St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Geoff Howells - organ

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

Geoff Howells - organ

Dietrich Buxtehude

              Präludium in G minor  BuxWV149    

JS Bach

  Three settings of the chorale,

 "Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland"

        BWV 569

        BWV 570 (Trio)

        BWV 571 (Pro Organo Pleno)

                 

Cecilia McDowell 

                                    Church Bells Beyond The Stars                          

JS Bach                    

                                    Passacaglia  BWV582                                        

Geoff Howells BA, FRCO(CHM), LRAM

Now based in Cardiff (South Wales), Geoff is from Derby and studied at York - as Minster Organ      Scholar under Francis Jackson, The Royal College of Music (John Birch) and Paris (Rolande Falcinelli).

His early work was as cathedral assistant organist (St Albans/Sheffield) before pursuing a career as a public school Director of Music (Sedbergh/Rossall) and as a freelance player/choral conductor. He completed the circle when he returned to church music as Director of Music at Lancaster RC Cathedral.

He has performed in all leading London venues and cathedrals/festivals throughout Britain and made BBC recordings of Messiaen's "La Nativite Du Seigneur" and Neilsen's "Commotio".

Since moving to Wales in 2007 he has devoted time to playing both early and contemporary music, composing, examining and to forming two performing ensembles: BellaDonna and Early Byrd. He has sung with Cantemus, Welsh Camerata and Welsh Sinfonietta Chorus.

Although he focusses on early repertoire (up to c1750), he always endeavours to include music by at least one living composer.