Brighouse date for top class musician

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WORLD-class organist Thomas Trotter will give a concert of top quality music at Brighouse Parish Church on Friday, June 24.

The church’s two organs will be in use for the varied programme of music which will include compositions by Franz Liszt in recognition of the composer’s 200th anniversary. Mr Trotter’s recordings of these pieces have received rave reviews in the music journals.

Edward Singleton, who has organised the concert, said: “The lighter pieces in the programme will offer an opportunity for Mr Trotter to demonstrate his powers of expressive interpretation of the lyrical form, for which he is renowned.

“It is quite a coup for us to be able to bring a musician of his calibre to Brighouse and we hope people will support the event - it promises to be an evening of great music.”

Thomas Trotter was appointed Birmingham City organist in 1983 and was appointed artistic advisor and resident organist at Birmingham Symphony Hall in 2001.

He is also organist at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, and visiting Professor of Organ at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

In 2002 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumental award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to classical music. He received an honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University in 2003 and from Birmingham University in 2006.

Alongside his weekly recitals in Birmingham, Mr Trotter has toured on four continents and played at many international festivals such as Bath, Salzburg, Edinburgh and the Proms.

He regularly inaugurates new instruments, both at home and abroad, and he has recorded for Hyperion, Chandos, Regent, EMI and Decca.

Forthcoming engagements include performances at the BBC Proms and at Covent Garden.

He gave the UK premiere of Poul Ruders’s Organ Symphony with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and has given concerts in USA, Canada and throughout Europe.

The recital starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from 01484 715238 and on the door. The ticket price of £6 and £5 concessions includes a buffet supper with wine. Proceeds will go to the Parish Church and the Vicar’s fund for the St James Mission in Africa.