Organist, Graham Davies reflects on JS Bach's 327th anniversary, yesterday.
Konzert zu Johann Sebastian Bachs 327. Geburtstag Concert for the 327th anniversary of J S Bach’s birth Choral and Four Variations on “Werde munter, mein Gemϋte”, J Pachelbel (1653-1706) Adagio in C major fϋr Glasharmonika, K356, W A Mozart (1756 - 1791) Four Pieces for Mechanical Clock Organ, F J Haydn (1732 - 1809) Basse de Trompette from The Mass for The Convents, F Couperin (1668 - 1733) Praeludium in C, Bux 137, D Buxtehude (1635 – 1707) Pastorella in F, BWV 590, J S Bach (1685 - 1750) Toccata in d minor, BWV 565, J S Bach (1685 - 1750)
Graham Davies, organ
Graham Davies, Organist and Choirmaster of St Mary & St Nicholas Church Leatherhead, will play works by composers who greatly admired Bach, and others that reflect early influences on him by composers including Pachelbel and Buxtehude.
The second half of the concert will include works by the great man himself, finishing in grand style with the Toccata and Fugue in D minor.
Music of Bach’s period gives the opportunity for both the church’s historic 18th century Thomas Parker Pipe Organ and the more substantial digital organ to be heard in the same concert.
Graham Davies’ other engagements this year include concerts at St Michael and All Angels, Croydon on April 11th, and later at St Bride’s, Fleet Street. In 2011 Graham's concerts included the new Skrabl organ at St Michael's the Archangel, Lyme Regis, a lunchtime concert on the Frobenius organ in Kingston Parish Church, a Sunday evening concert in St Paul's Cathedral, London and two further concerts in Chicago USA.
Thomas Parker Pipe Organ of 1766
Any concert in which the restored 18th century Thomas Parker Pipe Organ is played has to acknowledge the instrument as one of the stars of the occasion. The parishioners and people of Leatherhead are justly proud of this historic instrument, and of the efforts they put into the fund-raising and many other arrangements for its restoration.