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Lunchtime Organ: Darius Battiwalla

Lunchtime Organ: Darius Battiwalla

Concert begins at 13.05pm

Darius Battiwalla - City Organist

Hollins Concert Overture
Hollins Intermezzo
Bach Prelude & Fugue BWV545
Ginastera Toccata, Villancico & Fugue
Grainger arr DB Blithe Bells (Sheep may safely graze)
Jongen Menuet-Scherzo
Gershwin arr DB Overture: Girl Crazy, Embraceable you - I got rhythm - But not for me

Suitable musical homage is paid to Alfred Hollins [1865-1942] – his colleagues called him Alfred the Great and to George Gershwin, who died tragically young of a brain tumour in Summer 1937. Bach is represented by the Prelude and Fugue in C major and by an aria from Cantata 208 known universally as Sheep may safely graze; the latter is a double arrangement, with Darius’s treatment being a transcription of the original concept that was Percy Grainger’s. This afternoon’s rarity is a glorious work by the celebrated Argentian composer Ginastera, written in 1937. This triptych was made famous in England in performances by Arnold Richardson, first Borough Organist of Wolverhampton and by Sir John Dykes Bower, Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral.


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