Westminster CathedralRead More

Holy Name, ManchesterRead More

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, 5th Avenue New YorkRead More

 

Church of St Thomas, 5th Avenue New YorkRead More

Holy Name, Manchester

Programme

Marcel Dupre – i) Placare Christe Servulis. ii) Ave Maris Stella. iii) Te Splendor Et Virtus. iv) Te Lucis Ante Terminum. v) Veni Creator Spiritus (from Le Tombeau de Titelouze) With the plainsong intonations sung by Clare Owens

Jean Roger-Ducasse – Pastorale

J.S. Bach – Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor BWV 537

Francois Couperin – i) Plainchant on the First Kyrie en Taille. ii) Recit de Cromorne. iii) Fugue on the Jeux d’Anches

R Vaughan Williams – Prelude on Rhosymedre

Naji Hakim – Hommage Á Igor Stravinski iii) Final

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Holy Name, Manchester admission free / retiring collection

Programme

Enrico M Bossi  – Etude Symphonique

John Stanley  – Voluntary VIII in D minor op5

Marcel Dupré. – Nativité from the Symphonie – Passion

C Hubert Parry – Fantasia and Fugue in G Major

Marcel Dupré  – i) Jesu Redemptor omnium    ii) A Solis Ortus Cardine 

Naji Hakim – Toccata on the Introit of the Feast of the Epiphany. (World Premier)

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Westminster Cathedral, London

Programme

Marcel Dupré – Placare Christe Servulis (from Le Tombeau de Titelouze

François Couperin. – i) Plainchant of the First Kyrie en Taille ii) Récit de Cromorne iii) Fugue on the Jeux d’Anches

Marcel Dupré – Nativité (from Symphonie-Passion

Vaughan Williams – Rhosymedre

Naji Hakim – Toccata on the Feast of the Epiphany

 

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Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris

Programme

Enrico M. Bossi – Etude Symphonique.

Jean Roger -Ducasse – Pastorale.

John Stanley – Voluntary VIII Op 5.

Hubert Parry – Fantasia and Fugue.

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Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, 50th Anniversary Recital Series

Programme

Louis Vierne – Carillon de Westminster

John Stanley – Voluntary VIII in D minor (Op. 5)

Hubert Parry – Fantasia and Fugue in G

Francois Couperin – i) Plainchant on the First Kyrie en Taille ii) Recit de Cromorne iii) Fugue on the Jeux de Anches

R Vaughan Williams – Rhosymedre

Naji Hakim – Toccata on the Introit of the Feast of the Ephiphany

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Bangor Cathedral

Programme

Charles Marie Widor – Allegro from Symphony no 6 in G minor OP42 No 2

J.S Bach – Fantasia and Fugue in C minor BWV 537

CPE Bach – Sonata in D Major. Wq70/5. Allegro di molto, Adagio e mesto Allegro

Jean Roger Ducasse – Pastorale

R. Vaughan Williams – Prelude on Rhosymedre

Naji Hakim – Toccata on the Introit of the Feast of Epiphany (1st Performance in Wales)

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Rochdale Town Hall, Brereton Memorial Recital

Programme

Alfred Hollins – Concerts Overture in C Minor

Maurice Durufle – Scherzo

Madeleine Dring, arranged by Thomas Trotter – Caribbean Dance

Hubert Parry – Fantasia and Fugue in G major

C M Widor – Gothic Symphony. Andante Sostenuto

Franz Liszt – Fantasia and Fugue on Ad nos, ad salutarem undam

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Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Programme to include:

James MacMillan – Le Tombeau de George Rouault.

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Reviews

I have listened to the CD many times, and I love it! You have a real flair for French music. Thanks for playing the Couperin. The organ lends itself very well to the music you picked. Congratulations on this recording! You make me want to learn the Demessieux Te Deum!

Daniel Brondel Associate Director of Music, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, New York

I would recommend unconditionally and without any reservation Mr Simon Peter Leach as an excellent performer of my organ music.

Dr Naji Hakim Concert Organist and Composer, Paris

 

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Simon Leach – The Organ of the Holy Name Church, Manchester

Simon Leach plays the organ of The Holy Name Church, Manchester.

The Catholic church of the Holy Name in Manchester, serving the university and Royal Northern College of Music communities, is home to a wholeheartedly Romantic, reed-heavy and upperwork-light William Hill instrument of 1871. Its rather gloomily impressive tone complements the church’s architecture; it was restored by David Wells in 2004. Simon Leach…gives us a largely French programme performed with great musical sympathy that unsurprisingly shows off the III/48 Hill to advantage. The opening Buxtehude…does demonstrate that the instrument can cope well with the Baroque. The Bach is also convincing, but the organ (not least those reeds) and Leach really come into their own in the Couperin movements. The Dupre Ave Maris Stella is lovely and the full-throated Franck Priere, by far the longest piece on this programme, builds adamantly to a tremendous climax before retreating into the shadows again…The Langlais Chant de Joie and especially Chant Heroique featured earlier are the showpieces of the instrument’s roof-raising capabilities. The gentler Langlais works are full of atmosphere, too.

Available from www.holyname.info

Barnaby Page

 

 

Previous programmes

ORGAN RECITAL SERIES – SAINT THOMAS CHURCH FIFTH AVENUE

SIMON LEACH Sunday, January 12th, 2014 at Five-fifteen o’clock
On the Arents Memorial Organ:
Sonata in D major Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Allegro di molto (1714-1788)
Adagio e mesto
Allegro
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 684 Johann Sebastian Bach
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 685 (1685-1750)
Homage à Igor Stravinski Naji Hakim
Prelude (b. 1955)
Danse
Final
SIMON LEACH is a prize winning graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and a former organ
scholar of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. A RNCM travel bursary enabled
Simon to travel to Paris to have some lessons with Naji Hakim and Daniel Roth. He currently combines a
busy performing career with keyboard teaching posts at Withington Girls’ School, The Manchester
Grammar School and St Bede’s College. Simon has performed frequently over the years with the Halle,
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and the Northern Chamber Orchestra. He
has maintained a profile as a solo recitalist recently enjoying playing some of the finest organs in Great
Britain such as Westminster Cathedral and Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities. He made his USA
debut at St Patrick’s Cathedral in March 2011. Simon holds the post of the Organist of the Holy Name
Church,Manchester and recently recorded a CD of the fine William Hill 1871 instrument. He regularly
plays for Radio 4 and regularly appears on ITV’s Coronation Street. Simon is most grateful to Thomas
Trotter and David Ledbetter for their help in the preparation of today’s recital.
Sunday, January 26 5:15 p.m, JOHN SCOTT, Organist and Director of Music
SAINT THOMAS CHURCH FIFTH AVENUE
THE REVEREND ANDREW C. MEAD, OBE, DD, Rector
JOHN SCOTT, LVO, D.Mus. Organist and Director of Music
BENJAMIN SHEEN, Assistant Organist
STEPHEN BUZARD, Assistant Organist