Christopher Morley organ compositions performed at WIlmcote's Songs of Praise on June 5

CHRISTOPHER MORLEY ORGAN PREMIERE


Our editor, Christopher Morley turns from gamekeeper to poacher when two of his compositions will be performed at St Andrew's Church, Wilmcote, near Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday June 5.
His Marziale for organ will be performed by Stephannie Williams, along with the premiere of his Gioioso for organ, as part of a Songs of Praise celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The event begins at 6.30pm, and will include vocal solos, contributions from pupils at the village primary school, and congregational hymn-singing.
St Andrew's Church is well worth a visit, built nearly two centuries ago in the then new spirit of Anglo-Catholicism, and one of its early worshippers was Cardinal John Henry Newman, founder of the magnificent Birmingham Oratory and author of the Dream of Gerontius poem, set to music so memorably by Sir Edward Elgar.

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