St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Mark Brafield - Organ

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

Mark Brafield - Organ

Sweelinck

Echo fantasia (Aeolian)

Mathias

Invocations

Mulet

Rosace

Tu es Petra (Esquisses Byzantines)

Mark Brafield's formative teachers have included Robert Munns, David Sanger and Dame Gillian Weir. He held an Organ Scholarship together with a Scholarship in English Literature at Trinity College, Oxford. Mark is a Fellow and Trustee of the Royal College of Organists and was Chairman of the Council during the preparations for its 150th Anniversary, during which he was honoured to be presented to Her Majesty the Queen.

Mark now combines a legal profession as a judge with a career as a concert organist. He appears widely at leading venues in this country including St Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey whilst recent engagements have included The Temple Church and St Mary, Redcliffe. Mark is increasingly active as a recitalist overseas, with a particular interest in the modern French repertoire. In 1995 Mark was privileged to give the first performance of Tournemire's Sept Chorales Poèmes at Beauvais Cathedral, the architecture of which inspired the music whilst recent recitals have included the Leonardskirche in Basle, St Thomas's, Fifth Avenue, New York and Notre Dame de Paris.

Future engagements include St Patrick's Cathedral, New York and King's College, Cambridge. Mark is the accompanist for the Elysian Singers, one of London's leading chamber choirs, appearing on several of their CDs whilst recent performances with them have included the Duruflé Requiem and Peter Maxwell Davies's Solstice of Light. Beyond the courtroom and the organ loft, Mark's interests include Manchester United, English and French literature, origami, and family life, including many hours chasing after Buster, a Norfolk Terrier.

 

Mark Brafield has studied the organ with Robert Munns, David Sanger and Dame Gillian Weir. He held an Organ Scholarship with a Scholarship in English Literature at Trinity College, Oxford, and is a Fellow and Trustee of the Royal College of Organists. Mark combines a legal profession with a career as a concert organist. He appears widely at leading venues in this country including St Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey and is increasingly active overseas, with recent recitals having included the Leonardskirche in Basle, St Thomas's, Fifth Avenue, New York and Notre Dame de Paris.