Ludlow Arts: Classical

Ludlow Arts: Classical
Stephen Power, organ
Brecon Cathedral

Saturday 28 July 2018 at 1:00pm

St Laurence, Ludlow

Jackson: Archbishop's Fanfare
JS Bach: Prelude & Fugue in A major, BWV543
Albinoni arr Giazotto: Adagio in G
Jackson: Toccata, Chorale and Fugue
Walford Davies: Interlude in C
Smart: Postlude in D

The sixth of a series of 10 Saturday lunchtime recitals on St Laurence's famous Snetzler organ with large screen video projection of the performer.

Stephen Power is Director of Music at Brecon Cathedral, where he plans and facilitates the liturgical music, directing two choirs with approximately 60 adult and children in total. Highlights of 2017 included the Inauguration of the Archbishop of Wales and the Festival Evensong in the Brecon Baroque Festival, now in its 12th year.

Prior to his appointment in September he was Assistant Organist of the Cathedral and Christ College, Brecon where he was chief accompanist in a busy boarding school music department. He also oversaw the Friday Lunchtime Concert Series (June to September 1.10-1.50) He has accompanied the choirs on tour in Prague, Rome and Tuscany and accompanied their 2015 Christmas CD on the Regent Records Label, ‘O come all ye faithful’.

Following a musical upbringing as a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral, Stephen began to learn the organ at the age of 15 with Ian Fox, and moved to Yorkshire to study music at Huddersfield University with Dr Graham Cummings, from where he graduated in 2001 winning the Hollingworth prize. A spell as Organ Scholar at Wakefield Cathedral was followed by assistant organist positions at Wakefield and Ripon Cathedrals and Grimsby Parish Church (including six-months as acting Master of the Choristers). Stephen is also an accomplished counter-tenor and has held Lay Clerkships at Ripon, Southwell and Gloucester. Stephen later took up the Organ Scholarship at Gloucester, covering many high-profile services and concerts as Acting Assistant Organist, including a BBC broadcast Choral Evensong and playing Britten's War Requiem with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

The organ in St Laurence's is one of the finest Parish Church organs in England. At its heart is the 19-stop 1764 organ by the Swiss maker John Snetzler. This was enlarged in the C19 by Gray and Davison to form the magnificent 4-manual instrument that we have today.

Unreserved seating
Free: retiring collection

All recitals at St Laurence's are listed on www.organrecitals.com

Stephen Power
 
The Snezler organ in St Laurence, Ludlow
 
The organ console.