Organ Recital – Simon Russell

The programme:
Handel – Hornpipe (the Water Music)
Buxtehude – ‘Jig’ Fugue in C major
Saint-Saëns – The Swan (The Carnival of the Animals)
Bach – Fantasia in C minor, BWV 562
Oskar Lindberg – Gamma fäbodpsalm från Dalarna
Georgi Mushel – Toccata
Vierne – Carillon de Westminster
Noel Rawsthorne – Aria
William Mathias – Recessional, Op 96 No 4

Simon was born in Liverpool. He studied organ at Birkenhead School with Timothy Lawford and gained his ARCM and FTCL diplomas while still at school then went on to Cambridge as Organ Scholar at St. Catharine’s College, where he continued studies with Dame Gillian Weir and the late Peter Le Huray. After Cambridge he was appointed Assistant Organist at Chester Cathedral but decided after a while to keep music as a hobby and gain his fortune from computer keyboards. He was firstly accompanist and then Music Director of the Hoylake Choral Society from 1982 until he moved, in 2000, to Nantwich where he is Organist at St Mary’s Parish Church. He is an annual recitalist at Chester Cathedral and is on the ‘reserve’ organist list there playing for visiting choirs and covering holiday periods and other absences. He is also in demand as an organ, piano and theory tutor and has many Associated Board and other pupil distinctions and diploma successes to his credit. Since May 2014, he has been a full-time professional freelance musician and as well as being accompanist to the Nantwich Choral Society and the Lydian Singers, he is also accompanist to the Jubilate Chamber Choir, based in Cheltenham. This year he has playing or conducting engagements or services at Leeds Minster, Derby Cathedral (where until recently he has been Acting Assistant Organist), Bristol Cathedral and St.Paul’s Cathedral. Simon is also an examiner for the London College of Music and the Regional Coordinator for the North of England for the Royal School of Church Music. He once played as the support act to Liverpool’s ‘Echo & the Bunnymen’ at the Royal Albert Hall on two successive nights!

Admission is free, with a retiring collection at the end of the concert.
At Little Stretton, the Ragleth Inn will open at 11.15am for coffee; both the Ragleth Inn and the Green Dragon (just down the road) will serve lunch afterwards.
The full programme is available as a PDF here