Mon 2 November
Leeds Town Hall, Leeds Town Hall
Leeds Minster Organist
Howells - Paean Listen
Buxtehude - Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne Listen
Mendelssohn - Sonata No 4 in B flat Listen
Jackson - Impromptu Listen
Franck - Choral No 2 in B minor Listen
Dubois - Toccata Listen
Programme duration approximately 50 mins. Please note there will be no interval.
Recently appointed organist at Leeds Minster, Alex Woodrow is an experienced recitalist and RCO prizewinner. After the Divertimento by former York Minster organist Francis Jackson – 103 this year – we hear the great Choral no 2 by César Franck, one of the high points of French romantic organ music, and a great contrast to the brilliant Dubois Toccata which concludes the recital.
Born in York in 1986, Alex Woodrow is the Organist and Director of Music at Leeds Minster, a role he combines with organ and piano teaching at Solihull School.
After initial positions at Guildford Cathedral, St Albans Cathedral and Hexham Abbey, he was for almost five years Organist and Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral, serving as the youngest cathedral organist in the country, before moving to Solihull to take up the position of Head of Choral Music at Solihull School in 2016.
Alex read music as Organ Scholar at Magdalene College, Cambridge, studying with Anne Page. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of nineteen, winning first prizes in all categories, including the Limpus Prize. He is also a Fellow of Trinity College London and a recipient of the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Alex has regularly broadcast on BBC Radio and Television. Solo organ recitals have taken him to many of the major churches and cathedrals of the UK, including York Minster, King’s College, Cambridge, St Albans Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
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