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Concert by Midlands Festival Orchestra, featuring the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

October 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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Conducted by Ian Ward                          Leader Stavros Kokkinos


Concert Programme


“Dieu parmi nous”  –  from “La Nativité du Seigneur”  –  organ solo played by Nigel Pursey


O Messiaen (1908 – 1992)
Overture from the “Fireworks Suite” arranged for full orchestra by Mike Magatagan


GF Handel (1685 – 1759)
Organ Concerto no 13 in F Major (‘Cuckoo and Nightingale’)  –  soloist Nicholas Riddle



GF Handel (1685 – 1759)


Interval (20 minutes)


Symphony no 3 in C Minor (the ‘Organ Symphony’) in two movements


C Saint Saëns (1835 – 1921)


Ian Ward – since leaving his beloved Shropshire for northern France some 15 years ago Ian ran a music festival for 5 years, conducted amateur choirs in Hesdin, Abbeville and Boulogne,  formed a semi-pro chamber choir ‘Ensemble H.3’ and more recently a pro chamber orchestra ‘Concertante 62’. Future plans include mounting a music festival in the Pas-de-Calais region inviting musicians from Holland, France, Belgium and the UK


Nigel Pursey – has been playing the organ ever since his legs were long enough to reach the pedals.  He has been playing the Abbey organ for over 20 years and is delighted to see the Hill organ finally renovated and completed


Nicholas Riddle – is a former Oxford organ scholar and is now a leading figure in music publishing, currently as CEO of Edition Peters.  Since 1996 he has been involved with the music of St Bartholomew the Great, London, as well as being a member of the PCC and a former churchwarden, in which role he was instrumental in securing the salvage of the pipework and chests from their old organ

There will be a licenced bar at the Concert

A Special Post Concert Set Menu is available at the Peach Tree – booking essential – please mention Abbey Concert Set Menu when booking  http://www.thepeachtree.co.uk/contact/




October 16
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Shrewsbury Abbey
25 Abbey Foregate
Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6BS United Kingdom
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