Organ Recital Rochdale Town Hall
October 10: 12:00 - 13:00
Rochdale Town Hall
Organ Concert by Paul Carr (Birmingham)
Saturday 10th October at 12:00pm
C.H.H. Parry (1848–1918)
The Birds of Aristophanes: March
John Ireland (1879–1962)
Miniature Suite: Villanella
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Cantata 29: Sinfonia
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) [Arr. Reginald Goss-Custard]
Symphony no 7: Allegretto
Marcel Dupré (1886–1971)
Prelude and Fugue in B
Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924)
Pelléas et Mélisande: Sicilienne
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Pièces de Fantaisie: Hymne au Soleil
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)
Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937)
Marche Américaine Op 31 [arr. Dupré]
Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881) [Arr. Paul Carr]
Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904) [Arr. David Briggs]
Slavonic Dance in C major ‘Furiant’, Op.46 no.1
Paul Carr is a freelance musician based in Birmingham. He studied organ with Dr Roy Massey MBE at Hereford Cathedral and Professor David Saint at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with first-class honours. Paul was Director of Music at St Paul’s, Birmingham for thirteen years until 2016, President of the Birmingham Organists Association for six years until 2014, and in 2015 was awarded Honorary Membership of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Paul’s concert and recital schedule takes him all over the UK, he has also performed in Germany and France, including return visits to Magdeburg Cathedral and Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. There have been several visits to the USA where highlights include solo recitals at Washington National Cathedral, St Patrick’s Cathedral New York City and a dedication concert on the new 5-manual organ in Fourth Church, Chicago.
For over twenty-five years Paul has given monthly organ recitals in the Midlands, his current series Sunday Afternoon Organ Music takes place at Holy Trinity Wordsley on the first Sunday of every month at 3pm. He also plays six of the recitals annually in the Thursday Live series at St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham, where he also recorded his critically acclaimed début solo CD French Flavours. Since March, and most probably for the rest of 2020 both recital series have been suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic, though there have been some online performances in recent months.
Paul worked in education for 18 years until 2014, class-teaching throughout this time and leading as Music Coordinator in a large primary school. He is now regularly engaged by Dudley Performing Arts for both accompanying and choral training projects. Paul is Musician in Residence at Holy Trinity Parish Church Wordsley, Stourbridge; Director of Music to The St Ignatius Singers; Organist to St Bartholomew’s Parish Church Penn, Wolverhampton, Artistic Director to the Thursday Live Recital Series at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham and Musical Director of Selly Park Singers, Birmingham.