Organ Recital - Michael Hoeg

This Organ Recital will be given by Michael Hoeg from Falmouth. Michael studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Martindale Sidwell, Eric Thiman, Thurston Dart and Eric Fenby, later going on to London University and Trinity College, Dublin.  After further studies with Martin Neary and Timothy Farrell and after holding the appointment of Head of Music at Queen’s School, Bushey, he was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Londonderry Cathedral in 1972 where he also taught at the High School.  While in Northern Ireland, he was also a peripatetic teacher and music advisor to the Western Education and Library Board. 

In 1980, he moved to Llandaff as Assistant Organist at the Cathedral and Director of Music at the Cathedral School.  He played for the daily services at the Cathedral and has toured Holland, Sweden, Guernsey, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, America, France, the Czech Republic, Italy and Singapore as solo organist, pianist, conductor and accompanist.  In recent years, Michael has performed at Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and York Minster as well as at La Madeleine and Notre Dame in Paris and in the Cathedral at Verona.

He has made many recordings as organist, pianist and conductor with various orchestras and choirs and has written books on extra­-curricular music in schools and on the music of Londonderry Cathedral as well as being the choral music reviewer for the MMA magazine. Among his past pupils are Edward Jones, Director of Music at Harvard College Chapel, USA, the conductors David Jones and Steve Moss and Charlotte Church.  In his spare time he has a great interest in railways.  He holds the prestigious Archbishop of Wales Award for Church Music and was awarded the MBE for his work at Llandaff.

Michael has retired and now lives in Falmouth.


Sonata no. 1 in F minor
Allegro Moderato    Adagio    Andante Recitative    Allegro assai vivace
Felix Mendelssohn(1809-1847)

Three Polish pieces 1530-1650
Preambulum in A minor Anonymous
Hayducki Mikolaj Z. Krakowa (16th century)
Alia Poznanie Mikolaj Z. Krakowa (16th century)

War March of the Priests
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) arr. Michael Høeg

Two pieces from “Changing moods
The Chase – a sinister two-part invention
Dancing Toccata
Christopher Steel (1938-1991)

Improvisation pour les versets du vêpres (no.6)
Pierre Cochereau (1924-1984)

Toccata from Symphonie du Boston
Pierre Cochereau (1924-1984)

Truro Cathedral has one of the finest organs in the country. Built by Father Willis specifically to fit the acoustic of the building, its range, depth and power are truly awe-inspiring.
The weekly Friday lunchtime series runs from March to October and each recital lasts around 50 minutes. These are completely free to attend - donations to support the cathedral's music are appreciated.