Organ Recital - Stephen King

This Organ Recital will be given by Stephen King. Stephen is in his 28th year as organist of Brentwood Cathedral.  He studied at Trinity College of Music, and subsequently with John Birch.

Distinguished composers with whom he has worked include John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, and Colin Mawby.  He has performed the organ concertos of both John Gardner and Andrew Carter (giving the second UK performance of the latter work), and to mark his first 25 years at Brentwood Cathedral, he commissioned an organ work – “Carillon” – from Philip Moore.  He has also worked closely with Diana Burrell, whose Missa Brevis was composed in 2016/17 for Brentwood Cathedral Choir.

He has appeared as organist with the Southend Boys Choir and Southend Girls Choir on numerous overseas tours, at various American, Canadian and European venues including St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, and, last year, in Australia and Hong Kong.

His musical interests include off-the-beaten-track works, and works for organ with solo instruments, of which he has given many performances. He is a trustee of the Royal College of Organists.

 Programme

Piece d'orgue, BWV 572
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Cantilene in A flat
William Wolstenholme (1865-1931)

Chorale no 1 in E
César Franck (1822-1890)

Funeral March for a Marionette
Charles Gounod (1818-1893), arr William T. Best (1826-1897)

Resurgam
Harvey Grace (1874-1944)

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.