Organ Recital

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 Mark Swinton from St Mary's Warwick.

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.

Programme

Huit Chants de Bretagne – Jean Langlais (1907-1991) 

1.Ar Baradoz (In Paradise)
2.Lavaromp ar Chapeled (Let us say the Rosary)
3.Angélus
4.Nouel breizonek (Breton Carol)
5.Jezuz, va Zalver benniget (Jesus, my blessed Saviour)
6.Jezuz lavar d'eomp pedi (Jesus tells us to pray)
7.Itron varia Rumengol (To the Lilies with their silvery leaves)
8.Sonjit den Faziet (Think upon Eternity) 

Fantaisie No.1 – Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) 

Biography of Mark Swinton

Mark Swinton was educated at the King's School, Chester, beginning his organ studies with Roger Fisher whilst there, and studied for Music degrees at the University of York where his tutors included John Scott Whiteley and Dr Francis Jackson. He has subsequently studied and participated in masterclasses with Johannes Geffert, David Briggs and Dame Gillian Weir.  A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists since 2006, he has given numerous recitals at venues throughout the UK.  He has also performed in France, Germany, Holland and Spain both as a soloist and an accompanist.  He is married to Holly, a primary school teacher and dyslexia specialist. They have two sons, Conrad and Angelo. 

This October, Mark will celebrate 10 years of service as Assistant Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, having previously held appointments at Kendal Parish Church, Bath Abbey and Clifton College, Bristol.  At Warwick, he accompanies the Church’s Choirs in their round of four choral services every week and in their busy regime of concerts, tours, recordings including the recent CDs Christmas from Warwick and Gaudeamus omnes (Regent Records) and broadcasts including BBC TV Songs of Praise, BBC Radio 2 Sunday Half-Hour, Radio 3 Choral Evensong and Radio 4 Sunday Worship. Mark also directs St Mary’s Scholars, the Church’s mixed adult chamber choir. He has also served as Acting Director of Music for the latter half of 2017. 

Mark’s recital engagements have taken him all over the UK and abroad. His first solo CD Colours of the Klais (Cloister Records) celebrating the 10th anniversary of Bath Abbey’s Klais organ, was released in 2007. Further CDs have included A Bach Family Album (2015) and The Ord-Tempered Harpsichord (2016) for Willowhayne Records, as well as The Lark in the Chapel (2015), a recording of works for violin and organ with Lucy Phillips, and FJ 100 (2017) celebrating the 100th birthday of Dr Francis Jackson, reissued by Willowhayne under the title 100+ Organ Music by Francis Jackson, which was awarded Editor’s Choice in Organists’ Review in November 2020. 

For more information, please visit his website: www.markswinton.co.uk