Organ recital by Gillian Ward-Russell: ‘Best Foot Forward’, 1pm, 14 September 2021

Dr Gillian Ward-Russell returns to the Moot Hall at 1pm on Tuesday 14 September to present a programme of organ music with busy feet (and hands). No advance booking required; free entry, retiring collection.


Praeludium in C (BuxWV 137) – Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Wie nur den lieben Gott lasst walten (BWV 647) – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Prelude and Fugue in A minor (BWV 543) – J.S. Bach

Lobe den Herren, den machtigen Konig der Ehren – Johann Gottfried Walter (1684-1748)

Marche des Templiers (Op 56) – Julius Benedict (1804-1885)

Andante in A – Henry Smart (1813-1879)

March – On Ilkley Moor (from Dance Suite) – Noel Rawsthorne (1929-2019)

Toccata (Symphony no. 5) – Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

Gillian Ward Russell is a respected organ recitalist, choral conductor and accompanist (organ, harpsichord, and piano). Performances have taken her all over the UK, the USA, and Europe. At Colchester Institute she studied organ with Harrison Oxley and John Cooper, and Ian Ray page-turned for her finals recital. Gillian has two research degrees (MPhil and PhD) both on the subject of her ancestor, William Russell (1777-1813). Some years ago she gave a recital of Russell’s Voluntaries on BBC Radio 3; she has also appeared on Channel 4 TV, and she gives a number of interviews on BBC Essex, some in respect of her directorship of Maldon Choral Society.

Gillian is delighted to perform again to a live audience at the Moot Hall after over a year of pandemic restrictions.