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James Gutteridge playing the Sir Malcolm Sargent Memorial Organ in St Mary's Church.

A winning combination!

A lovely summer's day, the beautiful setting of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray and the Sir Malcolm Sargent Memorial Organ being played by James Gutteridge. A winning combination all round!

It was the latest Lunchtime Organ Recital in the beautiful Grade I Listed building on Tuesday (July 9th) and it was a joy to hear St Mary's very own Musical Director James playing some of his favourite music. The programme was varied and entertaining and showed just how good the organ is... and the person playing it.

James started with Trumpet tune in C by David Johnson, followed by William Walond's Voluntary No. 2 and Sir Edward Elgar's Chanson de Martin.

Follow that with Philip Moore's Saraband, Joseph Hector Fiocco's Andante and Bolero de Concert by Louis James Alfred Lefebure-Wely and you could tell we were in for a real treat.

But there was more of the same to come. Spiegal im Spiegal by Arvo Part, Sanctuary of the Heart by Albert Ketelbey and Adagio Elegianco by William Thomas Best before Abe Holzmann's Blaze Away! and Pietro Mascagni's Intermezzo from Calleria Rusticana. James finished the recital with a fabulous performance of Jean Sibelius' Finlandia. And the whole concert squeezed into an hour!

James has been Musical Director at St Mary's Church for more than 14 years. Listening to him on Tuesday you can see why.

To find out who will be playing at our fortnightly Lunchtime Organ Recitals throughout the year click here.

To find out more about the Sir Malcolm Sargent Memorial Organ click here.

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Phil Balding, 09/07/2019

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