Organ recital: William Saunders, 1pm, 14 June 2022

William Saunders returns to the Moot Hall to perform a programme including the Elgar Organ Sonata. Free entry, retiring collection.

Programme

Imperial March (arr. Hesford) – Edward Elgar (1837 – 1934)

Adagio (arr. Riley) – Percy Whitlock (1903 – 1946)

Sonata in G major Op. 28 – Edward Elgar

  1. Allegro maestoso
  2. Allegretto
  3. Andante espressivo
  4. Presto (comodo)

William Saunders is one of Britain’s leading young concert organists whose imaginative programming, recordings of accessible modern English repertoire and passion for music education is ensuring that this instrument is conserved for the next generation. He regularly performs recitals at distinguished venues across the UK, Europe and North America, and leading festivals including Oundle International Festival, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Three Choirs Festival, Kings Lynn Festival, Aldeburgh Festival and Lubecker Orgelsommer. He has also premiered numerous works including Animal Parade by Iain Farrington and Diptych by Dobrinka Tabakova.

William has released several critically acclaimed CDs on Regent Records, including works he’s commissioned and world premiere recordings. Gramophone Magazine has praised his “rhythmic vitality” while Organists’ Review declared his playing as “flawless and so assured that one can listen in the knowledge that nothing will faze him.”

William is in demand as an accompanist and has worked with Kings Voices, London Voices and Aldeburgh Voices (the latter established by Benjamin Britten). In addition, he directs a number of vocal ensembles including the Buriensi Consort and Prometheus Consort.

Alongside his performance career, William is passionate about musical education. He’s a consultant for the Royal College of Organists and is currently working with them to create quality online resources for enthusing people in different ways. The project aims to improve and increase access to the organ and its music in order to create new listeners. Further, it will provide educational materials to schools for music and the wider curriculum. In other words, a one-stop shop for reinfusing organs into our music culture.

William has worked at several esteemed institutions including The Royal Hospital school in Suffolk where he was Director of Music for nearly a decade. Throughout his tenure he was responsible for a dynamic music department that created inspiring opportunities for its students; highlights included collaborations with the BBC Big Band, Swingle Singers, National Youth Choir of Great Britain and forming partnerships with HM Royal Marines Training Board and the Royal College of Organists. In addition, he directed the Chapel Choir at The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in the presence of the royal family, which was broadcast live on BBC radio and television. He also established Sing Up Suffolk annual event which involves 800 primary school children coming to the school with the primary aim of making singing fun and accessible.

Other roles William has previously held include Acting Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Organist at St Mary-le-Tower Church (Ipswich), plus he is the founder of the Ipswich School festival of Music.

William enjoys being kept busy, and in addition to his performance career he has recently become Director of Mediatracks Music Ltd, a British independent company which provides a wide range of production music for the worldwide broadcast industry. Outside of his musical life, he likes to enjoy good food with his young family, fast cars and keeping fit.