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and the Geneva Conservatory. He was a pupil of
, and
Gillian Weir Gillian Weir organist
Gillian Weir
L.R.S.M., F.R.C.M., L.T.C.L., Hon.F.R.C.O., Hon.F.R.C.C.O., C.B.E., D.B.E.
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Gordon has been organist at Dundee Methodist Church; St. James’, Dundee; the American Church, Geneva, St. Mary-the-Virgin’s, Bowden; Manchester Cathedral, Blackburn Cathedral and Huddersfield Town Hall.
Ian Tracey 27th May 1955 -

Elizabethan Serenade Johannus Ecclesia D-47

Crown Imperial Organ in St Georges Hall

Suite Gothique Makin Westmorland Custom Organ at Holy Trinity Church, Southport
- Boellmann
Toccata from 5th Symphony Makin Westmorland custom 4 manual organ at Shaw
- C M Widor
Chorusmaster Ian talks about his role as Chorusmaster,

A tour of a Copeman Hart Organ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Simple Gifts Copeman Hart organ at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Ian Tracey organist
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

Ian Tracey
Web site

Ian Tracey
Wikipedia page

Ian Tracey
Organ Live Page
Ian Graham Tracey was born 27th May 1955 in Liverpool
F.T.C.L., Hon.F.R.C.O., Hon.Mus.D.
Ian studied at Highfield School, Liverpool; Trinity College of Music, London; and in Paris with and
He was Assistant organist and organist of Liverpool Cathedral.
Professor at Liverpool Polytechnic.
Thomas Trotter 1957 -
In Adelaide Town Hall's grand pipe
TV News

Pedal Variations Organ of Cranleigh School
on a theme of Paganini
Ride of the Walkyries St Saviour's Organ

Rienzi Overture Budapest Palace of Arts, 2007.
- R. Wagner Arr E.H. Lemare
Thomas Trotter organist
Photo by Adrian Burrows
Karen McFarlane Artists web site
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

Thomas Trotter
Web site

Thomas Trotter
Wikipedia page

Thomas Trotter
Organ Live Page
Thomas Trotter was born in 1957,
He was a pupil at Malvern College and organ scholar of, and studied music at, King's College, Cambridge. He also studied under
Marie-Claire Alain Marie-Claire Alain organist
Marie-Claire Alain
10th Aug 1926 - 26th Feb 2013
.
In Birmingham he plays regularly in the city's Symphony Hall and Town Hall, usually including contemporary compositions in his recitals.
He is also noted for playing transcriptions of orchestral music, something which is a tradition at St Margaret's, Westminster, where he is organist.
Xaver Varnus
Link to the Xaver Varnus Facebook page
Link to the Xaver Varnus You Tube channel
Pastorale By Tibor PikÉthy
Equinox
Air On The G String
Trumpet Voluntary
Xaver Varnus organist
Xaver Varnus Wikipedia page
Helmut Walcha 27th Oct 1907 – 11th Aug 1991

BACH: Organ Works
Fugue G-minor "Little", BWV 578
Helmut Walcha organist
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

Helmut Walcha
Wikipedia page

Helmut Walcha
Organ Live Page
Arthur Emil Helmut Walcha was born 27th October 1907 in Leipzig.
He lost his sight aged 19 after vaccination for smallpox.
Despite his disability, he entered the Leipzig Conservatory and became an assistant to Günther Ramin.
Helmut accepted a position in Frankfurt am Main at the Friedenskirche. From 1933 to 1938 he taught at the Hoch Conservatory. In 1938 he was appointed professor of organ at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt and organist of the Dreikönigskirche in 1946.
Enos James Watkins 1876 - 1st Feb 1956
Enos James Watkins was born 1876 in Wolverhampton. Organist at Tettenhall Wood Congregational from 1893; Wolverhampton Presbyterian church from 1895; Poole Congregational church from 1898 ; and Richmond Hill Congregational church, Bournemouth from 1899.
Conductor Bournemouth Congregational Choral Union from 1900.
Died 1st February 1956 in Boscombe, Bournemouth.
Extract:- Various sources
John Weaver 27th Apr 1937
Carillon Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
John Weaver organist
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

John Weaver
Web site

John Weaver
Wikipedia page

John Weaver
Organ Live Page

Composers For Organs
Portrait Gallery
John Borland Weaver was born 27th April 1937 in Palmerton, Pennsylvania.
He was a pupil of and George Markey.
John studied at the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore; Curtis Institute, Philadelphia, under ; Union Theological Seminary, New York City, under and Joseph Goodman (composition)
Dr. John Weaver served as Organist and Director of Music at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. He also headed the Organ Department of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and chaired the Juilliard School's Organ Department.
Gillian Weir 17th Jan 1941 -
Gillian Weir organist
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

Gillian Weir Web site

Gillian Weir Wikipedia page

Gillian Weir
Organ Live Page
Dame Gillian Constance Weir was born in New Zealand and brought up in Wanganui.
Gillian Weir was a co-winner of the Auckland Star Piano Competition at 19, playing Mozart. A year later she won a scholarship of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London. There she studied with the concert pianist Cyril Smith and the renowned organist
Ralph Downes Ralph Downes organist
Ralph Downes
1904 - 1993
B.A., M.A., Mus.B., A.R.C.M., C.B.E.
, and in her second year (1964) won the prestigious St. Albans International Organ Competition.
Extract :- Gillian Weir biography
John Scott Whiteley
Variations on a Theme of Paganini for PedalsThe Grand Organ of York Minster
An excerpt from Priory Records DVD

The Jig Fugue Viscount 366 Organ
Selby Abbey
- J.S. Bach
Organ Sonata First Movement
Bach BWV 530
Concertato Arp Schnitger organ at the Jakobikirche Hamburg
Prelude from Prelude and Fugue in D BWV 532
John Scott Whiteley organist
John Scott Whiteley
Wikipedia page

John Scott Whiteley
Web site

John Scott Whiteley
Organ Live Page
John Scott Whiteley was born 1950.
He was educated at London University and at the Royal College of Music, London under
Ralph Downes Ralph Downes organist
Ralph William Downes
1904 - 1993
B.A., M.A., Mus.B., A.R.C.M., C.B.E
and
John was a pupil of and He served as assistant organist of York Minster going on to become Professor of organ at the University of Hull.
Carol Williams
Dr. Carol Williams
LinkedIn page
Dr. Carol Williams
Facebook page
Dr. Carol Williams
Twitter page

in Russia
Walt DisneyConcert Hall Organ

Swinging BachSpreckels Organ

TwilightOwn composition
Walt Disney concert hall organ

Andromeda Own composition
484 Rodgers Infinity Organ

Take a walk on the Wild SideWalt Disney Concert Hall Organ

Interviewinterview by Anthony Gioffre of Golden Lodestar Productions

Playing Hammond; Mike Bracchi presentation
slide show of Hammond organs
Carol Williams
Carol Williams
Web Site

Carol Williams
Wikipedia page

Carol Williams
MS Studio Page
Carol Williams
Organ 1st page

Carol Williams
Organ Live Page
Carol Anne Williams was born in 1962, Great Britain.
She began private lessons at age five and could read music before she could read English. Her formal training started with five years at the Royal Academy of Music where she specialized in organ performing as a student of David Sanger.
Carol was awarded all the major prizes for organ performing and, during her studies, she became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and a Fellow of Trinity College London, as well as an Associate of the Royal College of Music.
Carol Williams has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in recognition of her contribution to music. A regular broadcaster in the UK and in America, she has been the guest performer with a number of leading orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. She performed the inaugural recitals on a newly installed Austin organ in Beijing's Forbidden City Concert Hall.
Extract:- Carol Williams Wikipedia page
Christopher Wrench
Lunchtime Live Klais Grand Organ
QPAC Concert Hall.

Concert excerpt Barossa Regional Gallery
Tanunda SA
Christopher Wrench organist
Wikipedia page
Christopher Wrench attended Brisbane Grammar School, the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with
Nancy Weir
Nancy Weir
1915 - 2008
Australian pianist and teacher
, and undertook postgraduate studies in Vienna at the Vienna Conservatorium and then at the Hochschule für Musik,with
Michael Radulescu.
Michael Radulescu
born 1943
Romanian-German organist and professor
Studied with Anton Heiller and Hans Swarowsky
Peter Wright 6th Mar 1954
Evangelie-improvisatie Southwark cathedral London.
Peter Wright organist
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

Wikipedia page

short biography
Peter Michael Wright was born 6th March 1954 in in Hertfordshire.
He studied at Highgate School, the Royal College of Music, London, under Richard Popplewell and Emmanuel College, Cambridge and was a pupil of Dame
Gillian Weir Gillian Weir organist
Gillian Weir
L.R.S.M., F.R.C.M., L.T.C.L., Hon.F.R.C.O., Hon.F.R.C.C.O., C.B.E., D.B.E.
and .
He was assistant organist of Guildford Cathedral, then organist of Southwark Cathedral, London.
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