2015 January to March Organ Programmes

Tuesday lunchtime Organ recital


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.

In 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.


January 6th                                                                 Catherine Ennis


Magnificat Primi Toni; Two Chorale Preludes: Puer natus in Bethlehem; Gelobet seist du, Jesus Christ

                                                        Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)


Variations sopra “La Folia”            Bernardo Pasquini (1637-1710)


In dir ist Freude BWV 615; Von Gott will ich nicht lassen

BWV 658                                Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


Adagio in b minor K540  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)


Weinachten                                                    Max Reger (1873-1916)


Moto Ostinato (from Sunday Music)            Petr Eben (1929-2007)




January 13th                                                      Claire Innes-Hopkins

                                      (Assistant Organist, Rochester Cathedral


Toccata in C major BWV 564; Allein Gott in der Höh BWV 676

                                                 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


Praeludium in E minor (Great)        Nicolaus  Bruhns (1665-1697)


Variations on Est-ce-mars      Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)


Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing

                                                                  Harrison Oxley (1933-2009)


Sonata II, mvt 1 (Allegro risoluto)            Louis Vierne (1870-1937)


January 20th                                                               Catherine Ennis


Prelude and Fugue in e minor  Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)


Ciacona in f minor                           Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)


Concerto in G after Johann Ernst, BWV 592

(Allegro)-Grave-Presto         Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


Funeral march of a marionette (arr. Best)

                                                               Charles Gounod (1818-1893)


Voluntary in G op.6 no.9                     Samuel Wesley (1766-1837)


Prelude and fugue in e minor BWV 548 (“Wedge”)          J.S.Bach



January 27th                                                               Catherine Ennis


Ciacona in e minor; Variations on Wie Schön leuchtet

der Morgenstern                          Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)


Prelude and fugue in b minor BWV 544

                                                 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


Benedictus                                                     Max Reger (1873-1916)


In paradisum; Marche des Rois Mages; Toccata                                                             

                                                              Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)


February 3rd                                                               Catherine Ennis


Sinfonia from Cantata no. 29 (arr. Guilmant)

                                                 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


From the Orgelbüchlein: Mit Fried und Freud BWV 616;

Herr Gott nun schleuss den Himmel auf BWV 617

                                                                        Johann Sebastian Bach


From Messe pour les Couvents:

Kyrie (nos. 1-5); Offertoire sur les Grands Jeux (no.15)

                                                           François Couperin (1668-1733)


Passacaglia and fugue in c minor BWV 582

                                                                        Johann Sebastian Bach



February 10th                                                     Jemima Stephenson

                                           (Organ Scholar, St. Michael’s, Cornhill)

                                           in concert with Darren Moore (trumpet)


Tanz-Fantasie                                             Thierry Escaich (b. 1965)


Free Improvisation (duet) Okna                    Petr Eben (1929-2007)

Blue window, Green window, Red window, Golden window


Organ solo: Les Anges, from La Nativité du Seigneur

                                                               Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)


World Premiere: Inflemus                  David Loxley Blount (b.1989)


February 17th                            SIXTH FORM SERIES 2015:  NO.1

                                               Eleanor Carter and Alexander Pilotai

                                 Organists from the Junior department of the

                                                                     Royal Academy of Music

                 (Head of Organ Department-Anne Marsden Thomas)


Programme to be announced


February 24th                             SIXTH FORM SERIES 2015: NO.2

                                                               Students from Eton College

                                     (Head of organ department: David Goode)


Tom Capaldi

First movement, Symphony no. 6 in G           Charles-Marie Widor


Alex Tucker

Introduction and Passacaglia                                            Max Reger



March 3rd                                              SIXTH FORM SERIES:  NO.3

                                            Students from Wells Cathedral School


Programme to be announced


March 10th                                            SIXTH FORM SERIES: NO.4

                             Students from Chetham’s School, Manchester


Programme to be announced


March 17th                                             SIXTH FORM SERIES: NO.5

                                                                              Alex Little (Norwich)

                                     and Charles Maxtone- Smith (Winchester)


Programme to be announced


March 24th                                                                   Catherine Ennis


A programme of British organ music


From the Mulliner Book: La doune cella; La shy myze           Anon


From the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book: Variations on Jhon, come kisse ne now          William Byrd (1540-1623)


Voluntary in D                                          William Boyce (1711-1779)


Concerto in g minor                             Charles Wesley (1757-1834)


Variations on “God save the King”    Samuel Wesley (1766-1837)


ii. Variations and iii. St. Patrick’s Breastplate, from Sonata no. 4 “Celtica”    Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)


Five Dances for Organ (composed for Catherine Ennis 1988)

Lavolta- Pavin- Jig- Lament- Fling        John Gardner (1917-2011)



March 31st                                                  Domenico Gioffre (Sicily)


Toccata and Fugue in d minor BWV 565;

An wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653;

Sonata IV, BWV 528 (Adagio-Vivace; Andante; Un poco Allegro)

                                                 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


Jésus accepte la Souffrance;  Les Enfants de Dieu

                                                               Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)


Finale, III Symphony                                 Louis Vierne (1870-1937)


In the next season


During the five Tuesday lunchtime concerts in May and early June, we are delighted to present the ninth annual series of John Hill Memorial recitals, formerly sponsored by HSBC but now supported by several extremely generous and enthusiastic individual donors. This year again we feature international young artists hand-picked by professors at the top music conservatories of the world.


All requests are welcome for another “lollipops” programme on 28th July. Please submit to cmennis@aol.com or to Catherine Ennis, The Vestry, St. Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall, London EC2V5AA.