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This short animation from 1976 was made by Bill Mather, a Bristol-based animator. It pioneered the technique of animating to an unscripted conversation, which in this case was a clandestine recording of his own son’s choirboy audition. This took place in St Mary Redcliffe church, with the choirmaster Bryan Anderson. The film was the pilot for a BBC series that became Animated Conversations, which in turn led to the TV series Creature Comforts.

French Classical Organ Music

Dr David Ponsford is a scholar, performer and teacher with a wealth of knowledge, especially of the 17th and 18th century.  He has made many highly acclaimed recordings and written a book about French Organ Music in the Reign of Louis XIV.  This copiously illustrated lecture recital gave an opportunity to learn more about this genre of organ music.

Canterbury Cathedral Organ Opening Recital

Launching the 2021 recital series, Nathan Laube chose an exciting and varied programme to show off the new Harrison & Harrison organ. Known for his brilliant playing, gracious demeanour, and creative programming he has earned high praise from critics and peers alike.

Thomas Gaynor,
Boardwalk Halls, October 2021

Thomas Gaynor plays the worlds largest pipe organ in Atlantic City with a Halloween programme to thrill and chill, including music by: Bach, Camille Saint-Saens, Lloyd-Weber.

Scott Brothers Duo

The Scott Brothers’ home concert on 16 January 2021, featuring music for harmonium and piano duo, piano duet, piano solo and harmonium solo.

David Bednall at All Saints, Clifton

We hosted an organ recital by Dr David Bednall at All Saints in Clifton, Bristol on Saturday 17th October 2020. David played a really interesting and varied programme of music based on other themes, many of the pieces by living composers – five of them from the Bristol area.

Norman Harper, All Saints Clifton July 2021

Our church garden picnic social event was followed by a recital with Norman Harper playing an interesting and varied programme which is listed within the video. Further information about Norman can be found in past events listings.

Jonathan Scott
29th May 2021

Jonathan Scott demonstrates the full symphonic capabilities of Chester Cathedral’s Grand Pipe Organ as he performs virtuosic arrangements of some of the greatest Orchestral Favourites.

Claire Alsop Lunchtime Music

Claire Alsop recorded this at St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol, where she is Assistant Organist, for her Facebook recital series ‘Lunchtime Music for All’. It’s the Toccata in G major by Theodore Dubois.

Jeanne Demessieux at Colston Hall in 1967

Jeanne Demessieux gave a recital in the Colston Hall on 3rd March 1967, the year before she died. It was recorded by the BBC and subsequently issued on a Decca LP. This excerpt  is of an improvisation on a theme of Dr Adrian Beaumont who was Professor of Music at Bristol University at the time. Earlier that year she had also recorded in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, where Richard Lea, is currently Organist. He has found this recording and is interested to know if anyone has any comments or recollections of the event, or if anyone is in touch with Adrian Beaumont?