13th June: Lunchtime Concert – David Lovell Brown (Organ)

The last in the current season of Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime concerts will be an organ recital by David Lovell Brown, Organist to Stamford Endowed Schools. This will be the first organ concert at St John’s following the restoration of our organ, which was damaged by a fire in the blower motor in March last year. The damage caused meant that David’s concert planned for last May had to be cancelled, and we’re very happy that he is finally able to play for us. The programme consists of some of the most popular and well-known music ever written for the organ.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard.

The concert will begin promptly at 1pm. Admission is free, but those who are able to afford it are asked to make a donation. The suggested amount is £4.

Programme:

Toccata and Fugue in D minor – Johann Sebastian Bach
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring – Johann Sebastian Bach
“Wachet auf” – Johann Sebastian Bach
The Prince of Denmark’s March – Jeremiah Clarke
Gymnopedie No. 1 – Erik Satie
Choral Song – Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Andante Tranquillo – Peter Warlock
Festal Offertorium – Percy Fletcher
“Rhosymedre” – Ralph Vaughan-Williams
Marche Triomphale – Sigfrid Karg-Elert

David Lovell Brown B.Mus., (Hons) Edin., A.R.C.O., L.R.A.M.

David at the organ of York Minster

David began his musical career with piano lessons from the age of seven. Soon after, he became a treble chorister in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court. When his voice broke, he started to learn the organ and soon took on his first post as a church organist. Later, while still at school, he moved to another church (St. Paul’s, East Molesey) where he was both organist and choirmaster.

He studied music at Edinburgh University and held the Hollins Organ scholarship for two years, leaving university with a B.Mus. degree, an A.R.C.O. diploma and an L.R.A.M. in choral conducting. After a year in Cambridge studying for a Cert.Ed., he was appointed to the post of Assistant Director of Music at Stamford School where he taught for 35 years. During that time he was made Director of Chapel Music and, latterly, Head of Music Technology.

He has also been Music Director of Stamford Opera club, Chairman of the Stamford Shakespeare company and is presently Chairman of Music at St Martins.

Although now retired from teaching, David is still the organist for Stamford Endowed Schools and often plays for other churches in the town. He is the regular accompanist for the Stamford Singers. He is also a tutor for the Stamford U3A, running a singing group through the year and giving courses in music appreciation at the annual U3A summer school at Harlaxton Manor.

In recent years he has accompanied the Stamford Singers when they sang services at the following cathedrals and churches:
Lincoln, Southwell Minster, Coventry, Lichfield, Derby, Norwich, Birmingham, Ely, Westminster Abbey, Peterborough, Wells, York Minster, Salisbury, Doncaster Minster,Winchester, St Asaph’s, etc.
(The event cover photo shows David at the organ of York Minster)

He has also accompanied the Lincoln Singers and the Romsey Singers at Coventry, Peterborough and Southwell Minster.

When Stamford Endowed Schools Choirs visited Washington DC, he accompanied their Choral Evensong in the National Cathedral.

Most recently, he has been Musical Director for the Stamford Shoestring Company production of ‘Cowardy Custard’.

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