James Parsons - Organist

Concerts

New concert dates available shortly.


Recent Recital Engagements

Tuesday 27 November 2018
Exeter College Chapel, Oxford, at 1.10pm

James played:

Henri Mulet (1878--1967)
Tu es petra (from Esquisses byzantines)

César Franck (1822--1890)
Prière (Six Pièces, no. 5)

Charles Hubert H Parry (1848--1918)
Chorale Fantasia on an Old English Tune 'When I survey the wondrous Cross'
and
'Croft's 136th'

JS Bach (1685--1750)
Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter (BWV 650)
and Vor deinem Thron tret ich hiermit (BWV 668)

Bach's working of the chorale Vor deinem Thron ... played as the final piece in today's programme is reputed to be one of the composer's very last works.

James hopes that folk will consider the article by Wilfrid Mellers (1914 -2008), reworked in 2000 from his book Bach and the Dance of God. He muses on the iconic potency of the apparently sparse texture Bach adopts for this utterance - one in which he suggests Spinoza's "sequence of Perfection, Acquiescence, Delight and Love-of-God is surely incarnate ..."

From 1964 until 1981, Mellers was founding Professor and Head of the Music Department at the University of York, where he remained Emeritus Professor of Music until his death.

Vor deinem (score)

Vor deinem Mellers p1

Vor deinem Mellers p2

Vor deinem Mellers p3

James was Parry/Wood Organ Scholar of Exeter College, 1969-72. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Parry's death, just a few weeks before the Armistice of 1918.

Chapel by Gilbert Scott (1859) in the manner of the Sainte-Chapelle, Paris; Organ by J. W. Walker & Sons (1994) in the manner of Aristide Cavaille-Coll.


Saturday 8 September 2018
St Mary's Finnish Lutheran Church, St Petersburg, at 6pm

PROGRAMME
Matthias Weckmann (1616--1674)
Toccata (III) in E minor
Paul Hindemith (1895--1963)
Sonata no. 3
('Ach Gott, wem soll ich's klagen' - 'Wach auf, mein Hort' - 'So wünsch ich ihr' )
J.S. Bach (1685--1750)
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue (BWV 564)
Arvo Pärt (1935-)
Pari intervallo
Nikolaus Bruhns (1665--1697)
Praeludium in E minor ('the Great')


Tuesday 11 September 2018
St Anne's and St Peter's German Lutheran Church, St Petersburg, at 7pm

PROGRAMME
Niels Wilhelm Gade (1817--1890)
Three Pieces for Organ (op. 22) (moderato - allegretto - allegro)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809--1847)
Andante with Variations
Paul Hindemith (1895--1963)
Sonata no. 1
Mässig schnell - lebhaft
Sehr langsam - Phantasie, frei - ruhig bewegt
James MacMillan (1959--)
Gaudeamus in loci pace
Herbert Howells (1892--1983)
Paean (from Six Pieces for organ)
J.S. Bach (1685--1750)
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr (BWV 662) Fugue on 'Magnificat' (BWV 733)


Saturday 15 September 2018
Oraniebaum, St Petersburg

PROGRAMME
Henri Mulet (1878--1967)
Tu es petra (from Esquisses byzantines) César Franck (1822--1890)
Prière (Six Pièces, no. 5) J.S. Bach (1685--1750)
Prelude and Fugue in D (BWV 532)
William Mathias (1934--1992)
Partita (op. 19)
(maestoso/ allegro non troppo--lento alla marcia--allegro ma non troppo)
Charles Hubert H Parry (1848--1918)
Chorale Fantasia on an Old English Tune 'When I survey the wondrous Cross' and 'Croft's 136th'
Basil Harwood (1859--1949)
Sonata no. 1 in C sharp minor (op. 5)
(allegro appassionato--andante--maestoso/ con moto [Fugue])


Tuesday 3rd July 2018 at 8.00pm
Cromer Parish Church, NR27 9HH

PROGRAMME
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835--1921)
Fantaisie in E flat
(con moto - allegro di molto e con fuoco)

César Franck (1822--1890)
Prière (Six Pièces, no. 5)

Henri Mulet  (1878--1967)
Tu es petra (from Esquisses byzantines)

JS Bach (1685--1750)
Prelude and Fugue in D (BWV 532)

Charles Hubert H Parry (1848--1918)
Chorale Fantasia on an Old English Tune 'When I survey the wondrous Cross' and 'Croft's 136th'

Basil Harwood (1859--1949)
Sonata no. 1 in C sharp minor (op. 5)
(allegro appasionato--andante--maestoso/ con moto [Fugue])

Cromer Parish Church

Friday 29th June 2018 at 7.30pm
St Dominic's Priory, Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 2TP

PROGRAMME
Niels Wilhelm Gade (1817-1890)
Three Pieces for Organ (op. 22)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Andante with Variations

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
Sonata no. 3

JS Bach (1685--1750)
Prelude and Fugue in D (BWV 532)

William Mathias (1934--1992)
Partita (op. 19)

Charles Hubert H Parry (1848--1918)
Chorale Fantasia on an Old English Tune 'When I survey the wondrous Cross' and 'Croft's 136th'

Basil Harwood (1859--1949)
Sonata no. 1 in C sharp minor (op. 5)

St Dominic's Priory

Saturday 5 May 2018 at 2.30pm
St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw College DH7 9RH

PROGRAMME
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835--1921) Fantaisie in E flat
(con moto - allegro di molto e con fuoco)
César Franck (1822--1890) Prière (Six Pièces, no. 5)
Henri Mulet (1878--1967)
Tu es petra (from Esquisses byzantines)
Louis Vierne (1870--1937) Impromptu (op. 54 no. 2)
Joseph Bonnet (1884--1944) Romance sans paroles (op. 7 no. 8)
Jehan Alain (1911--1940) Postlude pour l'Office de Complies
Marcel Dupré (1886--1971) Prelude and Fugue in G minor (op. 7 no. 3)

The Queen's College

Wednesday 7 February 2018
The Queen's College
Chapel of The Queen's College, Oxford OX1 4AW
(iconic Danish organ made by Frobenius in 1965)
James Parsons played music by
Mattias Weckmann, Diderik Buxtehude, J S Bach and Johann Ludwig Krebs
(programme includes Bach's - Six Schübler Chorales)

Queen's College Oxford

Oundle School Chapel

Friday 13th October 2017
Oundle School Chapel, Northamptonshire
James launched the 2017 Warmington Organ Weekend with a virtuoso programme played on the celebrated 1985 Frobenius organ in Oundle School Chapel, an instrument which James instigated and designed.


Welshpool - Christ Church

Sunday 25th September 2017
Christ Church Welshpool

James performed at Christ Church Welshpool - More information and images


St Petersburg - Basilica of St Catharine, Nevsky

September 2017
St Mary's Church
James performed in St Petersburg in September 2017. Here are images of St Mary's Church and the organ in the style of Gottried Silbermann.

St Mary's Church, St Petersburg Organ in the style of Gottried Silbermann -JP Bach recital

© 2017-18 James Parsons