Genesis Sixteen appoints new conducting scholar
18 August 2015
Sarah Latto has been announced as the Genesis Sixteen conducting scholar for 2015/16. She follows Robbie Jacobs, the inaugural conducting scholar.
NIIOC announces senior category candidates
18 August 2015
Erwan Le Prado
- Callum Alger - UK
- Sanne Behrends Lorenzen - Denmark
- Yanis Dubois - France
- Jack Redman - UK
- Martina Smyth - Republic of Ireland
- Henry Brearley - UK
- Josie Towle-Jones - UK
- Robbie Carroll - Republic of Ireland
- Alexander Hamilton - UK
- Laurence Long - UK
- Anna Lapwood - UK
- David Bendix Nielsen - Denmark
Choral compositions announced
18 August 2015
The pieces chosen for the Choir & Organ Choral Composition Workshop on 1 September, with Judith Weir and the BBC Singers, are:
- Manos CHARALABOPOULOS: The Cloths of Heaven
- William COLE: ...plorans ploravit...
- Jacob EWENS: After long silence
- Gemma MCGREGOR: Egilsay Kirk
- Angela Elizabeth SLATER: Apparition
- SungLyul YOON: O Virtus Sapientiae
John Scott: concert review
14 August 2015
John Scott at his Three Choirs Festival recital in Hereford Cathedralphoto by Gordon Taylor
On 31 July, John Scott's recital at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford was a sensation (from a review by the editor of the Three Choirs Festival, to be published in the September/October issue of Choir & Organ)
… Scott demonstrated the versatility of the instrument in the big orchestral romanticism of Mendelssohn’s Overture to St Paul (arr. Best), Franck’s Choral no.2 in B minor, and a complete romp through Lemare’s Concert Fantasia; the simple elegance of Mozart’s Adagio and Allegro in F minor K594; and a registrational cornucopia in Bach’s Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor BWV 582 and Dupré’s Variations sur un Noël – I felt like a child in a sweetshop, sampling one delicious flavour after another. The programme also included two new pieces for the Orgelbüchlein Project – Cecilia McDowall’s Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, and the world premiere of Anthony Powers’s O Gott, du frommer Gott – and Scott cleverly preceded each with a Bach chorale prelude that reflected a similar compositional technique: Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend BWV 632 before the Powers, written in a canonic texture, and Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 633, exquisitely embellished, before the McDowall, which also is characterised by delicate ornamentation …
JOHN SCOTT (1956-2015)
13 August 2015
John Scott at his Three Choirs Festival recital in Hereford CathedralCourtesy Three Choirs Festival
The death of John Scott yesterday has shocked the organ world.
Scott had returned to New York, where he was organist and director of music at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, after a European tour which had included a brilliant recital in Hereford Cathedral on 31 July at the Three Choirs Festival. He was hospitalised with a cardiac complaint and died yesterday afternoon, with his wife Lily at his side.
John Scott was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, and was a chorister in the cathedral choir there before going as organ scholar to St John’s College, Cambridge University. Following assistant organist posts at Southwark and St Paul’s cathedrals in London, Scott was succeeded Christopher Dearnley as organist and director of music of St Paul’s in 1990. In the 2004 New Year’s Honours list he was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO).
An obituary will be published in the September/October 2015 issue of Choir & Organ.