Organ concert hits the right notes - review

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Review - Organ Centenary Concery at St Michael’s Church in Mytholomroyd

Arranged by David Baker, the programme included organ and choral music.

Two organ pieces were performed by David Baker, who opened the evening with the second and third movements of Mendelssohn’s Second Sonata, played most cheerfully.

Later, he played the Toccata by Widor, in a most rousing manner. Choral items by the choir included And the Glory of the Lord and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, both sung with enthusiasm.

Women’s voices brought a delicate rendering to Amanda McBroom’s The Rose; and the men performed When I Survey the Wondrous Cross to the Welsh melody Morte Criste in a very moving fashion.

Two lighter items sung superbly by David Baker to piano accompaniment, were The Lost Chord and The Volunteer Organist.

A choral highlight of the evening was Stanford’s Te Deum in B flat, sung beautifully.

Two organ items were played by Jordan Meakin, organ scholar of Halifax Organ Academy: Walton’s Crown Imperial, played in stirring style; and Parry’s little-known Christe Redemptor Omnium, highlighting the softer tones of the organ.

The evening drew to a close with three items in which the audience joined: Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No. 1, Jerusalem, and the National Anthem.

Many of the choral items (conducted by David Baker) were accompanied on the organ by David Barker, of St Paul’s Church, King Cross.

David Glover