Music for Christmas
St Albans Cathedral Choir
Directed by Andrew Lucas
Organ: Simon Johnson Read more
Drawing extensively on Peter Hurford’s history of the organs of St Albans Abbey, this publication also has much additional and fascinating material, including a chapter on the restoration completed in 2009. Short biographies of many previous Organists and Masters of the Music also feature.
By Andrew Lucas
2009 | 50pp Read more
Olivier Messiaen's early organ work helped establish him as a towering figure of 20th century music. L'Ascension is the most significant of these, with it's majesty, dazzling colours and near-static serenity and timelessness.
Played by Tom Winpenny, Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral Read more
Ten years after writing "Les Corps glorieux" Olivier Messiaen developed a plan to compose a Book of Rhythmic Studies for the organ. This resulted in two distinct works of which Livre d'orgue proved to be an anthology representative of his compositional thinking at the time. Read more
Olivier Messiaen was a towering figure in 20th century music, and for many years he considered the Corps glorieux the favourite of his own works. Read more
Works by Walton, Bach, Gowers, Handel, Vierne, Willan, Hurford and Preston played by the Cathedral Assistant Master of the Music, Tom Winpenny. Read more