St. Augustine's Church
St Augustine’s Church is proud to announce that James O’Donnell will give a recital on its 1994 Harrison and Harrison organ on 21st June, Including works by Bach, Vivaldi, Sweelinck, Bull, Hindemith, Parry and Walton, concluding with the famous Toccata from the 5th Symphony by Widor.
James O’Donnell is an internationally recognised conductor and performer and has given concerts all over the world. Since 2000 he has been organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey where, as well as directing the full schedule of daily choral services, he is responsible for the music at Royal occasions including the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Prior to taking up his appointment at the Abbey he was Master of the Music at Westminster Roman Catholic Cathedral whose choir, during his 12 year tenure, became one of the most highly regarded in the world. He is also a sought after teacher and is Visiting Professor of Organ and Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music.
The organ at St Augustine’s was built by the prestigious firm of Harrison and Harrison of Durham. Though best known for their large organs such as those at the Royal Festival Hall, King’s College Cambridge and Westminster Abbey, they have built a number of smaller organs and that at St Augustine’s is widely considered to be one of the finest instruments of its size in the South of England. The St Augustine’s organ is also one of international recitalist Roger Fisher’s six favourite small organs worldwide.
The church is at Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LY, very near the Hotel du Vin. The recital will start at 8.00pm and refreshments will be available afterwards. Admission is by programme and these can be obtained from Brittens Music Shop in Grove Hill Road, Tunbridge Wells or from the church office in advance of the recital for £10.00 or at the door on the evening of the recital for £12.00. Any profits will be donated to charity and will be divided between Hospice in the Weald and Mary’s Meals, a charity dedicated to providing some of the world’s most deprived children with a nutritious daily meal at their place of education.