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Thames Concerts 2023/24 Series - Benjamin Sheen (organ)

Saturday January 20, 2024 at 19:30
St Andrew's Church, Surbiton
£12.10 in advance online; £13 on the door; under 16s and full time students free
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  1. March for 'A History of the English Speaking Peoples' - Sir William Walton
  2. St Bride, assisted by angels - Judith Bingham
  3. Fantasie Choral No 1 in D flat - Percy Whitlock
  4. Impromptu, for organ - Philip Moore
  5. Light in Darkness, for organ - Kerensa Briggs
  6. Imperial March Op 32 - Sir Edward Elgar, arranged by George Martin
  7. Laudes - Francis Pott
  8. 3 Impromptus, for organ Op 78 - Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
  9. 2nd movement: Threnody, from Concertino Pastorale - John Ireland, transcribed for organ by David Maw
  10. Scherzetto, from Sonata for Organ in C minor - Percy Whitlock
  11. Fantasia and Toccata in D minor Op 59 - Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

Concert organist Benjamin Sheen makes a welcome return to the series with a programme entitled In London Town, performing music from his recent acclaimed CD.

Benjamin Sheen, currently Director of Music at Jesus College Cambridge, is an established concert artist on both sides of the Atlantic. Hailed as a “brilliant organist” by the New York Times, he is the 2013 winner of the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize in the inaugural Longwood Gardens Organ Competition, and that same year received Second Prize and the Jon Laukvik prize at the St. Alban’s International Organ Competition. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the Juilliard School, is a prize- winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and the 2011 recipient of the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal.

As a concert organist, Mr Sheen has performed throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Singapore, and South Africa. He has also made concerto appearances with the Auckland Philharmonic and Orchestra of St Luke’s in New York City. Prior to Cambridge he held the post of Sub-Organist at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford and before that he spent eight years at the famed Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in New York City as Associate Organist and as Acting Director of Music after the death of John Scott in 2015. In 2021, he released the inaugural recording on the new Dobson organ at Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue featuring organ works and transcriptions from Great Britain, some of which will be heard this evening.

How to book, and other info:

- online at an advance discount; audience members should bring email confirmation/identification to the event.
- in person: on the door at each event from 6.45pm (full price cash/cheque/card).
- for all concerts admission is free to under 16s and full time students (subject to availability). Identification will be requested but tickets are not required.
- an individual great value season ticket gaining entry to all concerts costs just £60 and can be purchased directly from Thames Concerts - info@thamesconcerts.com.
- it is not necessary to book tickets for the Farmers' Market Day morning coffee concerts, but voluntary donations are gratefully accepted.
- latecomers are only permitted during a suitable pause in the performances. Programmes may be subject to change at short notice. Thames Concerts reserves the right to refuse admission. Evening concerts are not suitable for children under the age of 6
- full programme details and Artistic Director’s notes may be viewed at thamesconcerts.com.

St Andrew's Church
12 St Andrew's Road

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