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Nigel Allcoat 15th Mar 1950
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Playing in Denmark 3
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Playing in Denmark 5
Nigel Allcoat organist
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Nigel Allcoat

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Nigel Allcoat was born 15th March 1950 in Leicester.
He studied at the Royal School of Church Music 1968 to 1971.
He has been Organist at Holy Trinity, Paddington, assistant organist at St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, London, organist at San Andrea della Valle, Rome, & St. Augustine’s, Kilburn.
He enjoys an international reputation as a performer, teacher and composer with homes both in Central England and Southern France.
Nigel has been a Jury Member of numerous international organ competitions, most notably the Concours in Haarlem (NL) and Montbrison (F) The Albert Schweitzer in Deventer (NL), the Boellmann in Strasbourg (F) and numerous times for the European Improvisation Concours in Belgium.
His solo international debuts were at Westminster Abbey (1984), The Royal Festival Hall (1987), Sacré Coeur (Paris) in 1988 and the Philharmonic Hall (St Petersburg) 1998. 
Martin Baker 26th Jul 1967 -
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Pentecost Fire Grand Organ
Westminster Cathedral
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Westminster Cathedral
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Westminster Cathedral
- Choral evensong
Martin Baker organist
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Martin Baker Upcoming Events Web site

Martin Baker AllMusic Discography
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Martin Baker
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Martin Baker was born 26th July 1967 in Manchester, England
Martin studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music. He was an organ scholar of Downing College, Cambridge.
He won first prize in the Improvisation Competition at the St Albans International Organ Festival in 1997.
Since 2000 he has been Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral.
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Jennifer Bate 11th Nov 1944 -
Skizzen für den Pedalflügel opus 58
La Nativité du Seigneur - Olivier Messiaen
Concerto in C - Johann Sebastian Bach
Jennifer Bate organist
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Radio interview
Jennifer Bate talks to Miriam O'Reilly about her career

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Jennifer Lucy Bate OBE was born 11th November 1944 in London. Jennifer studied under her father
Horace Alfred BateHorace Alfred Bate
1899 - 1995
A.R.C.M., F.R.C.O., L.R.A.M.
Studied under Charles Hylton Stuart at Rochester Cathedral and with H.G. Ley and C.H. Kitson at the Royal College of Music.
His speciality was the training of organists.
Organist of St. James’, Muswell Hill & St. Margaret's Rochester.
Dr Eric H. Thiman.Dr Eric Harding Thiman
1900 - 1975
F.R.C.O., Mus.D., A.G.S.M.
Studied at Caterham School; the Guildhall School of Music, London; Royal Academy of Music,

She is especially regarded as an authority on the organ music of Messiaen, having befriended him within the last twenty years of his life as his organist of choice. In 1986, she gave the first British performance of his Livre du Saint Sacrement at Westminster Cathedral and later made the world premiere recording of the work under the personal supervision of the composer, winning the Grand Prix du Disque. He also endorsed her earlier recordings of all of his other organ works. Bate owns scores which contain many personal markings and references made by him.
Jennifer Bate has a broad repertory spanning several centuries, also having recorded much English organ music, the complete organ works of César Franck and the complete organ music of Felix Mendelssohn.
She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
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Kerry Beaumont 5th Apr 1957 -
Mars The Grand Organ
Coventry Cathedral
The Bringer of War
Jongen: Choral Coventry Cathedral organ
Kerry Beaumont organist
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Kerry Beaumont Link to Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Kerry Jason Beaumont was born on the 5th April 1957 in Cambridge.
Kerry was a chorister at Ripon Cathedral and a pupil of John Weaver.
His family emigrated to Canada in 1970. While there he was director of music at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli, Pennsylvania, United States for seven years, he studied organ improvisation with Antoine Reboulot in Quebec, Canada, and with
Pierre Cochereau Pierre Cochereau
9 Jul 1924 -5 Mar 1984
Aged 26 was appointed director of the Le Mans Conservatory
1955 became titular organist at Notre Dame Cathedral
1961 director of the Nice Conservatory
1979 director of the Lyon Conservatory.
Pierre Cochereau had a worldwide reputation as a concert organist and especially as a brilliant improviser.
in Nice, France. He returned to England in 1988.
He was director of music at St David's Cathedral in Pembrokeshire, Wales (1990-1994), and Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire (1994-2002).
Kerry Beaumont is the Director of Music at Coventry Cathedral
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Diane Bish Born 25th May 1941 linkedin logo
Purcell, Trumpet Tune & Air 117 Rank Ruffatti Organ at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale.

Rhadetsky March 117 Rank Ruffatti Organ of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft Lauderdale.

Amazing Grace 117 rank Ruffatti organ at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale.

Wedding March 117 rank Ruffatti organ of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
- F. Mendelssohn
March from Aida 117 Rank Ruffatti organ of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

'Nimrod' 194 Rank Rodgers Pipe Organ of Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.
- Enigma Variations for Organ
Widor, Toccata Diane Bish and Simon Preston in live concert
Symphony No. 5 for 2 Organists
Part 1 Mary Roman interviews Diane about her childhood, growing up
Part 2 Mary Roman interviews Diane about her childhood, growing up
Part 3 Mary Roman interviews Diane about her childhood, growing up
Diane Bish organist
Ruffati Console of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
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Diane Joyce Bish was born May 25th, 1941.
Diane is both an organist and composer, as well as being executive producer of the Joy of Music television series. As a concert organist, she performs frequently at recitals throughout North America and Europe
Diane Bish graduated from Wichita East High School in Wichita, Kansas, in 1959.She had played on the 1925 Austin Organ installed in the school auditorium.
Diane began studying organ as a student of Dorothy Addy. Later, she was a recipient of Fulbright and French government grants for study in Amsterdam with Gustav Leonhardt, and in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, and Marie-Claire Alain.
Beginning in the 1970s, Diane Bish served for more than 20 years as organist and artist-in-residence at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she designed the 117 rank Ruffatti organ in the sanctuary. While at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, she began producing a weekly television program of organ music, The Joy of Music.
As of 2016, The Joy of Music continues to feature her performances taped on-location at prominent organs in North America and Europe. Since the program's beginning in the early 1980s, she has recorded over 500 episodes as of 2016, each of which shows her playing one or more different pipe or digital organs.
No longer resident organist at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Diane Bish now makes frequent concert appearances at recitals throughout North America
On April 29, 2016, Diane Bish was awarded the inaugural Distinguished Career Award by the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In 1989, Diane Bish was awarded the National Citation by the National Federation of Music Clubs of America, considered to be the Federation's highest honour.
Diane Bish has made over thirty recordings on many of the great organs of the world, including the celebrated Müller organ of the St.-Bavokerk (or Grote Kerk) in Haarlem, Netherlands, Canterbury Cathedral, and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
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Isaiah Braudo 1896-1970
Thousands of pipes
Toccata d-moll (BWV 565)- J. S. Bach
Isaiah Braudo organist
Image from You Tube video Thousands of Pipes
Isaiah Braudo learned French school of organ playing and cultivated it in Russia.
Besides his extraordinary performing skills he was a profound scholar and original thinker who elaborated theory of articulation and ideas on Bach's art of melody
Professor of the Leningrad (St.Petersburg) Conservatoire from 1923 until his death.
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David Briggs 1st Nov 1962 -
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Christmas improvisation on the great Casavant organ at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

improvisingDuring the communion at a Mass at Saint Sulpice, on 29th May 2011
a Fugue
improvising During a Mass at Saint Sulpice, on 29th May 2011.
a Sortie
The Phantom of the Operaimprovises the score to the 1929 classic silent movie

The Flight of the bumblebeeLa Verna International Organ Festival
Edition 2013

ImprovisationLa Verna International Organ Festival
Edition 2013
& Widor: Toccata op.42
Ravel: Daphnis et ChloeLa Verna International Organ Festival
Edition 2013
- Suite n.2
David Briggs organist
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David John Briggs was born November 1st 1962. He was educated at the Solihull School. He was an organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge from 1981-84. At the relatively early age of 17 he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO).
Whilst at university, he toured Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany with the college choir. In 1983 he received the Countess of Munster Award to study Interpretation and Improvisation with Jean Langlais in Paris.
On leaving university, he was appointed as Assistant Organist at Hereford Cathedral.

Hereford Cathedral
console of the Willis organ

He was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers of Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral
Willis organ
in 1989, before moving to the similar post at Gloucester Cathedral in 1994.
Gloucester Cathedral organ

In May 2002 David left Gloucester to pursue a freelance career as a concert organist and composer
David Briggs is Organist Emeritus at Gloucester Cathedral, and gives regular master classes at the Royal Northern College of Music and Cambridge University.
Kevin Bowyer 9th Jan 1961 -

Le Salut MessianiqueSt. Paul Within the Walls Episcopal Church
- Thierry Pallesco
Sonata on the 94th PsalmLa Verna International Organ Festival 2013
- Julius Reubke
CapriccioLa Verna International Organ Festival 2013
- John Ireland
Kevin Bowyer organist
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Kevin John Bowyer was born 9th January 1961 in Southend on Sea, Essex.
He sang in a choir and learnt the piano accordion and organ as a child. When the church where he practised refused to let him carry on practising, he says: 'I went and had a key cut to the church and I got in anyway.' He attended Cecil Jones High School in Southend, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music from 1979 to 1982 with organists Christopher Bowers-Broadbent and Douglas Hawkridge.
After graduation, he studied for two years with David Sanger after winning a Countess of Munster scholarship. When given a list of music to prepare at his first meeting with Sanger, he didn't realise that it was a term's work and had learnt it all by the next week.
He has won the following competitions.
  • St Albans International Organ Festival 1983
  • Odense International Organ Competition 1990
  • Paisley International Organ Festival 1990
  • Dublin International Organ and Choral Festival 1990
  • Calgary International Organ Festival 1990
He has performed and broadcast all over the world, and has released around ninety recordings, including all of Bach's organ music.
He was organist of the Parish of Warwick from 1989 until 1998.
In 2005 he was appointed university organist at the University of Glasgow.
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John Butt
In Conversation Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Discussing J.S Bach
Chaconne in f minor.
Johann Pachelbel
Trio Sonata No. 1
Butt plays Bach
John Butt organist
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University of Glasgow Web site

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John Butt OBE, FRSE, FBA was born 17th November 1960 in Solihull, England.
He was educated at Solihull School on a music scholarship. In 1979 he began his undergraduate education at University of Cambridge, where he held the position of organ scholar at King's College from 1979 to 1982. His organ teachers at Cambridge included Peter Hurford and Gillian Weir. He received his PhD at Cambridge in 1987.
After graduation, he lectured at the University of Aberdeen and was a Fellow of Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge. In 1989, he became university organist and assistant professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley; in 1992, he was promoted to associate professor, as well as director of the University Chamber Chorus
In autumn of 1997, Butt returned to the University of Cambridge as University Lecturer, Director of Studies for Music at King's College, and Fellow of King's College.
Since October 2001 he has been the Gardiner Chair of Music at the University of Glasgow.
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Andrew Cantrill 1971 -
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Deuxieme Fantaisie Royal Hospital School, Holbrook
- Jehan Alain
Evening Song Royal Hospital School, Holbrook
Edward Bairstow
Andrew Cantrill organist
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

Andrew Cantrill Wikipedia page

Andrew Cantrill Web site
Andrew Cantrill was born 1971 in Hampshire
He studied at Reigate Grammar School; Barnard Castle School; Durham University; and was a pupil of
James Lancelot, James Bennett Lancelot
1952 -
Peter Wright, Peter Michael Wright
6th Mar 1954 -
Lady Susi Jeans Lady Susi Jeans
1911 - 1993
Gerre Hancock. Gerre Hancock.
21st Feb 1934 - 21st Jan 2012.

organist at St. George’s, Belfast, Ireland; Grimsby Parish Church, England; St. Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington, New Zealand; St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.; Croydon Parish Church, England.
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Cameron Carpenter born 18th April 1981
The Great Fugue in G Minor
Sleigh Ride
J S Bach Toccata in F major
La Campanella
Plays theWurlitzer
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Cameron Carpenter was a keyboard prodigy, he performed Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier at age 11 before joining the American Boy choir School in 1992 as a boy soprano. During his four years of high school studies at The North Carolina School of the Arts, he made his first studies in orchestration and orchestral composition, and transcribed for the organ more than 100 major works, including Gustav Mahler's complete Symphony No. 5. Cameron continued composing after moving to New York City in 2000 to attend The Juilliard School. While at the School he composed art songs; the symphonic poem Child of Baghdad (2003) for orchestra, chorus and Ondes Martenot; his first substantial works for solo organ; and numerous organ arrangements of piano works by Chopin, Godowsky, Grainger, Ives, Liszt, Medtner, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, and others. Cameron received a Master's Degree from The Juilliard School in New York in 2006.
The same year, Cameron began his worldwide organ concert tours, giving numerous debuts at venues including Royal Albert Hall, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Melbourne Town Hall, Tschaikowsky Hall in Moscow, Davies Hall in San Francisco and many others. His first album for Telarc®, the GRAMMY®-nominated Revolutionary (2008), was followed in 2010 by the critically acclaimed full length DVD and CD Cameron Live
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Chelsea Chen 30th Dec 1983 -
Super Mario Fantasia
On The Bench with Dr. Carol
Prelude, Adagio and Chorale-Variations on 'Veni Creator'
Arabesque No. 2 - Claude Debussy
Sweet Georgia Brown - La Jolla Presbyterian Church
Beethoven Variations + Joe Lee
Taiwanese Suite part 1
Taiwanese Suite part 2
Taiwanese Suite part 3
Chelsea Chen organist
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Chelsea Chen was born on 30th December 1983, in San Diego, California.
Chelsea began piano studies at a young age, studying with Jane Smisor Bastien and Lori Bastien Vickers. At age fifteen, she began studying organ, first with Leslie Robb, and later with Monte Maxwell.
After only two years of lessons, she was accepted into the Juilliard School, where she studied first with John Weaver and then with Paul Jacobs, completing her undergraduate degree in 2005 and her graduate degree in 2006.
Chelsea Chen was appointed to the position of Organist and Artist in Residence at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale.
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Stephen Cleobury
Excerpt The Grand Organ of King's College, Cambridge
Priory Records DVD
Stephen Cleobury organist
Stephen Cleobury Web site
Carlo Curley 24th Aug 1952 – 11th Aug 2012
Chester Cathedral, atour of the organ
To a Wild Rose
Sinfonia in D at Lincoln Cathedral
In His Own Words
On the Bench with Carol Williams
Organist Carlo Curley
Carlo James Curley was born August 24th 1952 into a musical family in Monroe, North Carolina, USA, and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts. He subsequently studied with Virgil Fox, Robert Elmore, George Thalben-Ball and Arthur Poister.
Carlo Curley developed his performance style in the manner of Virgil Fox, with respect to popularising classical organ music popular to a wider audience, which included his arrangements and transcriptions of pieces from other classical genres.
Carlo James Curley was the first classical organist to perform a solo organ recital at the White House, and also played before several European heads of state. He toured extensively throughout the world, and earned the marketing nickname 'the Pavarotti of the Organ'. He was one of only a few concert organists worldwide who supported themselves exclusively by giving recitals, concerts and master classes, without any supplement from teaching or church position.
Curley used a substantial Allen touring organ where the venue lacked an instrument of sufficient scope to support his repertoire. He recorded commercially for various labels such as RCA, ProArte, Rediffusion and Decca International.
A life-long bachelor, Curley died on Saturday, August 11th 2012, at age 59, in Melton Mowbray, England.
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Herbert Dawson 1890 - 1976
Herbert Dawson organist
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1929 - 1965 organist St Margaret's, Westminster
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David Dunnett
Firebird - Norwich Cathedral
Live wire - Grand Organ Norwich Cathedral

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Bach Cantatas web site biography
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David Dunnett has been organist at Norwich Cathedral since January 1996 and was also Master of Music from 1996-2007.
He was educated at King Edward’s School, Birmingham and Clare College, Cambridge where he assisted Tim Brown and studied the organ with John Pryer, John Bishop and David Sanger. He continued studying with David Sanger as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music and also spent a year as Organist of Marylebone Parish Church. He worked in the United States as Director of Chapel Music and Staff Accompanist at the College of Wooster, Ohio, before becoming Assistant Director of Music at Uppingham School.
He became Sub-Organist at Winchester Cathedral in November 1991 and subsequently performed with Winchester Cathedral Choir in concerts, broadcasts, recordings and tours to Brazil, USA and Australia. He assisted David Hill with the Waynflete Singers, taught at Southampton University and is a previous conductor of the Southampton University Chamber Choir and Winchester Music Club.
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Richard Elliott LinkedIn logo
Tabernacle Organist
Crazy Organ Solo
The Next Crazy Organ Solo
Hot Pipes
The TabernacleConference Centre Organ
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
The Liberty Bell
Sinfonia to Cantata 29
Give My Regards to Broadway
Organist Richard Elliot
Richard Elliott was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Before his baptism, he had studied organ at the Peabody Conservatory and the Catholic University of America. He earned his bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and his master's and doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
He became an assistant professor of organ at Brigham Young University. He was appointed as Tabernacle organist in 1991. He plays the 11,623 pipe organ in the Tabernacle and the 7,667 wind-powered pipes of the Conference Center organ. He is also a former assistant organist for Philadelphia's famed Wanamaker organ.
Elliott loved music as a child and loved to listen to his mother play the piano. As a teenager, he played the organ in a rock band, which included flaming speakers, smoke machines, and flash pots that caused the group to be blacklisted because of the fire hazard. He learned to love gospel music at the church he attended with his family. His background brought a unique voice to his job with the choir.
In 2009, the tendon of his left bicep ruptured and he had two options: leave it to heal and regain mobility, which would lessen the strength in his arm, or undergo surgery to repair it, which might cause nerve damage. He chose surgery and while recovering, he focused on practicing on the organ's pedal keyboard. That effort has led him to be especially skilled on the pedal keyboard and he often uses his skill in organ solos.
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Robert Elmore 2nd Jan 1913 - 22nd Sep 1985
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Robert Hall Elmore was born on January 2nd 1913 in Ramaputnam, India. The family returned to the United States in 1915. They settled in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1918, where young Bob Elmore began piano study at age 6 and organ study at age 9. He wrote his first composition "Ozma Waltz" at age eleven.
In 1925 the family moved to Wayne, Pennsylvania. Young Bob Elmore studied organ, piano and music theory with the famed Pietro Yon, organist of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.
While in his teens, Robert Elmore was organist at Central Baptist Church, Wayne, and also played for the Lincoln, Bryn Mawr Seville and Anthony Wayne theatres. He was a great lover of opera. His first large organ recital was on August 17, 1929 in the Auditorium at Ocean Grove NJ
In the summer of 1933 Robert Elmore earned three licentiates simultaneously from the Royal Academy of Music on London in organ, concert piano, and piano accompaniment and became an Associate on the Royal College of Organists.
Elmore played his New York debut recital in Carnegie Hall on December 1, 1936. On April 9, 1937 the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski gave the first major performance of an Elmore work, his tone poem "Valley Forge-1777.
In 1955 Elmore was invited to become the organist-choir master of Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, PA (1955-1968). The impact of the great Moravian music tradition on Elmore's creative work was immense.
Ten years of ill health had forced Elmore to curtail his travel and concertizing. He also turned down appointments to prestigious positions, most notable at West Point Chapel and at National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.
Robert Elomre died suddenly on September 22nd 1985.
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Stephen Farr
New Litanies in memory of Jehan Alain
Medieval Suite
Piece d'Orgue
Stephen Farr organist

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Stephen Farr was, until 2014, Director of Music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He studied with Robert Munns and David Sanger in London and Cambridge. He also received tuition from Piet Kee in Haarlem and Hans Fagius in Copenhagen, and as a student was the recipient of grants from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
In 1984 he became Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge, where he obtained a double first in Music and a master's degree in Musicology.
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Gerard Gillen LinkedIn logo
Toccata and Fugue in D minor - J.S. Bach
Toccata - C. M. Widor
Ave Verum Corpus - W. A. Mozart
Prof Gerard Gillen organist
Dr. Gerard Gillen is Professor Emeritus in Music at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, having retired from the position of Professor and Head of the Music Department of that university at the end of September 2007. He came to NUI Maynooth in 1985, previously having been a lecturer in music for sixteen years at University College, Dublin. Professor Gillen has overseen the expansion of the Music Department in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, for example, new diplomas in Music Technology and Church Music. He also directed the University Choral Society from October 1985 until April 2007.
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Gerre Hancock
Gert van Hoef
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Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba
The Entertainer
Conquest of Paradise
Toccata in F major - J.S. Bach
The Polar Express
Danse Macabre
Tuba Tune
Pomp and Circumstance
The Rose
Organist Gert Van Hoef
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Gert van Hoef was born 17th June 1994 in Barneveld, the Netherlands.
At 13 he received his first lesson from his grandfather. He received a digital organ from his parents which he explored by himself.
In June 2008 Gert started to study organ. Gert regularly posted videos of his work on Youtube, people were soon asking him for performances and concerts throughout the Netherlands.
In 2010, as a 116th birthday present Gert was given the opportunity to play the Moreau organ of Sint-Jan's Church in Gouda. He was also appointed organist at the Voorthuizen Reformed Church.
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Frederick Hohman
Widor Toccata at Cathedral Basilica in Newark
Marche Slav, Opus 31 at Spreckels Organ Pavillion
Marche Characteristique at Stanford University's Memorial Church
Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy at Stanford University's Memorial Church
The Homecoming at First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tennessee
Thou Art the Rock at the Great Organ of Methuen Memorial Music Hall
Pimped Out Ride, Valkyrie Style at the Great Organ of Methuen Memorial Music Hall
Frederick Hohman organist Midnight Pipes

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Frederick Hohmans primary piano and organ teacher in St. Louis from 1967 to 1974 was Charles Cordeal of Webster Groves, Missouri. Mr. Cordeal saw the opportunity to spotlight Fred, then age 12, as a model student for the then-new St. Louis Archdiocesan Organist Training Program (AOTP). Fred progressed through the program and presented his first solo organ recital at age 14. While studying with Cordeal, from age 12 through 17, Fred served as organist in two churches.
Prior to leaving St. Louis at age 18, Fred served as Associate Organist for 19 months at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves (1973-1974. It was during his 19-month stay at Emmanuel Episcopal Church that Fred presented 3 organ recitals on the church's 3-manual Holtkamp organ.
Although he could have pursued a film career in Hollywood, on the advice of his musician father, and already having a level of comfort from teenage performing experience, and with the encouragement of a full scholarship from the Eastman School of Music Fred entered the Eastman School in 1974 as a sophomore level undergraduate in the organ class of David Craighead. He would remain at Eastman to earn the Performer's Certificate in Organ (1977), Mus.B., Applied Organ (1977), Master of Music in Performance and Literature (Organ), 1979, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature (Organ), 1990.
Fred is distinguished as the only student to have taken all available degrees at the Eastman School while remaining in the organ studio of David Craighead.
During his first years at Eastman, 1977-1979, Fred produced, engineered, hosted, and performed all the organ literature for a weekly 30-minute radio program, entitled Pro Organo. The Pro Organo radio series had 26 weekly episodes.
After having been a semi-finalist and finalist in a number of competitions Frederick Hohman won First Prize in both the Clarence Mader Organ Competition and the Arthur Poister national organ-playing competition.
Between the years 1974 and 1993, Frederick served in a number of parishes as organist and choirmaster or as director of music.
During his career as a recitalist, Frederick Hohman has performed hundreds of recitals in the USA, including tours of the Caribbean, Australia , the UK and Finland. He has presided as the featured recitalist at the dedication of new American organs, and has been featured as a concerto soloist with a number of American symphony orchestras.
From 1996 to 2000, Hohman produced and hosted a weekly television series about the organ and organists, entitled 'Midnight Pipes.' This series ran for 24 half-hour episodes.
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Christopher Houlihan 6th Oct 1987 - FRacebook logo Instagram logo YouTube logo
Allegro from Symphony No. 6 - Widor
Fantasy in E-flat - Camille Saint-Saëns
Allegro Maëstoso, from Symphony 3 - Louis Vierne
Andante Sostenuto, from Symphonie Gothique - Charles-Marie Widor
Scherzo, from Symphonie No. 2 - Louis Vierne
Christopher Houlihan organist
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Originally from Somers, Connecticut, Christopher Houlihan began studying the organ at the age of 12 with John Rose, and at the age of 15, he won first prize in the Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition. Houlihan attended Trinity College in Hartford where he continued to study with John Rose and made his orchestral debut with the Hartford Symphony. After graduating from Trinity College, he attended The Juilliard School in New York where he studied with the Grammy Award winning organist Paul Jacobs.
In 2005-2006, Houlihan was organ scholar at The Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford and then at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford from 2006-2007. Houlihan later studied at the French National Regional Conservatory in Versailles where he was a student of Jean-Baptiste Robin and where he earned the "Prix de Perfectionnement" (equivalent to a university artist's diploma in the US). While in France, he served as an assistant musician at The American Cathedral in Paris and had the honour of performing for the then President and First Lady of the United States, Mr. And Mrs. George W. Bush
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Sinfonia from Cantata No. 29 - Bach
on Bach and the Pipe Organ
Octaves - Jeanne Demessieux
Reverie - Wayne Oquin
Bach medley
On The Bench with Dr. Carol Williams
Paul Jacobs organist

Paul Jacobs was born in 1977 in Washington, Pennsylvania. He began piano lessons at age five and organ lessons at age 12. At age 15 he was appointed head organist of Immaculate Conception Church.
Paul then attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, double-majoring in organ and harpsichord, while serving as organist at the Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge National Historical Park.
During his final semester as an undergraduate student, he performed the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach several times, including once in an 18-hour non-stop marathon concert in Pittsburgh on the 250th anniversary of the composer's death.
Paul completed a master's degree from the Yale School of Music, studying organ with Thomas Murray. Paul has performed the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in eight American cities since 2002, each time in a nine-hour marathon concert.
In 2003 Paul was invited to join the faculty of the Juilliard School and the following year, was named chairman of its organ department, making him one of the youngest faculty appointments in the school's history.
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Lady Susi Jeans
Joyce Jones
Concerto in A Minor
Flight of the Bumble Bee
Sowerby's "Pageant"
Organist Joyce Jones
Joyce Jones is renowned for her twinkling, virtuosic feet. Here she is on YouTube playing Flight of the Bumble Bee - on the pedals of course.
Dr Jones is winding down her performance schedule as of last 2012, when she retired from her position as Professor of Music and Organist in residence at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. "It's my 79th birthday and I don't mind saying at my age, it's amazing that anyone that old can still be playing," she announced.
She describes herself as an accidental organist - when she was a piano undergraduate in Texas she sprained her hand - badly. Six weeks of no playing were ordered for recovery.She occupied herself with pedal exercises on the organ, and found a natural talent and affinity for the instrument.The rest is history.
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James Lancelot
Christopher Lawton
Thou hidden source of calm repose. Compton
Time on my hands. Compton
Spanish Eyes - Stockport Town Hall (Wurlitzer organ)
Organist Christopher Lawton
Stephen Mann
Abba Selection
Mamma Mia
Lay All Your Love On Me
Thank You For The Music
Super Trouper
Organist Stephen Mann
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 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.
Anthony Newman
BWV 542, Bach; Fugue in G Minor
Anthony Newman discusses harmony
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Improvisation in E-Flat Minor
Anthony Newman organist
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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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
Albert Schweitzer 14th Jan 1875 - 4th Sep 1965
practising Bach in Lambarene
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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.
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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, Huguette Dreyfus and Andre Isoir. She was awarded the First Prize for organ.
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Xaver Varnus
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Pastorale By Tibor PikÉthy
Air On The G String
Trumpet Voluntary
Xaver Varnus organist
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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.
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Flight of the Bumblebee on pedals
Largest organ in Russia
Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ
Swinging Bach - Spreckels Organ
Twilight Own composition
Andromeda Own composition
Take a walk on the Wild Side
Playing Hammond; slide show of Hammond organs
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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.
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