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Celebrity Organ Recital - James Orford

James Orford, Organ

An evening of music inspired by Luke Jerram's stunning replica globe Gaia, which will be exhibited in The Concert Hall, with the audience seated around it.

Holst | Mars, Venus & Jupiter from The Planets Suite

Vierne | Clair de Lune from Pieces de fantasie Op.53

Dove | Niagara

Mozart | 1st Movement from Symphony No.41 "Jupiter"

Dvorak | Adagio from The New World Symphony

Improvisation on well-known " space" themes.Supported by the Berkshire Organists' Association.

James Orford, organ

James Orford

James Orford is currently Assistant Director of Music at St. Paul's, Knightsbridge. the Organist in Residence at Westminster Cathedral. 

James has previously held organ posts at Westminster Cathedral, St Paul's Cathedral, King's College, London, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and Truro Cathedral. He recently obtained a distinction in his Master's degree at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was a Bicentenary Scholarship holder.  

He is a regular performer, both as a soloist and an accompanist, and has appeared on broadcasts and recordings, as well as in a number of concert halls and cathedrals in the UK and abroad.

A pianist as well, James has won several Accompanist prizes and regularly performs alongside both instrumentalists and singers.

Luke Jerram's Gaia

Reading Town Hall hosts Luke Jerram's replica globe - created from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface and measuring seven metres in diameter – from June 10-18, as part of Reading Climate Festival. The exhibition, which has so far visited four continents and cities including Melbourne, Paris and Shanghai, is accompanied by a surround-sound composition by BAFTA-winning composer Dan Jones.

In addition to Reading BID and REDA, Gaia has been brought to the town as a joint partnership between Reading Borough Council, Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP) and the University of Reading.