Ludlow Arts: Classical

Peter King, organ
formerly of Bath Abbey

Saturday 23 September 2017 at 1:00pm

St Laurence, Ludlow

Percy Whitlock: March, Dignity and Impudence
Jesús Guridi: Triptico del buen Pastor, The Flock, The Storm, The Good Shepherd
Giovanni Battista Pescetti: Sonata in C minor
Frederic Wood: Tintern (Scenes on the Wye) Op.11 No.5
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: Fantasia and Toccata

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

“He is a virtuoso of world class... I'm astonished at his bravura; nothing fazes him... and he plays with such élan, and with such passion, such commitment,” Chris de Souza describing Peter King's recent Liszt CDs on BBC Radio 3's CD Review. Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey, Peter was Director of Music at the Abbey from 1986-2016. Under his direction the Abbey Choir visited France, Germany and Holland, and released eight CDs. In 1997 Peter started a Girls' Choir at Bath Abbey; it quickly established itself as one of the finest in the country. Together with Nicolas Kynaston, Peter was responsible for the design and installation of the Abbey's Klais Organ. His twelve CDs on the new instrument have been highly acclaimed by the critics. A CD of works for Organ & Orchestra with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, including the Poulenc Concerto and the Respighi Suite has been particularly singled out for praise, being the recommended recording of the Poulenc Concerto in “Building a Library” on BBC Radio 3's CD Review (Dec 2015); also “Editor's Choice” in both BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone which describes the CD as “a disc of real distinction... leaves the competition standing... even reluctant converts are likely to be overwhelmed by this thrilling disc. The sound of the Bath Abbey Klais organ matches the life-affirming playing of Peter King. The whole recording is filled with a love of making music.”

Peter was Assistant Chorus Director to the CBSO during all of Sir Simon Rattle's reign as Musical Director and he still plays the organ with the orchestra. He plays on Sir Simon Rattle's EMI recordings of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony and Symphony of a Thousand. Concert engagements have involved work all over Europe; highlights have included recitals at Ingolstadt Minster, Cologne Cathedral, 'sHertogenbosch Cathedral (The Netherlands), Michaeliskirche (Hamburg), King's College, Cambridge, and Westminster Abbey, an opening recital on the new organ in Palacio Euskalduna, Bilbao, and Birmingham, where he played at the opening of the new Organ in Symphony Hall. Other engagements have included concerts in Washington National Cathedral and in St Thomas, 5th Avenue, New York, solo appearances with the CBSO (Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony) and The Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields (Poulenc's Organ Concerto). His recitals at the Bath Mozartfest have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Engagements in 2015-16 included concerts in Grotekerk, Breda (Holland), Bristol, Exeter, Hereford, Salisbury, Westminster and St Paul's Cathedrals, Westminster Central Hall, Belgium (Ghent Cathedral), Germany (Essen Philharmonie, Dresden Hofkirche and Hamburg Marienkirche), The Netherlands (Berne Abdij), and Italy (Cuneo &ersand; Alba), recording a DVD on the organ of Bath Abbey, a broadcast of Choral Evensong for BBC Radio3 and Sung Eucharist televised live on BBC1 on Christmas Day. 2017 includes concerts in London (The Temple Church and a return to Westminster Central Hall), Malvern and Christchurch Priories, The Queen's and Keble Colleges, Oxford, Queens' College, Cambridge, and Chichester, Hereford, Ripon and Dunblane Cathedrals. Peter King is President of the Incorporated Association of Organists. He holds the honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Bath.

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

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