St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Mervyn Hogg - organ

Friday, 26 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Mervyn Hogg - organ

J S Bach

               Prelude and Fugue in D major (BWV 532)

C Hubert H Parry     

Chorale Fantasia on an Old English Tune "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"

C Franck      

               Choral No. 2 in B minor     

Mervyn Hogg has enjoyed a 'hobby career' as a Church musician and organist for many years in parallel to his career as a research scientist and business manager. From early days of playing for the daily school assembly at the Latymer School, Edmonton he progressed to be Organist and then Choirmaster at the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel, Exeter University during 1969-1971. Subsequently he moved to Cardiff where he became a member of the music team at St German's Roath. In 1977 he moved to Ruislip and became Director of Music at St Martin's Ruislip, a post he held from 1978-1998.  Since 1998 whilst still enjoying an association with that church he has continued to serve various churches as a freelance musician and given recitals in the UK and Barbados.  He is convenor for the St Paul's Diocesan Choir. He has been award diplomas in organ performance from Trinity College, London. 

During 2014 he received  his MA(Mus) with Merit from the Open University featuring a dissertation on the influence of Vatican Regulation on the Music of Westminster Cathedral and also a project concerning the evolution of published editions of Bach's Orgelbüchlein which  was published as a paper in Organist Review (March  2014). During 2015 he has started to explore  the  links between neurosciences and music. Notable performances have included a recital here at St Brides, directing the Diocesan Choir at St Paul's Cathedral and taking part in the memorial concert for Nick Gale (DoM before his untimely death in a motor accident) at St Georges RC Cathedral, Southwark.

Today's programme takes us from Bach's exuberance in D major into a time of contemplation on the passion of Jesus in Parry's Fantasia on an Old English Tune before the solemnity of  the evolving drama and grandeur of  Franck's  greatest choral for organ. Think of it as winding down from the joy of Christmas and Epiphany, recognising what is to come in Holy Week and using Lent as a time of preparation for the great events that are to follow from Palm Sunday and the Triduum.