Mon 15 March
Leeds Town Hall
Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music
Alan Horsey - Halifax Organist
Smart - Festive March in D Listen
Kerll - Canzona in D minor
Bach - Prelude & Fugue in G BWV550 Listen
Rutter - Toccata in Seven Listen
Rowley - Soliloquy
Jackson - The Sweet Rivelet
Peeters - Variations and Finale on an Old Flemish Song Listen
Alan Horsey was born in the New Forest town of Fordingbridge and received his musical training at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Richard Popplewell, then Organist of St Michael’s, Cornhill. Following appointments in Leeds, where he was the Organ Fellow at Leeds Polytechnic and member of its part-time staff (a period when he also enjoyed a happy association with the music at Leeds Parish Church) and at St James’, Muswell Hill in North London, he became organist at Bradford Cathedral in 1986, holding this position with distinction until 2002.
From 1997 to 2015 he served to much acclaim as Conductor of Ilkley and Otley Choral Societies. He now pursues a freelance career as a continuo player and as accompanist to Leeds Philharmonic Society and Overgate Hospice Choir based in Halifax. Such spare time as Alan now has is devoted to pipe-organ restoration, working with John R Clough and Son Ltd. Additional to his work in Leeds, Halifax and elsewhere, Alan is often to be heard at Sheffield Cathedral and elsewhere each season as organist and keyboard player in concerts by Sheffield Bach Choir.
Alan is married to Elisabeth, who teaches music at a Special School in Halifax; they have two adult children – Alice, who is a Stage Manager working in London West End Theatres and Edward, a Jazz Trombonist, also working in London.
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