J S Bach (1685 - 1750)
Prelude, Trio and Fugue in Bb
Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Vier Skizzen Op.56
1. Nicht schnell und sehr markiert
2. Nicht schnell und sehr markiert
Jean Langlais (1907 - 1991)
Variations on a theme of Frescobaldi
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
Sonata no 2 in c
Grave - Adagio – Allegro maestoso e vivace - Fuga
John Gardner (1917 - 2011)
1. La volta
Percy Grainger (1882 – 1961)
Handel in the Strand (arr. W. Stockmeier)
Stephen Farr opens both the recital series in 2015, and also this year's Notting Hill Mayfest. Recognised as "one of the brightest and most active English recitalists" who "plays with immaculate finish and buoyancy" (Classic CD), he is widely regarded as one of the finest organists of his generation, with a virtuoso technique and an impressive stylistic grasp of a wide-ranging repertoire. He combines a busy freelance playing career as soloist, continuo player and accompanist with the post of Director of Music at St Paul’s Knightsbridge, one of London’s most prominent churches. One of the youngest musicians ever to receive support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Stephen Farr studied with Robert Munns and David Sanger in London and Cambridge. A subsequent grant from the Worshipful Company of Musicians (W.T. Best Scholarship) enabled him to receive further tuition from Piet Kee in Haarlem and Hans Fagius in Copenhagen. In 1984 he became Organ Scholar of Clare College Cambridge, where he obtained a double first in Music and a Master’s degree in Musicology. Posts at Christ Church Oxford and Winchester Cathedral preceded his appointment in 1999 as Organist of Guildford Cathedral, a position which he held until 2007. In 2014 he completed a PhD on the organ and harpsichord works of Judith Bingham.
Since winning the Royal College of Organists Performer of the Year in 1988 and prizes at international competitions in Odense, St Alban’s and Paisley, Stephen Farr has enjoyed recognition as a solo performer at international level, with appearances in North and South America, Australia – including a concerto performance in Sydney Opera House – and throughout Europe.
He maintains a regular broadcast presence, and as a recitalist has featured frequently in the main series of the major venues in the UK – among them St Paul’s Cathedral (where he has appeared twice in the Celebrity Series), Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, King’s College Cambridge, St David’s Hall Cardiff, St John’s Smith Square, Symphony Hall Birmingham, the Bridgewater Hall Manchester, the St David’s Festival, the Chester Festival and the Fairfield Halls. Other venues include La Trinité and Notre Dame in Paris, and the Laurenskerk, Alkmaar.
Don't miss this opporinuty to hear one of Britain's foremost organists play in Notting Hill.