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There is a long and distinguished tradition of music making at St John The Baptist Church, Westbourne, both in its worship life and as a concert venue. For the latest contribution to that tradition, the church is proud to present an organ recital by the current Organ Scholar at Chichester Cathedral Kyoko Canaway.
Announcing the recital, the church’s Director of Music Stewart Taylor said: “We are fortunate at St John The Baptist to have a quite exceptional organ – certainly one of the best in West Sussex and a fine example of just how good a modern pipe organ can be. Its responsiveness and broad range of tone colours encourage artistic playing and make it suitable for organ music of all periods.
"Whilst the organ is much enjoyed by our regular congregation, we are keen to make it available to a wider audience. When Charles Harrison, organist at Chichester Cathedral, mentioned to me that they had a talented organ scholar this year it seemed the perfect opportunity to get the ball rolling.”
Kyoko Canaway, who is also Organ Scholar Designate at Gonville and Caius, Cambridge, will be performing a wide-ranging programme, including early organ music by Gibbons and Bruhns, moving to the Baroque master himself, JS Bach. She will also demonstrate the versatility of the organ by playing music of a more Romantic style by two of the great French organist-composers, Vierne and Saint-Saens.
The Recital takes place on Sunday 20 May 2018 at 7pm. Entrance is free, with a retiring collection in aid of church funds.