January-March 2013 Programme




The Guild Church of St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall





We welcome you to our historic series of Tuesday lunchtime organ concerts. This is one of London’s longest established and most notable organ series, in one of Wren’s finest City churches, and enhanced in recent years by the installation of our fine Klais organ. For over a century City workers have found solace and inspiration by coming to hear music at lunchtime in this space. Admission is free, but the expenses of our music ministry are considerable, and  we are most grateful for your generosity in the retiring collection.


Regrettably, emergency construction work will result in the church being closed for part of January. There will, therefore, be no recitals on 1st, 8th or 15th January.


In late February and March, we are delighted to present another series of top sixth- form organists from around the UK. The energy and committment of these young artists has entranced audiences in previous years, and it is certain that this year’s roster will be equally enthralling.






Mohrentanz (arr. Rawsthorne)                                    Tylman Susato (c.1510-c.1570)

Partita on 'Meinem Jesum lass ich nicht'                     Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748)

Praeludium in C (BuxWV 137)                       Diderik Buxtehude (c.1639-1707)

Partita on Psalm 106                                  Cor Kee (1900-1997)

Sonata No. 3, in C minor                            Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)

I. Preludio: Allegro maestoso e con fuoco: II. Adagio molto: III. Fuga: Allegro


January 29th            CATHERINE ENNIS                                                                                                    


Overture to The Occasional Oratorio (arr. Best/ Ennis)                   

Adagio- Allegro ; Adagio ; March                               Georg Friedrich Handel(1685-1759)

Sonata in Bb, op.65 no. 4                                            Felix Mendelssohn- Bartholdy (1809-1847)

Allegro con brio- Andante religioso- Allegretto-  Allegro maestoso e vivace

Freu dich sehr, O meine Seele                                     Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706 )

Toccata and fugue in F, BWV 540                              Johann Sebastian Bach                  March upon Handel’s “Lift up your heads”                 Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)



February 5th       RICHARD MOORE (Organ Scholar, St. Michael’s, Cornhill)



Uppon La MiRe                                          Anonymous, 15th century                                


Sad Pavan: for these distracted times           Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)                                             

Holsworthy Church Bells                             Samuel Sebastian Wesley  (1810-1876)                              

Flourish for an occasion                                William Harris (1883-1973)                                             

St Bride, assisted by angels                         Judith Bingham  (b.1952)                             

The Sweet Rivelet                                          Francis Jackson (b.1917)                                                          

Prelude, Scherzo and Passacaglia                 Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)                                                                            



February 12th            CATHERINE ENNIS

Concerto in d minor after Vivaldi, BWV 546              Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

(Unmarked)-Grave ; Fuga; Largo e spiccato; (Finale)

Sonata for organ                                                          John Gardner (1916-2011)

Allegro moderato- Adagio- Allegro molto

Three preludes and fugues, op. 16                               Clara Schumann (1819-1896)

Bohemian dances from “The Bartered Bride”             Bedrich Smetana (1824-1844)




February 19th   JAMES LUXTON (Assistant Organist, Worcester Cathedral)

Programme to be announced


February 26th  SIXTH FORM SERIES 2013: NO.1


Sonata in Bb, op.65 no. 4                                            Felix Mendelssohn- Bartholdy (1809-1847)

Allegro con brio- Andante religioso- Allegretto-  Allegro maestoso e vivace

Hugo is a student of Simon Williams at St. Giles International Organ School


Prelude and fugue in A minor, BWV 551                                Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

 Andante con moto, from Sonata no. 5 in D               Felix Mendelssohn- Bartholdy

Lamento                                                                      Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)

Fanfare                                                                                    William Mathias (1934-1992)

Laurence is a student of Jane Watts at Highgate School



March 5th       SIXTH FORM SERIES:  NO.2




Concerto in G major, after Ernst [First Movement]        Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Mein junges leben hat ein end                        Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)

Impromptu, and Toccata in B flat minor              Louis Vierne (1870-1937)



Praeludium in E minor                                         Nicholas Bruhns (1665-1697)

Adagio and Final, from Symphonie 3      Louis Vierne


Albert and Christopher are students of Christopher Stokes at Chetham’s School, Manchester



March 12th     SIXTH FORM SERIES: NO.3




Prelude in E flat BWV 552(i)                          Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


Andante in F                                                   Edward Elgar (1857-1934)


Fugue no. 6 on BACH                                     Robert Schumann (1810-1856)




Psalm Prelude ‘Lo, the poor crieth’                 Herbert Howells (1892-1983)


Scherzo                                                            Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)


Dieu parmi nous                                              Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)


William and Daniel are Music Scholars at Eton College, Berkshire, studying organ with David Goode.


March 19th    SIXTH FORM SERIES: NO.4





Sun Dance (from Organ Dances)                                            Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)

Chorale Preludes:

Heut' triumphiret Gottes Sohn BWV630

Nun komm der Heiden Heiland BWV 659

In dir ist Freude BWV 615                                                      Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)






Prélude (from Trois Pièces Op.29)                                          Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937)


Adagio (from Symphonie V)                                                     Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)


Carillon de Westminster                                                          Louis Vierne (1870-1937)



James and Benjamin are students of James McVinnie at Tonbridge School, Kent









Trio Sonata from “Musical Offering “ ( 4 mvts)          Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


Combat de la mort et de la vie (from Les Corps Glorieux)  Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Modérément vif- plus vif, agité et tumultueux; Extrèmement lent, tendre, serein


Chorale Partita “Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig”                  J.S.Bach




During the five Tuesday lunchtime concerts in May and early June, we are delighted to present the eighth annual series of John Hill Memorial recitals sponsored by HSBC, featuring international young artists hand-picked by professors at the top music conservatories of the world.


All requests are welcome for another “lollipops” programme on 30 July. Please submit to cmennis@aol.com or to Catherine Ennis, The Vestry, St. Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall, London EC2V5AA.


You are invited to reserve any applause until the end of the recital and to give generously to the retiring collection.