Manchester organ season starts this week

The Holy Name organ recital season in Manchester opens this Wednesday with a concert by Gordon Stewart. The Jesuit chaplains and resident organist Simon Leach are looking forward to an evening which will include works by Franz Liszt and Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as several lesser known works.

Gordon Stewart has been the Borough Organist of Kirklees for over 20 years. He has appeared in celebrity recitals at St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and Symphony Hall Birmingham.

Says Simon Leach: “We’re delighted to welcome Gordon to give the first recital in this 2014 series. He’ll be performing on Holy Name’s 1871 William Hill instrument and the programme has been chosen with great care to exploit the wide tonal palette of this fine English Romantic Organ.”

The concert will start at 7.30 this Wednesday (11 June), beginning with the virtuosic Variations de Concert by Joseph Bonnet. Gordon Stewart will also perform works by J S Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, Franz Liszt and Paul Halley, and will finish with the Introduction, Passacgalia and Fugue by Healey Willan.

Entrance to the recitals is free but there will be a retiring collection to help cover costs.

Holy Name is the Chaplaincy Church for Manchester's Universities, situated in Oxford Road. Built in the 1870s and served by the Jesuits, it provides spiritual and pastoral support to the academic communities of the North West.