Peter St John Stokes, Organ Club President, will give an illustrated talk on French Classical Organ Music on Thursday 8 October 2015 at 8pm. The event will take place in St Saviour’s Church, St Albans AL1 4DF, and Peter will use the International Organ Festival organ, built by Peter Collins. Labelled ‘Hommage à André Silbermann’, this is essentially a copy of a French 18th century instrument and so presents a rare opportunity in the UK to appreciate the truly unique character of the French classical organ and its music.
French music of the ‘baroque’ is quite different from that of other cultures and the organ music shows an interesting progression from being based on plainchant to being influenced by secular, and even operatic, music. It is surprisingly extrovert and fun both to play and to hear and so there will be some discussion of how to translate it onto our native instruments. As most of the liturgical music was improvised the talk will be illustrated by improvised as well as composed examples.
The event is promoted by the Enfield & District Organists’ Association, and admission is free.