In the first of a projected series of Experience releases showcasing organs in the seaside town of Eastbourne, Alexander Eadon returns to Willowhayne Records to perform a programme of music recorded at St Saviour's Church, in recognition of the 150th anniversary of its consecration.
The programme includes Healey Wilan's Six Chorale Preludes, the composer having an association with the church. From Mendelssohn's Organ Sonata No.2 to John Philip Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever (in which Alexander Eadon is joined by Paul Collins) this recording represents the full diversity of the 3-manual Walker organ. More >>
In the latest release in Willowhayne Records' acclaimed Experience series, organist John Hosking is joined by soprano Olivia Hunt, violinist Xander Croft and harpist Bethan Griffiths in a varied programme from St Asaph Cathedral.
With two world premiere recordings of the music of John Hosking, the recording also includes music by J. S. Bach, Léon Boellmann, Lili Boulanger (her beautiful Pie Jesu) and Sigfrid Karg-Elert's Symphonic Chorale 'Nun ruhen alle Wälder.' More >>
Jonathan Hope returns to Willowhayne Records to present the sixth release in their critically acclaimed Experience series. Played on the stunning Harrison & Harrison organ of St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, (of which Arthur Harrison considered the instrument his best work), Jonathan Hope has chosen a selection of pieces that are perfectly suited to show off all the colours of this magnificent instrument, the disc including his own transcriptions of Brahms' Tragic Overture and Elgar's In the South (Alassio). Several of the works on this disc are given world premiere recordings, including award-winning composer Cecilia McDowall's Sacred and hallowed fire. More >>
Francis Grier is well known as a composer as well as a performer. This recording by organist Tom Winpenny gives listeners a unique insight into the organ music of Francis Grier in world premiere recordings. Played on the magnificent organ of St Albans Cathedral, this instrument shows the depth of range and colour of Grier's magnificent organ music. More >>
Willowhayne Records presents the fourth album in it's Experience series, played by Alexander Eadon on the Hill organ of Arundel Cathedral.
Restored in 2006, Alexander Eadon explores all the tonal colours of this unjustly rarely recorded instrument, in well-known classics including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Widor’s Toccata, to newer works by Robert Leach, Robert Jones and Christopher Tambling, with Edwin Lemare’s transcription of Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll being the central work on this recording. More >>
A unique collection of organ music and pieces arranged for the organ, composed by J. S. Bach and members of the Bach family. Expertly arranged and played by Mark Swinton at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, UK, the music featured here demonstrates the development of keyboard music across the generations of the Bach family. More >>
Willowhayne Records presents the debut solo release from organist Jonathan Hope, Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral. Played on the stunning organ of Gloucester Cathedral, this recording includes the world premiere recording of John Hosking's Hommaga à Paris, as well as works by John Sanders (Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral from 1967-1994) and the Sonata on the 94th Psalm by Julius Reubke. More >>
The organ in St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town came from St Margaret’s, Westminster (the “MPs’ Church” next to Westminster Abbey) in 1909. Parts of this instrument date from 1675, and has undergone several rebuilds, extensions and work up until 1988.
This first solo recording of the William Hill instrument gives listeners a timely record of one of the city’s great musical treasures. This great English organ provides a perfect, authentic sound world for the music of Elgar and Whitlock, as well as being remarkably versatile in other styles and periods. More >>
This album tracks an imaginary journey around European cities in 20th century organ music spanning some 50 years. From the operatic Adorazione by Oreste Ravanello to Markus Kühnis' Variations on the Swiss Song 'Stets I Truure, mues I läbe with Carl Nielsen's Commotio as the central 'stop' of this recording, this release shows Keith John and the organ of Gloucester Cathedral at their very best.
Keith John studied with Jean Guillou, whose Toccata, Op.9 is also recorded here. He has previously recorded several discs for Priory Records and Hyperion Records, and this is his first release on the Willowhayne Records label. More >>