Catch up with our concert of organ music pre-recorded on the War Memorial organ at Southend High School for Boys, featuring a programme of music from across the repertoire:
Buxtehude, Reger, Messiaen, and more!
Many thanks indeed to everyone who joined us for the concert, whether on our website, on YouTube or via Facebook. We're so glad to have shared this recital with you.
A big thank you to our recitalist Richard Brasier for offering this festive programme for us.
Any financial support you are able to give the society would be very warmly welcomed. Please see secure online donation options below.
The Old Southendian Organ Society wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2021.
Magnificat Primi Toni BuxWV 203 - Dietrich Buxtehude
In dulci jubilo - Johann Michael Bach
Partita über ‘Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann’ - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach
Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen - Johannes Brahms
Weihnachten Op.145 no.3 - Max Reger
Noël - Henri Mulet
Reges Tharsis - Gaston Litaize
Dieu Parmi Nous (La Nativité) - Olivier Messiaen
Richard Brasier enjoys a busy and far-reaching international career as a soloist, chamber musician, accompanist, animateur, teacher and recording artist. Born in 1988 in Chelmsford, Essex, Richard is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied with David Titterington and Nicolas Kynaston. Aided by the Nicholas Danby Scholarship, he continued with Johannes Geffert at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln. Other important musical influences have included Anne Marsden Thomas and David Sanger.
As a concert organist he has performed widely across the UK and Europe in recital series and major international festivals on historic and modern instruments. Current projects include a survey of the complete known works of J.S Bach, over a series of 20 concerts. Since 2014, Richard has been active as a teacher for the Royal College of Organists. He leads masterclasses and study trips for students at home and abroad, and regularly teaches on residential courses for organists of all ages and abilities.
Richard has had articles on matters relating to the organ published on various platforms, and has edited several editions of organ repertoire. Richard is a trustee of the Alexandra Palace Organ Appeal, and since 2020 has been organist for the German speaking communities of St. Marien mit St. Georg in London’s Bloomsbury district.
The Old Southendian Organ Society (OSOS) was set up to protect and enhance the future of the War Memorial Organ at Southend High School for Boys and its thriving community of organists and musicians.
We're pleased you've joined us online today. We've been offering music online for free this year and are delighted to have Richard perform for us. We are continuing to support the school organ and organists, and would warmly welcome your support.
Instead of selling tickets, we invite you to help us continue our work in school and online by sending a donation through our quick and secure system managed by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
Every donation counts: instead of a £10 concert ticket, a one-off donation will help us cover the costs of this concert, tuning the organ, and maintaining the opportunity for pupils to learn the organ.
We would love to welcome you as a member for just £10 a year: any donors who set up an annual Direct Debit of £10 or more will be contacted with a simple form to activate their membership if they so choose in order to be eligible for concessionary rates at our concerts.
More information about our wider organ appeal is available, including life membership and pipe sponsorship options.
Many thanks for joining us today, and thank you to our existing and new supporters: we are grateful for your generousity.