Tonight's performance by Thomas Trotter is now postponed to a later date tbc due to unforseen delays with the organ. The evening will be now be a free event with St John's Musical Director Ben Atkinson giving a performance following the launch of the new permanent exhibition about the history of the organ and its links to William Wilberforce, the history of St John’s, and the history of Notting Hill. There will also be a short talk entitled ‘The Curious History of the St John’s Organ’ by organ specialist John Norman, who will explain the historical provenance of the organ at St John’s Church. There will be opportunity to come and view the organ and ask questions about its restoration. Join us for an evening of musical performance and culture, with complementary drinks reception.
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Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, London, W11 2NN
Nearest tube: Holland Park, Notting Hill Gate
Buses: Ladbroke Grove 228, 52.
Holland Park Avenue 31, 94, 148.
6.00pm Exhibition Opening and drinks
7.00pm John Norman, Talk
8.00pm Thomas Trotter, organ
J. S. Bach Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Bull Four Early English Pieces
O.Messiaen Alléluias sereins & Transports de joie (from L’Ascension)
E.Elgar Vesper Voluntaries
Introduction – Andante – Andantino
Poco lento – Poco allegro
L.Vierne Carillon de Westminster
R.Goss-Custard Chelsea Fayre
E.Coates arr Thomas Trotter Knightsbridge March
A. Guilmant March on a theme of Handel
Doors open at 5.45pm
Thomas Trotter is one of Britain’s most widely admired musicians. He is Resident Organist at Symphony HalL of Birmingham, Organist at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, in London and Visiting Fellow in Organ Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. Earlier in his career he was organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and he later continued his studies with Marie-Claire Alain in Paris where he took the Prix de Virtuosité in her class. Thomas Trotter is a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious Instrumentalist Award in recognition of his particular achievements and as “one of the foremost exponents of the organist’s art”. Alongside his regular recitals in Birmingham, Thomas Trotter performs throughout the USA and Europe. He performs as soloist with, amongst many others, the conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly and Sir Charles Mackerras. He performed recitals Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, London, Moscow, Edinburgh as well as San Francisco.
He is an active recording artist, appearing on the Decca, Hyperion, Regent and Chandos labels.
Studied acoustics under Dr R.W.B.Stephens at Imperial College, London where he read a BSc honours degree in Physics. He studied organ voicing and tonal design under Robert Lamb and Mark Fairhead at Hill Norman & Beard. Later he worked on tonal design and supervision; directing work on about 30 new organs, working with Peter Hurford on the recital organ in the Royal College of Organists and with Ralph Downes at Gloucester Cathedral before leaving professional organbuilding.
John Norman is a Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Organbuilders and Honorary Life Fellow of the Institute of Musical Instrument Technology, of which he is a Past-president. He is also Past Chairman of the British Institute of Organ Studies; former Member, Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (nominee of the Royal School of Church Music); former visiting lecturer, Royal School of Church Music, Reading University and London Metropolitan University.
John is a member of the London Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches. He is a regular columnist for the Organists’ Review magazine and author or joint author of four books on organs. In his current career as an organ consultant he has so far advised on the construction of 15 new organs.