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Organ recital by James Lancelot, Canon Organist Emeritus of Durham Cathedral.
Pièce d’Orgue [Fantasia in G], BWV 572 Johann Sebastian Bach
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 Johann Sebastian Bach
Preludio (Andante) from Sonata No 6, Opus 119 Josef Rheinberger
O Gott, du frommer Gott, Opus 65 No 50 Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Plymouth Suite Percy Whitlock
Prelude in E flat William Harris
Imperial March, Opus 32 Edward Elgar
arranged by George C Martin
Berceuse sur deux notes qui cornent Jehan Alain
Allegro (first movement) from Symphony No 6, Charles-Marie Widor
James Lancelot retired from the post of Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral in 2017 after thirty-two years. Prior to that he was successively a Chorister of St Paul’s Cathedral (where he sang at the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill), Organ Scholar of King’s College, Cambridge and Sub-Organist of Winchester Cathedral. He studied with Ralph Downes, Gillian Weir and Nicholas Danby. During his gap year 49 years ago he studied at the RCM, while living at the RSCM headquarters in Addington Palace.
At Durham he took responsibility for the cathedral’s musical ministry, at whose heart are the services sung daily by the Cathedral Choir. Under his direction the choir maintained its reputation as one of Britain’s leading cathedral choirs; it was expanded by the recruitment and admission of a team of girl Choristers in 2009. During that time the choir broadcast, recorded and toured regularly; but its priority, as always, was the daily Opus Dei – daily Evensong, together with Matins and Sung Eucharist on Sundays. While covering a broad repertoire, it was not afraid to tackle new music; it gave seven first performances in 2013. James was also instrumental in the founding of the cathedral’s second choir, Durham Cathedral Consort of Singers, in 1997.
James was appointed a Lay Canon of the Cathedral in 2002, and also held the appointment of Durham University Organist. He holds Honorary Fellowship of the Royal School of Church Music, the Guild of Church Musicians, and St Chad’s College and Hatfield College, Durham; in addition, Durham University conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Music on him in 2014. From 1987 to 2013 he was Conductor of Durham University Choral Society. He is a Past President of the Incorporated Association of Organists. In 2016 he was one of the first recipients of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Cranmer Award for Worship.
Between September 2018 and Easter this year James was Interim Organist and Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral. In addition, he pursues an active recital career both in Britain and abroad; he has given concerts in almost all English cathedrals and in many European countries as well as New Zealand, the USA and Russia. He has many broadcasts and recordings to his credit, including two DVDs on the organ of Durham Cathedral. His recording of Bach’s Orgelbüchlein was released in 2016 and a further Bach recording was released in 2017. Engagements this year include a Christmastide performance of Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur in the Philharmonie Essen, a recording of music by Sweelinck on the Metzler organ in Trinity College, Cambridge, and recitals in Britain and on the Continent. Next year sees invitations to Paris, Germany, Sweden and the USA.
Upon his retirement, the Bishop of Durham appointed James as Canon Organist Emeritus of Durham Cathedral.
JAMES BOND’S GREATEST HITS
by The Brighton Beach Boys
Pay attention 007 – and get shaking to the stirring sounds of James Bond’s Greatest Hits.
The Brighton Beach Boys are joined by singer extraordinaire Lisa Abbott (Hounds of Love Band) to play Bond classics like Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever, We Have All the Time in the World, You Only Live Twice and many, many more…
Nobody Does It Better!
Fresh from the Royal British Legion’s Voyage of Remembrance, where they accompanied the 300 D-Day veterans on the MV Boudicca across the English Channel this summer, the Central Band are delighted to be returning to St John’s, Upper Norwood, for an evening of celebratory music and cheer!
Led by their inimitable Music Director and three time BAFTA winner Captain David Cole OBE, this Last Night of the Proms concert promises the usual greatest hits including Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory, as well as music from the Academy-Award-winning motion picture Chicago, the enduring songs of composer Cole Porter, and celebrated works by Shostakovich, Marvin Hamlisch and John Philip Sousa.
Known for their energetic performances and high standards of musicianship, this inspiring band of players welcome families and people of all ages to their concerts! Admission is FREE with a retiring collection for St John’s ongoing renovation work. We look forward to seeing you there!
Prokofiev Symphony No.1 in D Op.25 ‘Classical’
Mozart Piano Concerto in D minor, K.466
Matthew Olyver Concerto in Clockwork
Haydn Symphony No.104 in D ‘London’
The London Mozart Players’ SJUN season opening concert weaves together the time-tested and the brand-new. This concert gives you the unique opportunity to experience Howard Shelley as well as Soma Balázs-Piri, winner of the Budapest piano competition, and hear a brand-new commission by Matthew Olyver alongside some well-known Haydn and Mozart.
Tickets available soon. See the LMP website for updates:
Organ recital by Gerard Brooks, of Methodist Central Hall, Westminster.
As a one-off, on the second Saturday of the month, our usual chamber music concert with coffee and cake available from 11am. Free admission, with donations gratefully received.