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Lunchtime Organ Recital - September 2022

Relf Clark, Didcot

Handel | March from Ode to St Cecilia’s Day

J.S.Bach | Fugue in B minor (‘the Great’) BWV 544ii

J.S.Bach | Sonata in E flat Major BWV 525

Wesley | Choral Song from Choral Song and Fugue

Rheinberger | Cantilene from Sonata in D minor Op.148

Duruflé | Chant donné en homage à Jean Gallon

Widor | Toccata from Symphonie V Op.42 No.5

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The Concert Hall and the Berkshire Organists' Association present a series of lunchtime organ recitals by locally and nationally renowned organists.

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All recitals begin at 1pm and last approximately 45 minutes.

 

 

About Relf Clark

After tuition with Dr Sidney Campbell at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Relf Clark won an exhibition to Oxford, where he studied with Robert Sherlaw Johnson and F.W. Sternfeld and assisted at the University Church; and at the age of twenty, while still an undergraduate, he became a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.   He completed his musical education at London University, where he read musicology, and at Reading University, where he was taught by David Sanger and gained a distinction in performance studies and the degree of PhD for work on Robert Hope-Jones.

Dr Clark writes and lectures on music and has contributed to The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and musical periodicals of various kinds.   From 1990 to 2005 he was a member of the council of the British Institute of Organ Studies, and for seven of those years he was the BIOS publications officer.   He is an honorary life member of the Elgar Society, having been one of its officers from 1995 to 2007; his publications include four volumes of Elgar-related essays; and he featured in the Durham University DVD about Elgar’s Sonata for Organ, Op.28.   He composes for the organ and has given recitals in many parts of the UK.

In 1982, after attending what is now the University of Law, Relf Clark qualified as a solicitor.   Having spent a decade as an in-house lawyer with Costain Group plc, in 1993 he returned to private practice, and from 1998 until 2017, when he retired, he was with a City of London law firm.   His clients there included the Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain, of which he is now an honorary life member.

Berkshire Organists' Association

Patron: Dame Gillian Weir

The Berkshire Organists' Association is proud to support the series of organ recitals on the historic Father Willis organ in the Concert Hall, ensuring that this important instrument is played and heard regularly.

Our association was formed in 1921 with the aims of promoting the art of organ playing, bringing the organ and its music to the public, and providing advice and support to players. We hold regular organ-related events monthly for members, including social gatherings and visits to churches, cathedrals and concert halls across Southern England. We also arrange public organ concerts in local churches.

New members, who need not be players, can be assured of a very warm welcome. We hope that anyone interested in the organ and its music will join us.

For further information please visit    www.berkshireorganists.org.uk