Lunchtime Organ Recital: Adrian Lucas
Wed, 24 May 2017 at 12.30pm
On Wednesday 24th May, Adrian Lucas, Head of Choral Studies at the Royal School of Church Music, gives a lunchtime organ recital at St Albans Cathedral.
All are welcome; the recital will be around half an hour and admission is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral music funds.
Grand Choeur in D Alexandre Guilmant
Canon in B minor Robet Schumann
Miror Ad Wammes
1812 Overture Tchaikovsky
Adrian Lucas is a freelance musician with an enviable reputation as a conductor, choral director and organist.
For some 30 years he worked in cathedral music: following an organ scholarship at St John’s College, Cambridge, he held posts at Portsmouth, Norwich, Salisbury and Worcester Cathedrals. Alongside this he established his conducting skills with a number of choral and orchestral groups, including the Worcester Festival Choral Society, the City of Birmingham Choir and, for 15 years, the Three Choirs Festival. In January 2012 he left the cathedral to concentrate on his freelance performing work and to establish his recording company, Acclaim Productions. He is also Head of Choral Studies at the Royal School of Church Music and chairman of the British Music Society.
Adrian continues to perform regularly as an organist and has made many CD recordings and broadcasts, both as soloist and accompanist. He has played in Australia, most European countries and from coast to coast in the United States and Canada. In the UK he has played at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s and Southwark Cathedrals in London, as well as a wealth of venues including Cathedrals and major churches in Birmingham, Canterbury, Chichester, Coventry, Gloucester, Hereford, Norwich, Peterborough, Salisbury, St David’s, Truro, Winchester and York. He is especially renowned for performances of organ transcriptions, including some of the great cornerstones of the classical and romantic repertoire. Recordings include the last recording on the old Worcester organ (Regent Records) with music by Walton, Elgar, Stravinsky and Wagner, and the inaugural recording on the new Kenneth Tickell instrument, featuring Julius Reubke’s Sonata on the 94th Psalm and the complete 1ère Symphonie of Louis Vierne.