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
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
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.
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
Hollins Maytime - Gavotte
Spedding Variations on Urbs Beata
Liszt Fantasia and Fugue on BACH