Ludlow Arts: Classical

Ludlow Arts: Classical
Laurence John, organ
The Queen's College, Oxford

Saturday 25 August 2018 at 1:00pm

St Laurence, Ludlow

JS Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Dorian, BWV538
JS Bach: Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV654
Mendelssohn: Sonata 3 in A major: Con moto maestoso – Andante tranquillo
Walton: Three Pieces from Richard III: March, Elegy, Scherzetto
Alain: Litanies

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

Laurence John is organ scholar of The Queen's College, Oxford, where he is reading for a music degree at the university.

Prior to taking up his Oxford scholarship, he was organ scholar at Hereford Cathedral. As well as accompanying the cathedral choir for services, many of which were webcast, he also assisted with the training of the choristers. In October 2016, he travelled with the choir to America on a two-week tour, and later in the year to The Guards' Chapel, London, for the annual Advent Carol Service.

Whilst a student at Hereford Cathedral School, Laurence had the opportunity to work as an organist, pianist and harpsichordist with a number of the country's leading orchestras, including for a performance as the soloist in Saint-Saëns's ‘Organ’ Symphony with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He accompanied school choirs for several cathedral Evensongs, as well as on a tour to Belgium in November 2014 as part of a festival commemorating the First World War, where the choir was representing Great Britain.

He was the piano accompanist to the school's internationally acclaimed Cantabile Girls' Choir and played for winning performances by the choir in the final of Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year competition and at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen; broadcast on BBC One and S4C respectively.

Laurence particularly enjoys writing programme notes: his latest work appeared in the programme book for several organ recitals at the 2017 Three Choirs Festival. Having previously learnt the organ with Robert Lucas, Peter Dyke and Henry Fairs, he now studies with Stephen Farr.

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

Laurence John
 
The Snezler organ in St Laurence, Ludlow
 
The organ console.