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Cirencester Parish Church Organ Festival
With only a few days to go, preparations for the 2011 festival (18th – 25th June 2011) are hotting up. Not only will the festival feature an international line up of performers also big screen coverage at all three gala concerts - a chance for concert-goers to see the flying feet and hands close up!
The festival will be opened on 18th June 2011, in suitable style, by Dame Gillian Weir; one of the World’s foremost classical musicians. Her unique career as an internationally acclaimed concert organist, performing worldwide at the great festivals and with leading orchestras and conductors, has established her as a distinguished musician. Best known for her epic recording career and popular BBC television series 'King of Instruments', Dame Gillian's performance schedule takes her all over the globe, most recently including a highly acclaimed performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
On Sunday 19th June 2011, at 10:00am the Choral Festival Eucharist, celebrating Trinity Sunday, will take place with the combined choirs of Cirencester and Tetbury Parish Churches, and two organs. This will be a rare chance to hear two works by the French organist and composer Léonce de Saint-Martin (1886-1954), performed liturgically in their entirety. The organ music will be the five movements of his Symphonie Dominicale, Op.39. The movements of the mass will be sung to his Messe en Mi pour 4 voix mixtes et 2 orgues, Op.13.
The weekday lunchtime recitals, so popular during the 2010 opening festival, return with an extra concert date. Running from 13:10, every day during the festival week, the series will be opened on Monday 20th June 2011 by yet another headline performer. Roger Fisher, Organist Emeritus of Chester Cathedral is a highly respected recording and performing artist, having recorded with The BBC, EMI, Decca and RCA. His recent recital tours have included South Africa, Denmark, Germany and Australia.
Following the success of his closing festival performance in 2010, Cirencester's own Anthony Hammond will play the lunchtime recital on Wednesday 22nd June 2011. By popular demand, Anthony will be finishing with an improvised Suite de Danses, only finding out which themes his fellow performers have submitted minutes before he plays.
The remaining three lunchtime recitals will maintain the high standard set last year and be played by Daniel Cook (Salisbury Cathedral), Christopher Kent (Chippenham) and Keith Hearnshaw (Worcester).
'This is the Night', a celebration of organ and choral music, is back by popular demand on Friday 24th June 2011. Bringing an element of The Proms to Cirencester, for one night only, audiences will hear the choirs of Cirencester Parish Church, Cirencester Male Voice Choir and much more.
It cannot be said that the festival will end on anything but the highest note… bringing a bit of musical pizzazz to Cirencester we are delighted to welcome Nigel Ogden to the Parish Church to play the closing recital on 25th June 2011. As presenter of BBC Radio 2's longest running specialist music programme, 'The Organist Entertains', Nigel continues to bring the highest quality popular and light classical organ music to audiences at home and throughout the world. Nigel's towering contribution to the world of light music was recognised by the American Theatre Organ Society, which elected him to its Hall Of Fame, one of very few British organists to have been accorded this honour.
Tickets are selling fast and are still available from The Corner Stone and The Fleece Hotel. For more information see www.cirencesterorganfestival.co.uk or follow the festival on Twitter on @CPCOrgan.
: 10/06/2011 18:46:48
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