Music for Holy Week
An Organ Recital
Wednesday 28th March
by Robert Munns
Music by 20th Century British composers, who survived two World Wars – The Cathedral tradition upheld by Parry, Stamford, Vaughan Williams and others. With belated a tribute to Francis Jackson.
1 Meditation on Brother James's Air (1948)
Harold Darke, b. Highbury 1888 d. Cambridge 1976
2 Communion (1910)
Healey Willan, b. Balham 1880 d. Toronto 1968
(Willan was a chorister in this church 1888-1895)
3 Prelude on 'Lonesome Valley' (1974)
Francis Jackson, b. Malton 2nd October 1917
(A late tribute to the Organist Emeritus of York Minster)
4 Fantasia on an Old English Tune (1915)
Hubert Parry, b. Bournemouth 1848 d. Rustington 1918
(When I survey the Wondrous Cross)
5 Psalm Prelude: 'Out of the Deep' (1938)
Herbert Howells, b. Lydney 1892 d. London 1983
Finished and signed 29.9.38 HH. ‘Peace in Our Time’
30 September 1938 (Neville Chamberlain)
6 Prelude on Song 34: Forth in Thy Name (1908)
C V Stanford, b. Dublin 1872 d. London 1924
7 Prelude on Bryn Calfaria (1919)
Vaughan Williams, b. Down Ampney 1872 d. London 1958
Robert Munns has enjoyed a long and satisfying career as a concert organist, conductor and church musician since his days as a scholarship holder of the
Royal Academy of Music. His many subsequent overseas tours have included performances, master classes and broadcasts on five continents that have attracted great acclaim.
in England, Robert Munns has performed at the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, at the St Alban's Festival and at St Paul's cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Royal Festival Hall.
He was for some years appointed principal organist to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. and has also appeared as guest soloist with the London Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Orchestras.
His many overseas appearances include Washington Cathedral, the Kaiser Wilhem Church in Berlin, St. Peter's Cathedral Geneva and the Laurenskirk Rotterdam. Appearances in the East include Hong Kong. Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Adelaide and at the Melbourne International Festival. In 1992 he was the first British organist in forty-five years to give concerts in Romania following the end of communist rule.
In the United Kingdom. the Royal Academy has honoured him for his services to British music, and since 1996 he has made yearly concert tours to the United States, which have become major draws in the organ concert seasons across the continent. Also, as a teacher, he has universal recognition, numbering several internationally admired organists among his pupils.
Since 1994 Robert has given major workshops and classes in Berlin, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada and the United States.