Sunday Afternoon Organ Concert: Thomas Trotter

Sun, 27 August 2017 at 3.00pm

On Sunday 27th August, Thomas Trotter, Birmingham City Organist, 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.


Toccata & Fugue in D minor ‘Dorian’ BWV 538 JS Bach

Three Welsh Preludes: Bryn Calfaria - Rhosymedre - Hyfrydol Vaughan Williams

A Song of Sunshine Hollins

Fantasia & Toccata in D minor Stanford

Nocturne (arr. G. Bennett) & Scherzo (arr. S. Warren) from A Midsummer Night's Dream Mendelssohn

Overture to St Paul (arr. W. T. Best) Mendelssohn 


Thomas Trotter is one of Britain’s most widely admired musicians.  The excellence of his musicianship is reflected internationally in his musical partnerships.  He performs as soloist with, amongst many others, the conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly and Sir Charles Mackerras.  He has performed in Berlin’s “Philharmonie”, the “Gewandhaus” in Leipzig, the “Concertgebouw” in Amsterdam, the “Musikverein” and the “Konzerthaus” in Vienna and London’s Royal Festival Hall. He has played inaugural concerts in places such as Princeton University Chapel USA, Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand, the Royal Albert Hall London, and Moscow's International Performing Arts Centre. He won the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Best Instrumentalist in 2002, and in 2012 he was named International Performer of the Year by the New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. This year he was awarded the Medal of the Royal College of Organists for his achievements in organ-playing.

Thomas Trotter was appointed Birmingham City Organist in 1983 in succession to Sir George Thalben-Ball, and he is also Organist at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey. Earlier in his career he was organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, winning the First Prize at the St Albans International Organ Competition in his final year. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University in 2003 and from Birmingham University in 2006.

Alongside his regular recitals in Birmingham, Thomas Trotter tours on four continents and plays at many international festivals such as Bath, Salzburg, and the BBC Proms. He is an active recording artist, appearing on the Decca, Hyperion, Regent and Chandos labels. Current engagements include concerts at the Meyerson Hall Dallas, Elbe Philharmonie Hamburg, Leipzig Gewandhaus, St Bavo Haarlem, Berlin Dom, Freiburg Cathedral, Maison de Radio France Paris, and concerto performances with the London Mozart Players, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the RTE Orchestra Dublin. 


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