Wond’rous Machine : Resurrection
The first in our four-concert season celebrating the King of Instruments, Dryden’s “Wond’rous Machine”… the organ. This concert focuses on the art of transcription, and will feature a large-scale symphony, normally performed by an orchestra of over 100, and chorus, here brought to life by the Northampton Bach Choir, guest singers, and just one organist – the inimitable and virtuosic concert organist, David Briggs – at the console of the vast organ in St Matthew’s Church. Full details will be available in Summer 2017.
Wond’rous Machine : Rejoice
Our second concert of the season focuses on the great wealth of choral-organ masterworks brought about by the benefaction of the second vicar of St Matthew’s Church, and later Dean of Chichester Cathedral, Walter Hussey. The concert will also mark the centenary of the birth of the great American composer, conductor, educationalist, and pianist of the twentieth-century, Leonard Bernstein. Full details will be available in Summer 2017.
Wond’rous Machine : Rhapsody
Our summer concert, the third in our four-concert season celebrating that “Wond’rous Machine” – the pipe organ – pays homage to the great French Romantic school of organist-composers. From Dupré and Duruflé, to Langlais, Vierne, and Widor, this will be a concert full of French fireworks, popular and less well-known, and moments of great poignancy. Expect the whole building to shake as the choir and organ are put through their paces. Full details will be available in Summer 2017.
Wond’rous Machine : Royal Remembrances
The final concert in our season focusing on the King of Instruments mark the centenary of the death of the great English composer, Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry. His music is frequently heard and sung at Royal services - from the Coronation anthem I was glad to the hymns Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, and, of course, Jerusalem. But as we approach the centenary of the armistice was also hear his music of remembrance - the six Songs of Farewell.
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