The 2021 Organ Recital Series sees the cathedral welcome first-rate organists to play Truro’s acclaimed Father Willis Organ. The guest organist will be Will Fairbairn.
The series runs from July 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.
Six Studies in Canonic Form, Op.56, No.1&4 (Robert Schumann)
1. Nicht zu schnell (C Major)
2. Innig (A Flat Major)
Sonata on the 94th Psalm (Julius Reubke)
William Fairbairn is Organist and Teacher of Music at St. Paul’s School in Barnes; a post which he took up in September 2018. Previously, he has held the Organ Scholarships at Truro Cathedral, All Saints’ Fulham, and St. Catharine’s College Cambridge, where he also studied music. Whilst there, he played under Dr. Edward Wickham for the College Chapel Choir, and the St. Catharine’s College Girls’ Choir, accompanying them in their weekly round of services. He also accompanied them for radio broadcasts, recordings, and tours across Europe and the Far East. In his third year there, he repetiteured for Cambridge University Music Society Chorus, under Stephen Cleobury and Mark Austin, helping them prepare for performances of major concert works. He also accompanied them on their tour to Rome.
Fairbairn also worked as Organist for the Eton Choral Courses that run each summer, and has staffed on Choral courses in Shanghai. William holds the prestigious FRCO diploma, for which he won the Turpin/Durrant and Harding/Durrant prizes, and the Samuel Baker prize for the highest aggregate mark in the examination. William is also busy as a freelance organist around London. He is the Artistic Director of Coro Spezzato, a choir formed during lockdown, comprised of young professionals, that promotes the music of young aspiring composers.