Organ recital: Philip Prior, Tuesday 9 Jan 2018

1pm, Tuesday 9th January 2018 in the Moot Hall, admission free with retiring collection.

‘SOMETHING BORROWED’ – arrangements for organ:

Theme with VariationsHendrik Andriessen (1892-1981)

Prelude on ‘The Londonderry Air’ – Noel Rawsthorne (b.1929)

Three Chorale Preludes – Dietrich Buxtehude (1707-1737)

Puer natus in Bethlehem
In Dulci Jubilo
Herr Christ der einig Gottes sohn

Six Pieces on ‘Sagina’ – Christopher Tambling (1964-2015)

i) Trio
ii) Toccatina for Flutes
iii) Concertino
iv) Aria
v) Tuba Tune
vi) Fugue and Chorale

Folk Tune – Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)

Variations on a theme of Paganini – Brian Hesford (1930-1996)

Philip Prior graduated from Anglia Polytechnic University with a B.Ed (Hons) degree and taught for five years at Kelvedon Hatch Primary School with responsibility for music. He was Musical Director of the Brentwood Junior Schools Music Festival in 2000/1 and accompanist in 2002. He studied at the Roehampton Institute (University of Surrey) on the MA in Choral Education programme. In 2002 he was appointed Acting Assistant Director of Music at St Cedd’s School, Chelmsford leaving in 2007 to pursue a career as a freelance organist and teacher.

Philip studied organ with Roy Wise, Gillian Ward Russell and Alison Baker and is currently preparing for the ATCL (Recital) Diploma. From 1994 to 1997 he was Organist & Choirmaster at Hutton Free Church and then Director of Music at Christ Church, Warley Hill where he built up a lively programme of lunchtime and evening concerts in aid of the organ fund. In May 2002 he was appointed Director of Music at the Roman Catholic Parish Church of The Most Holy redeemer in Billericay; the choir sang as a visiting choir for services in Brentwood, Chelmsford and Westminster Cathedrals. Since March 2004 Philip has been Director of Music at St Peter-ad-Vincula, Coggeshall appointed to maintain and develop its high choral and musical tradition. In January 2014 he was appointed Musical Director to Halstead & District Choral Society.

Philip is currently Vice Chairman of the Essex Organist’s Association, Assistant Director of the London Cantata Choir. His recent concerts have included solo recitals in Essex, Hertford and Bedfordshire and he is frequently asked to act as accompanist for several local choirs. He also directs his chamber choir Chorus ad Vincula which sings for a variety of events and cathedral services throughout Essex and beyond. When not involved in music, Philip’s other interests include visiting historic buildings, researching his genealogy and sampling real ales.