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Tuesdays@1 – Organ Recital Series – Gavin Phelps
Tue 9 May at 1:00 pm until 1:45 pm
D. Buxtehude (1637-1707) – Toccata in F Bux WV 157
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) – Trio Sonata No 2 BWV 526 – Movt 2 (Largo)
N. Rawsthorne (1929-2019) – Dance Suite for Organ
1. March – On Ilkley Moor
2. Dancing Feet
4. Danse des Papillons
5. Line Dance
W. Walton (1902-1983) – Crown Imperial (arr. Herbert Murrill)
Gavin Phelps has been involved with music here at Bath Abbey since he was seven years old, initially as a member of the Abbey’s “Melody Makers” choir. He became a chorister in 2017 and began organ lessons in 2019, aged ten. Gavin plays for services in the Abbey and, as well as performing on the Klais organ here in Bath, has had the chance to try the Klais organ of Leeds Cathedral and the organ at Leeds Town Hall. As part of the junior Oundle for Organists course last April, he had the opportunity to play organs in Oundle and neighbouring villages, as well as the chapel organs at Cambridge University. He has enjoyed playing the organs at Winchester Cathedral and Buckfast Abbey. In March 2023 Gavin competed in the Organ Section of the Bristol Eisteddfod and won first place in the Bach and Repertoire Classes. He also recently participated in the RCO Teenage Organists Day in London, with tuition from Simon Williams and Daniel Moult.
In addition to performing, Gavin enjoys composition and improvisation. He was 2nd prize winner in the under-18 category of the Composition competition to celebrate the newly restored York Minster organ, with his piece Joyful Exultation. In September 2022 he travelled up to York for a composition masterclass (part of his prize) with Philip Moore (former Director of Music at the Minster) and got the chance to play his piece on the Minster organ. Last year he was selected as one of the Ora Singers “Young Apprentice” composers and enjoyed a series of composition tutorials from one of the choir’s composers. Gavin learns piano with Keith Porter-Snell and earlier this year gave a piano recital in the Abbey. He also has singing lessons with Craig Bissex. Gavin attends Ralph Allen School where he is a member of the school orchestra and Junior Jazz Ensemble. He also plays percussion in the B&NES senior orchestra and City of Bath Training Brass Band.