Sunday Afternoon Organ Concert: Nicholas Freestone
Sun, 22 October 2017 at 3.00pm
On Sunday 22nd October, Organ Scholar at St Paul's Cathedral, Nicholas Freestone gives an afternoon organ recital at St Albans Cathedral.
All are welcome; the recital will be around 60 minutes long and admission is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral music funds.
Pièce d’Orgue BWV 572 JS Bach
Sonata in B flat, op. 65, no. 4 Felix Mendelssohn
Prière après la communion (from Livre du Saint Sacrement) Olivier Messiaen
Sonata no. 1 in D minor, op. 42 Alexandre Guilmant
Nicholas Freestone is Organ Scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral, where he shares in the playing of the daily services and plays a full role in the activities of the thriving music department.
Between September 2015 and July 2017, Nicholas was Organ Scholar at St Albans Cathedral, where he accompanied the Abbey Girls Choir, directed the Abbey Singers, and assisted in the accompaniment of the Cathedral Choir and the training of its probationers. As their principal organist, Nicholas accompanied the Abbey Girls Choir on BBC Songs of Praise and for a live Radio 3 broadcast. Other highlights included playing for a special service celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Abbey Girls Choir, including accompanying the first performance of a new anthem composed for the choir by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music.
Nicholas is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he held the Organ Scholarship at Worcester College between 2011 and 2014. Nicholas was responsible for the day-to-day running of the chapel music, including training the college’s boy trebles and directing the choir or playing the organ for four choral services each week. Whilst at Oxford, Nicholas broadcast on BBC Radio 4 both as choir director and organist, performed as organist on two recordings that gained the accolade of BBC Music Magazine ‘Christmas Choice’ and directed Worcester College Mixed Choir in concert at St John’s Smith Square.
Nicholas has also held organ scholarships at Tewkesbury Abbey and Wells Cathedral.