Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
from Clavier-Übung III
Prelude and Fugue in E flat (‘St Anne’) BWV 552 (1739)
Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
from Three Pieces for Organ (1905)
2 Adagio in E major
John Stanley (1712-1786)
from Ten Voluntaries for Organ Opus 6 (1752)
6 Voluntary in D
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Fugue in A flat minor WoO 8
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Organ Sonata No 2 in C minor Op 65 (1844)
John Sharples began organ lessons while a pupil at Hipperholme Grammar School. His tutors then were Nicholas Kerrison and Philip Tordoff (Organist of Halifax Parish Church). Later he spent time as a student at Chester College during which time he sang in the Cathedral Choir.
He moved to London in 1984 and began organ studies with Ian Curror (Organist of the Royal Hospital Chelsea) and in 1989 became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. In 1995 John achieved Fellowship of London College of Music in Organ Performance.
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 and is a deputy organist of Arundel Cathedral.
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.
John Sharples, pictured at the organ in St Thomas's Church, 5th Avenue, New York
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. In summer 2015 the nave organ was re-voiced to produce a more robust tone.
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Grieg Holberg Suite
12th April 2018
followed at 2pm by
LCM Flute Trio
with Timothy Adesina, piano
courtesy of the London College of Music
26 Apr 2018
check out this year's varied rota of organists