Salisbury Cathedral’s director of music to give organ recital in Lyme Regis

David HallsRENOWNED organist David Halls will give a recital at St Michael’s Parish Church in Lyme Regis on Tuesday, July 5.

The performance, on the church’s magnificent Škrabl organ, looks set to be the highlight of the South Wessex Organ Society’s programme of events for this year.

David is the director of music at Salisbury Cathedral. In addition to his daily duties there, he has toured widely with the cathedral choirs and has appeared as conductor, accompanist and soloist in many concerts and recordings.

He has recorded three solo albums on the cathedral’s Willis organ and others elsewhere, and is also active as a composer of choral and organ works.

He is the president of the Salisbury and District Organists’ Association, an organ consultant to the Diocese of Salisbury, and conducts the Salisbury Musical Society and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra.

David’s programme will open with the Prelude to the Te Deum by French Baroque composer Charpentier, and continue with JS Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor.

More modern pieces will include Outer Hebrides by Paul Halley, Hornpipe Humoresque by Noel Rawsthorne, and one of David’s own compositions, Partita for Organ.

The recital starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £12 on the door (cash and card payments are accepted).

The society’s recital programme will continue on Sunday, September 18 (performer to be announced) then on Sunday, October 16 there will be a recital by Kentaro Machida, organ scholar at Merton College, Oxford.

Both these events start at 3pm and are free with a retiring collection.

Full details of all these events are on the SWOS website at www.sworgansociety.org

Encouraging a love of organ music

The South Wessex Organ Society was founded in 2017 and aims to encourage organ playing and the appreciation of sacred and secular organ music across the region.

It works towards this purpose both through recitals and concerts and through practical courses that encourage existing organists on their musical path.

The society grew out of the Lyme Regis Organ School and has continued the annual winter course that has been a valuable learning experience for organists of all ages over the last decade. 

Membership of the society is open to all, organists and non-organists alike, and is £15 single and £25 for a couple.

Subscriptions provide a vital source of income, but equally important is their involvement in helping the society to achieve its aims. 

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