Wednesday Lunchtime Organ Recital: Johan Hammarström

Wed, 8 November 2017 at 12.30pm

On Wednesday 8 November, Organist at Västerås Cathedral, Sweden, Johan Hammarström gives a lunchtime organ recital of Swedish organ music 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.


Passacaglia och fuga (1948)   Åke Malmfors (1918-1951)

Altartavla (2014)  Judith Bingham (b.1952)

Kyrie – Chorale – Toccata (2016/2017)   Anton Linnerhed (b.1991)

Johan Hammarström began his studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 1997, graduating with a Masters in Church Music in 2002. Among his teachers were Professors Torvald Torén and Erik Boström for organ studies, Professors Stefan Parkman and Anders Eby for choral conducting and Per Anderberg for orchestral conducting.     

Having completed his Masters, Johan Hammarström was accepted for the organ diploma course, where he studied for Erik Boström.

Johan Hammarström has taken part in several master classes for organists, with Hans Fagius, Olivier Latry, Susanne Landale and David Sanger and also in choral conducting with Stephen Cleobury, Michael Glaser and Denis Rouger. Since the autumn of 2003 Johan Hammarström has worked as Assistant Director of Music in Västerås Cathedral and in 2014 he was appointed Director of Music in the same Cathedral. In Västerås he is responsible for the extensive music department and conducts the Cathedral’s Motet Choir. As conductor he has performed a number of the great sacred oratorios with choir and orchestra as well as a capella repertoire. In the Cathedral’s organ recital series he has played the complete works of both Dietrich Buxtehude and Felix Mendelssohn. During 2010 the complete works of both Robert Schumann and César Franck were performed during the concert series.

In the autumn of 2006 he received the Gotthard Arnér Scholarship for the promotion of the art of organ playing.

An important element in Västerås Cathedral’s music life is commissioning new music, a project that Johan Hammarström initiated in 2006 and subsequently been a driving force in developing. So far, it has resulted in twenty commissions by both Swedish and international composers such as Sven-David Sandström, Jan Sandström, Judith Bingham and Matthew Martin.

Alongside his work in the parish he is active as an organist, accompanist and conductor. In May 2004 he conducted the first performance of Carl Unander-Scharin’s church opera The Acts of the Apostles (commissioned by the parish of St. John’s in Stockholm). From 2006 – 2008 he conducted the National Youth Choir of the Church of Sweden, with whom he gave the first performance of Thomas Jennefelt’s One seen. Since the autumn of 2009 he has held an appointment as lecturer in choral conducting at the School of Music, Theatre and Art at Örebro University.


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