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Binns Organ Series 2021 | Thomas Trotter

When
Sunday October 24, 2021 at 14:45
Where
The Albert Hall, Nottingham
Tickets
£10, under 18 £5
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  1. Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV 542 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Adoration, for organ - Florence Beatrice Smith Price
  3. Walking Song, for organ - Kevin Volans
  4. Obangiji - Fela Sowande
  5. 5 Dances for Organ - John Gardner
  6. Réverie du soir, from Suite algérienne, for orchestra - Camille Saint-Saëns, transcribed for organ by Alexandre Guilmant
  7. Prélude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain Op 7 - Maurice Duruflé
  8. Fantaisie No 1 in E flat, for organ - Camille Saint-Saëns
  9. Romance to the Evening Star, from 'Tannhäuser' - Richard Wagner, arranged by Edwin Lemare
  10. Ride of the Valkyries, from 'Die Walküre’ - Richard Wagner, transcribed for organ by Edwin Lemare

Birmingham City Organist Thomas Trotter makes a welcome return to the organ which he reopened after its rebuild in 1993. He begins with Bach’s monumental Fantasia and Fugue in G minor. The rest of the first half is far more modern, the group of pieces called 'Out of Africa' referring to the origins of the music connected with that continent. Florence Price was an African-American composer, Kevin Volans is a South African / Irish composer who has explored indigenous African music, while Nigerian Fela Sowande accompanied Vera Lynn’s first records on the BBC Theatre Organ.

John Gardner is well-known to carol audiences for Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day, and there is no shortage of dances to end the first part of this recital. Saint-Saëns begins the second half in contemplative mood, and this is followed by his well-known Fantaisie No 1. Remaining in France, we hear Maurice Duruflé’s sprightly tribute to his fellow composer Jehain Alain. Wagner transcriptions by Edwin Lemare, who opened this organ in October 1910, conclude this recital: the Romance to the Evening Star (often called O Star of Eve) from Tannhäuser, followed by the blockbuster Ride of the Valkyries.


Venue
The Albert Hall
North Circus Street
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG1 5AA
England
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