St Andrews December Organ Recital

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A large audience attended the concert in St Andrew's on Friday 9th December, when former Director of Music, Michael Reynolds, gave what has turned out to be his Farewell Concert.

With the projection of the organ onto a screen, we were able to appreciate the intricacies of Michael's playing, especially for J.S.Bach's two Choral Preludes "In dulci Jubilo" and "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme". The second being played almost in its entirety one handed. These were followed by the gentle and soul searching "Pastoral Symphony from G.F.Handel's" Messiah"

In a more reflective mood, we heard David Willocks "Postlude on Mendlessohn",John Ireland's "The Holy Boy", and Richard Purvis's "Prelude on "Greensleeves" Moving to the piano, Michael gave us his into his Jazz mood, with four well known Christmas songs arranged by Nikki Iles. To complete his repertoire back on the organ, Howard Blakes haunting "Walking in the Air", was followed by the ever popular rousing "Toccato from Symphony No 5 in F Major" by Charles-Marie Widor.

We are certain that Michael will be back to entertain us again in the future, and we wish him well in his career move, and thank him for the 50 plus concerts and recitals that he has organised in the past seven years.

We also hope to be able to continue our musical events in St Andrew,s, and are pleased to announce that the renowned Flint Male Voice Choir will be with us on Saturday 8th April 2017.

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