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May 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Join us at 5 pm following Choral Evensong for an Organ Concert featuring talented young English organist, Nicholas Morris. Works will include:
- Alain: Litanies (JA 119)
- Duruflé: Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain (Op 7)
- Buxtehude: Präludium in C (BuxWV 137)
- Eben: Hommage à Dietrich Buxtehude (Toccatenfuge)
- Landmann: Variations on a Theme by Handel (Op 29)
Admission is free, donations are accepted (suggested donations: $20 adult, $15 senior, $5 college)
Nicholas Morris spent his early musical years as a chorister at Westminster Abbey under the direction of James O’Donnell. He was subsequently a Music and Academic Scholar at Uppingham School. Between 2011 and 2014, Nicholas held the Organ Scholarship at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he also read for a degree in music. After graduation, he moved to the West Midlands and took up the post of Assistant Organist at Birmingham Cathedral.
Nicholas has performed extensively as a soloist both in the UK and abroad. International engagements have included performances in Norway, the United States, and in the opening concert of the 2012 City of Münster Orgelsommer. Domestic recital venues have included St Paul’s and Southwark Cathedrals in London, the Cathedrals in Ely and Truro, and Westminster Abbey. Nicholas has a particular interest in new music, and gave a solo recital as part of the 2014 London Festival of Contemporary Church music. He regularly collaborates with composer Toby Young and has premiered several of his works. Future engagements include recitals in Westminster Cathedral and St Chad’s, Birmingham, and in the inaugural recital series on the new Marc Garnier organ at Birmingham University.
Nicholas also enjoys performing with singers and instrumentalists, recently giving a performance of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and directing Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg concerto from the harpsichord. As accompanist to the Cambridge University Society (CUMS) Chorus during 2012 and 2013, Nicholas acted as an assistant to Stephen Cleobury, and was the organist for all concerts over the season. He is currently the accompanist for the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir, under the direction of Paul Spicer, and plays for their busy schedule of concerts, CD recordings, and radio broadcasts. While in Cambridge, Nicholas took organ lessons with William Whitehead. He continues his studies in Birmingham with Henry Fairs.