The first in our 2017 season of organ recitals. Paul Hale was Rector Chori and Cathedral Organist at Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire, from 1989 to 2016, having previously been Assistant Organist of Rochester Cathedral, Assistant Director of Music at Tonbridge School and Organ Scholar of New College, Oxford, where he studied with Sir David Lumsden and Professor Nicholas Danby, gaining an MA in Music.
Paul is Conductor of the Nottingham Bach Choir, Organ Adviser to the Anglican Dioceses of Southwell and Lincoln, a diploma Examiner for the Royal College of Organists, a Trustee of the Percy Whitlock Trust and formerly Chairman of the RSCM Southwell & Nottinghamshire Area. He has twice been President of the Nottingham & District Society of Organists, and was a Trustee of the East Midlands Choirs Trust, of the Royal College of Organists, and of the Nottingham Albert Hall Binns Trust.
He holds the FRCO and ARCM playing diplomas. Paul was honoured to be President of the Cathedral Organists’ Association for the period 1999-2001 and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music and a Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians ‘for distinguished services to Church Music’.
Paul is in international demand as an independent organ consultant and gives organ concerts and lectures by invitation all over the world, in recent seasons being privileged to perform on such world-renowned organs as St Sulpice & La Madeleine (Paris), Ottobeuren Abbey, Brussels Cathedral, Magdeburg Dom, Altenburg Dom, Freiberg Dom, Birmingham Town Hall, the Temple Church, Reading Town Hall, Liverpool Anglican cathedral and several in the United States. He is often invited to give inaugural recitals as he specialises in demonstrating every facet of an instrument.
The recital programme will be:
P. Whitlock Fanfare
S.Scheidt Variations on an old Netherlandish Song
J. S. Bach Chorale Prelude on ‘Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele’ BWV654
H. Andriessen Quatrième Choral
L.Vierne Clair de Lune
C. Rathbone A Southwell Suite
i. Fantasia; ii. Larghetto; iii. Allegretto scherzando; iv. Adagio; v. Toccata
S. Karg-Elert Homage to Handel (54 variations on a theme of Handel)