St Mary's Church, Church End, Hendon, London, NW4 4JT
Celebrity Organ Recital – Middlesex University at St Mary’s Church, Hendon
Middlesex University’s Music department, in collaboration with St Mary’s Church Hendon, is hosting a lunchtime recital by Sir Nicholas Jackson, formerly organist of St Davids Cathedral in Wales, and one of the UK’s most celebrated organ recitalists.
The programme will include music by César Franck, Bach’s C minor Prelude & Fugue, Sir Nicholas’s own ‘Sonata for Organ’, and the ‘Prelude on Cromer’ by our own Director of Music, Dr Peter Fribbins. Peter’s Prelude is part of a new work for organ based on the English hymn tune ‘Cromer’, recently published by Music Haven, and released in late 2013 on a new critically acclaimed CD containing much of his latest work.
The concert will be given on the fine Peter Collins organ of St Mary’s, an instrument built in 2000 to celebrate the millennium. It will begin at 1pm and last just under an hour. Admission is free, and all are welcome.
The address of St Mary’s is Church End, Hendon, NW4 (the church is adjacent to the Greyhound public house).
Sir Nicholas Jackson
For many years Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Davids Cathedral in Wales, has achieved increasing distinction by the diversity of his activities as an organist, harpsichordist and composer. He was Organ Scholar at Wadham College, Oxford and studied organ at the Royal Academy of Music with C.H. Trevor and the harpsichord with George Malcolm. He later studied with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam and had conducting lessons with Sir Adrian Boult.
Harpsichordist in the ‘London Virtuosi’ (soloists of the London Symphony Orchestra), Nicholas Jackson made frequent tours abroad, and subsequently became organist of two of London’s best-known churches, St James’s Piccadilly and at St Lawrence Jewry-next-Guildhall, before being appointed organist at St Davids Cathedral. He then became recognised as one of England’s foremost recitalists. In France he has twice played at Notre Dame, Paris, at Chartres & Sees Cathedrals and to an audience of 2500 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and in the Granada Festival. He has given recitals in London at the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and a ‘Celebrity Recital’ at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Nicholas Jackson has made over 20 solo recordings both as an organist and a harpsichordist, for record labels including SOMM and NAXOS, and as a composer his works include two operas, ‘The Reluctant Highwayman’ and ‘The Rose & the Ring’, based on Thackeray’s comedy. He is an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford where he is also Hon. Patron of the College Music Society. He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Drapers in 1994-5 where he founded a series of concerts for young musicians, which he continues to organise at Drapers’ Hall in the City of London.
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