J S Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude and Fugue in D major BWV532
Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Psalm Prelude (Set1 No1)
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Vesper Voluntaries Op 14
3. Andantino (from Quartet in D, 1888)
4. Allegro piacevole
5. Poco lento
7. Allegretto pensoso
8. Poco allegro
Coda. Adagio come prima
The Christ Church organ was built by Hill Norman & Beard in 1970 with 16 stops, using some pipes from previous organs plus some neo-baroque sounds typical of the 1960's and '70's (Chimney Flute and Fifteenth on open-foot voicing, like the Royal Festival Hall organ). In 1995, HNB moved some loud stops from the Great to a new double case in the nave, 6 stops were added, and the tone was refined.
Concert at Home:
Here are links to online recordings of works
John Sharples will be playing:
John Sharples, pictured at the organ in St Thomas's Church, 5th Avenue, New York
John Sharples began organ lessons while a pupil at Hipperholme Grammar School. Later he spent time as a student at Chester College during which time he sang in the Cathedral Choir.
Since the mid 1980s he has been living in the South of England where he has held a number of church posts. He also played for services in Lambeth Palace for 15 years while working for the central offices of the Church of England. Currently he is organist at St Nicholas Charlwood and also plays at Second Church of Christ Scientist in London.
John has given recitals in Southwark Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral in London, and also in St Thomas' Church in New York's Fifth Avenue. John has played in many venues in the UK and abroad accompanying choirs. He is a Fellow of London College of Music and an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. John is also President of the Crawley and Horsham District Organists' Association.