The 2022 Organ Recital Series sees the cathedral welcome first-rate organists to play Truro’s acclaimed Father Willis Organ. This week's performer is Manuel Piazza from New Haven, Connecticut.
The series runs from March to October and each recital lasts around 45 minutes.
Each lunchtime concert is completely free to attend, the cathedral only asks that if you are able, you consider making a donation - the income generated by the generosity of both the audience and artists (who play for free) directly supports music at the cathedral and the ability to continue to offer such community events.
Overture to St. Paul (Felix Mendelssohn)
Psalm Prelude Set 1, No. 1 (Herbert Howells)
Canon in A-flat Major, Op. 56 No. 4 (Robert Schumann)
Prelude and Fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op.7 (Maurice Duruflé)
Sicilienne, from Suite pour orgue, Op. 5 (Maurice Duruflé)
Final, from Organ Symphony No. 8 (Charles Marie Widor)
Manuel Giovanni Piazza is a recent graduate of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where he studied organ repertoire with Martin Jean, improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart, and choral conducting with Dale Adelmann. Additionally, he served as senior organ scholar at Trinity Church on the Green, where he was mentored by Walden Moore. He was also an organist for the Yale Schola Cantorum, conducted by David Hill.
Manuel developed a passion for sacred music while attending St. Michael’s Choir School as a chorister in Toronto, Canada. He completed his undergraduate studies in Organ Performance at the University of Toronto, where he studied repertoire with John Tuttle and conducting with Ivars Taurins. He has also performed in masterclasses led by organists such as Olivier Latry, William Porter, Stefan Engels, David Briggs, and James O’Donnell. While in Toronto, he served as choir director and organist at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, organ scholar at Trinity College (University of Toronto), organ scholar at St. James' Anglican Cathedral, and one of the five organists of St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica. From September 2019 to July 2020, he was the organ scholar at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall (UK), where he played for Evensong three times a week, accompanying a fantastic group of choristers under the direction of Christopher Gray.
While working in Cornwall, he also performed with ensembles such as the London Sinfonia. After returning to North America, he won first prize in the 2021 Royal Canadian College of Organists’ National Organ Playing Competition and other awards such as the Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship (RCCO), the Mary Baker Scholarship in Organ Accompanying (Yale ISM), the Julia R. Sherman Memorial Prize for excellence in organ playing (Yale ISM), and the Aidan Kavanagh Prize for academic achievement (Yale Divinity School). In August 2022, he will begin a year as the Interim Assistant Director of Music at Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston, Massachusetts.
Truro Cathedral is a self-funded organisation and relies on public donations to meet costs, especially after having been significantly financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is finding ways to continue to support its community through activities such as live-streaming. Truro Cathedral welcomes regular or single donations from its supporters. If you would like to set up a regular or single donation, please either contact us via email@example.com or 01872 276782. You can also make regular donations by visiting the cathedral JustGiving page