Enjoy the return of music to Huddersfield Town Hall and explore our classical music concerts online with Organist Gordon Stewart featuring works by Handel, Bach, Mendelssohn and more, broadcast fortnightly on YouTube from Monday 14 September.
Organ Concert Season Online
Monday 14 September
Gordon Stewart introduces the series and demonstrates the famous Father Willis organ.
Monday 28 September
The series opens with a typical Town Hall programme including Handel’s Overture to the Occasional Oratorio, Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A Minor and Tombelle’s Toccata.
Monday 12 October
Gordon is joined by special guest Tom Osborne, co-principal trumpet of the Hallé Orchestra, in a programme stretching from Padre Martini to Ennio Morricone.
Monday 26 October
Bach’s Cantata 80 is based on Luther’s chorale, Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott. The final movement, one of Bach’s most complex, features chorus, brass and strings. It has been arranged by the American composer Gerald Near as an organ solo; this will be its Huddersfield premier.
Monday 9 November
To celebrate the restoration of the Father Willis organ in 1998 Noel Rawsthorne was asked to write a piece which was performed at a Gala Concert. He was asked for ‘concert music’ and came up with the idea of a suite of dances. They are dedicated to Gordon Stewart who has played them four continents! Tom Osborne makes a guest appearance to play Telemann’s Concerto in D and Noel Rawsthorne’s Aria.
Monday 23 November
Towards the end of his life Noel Rawsthorne was writing a partita based on the chorale Ein’ feste Burg dedicated to Gordon Stewart. Following his death his widow sent the movements which had been completed to Gordon Stewart. Sadly the final movement was incomplete, so Gordon commissioned the organist, pianist and composer Ben Comeau to write the proposed Fugue and Toccata. Today’s performance is the world premier.
Monday 7 December
With Christmas just round the corner Gordon Stewart plays a programme featuring music based on Christmas themes from four countries. Local composer Robert Cockroft is included with his charming Variations on a New Noël.