Ludlow Arts: Classical

Peter Dyke, organ
Hereford Cathedral

Saturday 27 May 2017 at 1:00pm

St Laurence, Ludlow

Tielman Susato, arr. A Wilson: Mohrentanz
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E flat, BWV552
David Sanger: Danse sur les pleins jeux (Petite Suite Française)
Tchaikovsky arr. Peter Dyke: Valse des fleurs (Nutcracker Suite)
Jonathan Dove: The Dancing Pipes (Commissioned for the 250th Anniversary of the St Laurence Snetzler organ, 2015)

The third of a series of 9 Saturday lunchtime recitals on St Laurence's famous Snetzler organ with large screen video projection of the performer.

Peter Dyke was born in Harpenden in 1965. He was organ scholar of Robinson College, Cambridge, which boasts a fine Frobenius organ. He was awarded second prize in the prestigious Interpretation Competition at the St Albans International Organ Festival in 1993, and in 1998 he took up his current post as Assistant Organist at Hereford Cathedral, where, as well as accompanying the daily services, he has played regularly for the choir on frequent radio and television broadcasts. He founded and directs the Cathedral's Voluntary Choir, which has made four tours to Germany and actively supports young composers of sacred music.

Peter has a keen interest in teaching and has helped to found two highly successful organists' training schemes; his work in this and other fields was recognised by the Royal School of Church Music in its awarding him the ARSCM in 2010. His organ composition A Wedding Prelude was played at the marriage of Peter Philips and Autumn Kelly at St George's Chapel, Windsor.

His first solo CD, of music from Bach's Clavierübung III, recorded at St Albans, was released in 1997. Both this disc and Sounds Idyllic, recorded at Hereford Cathedral in 2002, have received much critical praise. A second disc of the world-famous Willis organ at Hereford, including his own transcription of Elgar's Enigma Variations, was recorded in 2009 and quickly received favourable reviews internationally. In 2005 he recorded a series of short programmes from Germany for BBC Radio 3 exploring JS Bach's 260-mile journey on foot to Lübeck in 1705, broadcast as part of that network's highly successful A Bach Christmas. More recent events have included recitals in Paris (Notre Dame Cathedral), Sées and Cambridge; a seventh overseas tour with Hereford Cathedral Choir, and children's workshops in Hereford and Ludlow incorporating his own transcription of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.

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.

Large screen video projection of the performer.

Unreserved seating
Free: retiring collection

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Peter Dyke
The Snezler organ in St Laurence, Ludlow
The organ console.