Jan - Mar 2016 Organ Programmes

Tuesday Lunchtime Organ Recitals


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, 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 outstanding school-age 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 interesting.


January 5                                                                          Catherine Ennis

Three dances:

La Mourisque; Bransle quatre bransles; Basse danse Bergeret (arr.CE)

                                                         Attrib.Tylman Susato (c.1510-c.1570)

Chorale Preludes:

Puer natus in Bethlehem; Gelobet seist du, Jesus Christ

                                                                  Diderik Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Sonata in D                                                Georg Telemann (1681-1767)

(Grave- Presto- Andante- Scherzando)

Fugue on the Magnificat BWV 733 ; Das alte Jahr vergangen ist BWV 615; In dir ist Freude BWV 616

                                                        Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Marche des rois mages                                              Dubois (1837-1924)

Weinachten                                                           Max Reger (1873-1916)

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


January 12                                                                       Catherine Ennis

Alleluja, laudem dicit Deo nostro (Hassler)             Heinrich Scheidemann (c.1595-1663)

Three chorale preludes on Allein Gott in der Höh BWV 662, 663, 664

                                                        Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Variations on Unter der Linden grüne               Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)

Offertoire sur les grands jeux (from Messe pour les Couvents)     François Couperin le grand (1668-1733)

Aria; Litanies                                                   Jehan Alain (1911-1940)


January 19                                                                       Catherine Ennis

Toccata in F                                            Diderik Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Symphony no. 6 in G minor op.42 no.2

Allegro- Adagio- Intermezzo- Cantabile- Finale

                                                               Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)


January 26                                                                       Catherine Ennis

Six fugues on BACH op.60                  Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Two chorale preludes from op.122:

Herzlich thut mich erfreuen; herzlich thut mich erlangen

                                                                   Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Introduktion und Passacaglia d-moll                Max Reger (1873-1916)


February 2nd                                                                   Catherine Ennis

Passacaglia in D minor; Fugue in C                    Diderik Buxtehude (1637-1707)

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 J. S. Bach

Two chorale preludes: Eventide and Rockingham                                  

                                       Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)

Trois Mouvements Perpetuels (arr. CE)

Assez modéré; Très modéré: Alerte     François Poulenc (1899-1963)

In paradisum; Fiat lux                              Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)


February 9                                            Josef Miltchitszky (Ottobeuren)

                                           with Susanne Jutz-Miltschitzky (soprano)*

At the Commonwealth Chapel organ

Lesson I

[Andante]- Allegro- Air                                             Samuel Long (18thC)

At the main organ

Zweite Sonate d-Moll für Orgel op. 60

Improvisation; Invokation; Introduktion und Fuge      Max Reger (1873–1916)

Salve Regina*                                                Pietro Terziani  (1768-1816

Morceau pouvant servir à une Messe de Mariage ou pendant une

Procession                Louis-James-Alfred Lefébure-Wély (1817–1869)


February 16                                             School Organists Series no.1

Fugue in G minor BWV 548; Prelude, Largo and Fugue in C BWV 545;

                                                        Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Fantasia in G minor BWV 542                                                   J. S. Bach

Joshua Simoes

Prelude and Fugue in G BWV 541                                           J. S. Bach

Prelude and Fugue in A minor                       Georg Böhm (1661-1733)

Sonata no. I in Eb, first movement (Allegro)                            J. S. Bach

Toccata in B minor                                        Eugène Gigout(1844-1925)

Justin Stollery

Joshua and Justin are from Harrow school


February 23             School Organists Series no.2

Fugue in G minor BWV 578          Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria       Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Dieu parmi nous (from La Nativité)           Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Victor Matthews

Sonata no. 6 BWV 530 (1st movt.)                          J. S. Bach

Deuxième Fantasie                                           Jehan Alain (1911-1940)

Dankpsalm Op. 145 no. 2                                   Max Reger (1873-1916)

Donal McCann                              Victor and Donal are from Eton College


March 1                                                     School Organists Series no.3

We are delighted to welcome students younger than our usual performers in our schools series, from St. John’s College Choir School, Cambridge

Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (BWV 661)     Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Uns ist geboren ein Kindelein (Op. 39, no. 4)    Flor Peeters (1903-1986)

In dir ist Freude (BWV 615),                                                         J S Bach

Blake Chen (Year 7)

March and Elegy (from Richard III),     Sir William Walton (1902-1983)

Fanfare                                                  William Mathias (1934-1992)

David Bryson (Year 8)

Suite Gothique (Op. 25)

Introduction- Chorale; Menuet gothique; Prière à Notre Dame; Toccata

                                                                       Léon Boëllmann(1862-1897)

Joel Branston (Year 8)


March 8         School Organists Series no.4

Students from Christ’s Hospital, Horsham. Details tba


March 15       School Organists Series no.5

Praeludium in D BuxWV 137        Diderik Buxtehude (1637-1707)

March on a theme of Handel         Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)

William Pierce

Sonata no. 4 BWV 528 (1st movement, Adagio-Vivace)

                                                        Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Suite Gothique

Introduction- Chorale; Menuet gothique; Prière à Notre Dame; Toccata

                                                                      Léon Boëllmann (1862-1897)

Geoffrey Sheir

William and Geoffrey are from Tonbridge School


March 22                                                                           James McVinnie

                                                                                  (London and Iceland)

Six Renaissance Dances                    Anon (arr Pierre Attaingnant, c. 1494-1552)

Voluntary in G Z720                                       Henry Purcell (1659-1695) 

Recit de tierce en taille                           Nicolas De Grigny (1672-1703)

L’apparition du Christ ressuscité à Marie-Madaleine, from Livre du Saint Sacrement

                                                                        Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Berceuse & Final, from Firebird                  Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)


March 29                                                                                      No Recital


In the next Organ Season: (beginning on April 5th 2016 with a recital of Easter music given by Catherine Ennis)

During the five Tuesday lunchtime concerts in May 2016, we are delighted to present the tenth anniversary 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 26th July 2016.

Please submit to: cmennis@aol.com

or to Catherine Ennis, The Vestry, St. Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall, London EC2V 5AA.