Organ Concert on Thursday

On Thursday 19th October at 7.30pm, Peter Holder will give the last in the 2017 series of Organ Concerts on the Lewis Organ at St John’s.

As is our custom the concerts are free and there will be the usual refreshments including wine, sandwiches and cakes. In order to pay for the refreshments and these recitals we do ask you to give a generous donation, and if possible ‘Gift Aid’ it; the extra 25% we receive from the tax man makes a significant difference. Thank you.


Alfred Hollins 1865-1942
Concert Overture in C minor

Herbert Howells 1892-1983
Master Tallis’s Testament

George Frideric Handel 1685-1759 arr. Marcel Dupré
Concerto in F ‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale’

Louise Vierne 1870-1937
Clair de lune

Claude Debussy 1862-1918 arr. Thierry Hirsch

Georges Bizet 1838-75 arr. Edwin Lemare
Carmen Suite

PETER HOLDER was appointed Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey at the age of 26, and is the principal organist for daily services, concerts, recordings, and state occasions. He supports James O’Donnell in training the choristers and conducting the world-famous Abbey Choir.

Peter served as Sub-Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral between 2014-17. He accompanied countless liturgies and worked alongside Simon Johnson in expanding the portfolio of organ events at the Cathedral, including staging two Grand Organ Galas, in which he appeared as soloist in concerti by Handel and Poulenc.

As an international recitalist, Peter performs in cathedrals and concert halls across the world. His first solo recording, produced at Neresheim Abbey, features the works of the Bach family, Mozart, and Rinck. He regularly broadcasts for BBC radio and television.

As an educator, Peter is an organ tutor at the Royal Academy of Music, where he undertook his undergraduate and postgraduate studies. He has given masterclasses across Europe and the USA. In 2016, Peter was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. He continues his repertoire studies with David Titterington, and improvisation with Thierry Escaich. For more information, visit


Dates for 2018 – Thursdays

19th April ~ Bridget West ~ St John, Upper Norwood
17th May ~  tbc
14th June ~ Paul Hale ~ Organist emeritus Southwell Minster
19th July ~ Richard Hills ~ Concert organist and St Mary, Bourne Street
Wednesday 8th August ~ Jonathan Vaughn ~ Christ Church, Greenwich CT
20th September ~ Carl Jackson ~ Chapel Royal, Hampton Court
18th October ~ Christopher Herrick ~ Concert Organist

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