Mon 26 November , 1.05-1.55pm
Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall
Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music 2018/19
Tom Bell - organ (Concert Organist)
Emma Nielsen - Elevated Echoes (of a lost past)
Bach - Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C, BWV 564
Gibbs - Oxford May Music
Wesley - Andante Cantabile in G
Bolcom - Free fantasia on O Zion, Haste and How firm a foundation
Tom Bell’s playing has been described as “invigorating” (Sunday Times), “compelling” (Organists’ Review) and “brilliant” (American Record Guide). Tom has built a vibrant portfolio encompassing work as a performer, recording artist, teacher and animateur. He has performed across Europe, in Australia and the USA and he looks forward to adding the Far East to this list in 2019. Tom will be returning to Germany and the US over the coming two years. Tom’s recordings have been broadcast and have won praise across the world, and encompass music by Bliss, Elgar and Williamson (Regent 2013), contemporary music (LIR Classics 2014) and Brahms and Schoenberg (Regent 2016). Forthcoming recording projects include programmes of contemporary music, Victorian arrangements of Bach, and music by Olivier Messiaen.
Tom has gained a reputation as an innovator, collaborating in recent years with poets, dancers, visual artists and folk musicians. He also enjoys working in duet with Richard Brasier; together they commission and arrange new works which push the boundaries of organ duo. He has pioneered the combination of organ and beatbox, performing with Shlomo in the Radio 1 Live Lounge on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme in March 2014. A subsequent performance with Shlomo and Reeps One at the Royal Festival Hall in London was also broadcast on Radio 3. In July 2017 he shared a residency at Battersea Arts Centre with Hobbit, with whom he is developing an organ and beatbox stage show. An ardent proponent of new music, Tom has premiered many new works including chorale preludes for the Orgelbüchlein Project and a cantata by Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon, commissioned for the reopening of the epoch-making Royal Festival Hall organ in 2014 and broadcast live on Radio 3.
Tom has been at the forefront of outreach and education in UK organ culture for a decade. He regularly teaches on residential courses for young organists, and gives masterclasses widely, recently in Sydney, Curtis Institute Philadelphia and Birmingham Conservatoire. Tom’s students have won scholarships at prestigious universities and cathedrals across the UK. He also has a commitment to working with amateur organists, and for some years has enjoyed teaching village organists in rural Kent. Organist to the renowned Eton Organworks project from 2007-2017, Tom has lead or developed several other education projects and recently co-founded the exciting #InspiringOrganists initiative in conjunction with the Royal College of Organists. During 2017 Tom has developed with Richard Brasier an event for children named Stops Away! He will continue his educational work as a Regional Director of the RCO from September 2017.
View the Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music 2018/19 brochure.
Free admission, no booking required.