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Tuesdays@1 – Organ Recital Series – Huw Williams
Tue 23 May, 2023 at 1:00 pm until 1:45 pm
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) – Concerto in A minor (after Vivaldi) BWV 593
i) Allegro ii) Adagio iii) Allegro
O. Messiaen (1908-1992) – L’Ascension
i) Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire
ii) Alléluias sereins d’une âme
iii) Transports de joie
iv) Prière du Christ montant vers son Père
A. Guilmant (1837-1911) – March on a Theme by Handel “Lift Up Your Heads” Op 15
Born in Swansea, Huw Williams is Director of Music at Bath Abbey, where he directs its renowned choirs of boys, girls and lay-clerks. A conductor and award-winning organist of international standing, he served until recently as Director of Music at Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’ Palace, where his predecessors included Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and Henry Purcell. Whilst at the Chapel Royal he conducted the music for Prince George’s Christening, the Queen’s Christmas message in 2015, the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph, and numerous other events in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and former Organ Scholar of Christ’s College, Cambridge, his musical achievements led to him being awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Alongside his conducting work, Huw enjoys an international career as an organ recitalist and accompanist. He was principal organist at St Paul’s Cathedral for ten years, where he played for numerous high-profile and state occasions and many of his compositions have been performed at St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and further afield. Huw has made over 20 recordings as accompanist with The Sixteen and with St Paul’s and Hereford Cathedral Choirs. He is an editor of the Revised English Hymnal, to be published later this year.