William Byrd (1543-1623)
J S Bach (1685-1750)
Three Choral Preludes
Wir glauben all BWV 680
Meine Seele erhebt den Herren BWV 648
Wo soll ich fliehen hin BWV 646
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
Ruhig bewegt (Sonata ll)
Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
Adagio in E
William Mathias (1934-1992)
John Ireland (1879-1962)
Intrada (Miniature Suite)
C Hubert H Parry (1848-1918)
Chorale Prelude on “Croft’s 136th
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.
After the concert a member of the audience thanked Graham Davies and said how nice it was to be able to watch him play, because of the television screen in Christ Church. She hadn't realised before how many things an organist does at once, and commented that it was like watching Graham "tap dance on the pipes". The phrase tickled something in Peter Horsfield's mind and he wrote this poem:
Wednesday at Christ Church (Haibun)
Outside the church, rain drums heavily, wind howls, trees bend and sway. Our melodic oasis in here reflects peace from every corner.
Peter's broad back periodically obscures everything else on the monitor. A responsible job, page-turning! (Not to mention re-setting the organ stops.)
Progression of variety embodies common theme: English music (Bach notwithstanding), consonance of keys, eras of history, loud and soft, mournful and joyful, classical harmony,
As Peter's poem mentions, there were moments when the page-turner/stop-puller's form filled the television screen and the organist's actions were less visible.