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Organ recital by Simon Earl, of Christchurch Priory.
Simon Earl is the Director of Music, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Christchurch Priory, a position he has held since February 2015. His principal responsibility at the Priory is the training, recruiting and developing the choirs of Boys, Girls and Adults. He is the first full time Director of Music at the Priory, and since taking leadership of the music department has increased the size and ambitions of the choirs greatly. In 2017 he led them on their first international tour, singing in and around Venice, and in particular for mass at St Mark’s Basilica, Venice. He has directed them in concerts with repertoire including Rutter’s Gloria and Britten’s St Nicolas, accompanied by professional orchestras.
As Musical Director of the bi-annual, 8-day Christchurch Priory Music and Arts Festival, he has organised and conducted ambitious programmes of events including the Schumann Piano Concerto, a celebration of the Last Night of the Proms and Haydn’s Creation. In 2016 Simon established the Christchurch Festival Chorus, which most recently performed Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast under his baton in the 2018 Priory Music Festival.
Brought up and educated in Surrey, he received his formative musical training as a chorister and later Assistant Organist at his local parish church, whilst receiving organ lessons from John Belcher. He held Organ Scholarships at Southwell Minster (2005/06), Newcastle Cathedral (2006-2009), Guildford Cathedral (2009/10) and St John’s College, Durham (2008/09), and read for a degree in Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, continuing organ studies with David Sanger.
Between 2011 and 2015 he was Assistant Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral, where he accompanied the weekly cycle of services, and toured, broadcast and recorded regularly with the Cathedral Choirs.
Simon maintains a busy recital schedule, is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and is regularly invited to lead and accompany choral events in the UK and abroad.
His programme will include Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in G major, Lemare’s arrangement of Saint-Saëns’ Danse macabre, Debussy’s Clair de Lune, and Dupré’s Prelude and Fugue in B.
Celebrate Midsummer in style by joining us on Saturday 22 June at 7pm for A Midsummer Night in SE19 at St John’s, Upper Norwood. The evening starts out at 7pm with some fizz and (top secret) entertainment before presenting some classic Shakespeare as you’ve never experienced the Bard before. Actor Tama Matheson will treat us to a witty and entertaining 90-minute modern retelling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream that’ll have you rolling in the aisles.
The London Mozart Players will provide a shimmering musical backdrop under the baton of Howard Shelley, performing Mendelssohn’s incidental music to the original play. Be prepared for a night full of drama, music and poetry that may change your view on Shakespeare, as well as classical music, for ever. Please note that this performance is not suitable for children under 16.
100 early bird tickets (15% discount on all prices) are on sale right now, so get them while you can!
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Organ recital by Gerard Brooks, of Methodist Central Hall, Westminster.