Mon 19 April
Leeds Town Hall
Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music
Graham Barber - organist
Ronald Watson - Eucharistia Listen
Sweelinck - Fantasia Chromatica Listen
Ad Wammes - Toccata Chromatica (Echoes of Sweelinck) Listen
Bach - Prelude & Fugue in A minor BWV543 Listen
Francis Jackson - Worcester Processional op 83; Hymn Prelude on “Repton” op 150 no 2
Paul Ayres - Toccata on All you need is love (Lennon/McCartney) Listen
Programme duration approximately 50 mins.
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Graham Barber is one of the foremost British concert organists of his generation. He made his début in London at the Royal Festival Hall in 1979 and has subsequently played in most major venues in Britain, as well as in Europe, the Far East, Australia and the United States. Recent concerts have been at Notre Dame (Paris), Westminster Cathedral (London), Mainz Cathedral (Germany), Tchaikowsky Hall (Moscow), St. Paul’s Cathedral (London) and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Recordings have included music by Francis Jackson, Percy Whitlock, 17/18th-century German and Dutch music, British Edwardian Music, J. S. Bach, Georg Böhm, Dieterich Buxtehude, Johann Ludwig Krebs, Max Reger and Franz Schmidt. His most recent recording features his own transcription of Sigfrid Karg-Elert’s Second Harmonium Sonata Op.46, played at the Pauluskirche, Ulm.
Emeritus Professor at the University of Leeds, Graham Barber has given masterclasses in Weimar, Enschede, Braga, Lisbon, Cologne, Lillehammer, Moscow and Dallas. His DVD Organ Story charting the restoration of the renowned Schulze organ at Armley, and featuring a performance of the Reubke Sonata, was widely acclaimed. From 2006 – 2009 Graham Barber held a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. In 2015 – 2017 he played the complete organ works of Max Reger in 36 concerts. He also features on Maximum Reger, a set of 6 DVDs recently released by Fugue State Films. In 2019 Graham Barber toured to the U.S.A. where he gave concerts at the East Texas Organ Festival and at Southern Methodist University. In October 2020 he performed concerts in Dortmund, Recklinghausen and Wesel.
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