2012 UK Tour

11/29/2012

Immediately following a fairytale-like two weeks in France spent playing some recitals and visiting historic organs from the Isnard in St. Maximin in Provence to the Cathédrales of Auch and Orléans, my sixth concert tour of the UK would only prove to prolong those wonderful feelings and provide yet more intense musical energy.  Beginning with a huge program of Widor, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Duruflé, and Liszt at the inspiring and lofty York Minster, I spent an enjoyable few days discovering every corner of this historic and very beautiful instrument.  Though a long, unexpected fire alarm prevented an on-time start of that first York recital, it ranks among the most memorable of my concert career.  There’s nothing quite like being in such a space as that, gazing down the long perpendicular gothic nave from the organ loft…

One of the particular joys of this tour was the visits from friends and colleagues from all over the UK, USA, Germany, and France.  Already in York, with my friend Marietta from Chicago, Volker from Stuttgart, and Paul from Exeter, we had quite a few bases covered.  With Julien's arrival in Truro, all of my various "homes" over time were represented!  The next days saw visits to instruments at Worcester Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral, and St. Mary's Redcliffe - three very different, very interesting, and very beautiful instruments.  



In 2009 I made my UK debut at Christchurch Priory (albeit somewhat delayed), and this second performance was equally enjoyable.  It was a pure delight to spend several days with Geoffrey Morgan there, an expert on the 19th and early-20th century English tradition of organ playing.  After a brief pause spent in the Devon countryside at Paul Goodman's Nichols Nymet House, we were off to Truro, where I would offer my second performance on Father Willis' masterpiece.  As on my previous visit in 2010, I was absolutely mesmerized by the poetry of this organ, where particularly in the subtleties and intensity of the Saint-Saëns "Fantaisie in D-flat" and the Liszt "Les Preludes," it was hard to imagine a greater vehicle for these works.  Luke Bond and Chris Gray could not have been more wonderful and generous hosts during my memorable stay - many thanks to that amazing team!



The final concert of this tour was also a repeat visit to the spectacular 1864 Father Willis organ at the Great Torrington Parish Church.  A gem among English organs, its fire and ice tierce-mixtures, and brilliant reeds never cease to amaze me.  

A leisurely week spent in London, St. Albans, and Oxford with many friends and colleagues, some absolutely delicious food, and many beautiful concerts put the whole experience "over-the-top" in every regard.  Thank you to all for so many memorable musical and personal souvenirs of this most recent visit to the UK!  (pictured below: 1907 J.W. Walker & Sons Organ at Bristol Cathedral)

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