St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Michael Whytock - organ

Friday, 27 June at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Michael Whytock - organ

Balbastre

Où s'en vont ces gais bergers from Recueil de Noëls

Widor

Andante Cantabile from Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 13

Saint-Saëns

Improvisation No 7 from Sept Improvisations

Gigout

Scherzo from 10 Pièces pour orgue

Bédard

Toccata

Michael Whytock is a talented organist, pianist and composer with a degree in music and many years experience working as a musician. He began studying the piano from age 7. This was followed by the organ and harpsichord, studying under Dr Christopher Kent while, alongside this, working as organist for his local church in Wiltshire. After gaining grade 8 organ with distinction, Michael studied for, and gained a degree in music at the University of Chichester where he was accompanist to various local choirs and director and organist of the university chapel choir. It was during this time, he also gained his LTCL piano diploma.
 
Since completing his degree Michael has been active as an accompanist, church organist, choir director, and recitalist. Alongside organ lessons with Julain Cooper, he currently works as a pianist/visiting tutor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, a post which he combines with freelance work as organist to many local churches. Michael is also active as a recitalist and has taken part in both performances with other instrumentalists and solo concerts; something he enjoys a lot. Recent venues have included St Sulpice, Paris, The Cathedral of Valvasone, Italy, and St Michael's Church Southampton. When not performing, he also enjoys a spot of composing, having studied it under the tutelage of Dr Adam Swayne and Michael Finnissy.
 
Michael's other hobbies include foreign travel and cooking.