Alexander Eadon (organ of Arundel Cathedral)
Willowhayne Records presents the fourth album in its ‘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 Siegfrid Idyll being the central work on this recording.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Felix Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata No.3 in A major, Op.65 No.3
I. Con moto maestoso
II. Andante tranquillo
Herbert Howells: Rhapsody No.1 in D flat major, Op.17 No.1
Carillon de Longport
A prayer for Saint Sebastian
Fanfare for Saint Boniface
Richard Wagner, transcr. Edwin Lemare: Siegfried Idyll
Charles-Marie Widor: Symphony No.5 in F minor, Op.42 No.1
V. V. Toccata
Robert Jones: Menagerie Musicale
Robert Leach: Wedding March
Christopher Tambling: Fanfare: Shine, Jesus, Shine
Recorded in Arundel Cathedral, Arundel, UK on 29th & 30th May 2016
Design: Willowhayne Records
Console Assistant: Elizabeth Stratford
Recording Engineering, Editing & Production: Simon Eadon
Executive Producers: John Balsdon & Mark Hartt-Palmer
Total Time: 72.35
Release Date: December 2016
Although a born and bred Londoner, Alexander Eadon began his musical life as a chorister in the world-renowned Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. After five years as a Music Scholar at Harrow School and a gap year as Organ Scholar at St. Martin-in-the-Fields he trained at the Royal Academy of Music with David Titterington and Nicolas Kynaston for organ performance, Nigel Allcoat and Lionel Rogg for improvisation and Patrick Russill for Choral Direction. He furthered his studies at Middlesex University. Alongside this, he was Director of Music at Christ Church, Southgate in North London and Conductor of the Southgate Symphony Orchestra. He then spent two years simultaneously as Organist at Tewkesbury Abbey and School Organist of Dean Close School, Cheltenham (where the Abbey Choristers are educated), assisting with coaching the choristers and teaching within both the preparatory and senior schools.
Between 2009 and 2015 he was the Choirmaster at Oundle School, directing the Chapel Choir and Schola Cantorum on several broadcasts and tours as well as in their weekly services, amongst many other musical activities throughout his tenure. He also enjoyed rugby coaching, being a deputy housemaster and a head of year. In September 2015 he moved to Eastbourne College to take on the newly-created role of Assistant Director of Music.
He is able to pursue some freelance work alongside his school duties. He plays the organ at Arundel Cathedral and directs the Eastbourne-based chamber choir Noteworthy Voices and is regularly found on concert hall platforms and in ecclesiastical buildings the world over – performances have included venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall as well as many UK Cathedrals in addition to trips to France and the USA. As a singer he is a regular deputy of several Cathedral choirs and other ensembles and was one of the founder-members of the internationally award-winning vocal ensemble The Songmen. He is also a regular staff member on the Rodlfus Foundation Choral Courses and undertakes various music typesetting projects.
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