Distinguished organist opens season

A distinguished director of music will be performing at a Berwick church next week.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 22 May, 2016, 14:08
Dr Simon Lindley at the organ, Yorkshire Evening Post Carol Service at Leeds Minster. 3 December 2015. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Dr Simon Lindley, the Director of Music at Leeds Minster, will give the inaugural organ recital of the season on the refurbished Harrison Organ of Berwick Parish Church.

Simon Lindley is well known both at home and abroad as a gifted recitalist, and also as a renowned director of choirs including Sheffield’s Bach Choir, Doncaster Choral Society, and The Leeds- based St Peter’s Singers.

A notable debut at Westminster Cathedral and, especially, a live broadcast of the Elgar Organ Sonata, from the 1975 Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, established Simon’s reputation as a player of distinctive style – a reputation consolidated by an extensive discography, including two best-selling Naxos CDs – French Organ Music from Leeds Parish Church and Handel Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

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A former president of the Royal College of Organists, Simon is now a Life Vice-president and an elected member of the college’s trustee council. He has also served as president of the Incorporated Association of Organists.

The recital commences at 7pm in Berwick Parish Church on Wednesday, May 26, and includes Bach’s famed Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.

There will be a retiring collection and a break for refreshments.