Organ Recital – Richard Walker

To celebrate the restoration of the organ

The programme:
Bach – Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV 541
John Stanley – Voluntary, Op 5 No 1
Franck – Choral No 3 in A minor
Gigout – Scherzo in E
Ethelbert Nevin – Narcissus (from ‘Water Scenes’)
Nigel Ogden – Scherzo for the White Rabbit
Widor – Toccata from Symphonie V

Richard Walker moved to Church Stretton in 2005, having spent his working life teaching music in schools – ending as Director of Music at Harrow School. His involvement in music-making in the Strettons includes being one of the organists at Little Stretton Church, former Music Director of the Arts Festival, the organiser of the Saturday morning concerts at the Methodist Church, and also a regular presenter of music talks. He is Assistant Director of Music at St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury, where he accompanies most of the major services and organises the 55 lunch-hour concerts each year. He performs regularly in piano duet concerts, conducts the Phoenix Singers of Shrewsbury and plays double bass in the Shrewsbury and Ludlow Orchestras. Richard studied organ with David Willcocks, gaining both ARCO and FRCO diplomas in the same year, and both with prizes. He was Assistant Organist at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral Edinburgh and subsequently Organist at St John’s, Princes Street, Edinburgh before moving back to England in 1980. Forthcoming recitals include St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, Tewkesbury Abbey, Blackburn Cathedral and the Marktkirche in Wiesbaden.

Admission is free, with a retiring collection at the end of the concert.
At Acton Scott, there will be refreshments in the Village Hall from 11.15am. This recital is the first on the restored instument.
The full programme is available as a PDF here