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James Lloyd Thomas, organ
St Thomas, Stourbridge

Saturday 19 May 2018 at 1:00pm

St Laurence, Ludlow

JS Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV547
Elgar: Sonata in G (1st Movement)
JG Töpfer: Sonata in D minor
Brahms arr Rogg: Variations on a theme by Haydn

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

James Lloyd Thomas MA FRCO FTCL GTCL LRAM was born and educated in the UK. He studied at Trinity College London as an organist, pianist, and harpsichordist. He won prizes for piano accompaniment, and later completed a post-graduate certificate in piano accompanying. He went on the study at London and Kingston Universities; his MA is in performance and composition. He holds Fellowships from the Royal College of Organists, and from Trinity College London. He has taught in several prestigious schools. For ten years he was organist at the University of Sussex, where he also taught organ scholars and ran two choirs. He has been the assistant course director of the Oundle International Organ Festival for 26 years.

James was privileged to have studied with David Sanger and Margaret Phillips as an organist in the UK, and also with Vernon Handley. He has given recitals in most of the major cathedrals of the UK, as well as touring extensively in Europe, the USA, and Canada.

As a teacher, his pupils have had notable successes. He also has examined for Trinity College London for twenty years. In 2014 he became Director of Music at Harrow School, Hong Kong, and in 2016 moved to be Director of Music in Nelson Cathedral, New Zealand, until July 2017. Now back in his hometown of Stourbridge, James is looking forward to working at St Thomas's, and becoming involved with choirs and orchestras, and helping to build the musical community of the area.

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

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James Lloyd Thomas
The Snezler organ in St Laurence, Ludlow
The organ console.