Ludlow Arts: Classical

Simon Hogan, organ
Southwell Minster

Saturday 26 August 2017 at 1:00pm

St Laurence, Ludlow

J.S. Bach arr. Marcel Dupré: Sinfonia from Cantata No.29
Gabriel Fauré: Pavane
Marcel Dupré: Intermezzo from Deuxième Symphonie
Hubert Parry: Fantasia and Fugue in G
Judith Bingham: St Bride, assisted by angels
Ad Wammes: Miroir
Louis Vierne: Final from Symphonie No.3

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

Simon Hogan is the Assistant Director of Music at Southwell Minster, having previously served as Organ Scholar at St Paul's Cathedral.

Born and educated in Bristol, Simon has been passionate about cathedral music since becoming a chorister at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. There, as a young boy, he spent four years singing three weekly choral services, touring, recording, and nurturing his increasing interest in the organ; this culminated in him becoming the church's first Organ Student at the age of 16. Whilst still at school Simon became Organ Scholar at Bristol Cathedral, and was subsequently awarded the organ scholarship at Salisbury Cathedral. During his year in Salisbury, Simon regularly accompanied the cathedral choir, gave recitals on the renowned Willis organ, and worked in the Cathedral School.

Upon leaving Salisbury, Simon took up a scholarship to read Music at the Royal College of Music, where he subsequently graduated with first class honours. During this time he studied with David Graham, Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin and Robert Quinney, and held posts at Ealing Abbey, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, and King's College, London. In July 2011 Simon took up the organ scholarship at St Paul's Cathedral where, in addition to regularly giving recitals and accompanying the world-famous choir, he performed at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Simon moved to Southwell in September 2012 to take up his current position at the Cathedral, where his duties include directing the Minster Girls' Choir, playing for the daily routine of services, and running the Minster Chorale, the Cathedral's voluntary chamber choir.

As a recitalist, Simon has performed a wide and varied repertoire in venues around the UK, and has featured on many commercial recordings. Simon is also the principal organist for JAM, an organisation set up in memory of John Armitage which commissions and performs compositions by today's leading composers. Simon's debut solo recording, in Priory's Great European Organ series, was released in the summer of 2015.

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

All recitals at St Laurence's are listed on

Simon Hogan
The Snezler organ in St Laurence, Ludlow
The organ console.