Ludlow Arts: Classical


The Great Transcribers

Festival Organ Recital

Gordon Stewart — Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 10 June 2017 at 1:00pm

St Laurence, Ludlow

G.F. Handel, arr. W.T. Best: Overture to An Occasional Oratorio
J.S. Bach (after Johann Ernst): Concerto in G
Franz Liszt, arr. Nicholas Kynaston: Funérailles
Saint-Saëns, arr. Alexandre Guilmant: The Swan
Richard Wagner, arr Edwin Lemare: The Ride of the Valkyries

Gordon Stewart was born in Scotland and after studies in Manchester and Geneva with Gillian Weir, Eric Chadwick and Lionel Rogg, he was for 15 years a cathedral organist, first in Manchester then in Blackburn. For 25 years he has been Borough Organist of Kirklees where he plays regular concerts on the 1860 Father Willis organ in Huddersfield Town Hall.

He has recorded on organs in the UK and in South Africa on the Priory, Dolcan and Lammas labels and has played concertos with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Northern Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North and Orchestra Victoria. For over 20 years he broadcast regularly as organist and conductor on BBC radio and television, chiefly as a musical director on Daily Service, Sunday Half Hour and Songs of Praise.

Gordon's repertoire is large and covers all the major schools of organ composition. He is well-known as a teacher and after several years as Senior Organ Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, is now one of the organ teachers at Cambridge University, teaching the organ scholars at, amongst others, King's, St John's and Jesus Colleges. He has appeared as visiting tutor at courses for the Royal College of Organists, Oundle Organ Week, Gothenburg Organ Academy and Shenandoah Church Music Institute in Virginia.

Gordon has played concerts throughout the UK including Celebrity Concerts at St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and Symphony Hall, Birmingham, throughout Europe, and in the United States, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Gordon is a former president of the Incorporated Association of Organists. He has been awarded honorary fellowships by the Royal College of Organists, the Royal School of Church Music and the Guild of Church Musicians, and an honorary doctorate by the University of Huddersfield.

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.

Ticket pricing and availability to be announced.

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

Gordon Stewart
 
The Snetzler organ at St Laurence, Ludlow

The organ console.