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Recital at St Clement Danes

OCSO member Hamish Wagstaff from Sydney, Australia gave a recital on Tuesday 9th January at St Clement Danes Church in London’s Strand to open the 2018 series of lunchtime concerts by young musicians. Hamish commenced his organ studies in 2012 with Robert Wagner as a student at Sydney Grammar School. As former Organ Scholar at the Parish of St John the Evangelist, Dee Why, Hamish accompanied and frequently directed the Parish Choir at weekly High Mass and Evensong, standing in as Acting Director of Music before leaving in February 2016. He currently is Organist at St Matthew’s Church, Manly, and is in high demand as a deputy organist. Apart from the organ, Hamish plays the piano and is highly involved in choirs, both as a singer and director. Recent recital appearances have included St Andrew’s and St Mary’s Cathedrals, Sydney, and the Bowral Autumn Music Festival.

Hamish’s programme was as follows:

Praeludium in C (BuxWV 137) Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Allegretto Grazioso (from Six Pieces) Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Alleluyas Simon Preston (b. 1938)

Benedictus Max Reger (1873-1916)

Marche Moderne Edwin Lemare (1865-1934)

Folk Tune Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)

Fugue in G Minor (BWV 578) J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Postlude pour l’Office de Complies Jehan Alain (1911-1940)

Carillon-Sortie Henri Mulet (1878-1967)

Photo shows Hamish at the St Clement Danes console. Organ: Harrison and Harrison 1958

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