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Thomas Trotter, organ
City of Birmingham and St Margaret, Westminster Abbey

Saturday 16 June 2018 at 1:00pm

St Laurence, Ludlow

W Harris: Flourish for an occasion
GF Handel: Organ Concerto, Op.7 No.4.
A Hollins: Maytime Gavotte
Judith Weir: The Wild Reeds
A Wammes: TGV: Ride in a High-Speed Train
Rossini: Overture to The Thieving Magpie.

The Summer Arts Festival at St Laurence 2018 Gala Organ Recital. Please note that, unlike the other recitals in the Summer Series, this recital is ticketed (£10).

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

Thomas Trotter is one of Britain's most widely admired musicians. The excellence of his musicianship is reflected internationally in his musical partnerships. He performs as soloist with, amongst many others, the conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly and Sir Charles Mackerras. He has performed in Berlin's ;Philharmonie, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus; in Vienna and London's Royal Festival Hall. He has played inaugural concerts in places such as Princeton University Chapel USA, Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand, the Royal Albert Hall London, and Moscow's International Performing Arts Centre. He won the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Best Instrumentalist in 2002, and in 2012 he was named International Performer of the Year by the New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. This year he was awarded the Medal of the Royal College of Organists for his achievements in organ-playing.

Thomas Trotter was appointed Birmingham City Organist in 1983 in succession to Sir George Thalben-Ball, and he is also Organist at St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey. Earlier in his career he was organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge, winning the First Prize at the St Albans International Organ Competition in his final year. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University in 2003 and from Birmingham University in 2006.

Alongside his regular recitals in Birmingham, Thomas Trotter tours on four continents and plays at many international festivals such as Bath, Salzburg, and the BBC Proms. He is an active recording artist, appearing on the Decca, Hyperion, Regent and Chandos labels. Current engagements include the Elbe Philharmonie Hamburg, Leipzig Gewandhaus, St Bavo Haarlem, Berlin Dom, Freiburg Cathedral, Maison de Radio France Paris, and the Lotte Concert Hall Seoul. He will inaugurate new organs at Manchester Cathedral and the Royal College of Music, London and will première Gerald Barry's Organ Concerto in Birmingham, London and Dublin in 2018.

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.

Tickets, £10 (£5 students, u16 free) from Ludlow Assembly Rooms Box Office, online or at the door

All recitals at St Laurence's are listed on

Thomas Trotter
The Snezler organ in St Laurence, Ludlow
The organ console.