We are holding a second concert, designed by our Director of Music John Webber, in celebration of our “new” organ. The first was held in January 2012 shortly after the organ had been installed. The concert was a great success and we are delighted to be following it up this year. As well as for organ there will be music for piano duet, brass ensemble and choir.
The organ was built in 1985 by J W Walker of Suffolk and has been generously loaned long-term to the church by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. When the College moved from Central London in 2001 to the site of the old Royal Naval College at Greenwich this organ became surplus to requirements. We are enormously grateful to the College, and are very pleased that Trinity graduate Tyrone Whiting is again participating in the concert, joining our regular team of organists.
The organ was installed in the church in September 2011 by Peter Collins Ltd, organ builders at Melton Mowbray. This came at a time when its predecessor (built in 1951 by N P Mander using substantial parts of an 1831-1907 W Hill instrument plus components salvaged from other war-damaged churches) had finally succumbed to age.
Organists performing at the concert are: John Webber, Andrew Baars, Emily Elias, George Godsmark, Marilyn Harper, Nick Jones and Tyrone Whiting. We will hear music by Mendelssohn, Hindemith, Lefébure-Wély, JS Bach, Guilmant, Stanley, Vierne and Eben.
Pianists performing are Sian Conlon and Seamus Conlon who will play an arrangement for two pianos of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto.
The St John’s Brass Ensemble will play arrangements including folk songs and pieces by Satie.
The St John’s Choir will sing pieces by Boyce, Pfeil and Mendelssohn.
We look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a rich and varied concert.
Tickets are £10 at the door, under-16s free.