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Huddersfield Lunchtime Concert - Gordon Stewart
Huddersfield Lunchtime Concert - Gordon Stewart
Gordon Stewart - Lunchtime Concert

 18 September 2017 Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart opens the season with a programme which has at its centre the fourth of Mendelssohn’s six sonatas. Round it is music from England, France and America – a real Town Hall recital which will make use of all the stops on the Father Willis organ.

Handel   Overture The Occasional Oratorio
Bach   Trio Sonata 1 in E flat
Felton arr Wall  A Little Tune
Mendelssohn   Sonata 4 in B flat
Seth Bingham  Rhythmic Trumpet
Widor   Andante Sostenuto (Symphonie Gothique)
Reger   Toccata and Fugue in D minor/major

2 October  Gordon Stewart

The second of October 2017 is the 100th birthday of Dr Francis Jackson. Gordon Stewart’s programme includes music by his mentor, Edward Bairstow, two pieces written to celebrate his 90th birthday and three pieces by Dr Jackson himself.  The concert ends with Norman Cocker’s Tuba Tune which was played by Dr Jackson on a best-selling record from York Minster.

Rawsthorne  Fanfare for Francis
Jackson   Toccata, Chorale and Fugue
Bairstow  Evening Song
Bach   Trio on Herr Jesu Christ
Jackson   The Sweet Rivelet
Carter   Passacaglia for Francis Jackson
Jackson   Legend
Cocker   Tuba Tune

30 October 2017  Gordon Stewart

A programme in two halves.   After a real Town Hall opening with Jongen’s wonderful Sonata, and music by Bach and Howells, the programme turns to Halloween. Be ready for spooky lighting and perhaps some guests!

Jongen   Sonata Eroica
Bach arr Bate  Bourrée (3rd Cello Suite)
Howells   Master Tallis’s Testament
Bach   Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
E Grieg   In the Hall of the Mountain King
Robert Bedell  All Hallow’s Eve
Saint-Saëns arr Lemare Danse Macabre

4 December 2017  Gordon Stewart

A programme of music for Advent and looking forward to Christmas.  Noel Rawsthorne’s Fantasia on Wachet Auf was written for his successor as organist at Liverpool Cathedral, Ian Tracey. Yorkshire is represented by Andrew Carter’s Toccata, and the concert ends with the American Garth Edmundson’s famous toccata. 

Carter   Toccata on Veni Emmanuel
Rawsthorne  Prelude on This is the truth
Rawsthorne  Fantasie on Wachet auf!
Bach   Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
Daquin   Noel in G Grand Jeu et duo 
Bovet   Noel de Moulins
Edmundson  Toccata on Von Himmel hoch

8 January 2018  Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart starts New Year with a really varied programme.  César Franck’s three chorals were written right at the end of his life.  The second is undoubtedly the most intense, and demanding rich foundation tone as it does, is perfectly suited to the Huddersfield Willis organ.  Even the seldom heard Vox Humana is called for.  Framing the concert are Hollins’ early concert overture and two movements from Vierne’s first symphony. 

Hollins   Concert Overture in C
Walond   Voluntary in G
Bach   Fantasia and Fugue in G minor
Haydn    Scherzando (Sonata in C sharp minor)
Franck   Choral in B minor
Cockroft  Lullaby
Vierne    Allegro Vivace and Final (Symphonie 1)

22 January 2018  Gordon Stewart

One of the pieces most requested by the lunchtime organ audience is Julius Reubke’s Sonata on the 94th Psalm. It is an astonishing piece, generally acknowledged to be one of the pinnacles of organ composition of the 19th Century and written by a composer who died at the age of just 24.  The concert opens with the first Huddersfield performance of the American virtuoso Frederick Swann’s Trumpet Tune. 

Frederick Swan   Trumpet Tune
Stanley arr Wall  Toccata for the Flutes
Bach   Prelude and Fugue in G
Bach   Trio on Allein Gott in der Höh sie Ehr
Reubke   Sonata The 94th Psalm


12 March 2018  Gordon Stewart

In this varied programme which includes Bach’s famous Passacaglia and the first movement of Widor’s sixth symphony is music by the Dutch composers Sweelinck, Asma and van Oortmerssen.  England is represented by the beautiful Homage to Fauré by Peter Aston.

Susato   Mohrentanz
Sweelinck  Unter der Linden grüne
Bach   Passacaglia and Fugue
Feike Asma  Psalm 72
van Oortmerssen Three Preludes
Aston   Hommage à Gabriel Fauré
Widor   Symphonie VI (first movement)

26 March 2018   Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart ends the season with a varied programme including pieces by three Yorkshire composers, Andrew Carter, Alan Spedding and Alfred Hollins.  Bach’s Toccata in F is famous for its pedal solos, and Liszt’s tribute to Bach makes a perfect conclusion.

Anthony Baldwin Mr Theo Saunders – His Trumpet Tune
Couperin  Elevation and Offertoire (Messe pour les Couvents)
Bach   Toccata in F
Carter   Cantilena
Hollins   Maytime - Gavotte
Spedding  Variations on Urbs Beata
Liszt   Fantasia and Fugue on BACH


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