Organ recital: Ian Ray, Tuesday 13 Mar 2018

1pm, Tuesday 13th March 2018 in the Moot Hall, admission free with retiring collection.

‘ALFRED THE GREAT’ (not the one that burnt the cakes) – Ian Ray (Hon. Borough Organist) explores the music of Alfred Hollins (1865 – 1942).

Grand Choeur no 1 in G minor (1895)

A Trumpet Minuet (1929)

Spring Song (1904)

A Song of Sunshine (1912)

Triumphal March (1905)

Intermezzo (1900)

Concert Overture no 1 in C minor (1899)

Pastorale (1902)

Concert Toccata (1926)

Ian Ray was appointed as Colchester’s Honorary Borough Organist in 1988 which involves him presiding at the Moot Hall Organ for the annual Mayor-Making ceremony and the Oyster Feast as well as playing for a variety of miscellaneous cultural, social and official civic events. Born in Hendon, North London, his family moved to nearby Dedham where he was educated at Dedham C of E Primary School and later in Colchester at the Gilberd School on North Hill. He gained his FRCO as a young man studying with Douglas Mews and Douglas Hawkridge and soon became well known in East Anglia as an organist, conductor, singing coach and pianist, regularly performing in various concert series in Hertford, Harlow, Chelmsford, Long Melford and Ipswich as well as presenting recitals in various London churches and directing choral performances further afield in Prague, Rheims, Rouen, Wetzlar and Snape Maltings.

Ian has devoted much of his life to teaching, retiring in 2011 after a distinguished career of 40 years as a lecturer in music at Colchester Institute where he directed the choirs and opera groups and had responsibility for singing studies. Since 1969 he has been Director of Music at Lion Walk Church where he runs a popular lunchtime concert series. His passionate commitment to stimulating the musical life of Colchester is further evidenced by his work since 1976 as conductor of the town’s Choral Society and the Colchester Sinfonia, in which role he has been responsible for bringing a large number of eminent singers and instrumentalists to perform the major choral works as well as commissioning new compositions. In October 2015 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Essex in recognition of his services to music in Colchester and the surrounding area. Future plans include regular work as a free-lance voice coach, organist, conductor, accompanist and pianist, making a recording of the Moot Hall Organ and when not involved in music-making or family affairs, pursuing his interest in English Literature and walking holidays.