HI CD 225: Music from Castle Howard

Choral & Instrumental Music Medieval to Modern

Simon Lindley Organ
Francis Jackson Organ & Piano
Christopher Rathbone Piano
St Peters Singers
The Choir of Leeds Parish Church
Victoria Sharp Soprano

Two CD Set - £12.99

Total Playing Time: 2 Hours and 37 Minutes

Simon Lindley - Organ Recorded in the Chapel
[1]-[2] J.S. Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Joseph Fiocco:
[3] Andante & [4] La Légère
[5] Johannes Brahms: Chorale Prelude: Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen from Op 122
[6] Pietro A. Yon: Humoresque 'L'organo primitivo' - Toccatina for the flute
Benedetto Marcello:
[7] Voluntary on Psalm 18
[8] Voluntary on Psalm 20
[9] Bernardo Pasquini: Partite sopra l' aria della Follia da Espagna
[10] Antonio Valente: La Romanesca (Napoli, 1575)
[11] Geoffrey Burgon: Theme from Brideshead Revisited
St Peter's Singers Directed by Simon Lindley Recorded in the Chapel
[12] Thomas Morley: Sing we and chant it
[13] Robert Pearsall: Lay a garland
[14] Arthur Sullivan: The long day closes
[15] Vaughan Williams: The dark eyed sailor
[16] Vaughan Williams: Just as the tide was flowing
[17] Charles V. Stanford: The blue bird Op. 119, No.
The Choir of Leeds Parish Church Directed by Simon Lindley
David Houlder - Organ Recorded in the Chapel

[18] Charles V. Stanford: Magnificat & [19] Nunc Dimittis in B flat
Francis Jackson at the Bösendorfer Piano Recorded in the Long Gallery
[20] Billy Mayerl: Marigold
[21] Maurice Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Francis Jackson - Organ Recorded in the Chapel
[22]-[25] Léon Boëllmann: Suite Gothique Op 25

The Choir of Leeds Parish Church Directed by Simon Lindley
David Houlder - Organ Recorded in the Chapel

[1] Charles Wood: O Thou the Central Orb Music Words by H.R. Bramley
[2] J.S. Bach: Jesu, joy of mans desiring from Cantata No.147
Christopher Rathbone at the historic 1830 Erard Piano
Recorded in the Long Gallery

Chopin: [3] Waltz in C sharp Op. 64 No. 2 [4] Mazurka in A minor Op. 17 No.4
[5] Fauré: Nocturne Op. 84 No. 8 in D flat
Victoria Sharp - Soprano & Christopher Rathbone at the Bösendorfer Piano
Recorded in the Long Gallery

[6] Anything goes Words & Music by Cole Porter
[7] Love is here to stay Words & Music by George & Ira Gershwin
[8] They can't take that away from me Words & Music by George & Ira Gershwin
[9] Isn't this a Lovely Day? Words & Music by Irving Berlin
[10] Just the way you look to-night Music by Jerome Kern Words by Dorothy Fields
[11] I'll build a stairway to paradise Music by George Gershwin
Words by B.G. De Silva & Arthur Francis
Christopher Rathbone at the Bösendorfer piano Recorded in the Long Gallery
[12] Brahms: Intermezzo in B flat Op.117 No.2
[13] Delius: Prelude No.1
Vaughan Williams from Six Short Pieces: [14] Slow Dance & [15] Quick Dance
[16] Balfour Gardiner: Gavotte
Debussy: [17] La fille aux cheveux de lin from Préludes, Book One
[18] Golliwogg's Cake-Walk from Children's Corner Suite
[19] Percy Grainger: Handel in the Strand [20] Country Gardens
Christopher Rathbone from Twenty five little preludes for piano solo:
[21] No.3 in G major [22] No.4 in E minor [23] No.5 in D major [24] No.7 in A major

Madeleine Dring from Colour Suite:
[25] Blue Air and [26] Yellow Hammers
Simon Lindley - organ Recorded in the Chapel
[27] César Franck: Choral No 3
The Choir of Leeds Parish Church directed by Simon Lindley
David Houlder - Organ Recorded in the Chapel

[28] H. Balfour Gardiner: Evening Hymn

Recorded July & August 2005 at Castle Howard, Yorkshire

Recorded, produced & graphic design by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings.
Amphion Recordings expresses thanks to the Honourable Simon Howard for kindly permitting these recordings to be made, and to members of the staff at Castle Howard who assisted the performers during the recording sessions.
The Instruments:
The two pianos heard on these CDs are located in the Long Gallery and benefit from the favourable acoustic.
The Erard Piano is in a Rosewood case and the serial number indicates that it was built in Paris around 1830. This model with a wooden soundboard in a metal case, comes from the transitional period before all metal inside became normal. The piano is eight feet in length.
The Bösendorfer Piano is a hand built seven foot Grand with a walnut satin finish. It was purchased in 1991 and is an outstanding example of modern piano design. The piano has two extra notes in the bass register and a third pedal which sustains bass notes.
The Harrison & Harrison Organ in the Chapel was installed in 1873
The construction of Castle Howard was begun in 1699 when Charles, Third Earl of Carlisle engaged the architects Sir John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor,
The Long Gallery where the pianos are situated, is in the west wing of the house and was completed after Vanbrugh's death in 1726 to a design by the Fourth Earl's brother in law, Sir Thomas Robinson, in the Palladian style. From that time up to the present day, Castle Howard has been home to the Howard family.
Martin J. Monkman, Amphion Recordings, September 2009.

Released 9/9/09


PHI CD 224: Organ works of Henry Smart performed by Graham Barber on the 1882 John Nicholson organ at St. Christforuskerk, Schagen, Holland

A Series of Organ Pieces in Various Styles
[1] Con moto
[2] Moderato con moto (3-part study)
[3] Fantasia with Choral
[4] Allegro moderato (A major)
[5] Con moto moderato (en forme d'Ouverture)

Three Andantes, Set 1
[6] Andante in A major
[7] Andante in F major
[8] Andante in C major

Two Trios
[9] Con moto in F
[10] Andante alla pastorella in F

[11]-[18] Chorale with variations

Recorded on 19 & 20 April 2005
Recording Engineer: Tim Banks
Console assistant: Elli Glarou
Produced by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings
Released 6/12/08

Originally built for St. Mary Magdalene's church, Worcester in 1882, the organ was transferred to St. Christoforuskerk, Schagen in North Holland, and restored there by J. C. Bishop and Son in 1981. It has all the advantages of the medium-sized, nineteenth-century English organ including mechanical action, a varied palette of orchestral tone colours and registration aids (three Combination Pedals to Swell and three to Great). Sited on the floor on the north side of the church it speaks without impediment into the resonant space. The singing quality of the organ is very special and the mechanical action is responsive and stimulating. Each stop is full of character when drawn alone and adds tangibly to the plenum in combination. The stop list corresponds quite closely to Smart's organ at St. Lukeís, Old Street (rebuilt Gray and Davison, 1844) while also showing some features of his later instrument at St. Pancras (also rebuilt Gray and Davison, 1865). However, in terms of tonal pedigree, a closer comparison is with the Nicholson organ now at Portsmouth Cathedral, originally built for Manchester Cathedral (1861).

Since his solo début in London at the Royal Festival Hall, Graham Barber has been recognised as one of Britain's leading concert organists. Reviewing his first recording at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Sunday Times described him as 'a technically brilliant, musically mature organist.' He has made many subsequent recordings both in English cathedrals (Coventry, Norwich, Salisbury, Hereford, Ripon and Truro) and in German and Dutch cathedrals and churches (Altenberg, Ingolstadt, Osnabrück, Limburg, Villingen and Leeuwarden), and has been described in Gramophone magazine as 'one of the organ world's finest recording artists.' He has also made many recordings for BBC Radio 3.
Graham Barber has played in most major venues in Britain, as well as in Europe, the Far East, Australia and the United States. Concerts include those at the Smetana Hall in Prague; St. Michael's Church, Leipzig; three concerts in Portugal at Braga, Lisbon and Coimbra; the Elder Hall in Adelaide; King's College, Cambridge; Stanford and Fresno Universities; Notre Dame, Paris and Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. Recording projects for Priory Records have included music by Herbert Howells, the complete organ works of Percy Whitlock, C17/18 German and Dutch music on the Müller organ of the Jacobijnerkerk, Leeuwarden, and Edwardian Music at Ripon Cathedral. For ASV he has recorded music by J. S. Bach, Böhm, Buxtehude, and Krebs, and for Hyperion by Reger, Franz Schmidt and Victorian composers.
Graham Barber has performed with most major U.K. orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé, the Royal Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool, the BBC Symphony and the English Chamber Orchestra. He has played under the baton of many celebrated conductors including Edward Downes, Charles Groves, Richard Hickox, Charles Mackerras, Georg Solti, Jan Pascal Tortelier and David Willcocks. Professor of Performance Studies at the University of Leeds, Graham Barber is also Visiting Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and Organist at St. Bartholomew's Church, Armley. He has given masterclasses in Weimar, Enschede, Braga, Lisbon, Moscow and Cologne.

PHI CD 223: Organ Showcase Volume Three Hull City Hall John Pemberton - organ


[1] David N. Johnson - Trumpet Tune in C major
[2]-[4] William Hayes - Concerto in G major

[5]-[6] J.S. Bach - Fantasia and Fugue in G minor (BWV 542)
[7] Tylman Susato - Mohrentanz
[8] Dietrich Buxtehude - Fugue in C major (Bux WV 174)
[9] Johann P. Kellner - Chorale Prelude (Was Gott, das ist wohlgetan)
[10] Camille Saint-Saëns - Fantasie in E flat
[11] Enrico Pasini - Cantabile in F major
[12]-[15] Edward Elgar Organ Sonata in G major (Op 28)


Released 15 July 2008

This programme and its duration have been chosen to reflect the type of music which is being enjoyed by the regular audiences at the "Organ ShowCase" series held monthly at the City Hall on Wednesdays at 12.30 pm. For further details please visit Hull City Hall website: www.hullcc.gov.uk/hullcityhall E mail: info@hullcc.gov.uk

Produced by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings.

Thanks are expressed to Kingston-upon-Hull City Council and to the staff of Hull City Hall for their help and encouragement with the making of this recording: Tony Ridley, City Hall Manager; Olwyn Hall, House Manager; Richard Mobbs, Stage Manager; Tony Evans, House Electrician and also to Graham Smails who tunes and maintains the City Hall Organ.

Born at Stratford - on - Avon in 1941 and educated at Brighton College, it was whilst at school in Brighton that John came under the inspiring influence of the then Director of Music, Philip Dore (later of Ampleforth College) who gave him his early introduction to the organ. This was followed by study with a number of teachers, including George Austin, culminating in the ARCM and FTCL diplomas, both for Organ Performance. He studied Medicine at King's College, University of London and retired from the profession in 1999.
John has been connected with parish church music for over fifty-six years, as a choirboy, assistant organist and in various appointments as organist and choirmaster and has also given numerous organ recitals. He served for 20 years on the RSCM Lincoln area committee and more recently as the RSCM Area Education Officer, a post he relinquished in September 1999. He has provided the organ accompaniment for many RSCM festivals as well as supervising introductory courses for organists.
For the past 16 years he has been Organs Adviser to the Lincoln Diocese and was appointed Curator of the Organ at Hull City Hall in 2003. Since then lunchtime organ music has been re-instated as the 'Organ Showcase Series' which takes place at 12.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month August and September excepted.
He has recently been appointed to the Advisory Board of the prestigious journal 'Organists' Review' which enjoys an international circulation. During his busy life, John has found time to construct two pipe organs for his personal use.

PHI CD 222: English Organ Music from St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol performed by Paul Derrett

Edward Bairstow (1874-1946) Toccata-Prelude on 'Pange Lingua'
Craig Sellar Lang (1891-1971) Fugue-Trilogy on E.G.B.
William Henry Harris (1883-1973) A Fancy
William Boyce (1710-1779) Symphony in F

Richard Drakeford (b.1936) Scherzetto
Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
Fantasy and Fugue 'The Wanderer'
Herbert Howells (1892-1983) Six Pieces
Preludio 'Sine Nomine'
Sarabande (for the Morning of Easter)
Master Tallis's Testament
Fugue, Chorale and Epilogue
Sarabande (In Modo Elegiaco)

Recorded & produced by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings
Recorded on the evening of 5 October 2004

Paul Derrett and Amphion Recordings are grateful to the following for their help with this project: Revd. Tony Whatmough (Vicar of St. Mary's), Andrew Kirk (Director of Music), Duncan Bennett (Organ Tuner), Tony Reynolds and Crispin John (Vergers),
Douglas Carrington and Mona Benson.
Released 3/3/08

Through broadcasts, over 500 public recitals since 1981 and more than twenty solo CDs, Paul Derrett has established himself as one of the leading players in this country. Recitals have been given in France, Holland and Germany and his recordings are regularly broadcast in many countries. Venues in 2006 included ten cathedrals, amongst which were Liverpool (Anglican), Westminster (R.C.), York Minster and Bordeaux Cathedral, France. He studied at The Royal College of Music with Herbert Howells, Richard Popplewell and Nicholas Danby but also trained as an organ-builder which explains his reputation for being able to display each organ to best effect. Paul particularly enjoys reviving interest in neglected works and suggestions for additions to his repertoire are always welcome. Until recently, Paul was organist and director of music at the largest parish church in the U.K., Holy Trinity, Hull. Paul's website is at www.paulderrett.piczo.com

PHI CD 221: Organ Showcase Volume Two Hull City Hall Roger Fisher plays music by Bach & Vierne


J S Bach (1685- 1750)
[1]-[2] Prelude and Fugue in C major (BWV 545)
[3] Chorale Prelude: "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland" (BWV 659)
[4]-[5] Prelude and Fugue in B minor (BWV 544) [12.32]
[6] Chorale Prelude: "Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend" (BWV 655)
(Lord Jesus Christ, turn Thou to us)
[7]-[8] Prelude & Fugue in A major (BWV 536)

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Symphony no 2 in E minor, opus 20
[9] Allegro [10] Choral [11] Scherzo [12] Cantabile [13] Final
Console assistant: Gillian Fisher
Recorded & produced by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings
Recorded at Hull City Hall, 15 & 16 January 2007


Released 14/11/07

Thanks are expressed to Kingston-upon-Hull City Council and to the staff of Hull City Hall for their help and encouragement with the making of this recording: Tony Ridley, City Hall Manager, Olwyn Hall, House Manager, Richard Mobbs, stage manager, Lee Greaves & Paul Broadie, technicians, Tony Evans & Mike Redley, house electricians & also to Graham Smails of Cousans Organs who tunes & maintains the City Hall Organ. Thanks also to John Pemberton, the Organ Curator of Hull City Hall for all his help during the recording of this CD.

PHI CD 219: Organ Music from the Parish Church of St Laurence, Ludlow Roger Fisher - organ

[1] Richard Francis (born: 1946):
[2]-[3] William Walond (1725-1770):
Voluntary no 1 in E major
(from 10 Voluntaries for Organ or Harpsichord - 1758)
[4]-[15] Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Chorale Partita "Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig" (BWV 768)
[16]-[17] J.S. Bach:
Prelude and Fugue in D major (BWV 532)
[18] Herbert Howells (1892-1983):
Psalm-Prelude no 1 (opus 32, no 1)
[19] Max Reger (1873-1916):
Benedictus (opus 59 no. 9)
[20] Percy Whitlock (1903-1946):
Divertimento (from Four Extemporisations of 1932)
[21] Richard Francis:
Solemn Prelude on the hymn tune "Hereford" (2002)
[22]-[24] Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901):
Sonata no 14 in C major (opus 165) Präludium, Idylle, Toccata

Released 15/04/07
Recorded & produced by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings
Console assistant: Gillian Fisher
Recorded 21 & 22 January 2007

Roger Fisher and Amphion Recordings express their thanks to Richard Francis, whose sponsorship and support have made this CD possible. Thanks also to the staff at the Parish Church of St Laurence, Ludlow for their help and cooperation during the recording of this CD. Donald Beattie has kindly provided the photographs of the organ.

By Richard Francis

It is quite possible that a large church like St Laurence's Ludlow would have been using an organ by about 1400. The earliest churchwardens account dates from 1472/3. It appears that whatever kind of organ there was in the church up to 1644, it certainly did not survive the Commonwealth and there was a period of twenty five years without an organ. In 1671/2 a new organ was erected, but absolutely no evidence remains to this day as to who built it. By 1761, there were moves afoot again to replace the organ. Records show that the Corporation of Ludlow received a handsome gift of the sum of £1000 from Henry Arthur, Earl of Powis, to erect a new organ, and the work was placed in the hands of John Snetzler. The work was completed by 1764. The organ was placed on a stone or wood gallery in front of the rood screen. It consisted of 3 manuals ­ Choir, Great and Swell (to fiddle G).

As part of a major restoration of the Church in 1860, it was decided to move the organ from its position near the rood screen and to rebuild it on a platform of brick pillars in the north transept where it stands today. A process of continual enlargement took place during the remainder of the 19th century under the auspices of Messrs Gray & Davison. Few of Gray & Davison instruments survive (Chippenham Parish Church, Usk Parish Church) and Ludlow is very fortunate to possess much fine pipework by this famous English firm of builders. The first rebuild in 1860 saw the instrument enlarged to four manuals and pedals, including the famous Tuba stop mounted "en chamade". Another rebuild in 1883 saw further stops added. In 1891 an attempt was made to increase the blowing power and to introduce pneumatic action to the Solo organ (now increased to seven stops). William Hill & Son provided a completely new pneumatic action to all departments as well as a new detached console (the outer shell and stop knobs remain today). This pneumatic action lasted some eighty years, but, by 1981 it was clear that a complete overhaul was necessary. It was decided to restore three of the four manuals and pedals, and the restoration work went to the firm of Nicholson & Co (Worcester) Ltd under the guidance of Managing Director Dennis Thurlow and Dr Roy Massey of Hereford Cathedral. Thanks to a generous gift from Ran Ogston, who was honorary assistant organist at Ludlow for over twenty years, the Solo organ was finally restored in 1985, and as a result of a further gift, the Pedal organ was enlarged in 1987.
As a result of a Heritage Lottery grant of £50,000, the organ was thoroughly cleaned and overhauled in 2006 by Nicholsons together with the provision of a new 5 rank Cornet (designed by Guy Russell), new General pistons and a Sequencer.

PHI CD 216: Ralph Downes - organ
A Centenary Tribute
Recorded 1958-1979

Performed at
The Royal Festival Hall, London
and The London Oratory

Royal Festival Hall, London
from Pye GSGC 14024 1958

[1] Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
Toccata (from Symphony No.5)
[2] - [13] J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Partite diverse: Sei gegrüsset Jesu gutig (BWV 768)
(Chorale & 11 variations)
Royal Festival, Hall London
from Pye TPLS 13001-2 1967

J. S. Bach Three manualiter chorale preludes from
Clavierubüng Part III:
[14] (a) Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' (BWV 677)
[15] (b) Dies sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot' (BWV 679)
[16] (c) Vater unser im Himmelreich (BWV 683)
The London Oratory
from Saga Pan 6328 1965

[17] César Franck (1822-90) Prière
[18] Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)
Paraphrase-Carillon for the Assumption
(from L'Orgue Mystique Office No.35)
Royal Festival Hall, London
from Vista VPS 1089 1979

[19] César Franck Fantaisie in A major
[20] Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
The Soul of the Lake Op. 96 No.1
(from Seven Pastels from the Lake of Constance)
[21] Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Rondo alla Campanella Op.156
Marcel Dupré (1886-1971) Three versets from
Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary Op.18:
[22] (a) Psalm Antiphon II: Laeva ejus
[23] (b) Magnificat verset I: Et exsultavit
[24] (c) Magnificat verset VI: Toccata sur le Gloria


Released 25/1/06 

PHI CD 217: Music at the Old Chapel
Roger Fisher
Piano & Organ

[1] Alan Richardson (1904-1974): The Dreaming Spires
[2] Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849): Waltz in A minor
[3] J.S.Bach (1685-1750): Wo soll ich fliehen hin (BWV 646)
[4] J.S.Bach: Liebster Jesu (BWV 731) [5] Magnus Black (1930-1998): Christmas Pastorale
[6] Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
arr. Heywood: Papageno's aria
Leslie Elgar Fisher (1904-1974): Suite in D major
[7] Prelude [8] Sarabande [9] Minuet
[10] Air [11] Gavotte
[12] Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927): Fantasie no 3 in B minor
Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933): Aus dem Norden (Suite)
[13] Spring Dance [14] Elegy [15] Halling [16] Idyll
[17] Novelette [18] A Mountain Tune
[19] Edward Elgar (1857-1934) arr. Atkins: Fugue in C minor
[20] Harold Darke (1888-1976): Elegy
[21] Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986): Méditation
[22] Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901): Monologue in C
[23] York Bowen (1884-1961): Study in F


Released 25/1/06

This recording was made on various days between July 9th and September 24th 2005, at The Old Chapel, Trelogan, Holywell, Flintshire, CH8 9BD, with Roger Fisher acting as engineer and Gillian Fisher as session

PHI CD 213: Organ Music from the Isle of Purbeck
Performed by Francis Jackson
Played on the historic 1880 organ in
St James's Church Kingston in Purbeck, Dorset

Edouard Silas (1827-1909)
Fantasia & Fugue in E minor
Henry Smart (1813-1879)
Air with Variations & Finale Fugato
Sydney H. Nicholson (1875-1947)
Impromptu No. 2 in D (1907)
Healey Willan (1880-1968) from Six Chorale Preludes (1950)
Chorale Prelude on Quem Pastores Chorale Prelude on Vulpius
Francis Jackson (b. 1917)
Interlude & The Sweet Rivelet from The Hovingham Sketches
Matthew Camidge (1764-1844) Concerto III in A minor
Michael Christian Festing (c.1680-1753) arr. George Thalben-Ball (1896-1987)
Largo - Allegro - Aria & Two Variations
Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
Andante Cantabile from Fourth Organ Symphony
Théodore César Salomé (1834-1896)
Offertoire in F minor from Ten Pieces, Book One
Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
Final in E flat (Grand Choeur, Op.40)


Released 14/1/05
Recorded 23, 24 & 25 August 1995, St. James's Church, Kingston in Purbeck, Dorset
Console assistant Martin Monkman
Recorded & produced by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings
The late Reverend Robert Watton was of great assistance during the making of these recordings. Thanks are also expressed to his successor as Priest in Charge of Kingston with Langton Matravers & Worth Matravers, the Reverend Judith Malins.

The Church & Organ - St. James's, Kingston, Purbeck
By the late Reverend Robert Watton, Vicar of St. James's 1991 to 2003

St. James's Church, Kingston-in-Purbeck, Dorset, was built at the behest and expense of John Scott, third Earl of Eldon (1845-1926).
The overall result is Street's best church ("the jolliest thing I ever did!" he said.) and one of the finest Victorian examples of ecclesiastical architecture in the land. With some justification the building has been described as 'the Cathedral of Purbeck'
At Lord Eldon's suggestion, for his three-manual organ, Street turned to the London firm of Maley, Young & Oldknow. This little-known partnership existed for only about ten years from the mid 1870s. Records show that they built at least forty organs in an area that stretched from London to Cornwall, the Channel Islands and France. A number of instruments were built in Dorset, but most are now lost or have been altered beyond recognition.
Lord Eldon's generosity ensured that the very finest materials were used in the Kingston organ. One stop, the Vox Humana on the swell, is attributed to the renowned French organ builder Cavaillé-Coll. Generally the tonal characteristics of the organ are distinctly continental. The organ is contained in a very shallow north transept with the bellows and much of the mechanism housed in the crypts beneath the chancel floor. Unusually for a mechanical 'tracker' action organ the console is detached, the organist facing the pipes.
In recognition of the organ's special interest as a period instrument the National Heritage Memorial Fund awarded a grant of £22,500 for the organ's restoration, on condition that no alterations were made. Other grants were received from the Pilgrim Trust, the Talbot Village Trust and Dorset Country Council. The painstaking restoration was carried out by Derry Thompson of Maiden Newton and associates in 1992/93. The Reverend Nicholas Thistlewaite of Cambridge, a leading authority on Victorian organs, and Mr Peter Collins, provided much welcome advice. The restored instrument was opened in June 1994 by Doctor Peter Hurford.

Above: The late Robert Watton, vicar of St. James's Kingston 1991 to 2003, who master-minded
the restoration of the Kingston organ which can be seen on the right.
Photograph taken 23 August 1995 by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings.

PHI CD 211: Handel to Wesley
Alan Spedding plays the 1837 Charles Allen Organ in the Chapel of
St Mary & St Everilda, Everingham, East Riding of Yorkshire

George Frederick Handel (1685-1759) - Concerto in 'Judas Maccabaeus'
[1] Overture [1.09] [2] Allegro [3.03] [3] Andante [4.05] [4] March [1.34]
George Frederick Handel - Pieces for Clay's Musical Clock
[5] A Voluntary on a Flight of Angels [1.16] [6] Sonata [1.17] [7] Gigue [1.02]
[8] Minuet [0.43] [9] Air [0.39] [10] Gigue [0.33]
William Boyce (1711-1779) - Trumpet Voluntary I in D
[11] Larghetto [1.20] [12] Vivace [2.42]
John Stanley (1713-1786) - Cornet Voluntary, Op.VII No. 1 in A
[13] Adagio [1.46] [14] Allegro [4.00]
James Nares (1715-1783)
[15] Introduction [2.56] & [16] Fugue ('with the Subject revers'd') [3.08]
William Hayes (1708-1777) - Concerto in G
[17] Adagio - Allegro [4.08] [18] Andante [4.11] [19] Minuetto Allegro [3.01]
William Walond (c.1725-1770) - Voluntary XI Op. 2 No.5
[20] Andante [1.06] [21] Allegro ma non troppo [2.47]
Mathias Hawdon (d. 1789) - Sonata No. IV in B flat
[22] Largo [2.11] [23] Larghetto [1.39] [24] Trumpet and Eccho [3.14]
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
[25] Fragment (1837) & Samuel Wesley - Fugue for Dr Mendelssohn [3.25]
Samuel Wesley (1766-1837) - Voluntary, Op.6 No. 9
[26] Larghetto [1.30] [27] Fantasia [2.22] [28] Moderato [3.37]
Charles Wesley (1757-1834) - Concerto No.1 from 2nd Set
[29] Maestoso [0.32] [30] Allegro moderato [4.14]
[31] Andante pastorale [2.39] [32] Allegro [4.00]
Alan Spedding - organ Recorded 11 August 2004


Released: 21/10/2004
Amphion Recordings expresses thanks to Father Twomey, Priest in Charge at Everingham and the Guest family, owners of the chapel for permitting these recordings; Carol Parkinson, Administrator of Organ Recitals at Beverley Minster, for much valuable assistance; and David Wood of Huddersfield for tuning the organ.
Recorded & produced by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings

Everingham is full of surprises. Its church is dedicated to St Everilda who founded a convent in the village and few parish churches can claim to be named for a saint who actually lived there. The Roman Catholic Chapel adjoining the Hall is one of the East Riding's best kept secrets. Even more surprising is the fact that among its sumptuous furnishings is an authentic English classical organ of 1837 by Charles Allen, with two manuals and pedals.
The design of the organ looks back to the 18th century while incorporating some unexpectedly 'modern' features. It is conservative in preserving the old English compass with the Great organ extending down to bottom F two octaves and a half below middle C and in having a Swell organ whose bottom note is only F immediately below middle C (the modern standard bottom note for all manuals and pedals is C two octaves below middle C). The organ has an octave and a half of pedals (rare in 18th century British organs) with its own set of booming pedal pipes (forward looking for its time). These and other features place it during a period of flux in British organ building, as native organists were becoming more aware of the advanced state of continental instruments with their full compass manuals and pedals, which made it possible to perform a much wider repertoire, including the works of J S Bach which were being rediscovered in the early 19th century.
This programme has been chosen to exploit the capabilities of the Everingham organ and to chart the progress of English organ music from the Baroque to the early Romantic period.

The design of the organ looks back to the 18th century while incorporating some unexpectedly 'modern' features. It is conservative in preserving the old English compass with the Great organ extending down to bottom F two octaves and a half below middle C and in having a Swell organ whose bottom note is only F immediately below middle C (the modern standard bottom note for all manuals and pedals is C two octaves below middle C). The organ has an octave and a half of pedals (rare in 18th century British organs) with its own set of booming pedal pipes (forward looking for its time). These and other features place it during a period of flux in British organ building, as native organists were becoming more aware of the advanced state of continental instruments with their full compass manuals and pedals, which made it possible to perform a much wider repertoire, including the works of J S Bach which were being rediscovered in the early 19th century.
This programme has been chosen to exploit the capabilities of the Everingham organ and to chart the progress of English organ music from the Baroque to the early Romantic period.

© Alan Spedding 2004

The organ in the Chapel of St Mary and St Everilda, Everingham
The Roman Catholic Chapel of St Mary the Virgin and St Everilda is a great surprise. Here in the East Riding is a grand Italian church. The impressive stuccoed classical exterior almost dwarfs the delightful red-brick Everingham Hall which adjoins. The hall, designed by John Carr, was built between 1757 and 1764 for William Haggerston Constable. It was his descendant William Constable-Maxwell, later 10th Lord Herries, who built the chapel between 1836 and 1839 after the passing of the Catholic Emancipation Act, when it became legal for Roman Catholic churches to be built. Designed in Italy by a young Roman architect, Agostino Giorgioli, its building was supervised by John Harper of York. The interior is magnificent, with giant Corinthian scagliola columns, niches with plaster statues of the Apostles and bas-reliefs of episodes in the life of Christ by Luigi Bozzoni of Carrara. The altar is of marble inset with panels of polished granite and porphyry.
© David Neave 2004


PHI CD 197: English Organ Music from Hull City Hall - Roger Fisher organ

Basil Harwood (1859-1949)
[1] Rhapsody Op. 38 [15.48]
Thomas Dunhill (1877-1946)
[2] Cantilèna Romantica No. 4 of Four Original Pieces for Organ Op.101 [2.15]
Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)
[3] Fantasie Choral No.1 in D flat major [11.02]
Armstrong Gibbs (1889-1960)
[4] Lyric Melody from Six Sketches for Organ Book One [3.40]
Christopher Steel (1939-1991)
Variations on a Theme of Guillaume de Machaut Op. 65 [17.20]
[5] Theme, Variations 1, 2, & 3: Troubadors & Trouvères
[6] Variations 4 & 5: War [7] Variation 6: Courtly Love
[8] Variation 7: Black Death [9] Variation 8: Dirge
[10] Variations 9 & 10: Pilgrimage [11] Variations 11 & 12: Feast Days
[12] Variation 13: The Cathedral of Notre Dame
William Faulkes (1863-1933)
[13] Scherzo in A minor Op. 138, No. 3 [2.17]
Francis Jackson (b. 1917)
[14] Toccata [6.46] [15] Chorale [3.16] & [16] Fugue [4.49] Op. 16


Console assistant: Gillian Fisher. Recorded 17 & 18 October 2003.

Released 25/6/04 

PHI CD 194: The Father Willis Organ, St George's Church, Gateshead,

Francis Jackson - organ

Louis Vierne (1870-1937) from 24 Pièces en style libre, Op. 31
[1] Cortège (No.2) [3.23] [2] Scherzetto (No.14) [3.55] [3] Prélude No.5 [4.25]
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
[4]-[5] Prelude and Fugue (The Wedge) in E minor BWV 548 [15.29]
Pietro Nardini (1722-1793)
[6] Andante from Viola Sonata in F minor (arr. Francis Jackson)* [2.06]
Heathcote Statham (1889-1973)
[7] Rhapsody in C [7.05]
Francis Jackson (b. 1917)
[8] Improvisation on Irish, Op.141, No.1* [5.08]
[9] Fantasia Campaniculata Op.132* [4.13]
[10] Prelude on Kettlebaston Op.141, No.2* [2.15]
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1792)
[11] Fantasia in F minor K 608 [12.51]
Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
[12] Allegretto in B minor from Pièces dans différents styles pour orgue Op.19 [6.10]
Leo Sowerby (1895-1968)
[13] Toccata (1940) [8.54]
Francis Jackson - organ
* first commercial recording

Released 19/3/04
Recorded 10, 11 & 12 February 2004 at St. George's Church, Gateshead. Console assistant: Martin Monkman
Recorded, produced & design by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings

This CD was commissioned by the PCC of St. George's Church Gateshead to celebrate the restoration of the Father Willis organ and also the 80th birthday in April 2004 of their vicar, the Reverend Edward Underhill, who has ministered to the parish since 1957.

The Organ and Church
Henry Willis I, otherwise called "Father" Willis, was probably the greatest British organ builder of the l9th century. He was born in 1821, and died in 1901. The organ in St. George's was one of his last major works. The firm was continued by his descendants, and is still in business today. The instrument in St. George's Gateshead is a superb example of the culmination of Willis' work and indeed the whole firm's work during that period. It was consecrated in 1901 and has been expertly maintained in its original condition; the work on the Gateshead 'Father' Willis was completed by his son Henry Willis II. The tubular-pneumatic action and specification are unaltered from when it was built and the tone is extraordinarily beautiful, making it ideal for both liturgical and recital purposes. It is highly regarded as an exceptional treasure by internationally renowned visiting organists and has attracted glowing compliments from the many English Cathedral organists who have played it.
Philip Moore, Organist and Master of the Music, York Minster comments:
'Father Willis is universally acknowledged to be one of the great organ builders of all time. His instruments are national treasures and a vital part of our heritage. There is something quite exceptional about the Willis in St. George's Church, and it stands, unchanged by fashion, as a tribute to a great artist.'
Simon Lindley, Organist of Leeds Parish Church observes:
'The St. George's organ is an utter gem and has to be one of the best instruments in Britain'
The organ has been restored to its original condition by Harrison & Harrison Ltd of Durham, the final stage of this work being the re-leathering of the bellows and the repair of water and smoke damage following an arson attack on the church. There are regular organ recitals at St George's and the organ was reopened, after its restoration, by Dr. Francis Jackson on 27 June 2003.
St. George's Church Gateshead was built to the design of John Piper and consecrated in 1897. It is a splendidly preserved Grade II Listed Building which is favourably reviewed in the Durham section of Pevsner's "Buildings of England"

PHI CD 196: A Celebration of Organ Music from Hull City Hall - Roger Fisher, organ

Francis Jackson Archbishop's Fanfare
Alfred Hollins
Trumpet Minuet
Magnus Black
Sonata in A
Concerto No 2 in B flat
John Ireland
Sursum Corda
J S Bach
Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C (B.W.V. 564)
César Franck
Chorale No 1 in E
(arr. Guilmant/revised Fisher) Le Cygne (The Swan)
Edwin Lemare
Andantino in D flat (Moonlight & Roses)
Sir William Walton
(arr. Sir William McKie) Orb & Sceptre
Released 1/12/03



Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude & Fugue in G minor, B.W.V. 535
Chorale Prelude: Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, B.W.V. 649
Menuetto & Polacca from Brandenburg Concerto No.1,
arr. Francis Jackson
Trio Sonata No.5 in C, B.W.V. 529
Henry Smart (1813-1879)
Andante in F & Postlude in C
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
At the cradle, arr. Ramsey
Leon Boëllmann (1862-1897)
Ronde Française
Matthew Camidge (1774-1844)
Concerto No.1 in D
John Ireland (1879-1962)
The Holy Boy & Villanella
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Trios beaux oiseaux du paradis, arr. Francis Jackson
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Divertissement from 24 Pièces en style libre
for organ or harmonium Op. 31

Released 15/5/03

PHI CD 192: Organ Music of Samuel Wesley Volume One
Francis Jackson - organ
performed on the historic 1787 Samuel Green Chamber Organ
St Mary the Virgin Church, Edith Weston, Rutland

[1] Andante Maestoso in D (IV) Twelve Short Pieces for Organ
[2] G [3] G [4] G [5] A minor [6] A minor [7] A minor [8] A minor [9] F [10] F [11] F [12] D [13] D [14] D
[15]-[16] Voluntary & Fugue in D minor [17] A melody Voluntary (Harding) in B flat: [18] Spirited [19] Moderately Slow [20] Lively
[21] Old English Melody in F Voluntary (Linley) in G minor:
[22] Largo [23] Moderato [24] Scraps for the organ No. 3 in G [25] Scraps for the organ No.4 in E flat Voluntary (Harding) in E minor:
[26] Slow [27] Chearful not brisk in E major [28] God save the King Variations in D (1820) Encore:
[29] Jig from Georgian Suite for Organ by Francis Jackson (b.1917) [30]-[37] Stop demonstration by Francis Jackson TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 75.34

Recorded 11 & 12 November 2002, St. Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Edith Weston, Rutland, England
Recorded & produced by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings, who also acted as console assistant

Thanks are express to the Rector, Rev'd Brian Nicholls & church wardens for permitting these recordings.

Accommodation & hospitality was kindly provided by Ken & Jill Orrell of Edith Weston.

The organ in St. Mary the Virgin Parish Church was built by Samuel Green of London in 1787 for an unknown residence in the capital. Green is credited with having been an organ builder to George III. In 1842 the organ was sold to the Rev. C.H. Lucas who was vicar of the church and transported by rail to Edith Weston where it was at first placed in the Edith Weston Hall. The brass plate on the organ bears the inscription: This organ is presented to the inhabitants of Edith Weston by Richard Lucus, 1867. The present swell front is presumed to be a replacement by Porrit of Leicester dating from 1873. In 1971 an electric blower was installed and in 1981 the organ was restored by M. Goetze and D. Gwynne.

Released 6/5/03

PHI CD 130: The Organ at Castle Howard played by Francis Jackson
Overture to The Occasional Oratorio arr. W.T .Best. Guilmant: Communion No.1.
Wolstenholme: Allegretto Op. 17, No. 2. Macdowell: A.D. MDCXX.
Jongen: Chant de Mai Op. 53, No.1 & Menuet - Scherzo Op. 53, No. 2. Smart: Andante in E minor No.3.
Vaughan Williams: Three Preludes Founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes.
Jackson: Hymn tune Prelude on East Acklam. Bach: Fugue in G. (Fugue a la Gigue). Mendelssohn: Sonata No. 5.

PHI CD 174: The Hill Organ Eton College Chapel English Organ Music Paul Derrett
Edward Elgar: Imperial March. Arthur Goodhart: Impromptu in A.
Charles Harford Lloyd: Andante Grazioso (Dialogue).
Hubert Parry: Chorale Fantasia on an Old English Tune. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Prelude and Fugue in C minor. Thomas Arne: Concerto in B flat .
Geoffrey Leeds: Elegy. Henry Ley: Jubilate. Edward Bairstow: Sonata in E flat.
Michael Tippett: Preludio al Vespero di Monteverdi. Christopher Steel: Fantasy on a Theme of Purcell.
Richard Popplewell: Aria: 'The time of the singing' Peter Warlock: Capriol Suite.


PHI CD 177: The Land of the Mountain and the Flood
Roger Fisher - organ Reid Memorial Church Edinburgh
Alfred Hollins (1865-1942)
[1] Concert Overture in C minor
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
[2] Chanson de Nuit
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
[3] Passacaglia in C minor BWV582
John Magnus Black (1930-1998)
[4] Sarabande
Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)
[5] Fantasie Choral no 2 in F sharp minor
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
[6] Naïades
Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916)
[7] Overture: The Land of the Mountain and the Flood
Ronald Binge (1910-1979)
[8] Elizabethan Serenade
Alfred Hollins
[9] Concert Rondo in B flat

‘A perfect match of player, organ & repertoire’ BBC Radio 3 Record Review

The Organ
The organ was built in 1933 by Rushworth & Dreaper of Liverpool, to a specification drawn up by Alfred Hollins, and represents the best of British romantic organ-building at that time. Typically of Hollins, there is no Choir division, a generous orchestral Solo organ occupying the third manual instead. The organ is housed in a spacious chamber on the first floor level of the tower, on the north-east side of the chancel; there is no casework, and the instrument speaks clearly through grilles into both the nave and chancel. Fortunately, the organ has escaped any attempts to rebuild it, and the only major work since its installation has been the renewal of the electric action and the installation of a capture system, carried out in 1998 by Rushworth & Dreaper. It remains, therefore, a testimony to Hollins' skill as an organ designer, and is one of the only instruments of its kind left in the UK (the Caird Hall in Dundee being another). The organ has a unique blend of sound, and the reeds are particularly fine; listeners will note how often the Solo French Horn is used during this recording! In accordance with the practise of the time, there is a gradual increase in volume towards the treble end of the pipework, thus allowing a melody to carry more effectively.


Henry Smart 1813-1879
[1] Postlude in C [2] Andante grazioso in F [3] Postlude in D
Matthew Camidge 1774-1844
Concerto II in G minor
[4] Adagio [5] Allegro [6] Adagio [7] Alla Gavotta
Francis Jackson born 1917
[8] Impromptu Opus 5, 1944 (For Sir Edward Bairstow on his 70th birthday)
Samuel Sebastian Wesley 1810-1876
[9] Larghetto in F sharp minor
Charles Avison 1709-1770
Concerto in D arranged by Arthur Clifford Harker (1912-1999)
[10] Andante [11] Allegro [12] Air with Variations [13] Presto
Samuel Sebastian Wesley
[14] Andante in E minor
Edwin Henry Lemare 1865-1934
[15] Pastorale No 1 in E (1892)
Gerald Finzi 1901-1956
[16] Carol (from Five Bagatelles) arranged by Robert Gower (born 1952)
Norman Archbold Cocker 1889-1953
[17] Tuba Tune
Edward Cuthbert Bairstow 1874-1946
[18] Evensong (1900)
Herbert Austin Fricker 1869-1943
[19] Concert Overture in C minor (1906)

Recorded 8 August & 20 October 2002 at Leeds Parish Church by kind permission of the Precentor (The Reverend Joanne Yates) and the Church Wardens

Released 1/12/02


The organ built by Harrison & Harrison in 1913 to the design of Sir Edward Bairstow and Arthur Harrison incorporated much pipework from older instruments including important material by Hill and Schulze from 1859 and Abbott & Smith in 1883 and 1899. Post-war restoration by Harrison was supervised by Dr Melville Cook in 1949. The Wood, Wordsworth work of 1965 (superintended by Donald Hunt) provided much-needed upperwork to Choir and Pedal divisions. The Altar Organ (housed in the North Chancel between 1913 and 1965) was removed and its pipework incorporated within the main case. The scheme by A J Carter of Wakefield begun in 1996 in consultation with Dr Noel Rawsthorne involved the restoration of all the mechanisms within the instrument. The substantial Blowing Plant was rebuilt by Allfab Engineering of Methley. The organ now utilises solid-state transmission throughout, and the console has been completely re-furbished. With that exception, the result of all the endeavour cannot easily be seen since it has involved soundboards, re-leathering, new magnets and other crucial areas. A small number of tonal adjustments has been made - the Great reeds have been re-cast and a Vox Humana stop, the gift of Andrew Carter, provided. A new Solo reed, the Jubilee Trumpet, was installed in the Summer of 2002 with funds provided by the generous legacy bequeathed to the Friends of the Music of Leeds Parish Church by Dr Melville Cook, Organist here from 1937 to 1956.
Recitals are held regularly each Friday lunchtime from 12.30 and on August Sunday evenings. The maintenance of this fine instrument is sustained by the Friends of the Music of Leeds Parish Church: new members are always most welcome!
Details from The Honorary Treasurer, Friends of the Music of Leeds Parish Church, 5 St Peter's House, Kirkgate, Leeds LS2 7DJ.