The 2019 SAOM leaflet was released at November’s performance.
Further details will appear on the Sunday Afternoon Organ Music page in December 2018 and full programmes will be posted in advance each month.
For January and February the full programmes already appear on the diary page.
Paul’s message in the leaflet reads:
“Welcome to the 17th season of Sunday Afternoon Organ Music.
Over the past 16 years it has been my privilege each month to perform 45 minutes of organ music. Planning the programmes presents almost as many challenges as playing the music itself; I aim to programme pieces in a balance of styles, speeds, volumes and lengths. Sometimes it comes easily, at other times it takes longer to get it right.
Over the 180 programmes played so far the most performed work is, perhaps unsurprisingly, J.S. Bach’s Toccata & Fugue in D minor which I’ve played here eight times, equating to every other year. Some of the Christmas pieces, some of Vierne’s works and Widor’s Toccata have featured five times. Over 250 pieces have been played just once in the series and there are still 50 pieces in my repertoire that at the time of writing I’ve not yet played in the series. In addition to this I am constantly discovering and learning new repertoire.
The organ at Holy Trinity makes a fine sound and gives a good account of many different corners of both the organ repertoire and also orchestral transcriptions. As is expected with anything which is old, contains many moving parts, intricate leatherwork, and very complex wiring, there are ongoing maintenance issues to deal with alongside some larger restoration projects. We are therefore grateful for all donations received at these performances which go towards the upkeep of the organ so that it may continue to inspire musicians and enrich lives through the music played on it for generations to come.”
Musician in Residence; Holy Trinity Parish Church Wordsley