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Jonathan Vaughn, organ
Christ Church, Greenwich, USA

Saturday 14 July 2018 at 1:00pm

St Laurence, Ludlow

Parry: Chorale Fantasia on The Old Hundredth
JS Bach: Leipzig Chorale Preludes: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV662; Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV655
Tchaikovsky arr Lemare: Andante cantabile from Symphony No.5
Saint-Saëns: Prelude and Fugue in B major, Op.99 No.2
Ireland: Menuetto-Impromptu
Percy Whitlock: Fanfare (Four extemporisations)

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

Jonathan Vaughn was born in Croydon in 1981 into a musical British-American family.  As a boy he sang in the Addington Palace Choristers under Martin How whose encouragement led to his appointment as Organ Scholar at Croydon Parish Church at the age of thirteen.  Before reaching seventeen he had gained both diplomas from the Royal College of Organists, winning most of the prizes.

Jonathan spent a year as Organ Scholar at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle before becoming Organ Scholar at St John's College, Cambridge under Christopher Robinson and David Hill where highlights included acclaimed recordings of the works of Lennox Berkeley and Sir Edward Elgar on the Naxos label.

After leaving St John's he spent three years as Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral before moving to be Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral, where he worked for nearly ten years. He leaves a legacy of CD recordings as accompanist, particularly of contemporary music, and he was Musical Director of the Somerset Singers and taught the organ at Wells Cathedral School.

In 2017 he moved to the United States, and following a period serving as Interim Associate Organist of The Cathedral of All Saints, Albany NY, he moved to his current position as Associate Director of Music at Christ Church, Greenwich CT.  He regularly plays recitals in the US and the UK, and has recently released his second solo recording on the Regent Records label, of transcriptions of the music of Tchaikovsky.

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

All recitals at St Laurence's are listed on

Jonathan Vaughn
The Snezler organ in St Laurence, Ludlow
The organ console.