Ludlow Arts: Classical


Jonathan Allsopp, organ
Westminster Cathedral

Saturday 6 October 2018 at 1:00pm

St Laurence, Ludlow

Alfred Hollins: Concert Overture in C minor
Iain Farrington: Fiesta: iii. Stride Dance, iv. Song, vi. Nocturne, v. Fast Dance
Bliss arr Gower: Ballet for Children (from Things to Come)
Lemare: Andantino in D flat
Debussy arr Hirsch: Danse
Rossini arr Lemare: Overture to William Tell

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

Jonathan Allsopp is Organ Scholar at Westminster Cathedral, where he regularly plays for services, works with the world-renowned cathedral choir and trains the probationer choristers. He recently graduated with first-class honours in Music from Durham University, where he was also Organ Scholar at Durham Cathedral under the direction of James Lancelot. At Durham Cathedral, he regularly accompanied the cathedral choir in the daily services, trained the choristers and probationers, and performed with the choir on tour in Germany. In 2015, he was also acting Assistant Organist for a term. Before this he was Organ Scholar at Hereford Cathedral, working with the cathedral choir and taking part in the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester.

For two years he was Director of Music at Hatfield College, Durham, conducting the chapel choir in their weekly services, and taking them on tour to Germany, Canada and the USA. In 2015 he founded the Dunelm Consort and Players, a Durham-based ensemble dedicated to early music. With them he conducted a wide range of music from early English polyphony to Bach's St John Passion.

Jonathan has performed widely as a soloist, having performed recitals at many cathedrals and churches across the country, and in recent years has developed an interest in contemporary organ music, and enjoys working with composers and premiering new works, including recent works by Francis Jackson and David Loxley-Blount.

Jonathan began the organ with Ronny Krippner, and currently studies with Tom Bell. He became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists in 2014, winning the top prize for paperwork.

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 www.organrecitals.com

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