Ludlow Arts: Classical

Ludlow Arts: Classical

John Challenger, organ

Saturday 14 September 2019 at 1:00pm

St Laurence, Ludlow

François Couperin: Offertoire sur les Grands Jeux (Messe pour les Paroisses)
Jehan Alain: Variations sur un thème de Clément Jannequin
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV547
William Lloyd Webber: Verset
Harold Darke: Choral Prelude on a theme of Tallis
César Franck: Chorale No 3

Organist and conductor John Chal­lenger has been Assistant Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral since 2012, where he was appointed at the age of 23. A Fellow of the Royal Col­lege of Organists, he was taught the organ by David Briggs, Jeremy Filsell, Mark Williams, and the late David Sanger.

In 2015 John released his début solo CD on the organ of Salisbury Cathedral, featuring transcriptions of orchestral works by Edward Elgar. The record­ing was awarded five stars by Choir & Organ Magazine, and received enthusi­astic reviews in the American Record Review, Hi-Fi Plus, Organists' Review, and on Classic FM.

In early 2017, John acted as Director of Music of St John's College, Cambridge (where he had been Organ Scholar), during the sabbatical of the College's Director of Music, Andrew Nethsingha. During this period the world-famous choir's performances were praised in Gramophone Magazine, and the choir broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Recent engagements have included directing Salisbury Musical Society and Salisbury Symphony Orchestra in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, and appearing as organist for ‘Organ Ves­pers’, a sequence of organ cycles by Olivier Messiaen, performed in new litur­gical contexts at Salisbury Cathedral.

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John Challenger
The Snezler organ in
St Laurence, Ludlow

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