Saturday, April 9, 2016
—One in a series of dedication concerts on the new Andrew Pipe Organ—
The Program | About Paul Carr
Concert Overture in C minor | Alfred Hollins (1865–1942)
GreatPrelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543 | J.S. Bach (1685–1750)
Trumpet Voluntary | John Stanley (1712–1786)
Pomp and Circumstance March no. 4 | Sir Edward Elgar (1857–1934)
Carillon Orléanais | Henri Nibelle (1883–1967)
Melody from Triptyque | Jean Langlais (1907–1991)
March from “The Love of Three Oranges” | Sergei
arr. Jean Guillou
Polonaise from Eugene Onégin | Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
—Intermission (ten minutes)—
Marche Américaine Op 31 | Charles–Marie Widor (1844–1937)
Saraband for the Morning of Easter | Herbert Howells (1892–1983)
Kiwi Fireworks | Paul Spicer (b. 1952)
Three Pieces for Musical Clocks | Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Toccata in C | Franz Schmidt (1874–1939)
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About the Organist: Paul Carr
Paul Carr, a freelance musician based in Birmingham, England, is in demand as an organist and recitalist, accompanist, choral director, adjudicator, and teacher. He studied organ with Dr. Roy Massey MBE at Hereford Cathedral and Professor David Saint at Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with first-class honors. President of the Birmingham Organists Association for six years, last year Paul was awarded with Honorary Membership in the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Paul is Director of Music at St Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, and Musician in Residence at Holy Trinity Parish Church Wordsley, Stourbridge, posts he combines with a busy schedule as a solo recitalist. In addition to performances on many of the finest instruments in the United Kingdom—which have recently included those in York Minster, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, and St Paul’s Cathedral London—solo engagements have taken him to Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and France, where he has given an organ recital at Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral (and has been invited to play a second recital there in April 2017). He has made several visits to the United States, where Paul has performed solo recitals both in and around Chicago (Birmingham’s sister-city) and at Washington National Cathedral.
Particularly noted for his eclectic programming, Paul draws on his extensive repertoire of organ literature and organ transcriptions. For more than twenty years he has performed monthly recitals; his current Sunday Afternoon Organ Music series takes place at Holy Trinity Wordsley, Stourbridge, on the first Sunday of every month. In addition he can be heard at St Paul’s Birmingham on the first Thursday of most months in the Thursday Live series he founded in 2008.
Paul worked in education for eighteen years, class-teaching throughout this time and leading as Music Coordinator in a large junior school, whose choir and string orchestra enjoyed popularity performing in local venues outside school. He has also worked extensively as a choral accompanist and regularly accompanies visiting choirs in cathedrals around the UK, notably Priory Voices and, for many years, the Linsdale Singers. Paul works frequently with the Birmingham Bach Choir and in April 2015 played for the City of Birmingham Choir’s concert tour to Paris, which included accompanying at Notre-Dame Cathedral and organ solos at St. Germain-Des-Pres and La Madeleine. He has recorded a CD of Christmas music with the City of Birmingham Choir and Heart of England Brass and a CD of choral music by Clive Russell with the Henry Ley Singers in Keble College Chapel, Oxford.
Paul’s début solo CD recording French Flavours was released in 2012 on the Regent Records label. Recorded at St. Chad’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Birmingham, it is also the first commercial solo recording of the fine 1993 Walker instrument. It has received critical acclaim, including a five-star rating in Choir & Organ magazine and Editor’s Choice in Organists’ Review.
You can learn more about Paul—and his upcoming recitals—at www.paulcarr.co.uk and www.organrecitals.com/carr and follow him on Twitter at @OrganistPaul and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/paulcarr.organist.
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For more information about organ concerts, contact John Sherer, Organist and Director of Music (312.981.3592).