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Welcome return concert for former Organ Scholar

Tue, 13 October 2015

On Sunday afternoon, 25th October at 3pm, Michael Papadopoulos will give an organ recital on the famous Harrison & Harrison organ of St Albans Cathedral. Michael served two years as Organ Scholar at the Cathedral until the summer, accompanying the Abbey Girls Choir and Cathedral Choir and assisting with the training of the choristers. Michael studied at Oxford University and subsequently completed a Masters degree in organ performance at the Royal Academy of Music, where he received top prizes this summer. He has recently been appointed to the prestigious posts of Assistant Organist to the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge.

Michael’s programme includes works by Boëly, Clérambaut, Schumann, Elgar and Bach’s masterpiece, the Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor. This is part of an occasional series of Sunday afternoon organ concerts at the Cathedral, and Andrew Lucas, Master of the Music, said ‘These Sunday recitals give an opportunity to hear a full-length organ concert on Cathedral organ, which is regarded as one of the finest organs in the country. We are delighted to welcome back Michael Papadopoulos, who gave excellent service to the Cathedral as Organ Scholar, and who is embarking on an impressive musical career.’

The recital will last around 60 minutes, and a retiring collection will be taken towards the work of the Cathedral Music Department.

Further recitals this year are given by Matthew Dunn, Organist & Director of Music at St Botolph’s, Aldgate (Wednesday 11th November, 12.30pm), and by the Cathedral’s Assistant Master of the Music, Tom Winpenny (Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur on Sunday 6th December, 5.15pm).

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