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October 2015
As part of the “Music for Mind & Body” concert given at St Michael’s, Creech St Michael, on 31 October (for details see News), Peter Cox performed Guilmant’s Organ Sonata No.3, played in this recording by Robert Summers Potterton III on the organ of St Luke’s Lutheran Church, Dedham, Massachussetts.

John Bodiley’s “Music for Mind & Body” concert with harpist Naomi Chidgey at St Mary’s Moorlinch on 17 October (for details see News) included John Travers’ Trumpet Voluntary , played in this recording by Bruce V Williams.

Andrew Carter’s “Music for Mind & Body” concert with oboist Ella Leonard at St Mary’s Brompton Regis on 2 October (for details see News) included Buxtehude’s “Jig” Fugue in C BuxWV 174, played here by David Christensen at Eden Lutheran Church, Riverside, California.

September 2015
Marcus Wibberley’s recital at Wells Cathedral on 10 September (for details see News) concluded with the following two pieces:
Josef Rheinberger Cantilena, played here by Gert van Hoef at the Westerkerk, Amsterdam.
Jan Zwart Toccata: Psalm 146, played in this recording by Harm Hoeve at the Bovenkerk, Kampen, The Netherlands.

Peter Kingston’s recital at St Cuthbert’s Wells on 10 September (for details see News) included:
Frank Bridge Andante moderato in C minor, played in this recording by Justan J. Foster at the First Reformed Church of Scotia, Scotia, New York.
Paul Hindemith Sonata number 2 (I. Lebhaft; II. Ruhig bewegt; III. Fuge – Mäßig bewegt, heiter), played here by David Kriewall at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle, Washington.

August 2015
Ian Heavisides’ recital at Holy Trinity Taunton on 8 August (for details see News) included the following items:
C S Lang Tuba Tune in D Major, played in this 2011 recording by Patrick A. Scott at University Christian Church, Austin, Texas.
Claude-Bénigne Balbastre Cannonade, played here by Kalevi Kiviniemi on the Holzhay Organ (Johann Nepomuk Holzhay 1797) at the Abbey Church in Neresheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

July 2015
Shaun Ward’s lunchtime recital at Wells Cathedral on 9 July (for details, see News) included the following items:
Pablo Bruna Tiento de 1st toni de mano derecho, played in this recording by Rodney Gisick on the 1820’s Diego Cera organ at Baclayon Immaculate Conception Church, Bohol, Philippines.
César Franck Choral No. 3 in a minor, played in this 2009 recording by Ernst-Erich Stender on the Large Organ of the Marienkirche, Lübeck.

May 2015
The “Music for Mind & Body” concert at St Mary’s Bridgwater on 30 May (for full report, see News) included the following items:
Frank Bridge Adagio, played here by John Scott (Organist at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue) on the Kilgen pipe organ at Our Lady of Refuge Church, Brooklyn.
Louis Vierne Finale from Organ Symphony no.1, played in this recording by Renaud Vergnet on the Danion-Gonzalez-Dargassies organ at Saint-Pierre du gros caillou Church, Paris.

March 2015
Senior Organ Scholar Nicholas Freestone played the lunchtime recital at Wells Cathedral on Thursday 12 March. His programme included the following items:
Nicolaus Bruhns Prӓludium in E minor (‘Kleines’),played here by Jos Maters on the 1999 Metzler organ at the St Cyriakus-Kirche in Krefeld-Hüls, North Rhine-Westfalia, Germany.
Ad Wammes Miroir, played in this recording by Chris Bragg on the 1990 Flentrop organ at Dunblane Cathedral, Scotland.
César Franck Pièce Héroïque (from Trois Pièces) played here by Iris Rieg on the Johannus Ecclesia D-450 organ at Ss Cornelius und Cyprianus church in Lippetal, Germany.
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February 2015
The 12 February lunchtime recital at Wells Cathedral given by Timothy Parsons, Organ Scholar at Winchester Cathedral, concluded with two movements from Maurice Duruflé’s Suite Op.5, Sicilienne and Toccata. The degree of virtuosity required to play this music can be appreciated in the following magnificent recording of the entire suite:
Duruflé Suite Op.5, played by Vincent Dubois on the organ of Rheims Cathedral, remarkably from memory, and despite the cathedral clock chiming the hour! (Headphones are worn to allow the organist to hear the blended sound reaching the nave.)
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January 2015
Kris Thomsett, Organ Scholar at Salisbury Cathedral, played the first lunchtime recital of 2015 at Wells Cathedral on 8 January. The following seasonal pieces formed part of his programme:
Louis-Claude Daquin Noël Étranger, played here by Olivier Latry.
Théodore Dubois Marche des Rois Mages, played in this recording by Andrea Berti.
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November 2014
Matthew Owens played the concluding recital of SOCA’s “Wind & Wave” series for 2014 at St Martin’s, Kingsbury Episcopi, on 22 November. His programme included:
Johannes Pachelbel Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, played in this 1984 recording by Aurelio Iacolenna on the Romanus Seifert & S organ at the Vatican.
J S Bach Prelude & Fugue in E flat “St Anne” BWV 552, played here by Doug Marshall on the Marshall & Ogletree organ in the Oratory at Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, Naples, Florida.
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October 2014
Simon Williams, Organist of St George’s Hanover Square, played the lunchtime recital at Wells Cathedral on 9 October. The following items formed part of his programme:
J S Bach Prelude & Fugue in C major BWV 547, played in this recording by Christiano Rizzotto on the organ of First-Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska.
S S Wesley Larghetto in F sharp minor, played here by Jennifer Bate. (Be one of the first to view this new upload!)
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August 2014
Ian Heavisides, Organist at The Minster, Ilminster, gave a “Wind & Wave” recital for Somerset flood relief on 23 August. Among the items he played were:
Marcel Dupre Placare Christe Servulis, played here by Christopher Cook on the organ of the Anglican Cathedral at Brisbane, Australia.
Noel Rawsthorne Hornpipe Humoresque,played in this recording by Matthew Atherton on the organ of Barnard Castle School Chapel, County Durham.
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Matthew Redman, Director of Music at All Hallows Prep School, Cranmore, gave the lunchtime recital at Wells Cathedral on 14 August. His programme culminated in Lanquetuit’s Toccata,played in this recording by Siegfried Franke on the organ of St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, Australia.
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July 2014
John Bodiley’s organ concert at St George’s Wembdon, given on 20 July as part of the “Wind & Wave” series, included J S Bach’s Chorale prelude on the hymn Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele, BWV 654, played here by Paweł Cabała on the organ of Odda Church, Hordaland County, Norway.
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June 2014
Ray Willis, Organist at St John’s, Yeovil, and at the Bishop’s Chapel, Wells, as well as Keyboard Tutor at Bruton School for Girls, gave a “Wind & Wave” organ concert at St John’s Yeovil on 18 June. Among the items he played were:
Healey Willan Chorale Prelude on Vulpius, introduced and played in this recording by Russ Greene on the Phoenix organ of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Winnipeg, Canada.
Pietro Yon Toccatina, played here by Paolo Maria Guardiani on the organ of the Church of San Filippo Neri, Turin.
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Gary Davison, Organist of St Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland, gave the lunchtime recital at Wells Cathedral on 12 June. His recital opened with:
Nicolaus Bruhns Prelude & Fugue in E minor, played in this recording by Christoph Bull, First United Methodist Church, Round Rock, Texas
and concluded with:
J S Bach Fantasia in G major, BWV 572, played in this unusual recording by Olivier Latry at the Chris & Anne Reyes Organ & Choral Hall, University of Notre Dame, Indiana.
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May 2014
St Andrew’s Consort gave a “Wind & Wave” recital for Somerset flood relief at St Andrew’s Backwell on Saturday 17 May. For full details click on News. Here are previously recorded versions of selected items from their programme:

Handel Organ concerto in F major, opus 4 no 5, played by Simon Preston with the English Consort directed by Trevor Pinnock

Corelli Concerto grosso in G minor, opus 6 no 8 “fatto per la notte di Natale” (“Christmas Concerto”), played by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra directed from the harpsichord by Nicholas McGegan

Handel Organ concerto in F major, opus 4 no 4
Allegro
Andante
Adagio
Allegro with choral “Alleluia” finale
played by Alejandro Consolacion II with the Union Church of Manila 96th Anniversary Festival Orchestra and the University of the East Chorale, conducted by Eudenice Palaruan
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Jeremy Woodside, Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral, gave the lunchtime recital at the Cathedral on Thursday 8 May. For full details click on News. Here are previously recorded versions of two items from his programme:

Buxtehude Prelude in g minor, BuxWV 149, played by Antonino Buschiazzo on the organ by Dominique Thomas (2007) at the Temple du Bouclier, Strasbourg

Maurice Duruflé Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain Op. 7, played by Loek Jehee on the Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint-Étienne, Caen
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This year’s SOCA Young Organists Recital was given by William Fox, junior organ scholar at Wells Cathedral, along with Ben Hecks and Alexander Henshaw, both organ scholars at St John’s Glastonbury, playing the organ at Queen’s College Taunton. For full details of their concert on Saturday 3 May visit News, but here are just a few echoes of the programme they treated us to:

J S Bach Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ (BWV 639), played by Aarnoud de Groen at the Bethlehemkerk, The Hague

Suite Gothique by Léon Boëllmann: Prière à Notre Dame played by Daniel Somogyi-Toth at the Great Lutheran Church of Békéscsaba, Hungary

Buxtehude Prelude, Fugue & Chaconne in C played by David Beeby at Christchurch Priory, Dorset

Eugène Gigout Toccata played by Liudmila Matsyura at the Cathedral of Alacalá de Henares, Madrid

César Franck Pastorale played by Vincent Dubois at Soissons Cathedral

Alexandre Guilmant March on a Theme by Handel played by Christopher Houlihan at St. Margaret’s Church, Palm Desert, California
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April 2014
The first SOCA “Wind & Wave” recital in aid of the Somerset Flood Relief Fund took place on Easter Monday 21 April at St Mary’s Bridgwater, played by John Bodiley & Andrew Hinkley. Here are a few reminders of their programme:

Trumpet Tune in D by the American composer, David Johnson (1922 -1987) played by Laurence Caldecote at the organ of Stoke Minster, UK.

Sir George Thalben-Ball plays his own Elegy in B-flat at the Rushworth & Dreaper organ of St Mark’s, Audley St. in 1948.

Frederick Delius On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring (transcribed by Eric Fenby), played by Thomas Murray on the pipe organ at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Christopher Tambling was the recitalist at Wells Cathedral on 10 April. Here is some of his other music, as well as a reminder of part of his programme (for details, see News)

Christopher Tambling Trumpet Tune from An Organ Miscellany

Christopher Tambling Chanson

Christopher Tambling Trumpet Variations performed by David Bertie & Christopher Tambling

Christopher Tambling Laudate Dominum performed by the Downside Schola Cantorum

Christopher Tambling Festliches Halleluja performed by the Choirs, Congregation & Orchestra of St Cyriakus, Bettringen (Baden- Württemberg)

J S Bach Prelude & Fugue in G (BWV 541), played by Ton Koopman on the Trinity Organ of the Basilica of St Alexander & St Theodor, Ottobeuren (Bavaria), with view of the original manuscript throughout

Percy Whitlock Fidelis
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March 2014
(The first three items are based on William Fox’s 6 March recital at Wells Cathedral. For a full report, click on News)

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Organ sonata in B flat major op.65 no.4, played by Anasztázia Bednarik on the organ of the New Synagogue at Szeged, Hungary

César Franck Pastorale op.19, played by Vincent Dubois at Soissons Cathedral

Alexandre Guilmant March on a Theme of Handel op.15, played by John Scott at St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York

A Guided Organ Tour with Carlo Curley, Part 1

A Guided Organ Tour with Carlo Curley, Part 2

Carlo Curley plays Dieterich Buxtehude Fugue in C Major

Jacques van Oortmerssen plays J S Bach Liebster Jesu, Wir Sind Hier BWV 731 at the Smarano Organ Academy, Venice

Edoardo Bellotti plays Bernardo Pasquini Partite diverse di Follia at Sanzeno

Jacques van Oortmerssen & Edoardo Bellotti play “An improvisation by two maestros” at the Smarano Organ Academy, Venice
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February 2014
(This selection is loosely based on David Goodenough’s 13 February recital at Wells Cathedral. For a full report, click on News)

J S Bach ‘Great’ Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542, played by David Goodenough on the 1998 Walker Organ of St. Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Edinburgh, Scotland

Maurice Duruflé Fugue sur le thème du carillon des heures de la cathédrale de Soissons, op. 12, played by Matthieu Latreille

Percy Whitlock Five Shorter Pieces (1929), played by Dr Simone Gheller at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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