Organ Recital – Harry Fletcher & George Nicholls

All Saints' Church, Little Stretton

Sat Aug 11 | 12noon |

#Organ Recital

Harry Fletcher is currently studying A levels in music, music technology and Spanish at King Edward VI College Stourbridge.

At the age of 11 Harry began his musical career as a chorister at St Thomas’ Stourbridge under the then Director of Music, Jon Payne, where he became interested in the piano which then later in 2015 led to organ lessons with Paul Carr. In May 2017 he was appointed Organ Scholar at St Peter’s Collegiate Church Wolverhampton where he has the opportunity to work alongside Peter Morris and Callum Alger. Some highlights include accompanying for a girls’ voices only Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral and recently conducting his college’s chamber choir.

At college he has the role ‘Head of the Music Society’ which allows him to work alongside Dr Thomas Pankhurst, Head of Music. He also plays orchestral percussion for the Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra and has played some challenging orchestral works such as Prokofiev’s Symphony no. 5 and Mahler’s 1st symphony. Harry is hoping to continue his musical studies, in September, at The University of Manchester where organ will be his first study.

George Nicholls is studying A Levels in music, politics and art at Old Swinford Hospital, Stourbridge.

George started learning the piano at the age of four, and in 2011 started playing the organ. He is a student at the Royal Birmingham Junior Conservatoire where he studies the organ with Darren Hogg and choral directing with David Wynne. George also conducts the prestigious vocal ensemble and is accompanist for the chamber choir and vocal department. Outside of the Conservatoire, George is taught the organ by Paul Carr. In 2017, George was appointed as the Organ Scholar at St Alban the Martyr in Birmingham where he works alongside Graeme Martin and John Jenkin.

Over the last few years, George has given recitals at Great Witley Worcestershire, St Mary’s Enville, St Alban’s Birmingham and St Aposteln Cologne.

Particular highlights include conducting his school chamber choir in Cologne Cathedral during midday prayers and recently accompanying Duruflé’s Messe Cum Jubilo, Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Fauré’s Requiem and Stainer’s The Crucifixion.

Outside his busy musical life, George is captain of his school shooting team and President of Interact, a charity fundraising team at Old Swinford Hospital which is a branch of the local Rotary Club. He is Head of House for his boarding house ‘Witley’ and he is also a very keen runner and a member of the school cross country team.

The Programme:

Harry Fletcher:
Buxtehude – Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C

George Nicholls:
Bach – Chorale Prelude: Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654

Harry Fletcher:
Langlais – Hymne d’Actions de Grâce: Te Deum

George Nicholls:
Bonnet – Variations de Concert

Harry Fletcher:
Peeters – Chorale Prelude: Von Liebe kommt gross Leiden

George Nicholls:
Langlais – Final (from Triptyque)

Admission is free, with a retiring collection at the end of the concert.
Concertgoers are encouraged to have a pre-concert coffee and a chat, at the Ragleth Inn (opposite the church) from 11.15am; both the Ragleth and the Green Dragon (just down the road) will be open for lunch afterwards.
The full programme is available as a PDF here