Organ Recital – Paul Carr

Holy Trinity Church, Wistanstow

Thu Aug 9 | 12noon |

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Paul Carr is in demand as an organist and recitalist, accompanist, choral director and teacher. He studied organ with Dr Roy Massey MBE at Hereford Cathedral and Professor David Saint at Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with firstclass honours. Paul was Director of Music at St Paul’s, Birmingham until 2016, President of the Birmingham Organists Association until 2014, and in June 2015 was awarded Honorary Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire.

Paul’s concert and recital schedule takes him all over the UK, where he has performed on many of the finest instruments. He has performed often in Germany, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic and France where has given two organ recitals at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, most recently in April 2017. There have been several visits to the USA, where Paul has performed solo recitals both in and around Chicago and at Washington National Cathedral. In April 2016 he played one of the dedication concerts on the new 5-manual Quimby organ in Fourth Church, Chicago.

For more than twenty years Paul has given monthly organ recitals in the Midlands. His current series Sunday Afternoon Organ Music takes place at Holy Trinity Wordsley on the first Sunday of every month at 3pm. He can also regularly be heard at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham where he plays around half of the recitals in the monthly Thursday Live series.

His début solo CD recording French Flavours was recorded at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham and has received critical acclaim, including a five-star rating in Choir & Organ magazine and Editor’s Choice in Organists Review.

Paul has worked extensively as choral accompanist and was organist for The City of Birmingham Choir’s 2015 concert tour to Paris and last year accompanied their tour to Vienna. He has recorded a CD of Christmas music with The City of Birmingham Choir and Heart of England Brass, and a CD of choral music by Clive Russell and Benjamin Briben with The Henry Ley Singers in Keble College Chapel, Oxford.

The Programme:

Bach – Sinfonia from Cantata 29
Bach – Badinerie from Orchestral Suite No 2
Zsolt Gárdonyi – Be thou my vision
Handel – 2nd movement (Allegro) from Organ Concerto No 10
S. S. Wesley – Choral Song and Fugue
Saint-Saëns – The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals
Frei Jacinto – Toccata in D Minor
Haydn – Flötenuhrstücke in C major, D major and G major
Lemmens – Finale in D

Admission is free, with a retiring collection at the end of the concert.
The Plough Inn (just down the road from the church) will be open to welcome you in for a pre-concert coffee and chat from 11.15am; it will also be open for lunch afterwards.
The full programme is available as a PDF here