Organ Recital, William McVicker - 21 Sept 2019

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Saturday 21 September 2019, at St John the Baptist, Westbourne

We are delighted William McVicker, Organ Curator at the Royal Festival Hall, will be joining us for the autumn recital in our series, now in its second year. He will give a talk before his recital in the beautiful setting of St John the Baptist Church, located on the border of West Sussex and Hampshire.

Talk 5.30pm, followed by an interval with refreshments.

Organ recital 7pm.

Tickets: £7 at the door. There will be refreshments available between the talk and recital.

Thank you to the Portsmouth and District Organists Association event for supporting the autumn event. 

The Programme

The event will feature works by 20th Century composers Howells, Foulkes, Hollins, Leighton, Fricker, Mathias and Johnson.
Save the date and we look forward to welcoming you on 21 September.



He is Director of Music at St Barnabas' Church, Dulwich and Organ Curator of London’s Royal Festival Hall, where he has revived both the organ and the Organ Recital Series. 
William read music as Organ Scholar at the College of St Hild & St Bede, Durham University, subsequently becoming Caedmon Fellow and Director of Music. He won a scholarship to study the organ in Paris in 1984 and a British Academy Scholarship to study for a PhD in technical aspects of organ design.

He has performed in venues across the UK and Europe, including solo appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Carl Davis and in the Canary Islands in Janácek's Glagolitic Mass, Saint-Saëns's Third Symphony and Poulenc's Organ Concerto. He has conducted a number of stage productions and has undertaken extensive recording work.
His broadcast work includes BBC TV and independent radio and television in the UK and abroad. He presented 'Building a Library and Record Review' on BBC Radio 3. William's recordings include 10 discs of choral music and 'Great Organ Classics' for Classic FM and BMG/Conifer. He has published for Boosey & Hawkes, edited two British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS) journals, and co-written four books in the series 'Targeting Music' for Schott & Co. He is a regular contributor to journals and magazines.
William teaches Organology at the Royal Academy of Music. He also works as an independent organ consultant. His recent projects include Royal Festival Hall, Manchester Town Hall, The Lord Mayor's Chapel Bristol and Radley College, to name a few. He is Organs Adviser to the Anglican Diocese of Southwark and a member of the Council for the Care of Churches' organs committee. He is the current Chairman of the Association of Independent Organ Advisers.

Sponsorship and thanks

Thank you to the Portsmouth and District Organists Association, for putting on and promoting this concert. The association brings together all those interested in organ playing, music and instruments. It was founded in 1951 and is affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists (IAO). You can follow the association on its Facebook page.

Thanks to Non Stop Business Support, a locally-based Communication and Technology Consultancy, for help with marketing and web support.

Thanks too to Westbourne PCC and all the volunteers from the churches in the parish who generously give their time to assist with the recital series and music in the parish.

Stewart Taylor, Director of Music at Westbourne Church, is leading the recital series. He is keen to raise awareness of the Westbourne organ and to encourage interest in organ playing and music. Speak to Stewart after the 9:30am Sunday services to find out more about music at Westbourne, joining the choir or about the church organ.

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