The 2019 recitals season continues on Tuesday 23rd July at 8.00 p.m. in the Parish Church with an organ recital by internationally-acclaimed organist, Peter King.
Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey (from where our organ originally came), Peter was Director of Music at the Abbey from 1986-2016. Under his direction the Abbey Choir visited France, Germany and
Holland, and released eight CDs. In 1997, Peter started a Girls’ Choir at Bath Abbey, which quickly established itself as one of the finest in the country.
Together with Nicolas Kynaston, Peter was responsible for the design and installation of the Abbey’s Klais Organ. His DVD and twelve CDs on the new instrument have been highly acclaimed by the critics. A CD of works for Organ and Orchestra with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, including the Poulenc Concerto and the Respighi Suite has been particularly singled out for praise, being the recommended recording of the Poulenc Concerto in ‘Building a Library’ on BBC Radio 3’s ‘CD Review’ (Dec 2015); also ‘Editor’s Choice’ in both BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone, which describes the CD as “a disc of real distinction... leaves the competition standing... even reluctant converts are likely to be overwhelmed by this thrilling disc. The sound of the Bath Abbey Klais organ matches the life-affirming playing of Peter King. The whole recording is filled with a love of making music."
Peter was Assistant Chorus Director to the CBSO during all of Sir Simon Rattle’s reign as Musical Director and he still plays the organ with the orchestra. He plays on Sir Simon Rattle’s EMI recordings of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony and Symphony of a Thousand. Concert engagements have involved work all over Europe; highlights have included recitals at Cologne Cathedral, Hamburg Michaeliskirche, Dresden Hofkirche and Essen Philharmonie (Germany), Hertogenbosch Cathedral, Haarlem S Bavo, Alkmaar Grotekerk and Breda Grotekerk, (The Netherlands), Ghent Cathedral (Belgium), the Grand Organ Festival at Westminster Cathedral, King’s College, Cambridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, an opening recital on the new organ in Palacio Euskalduna, Bilbao, and Birmingham, where he played at the opening of the new organ in Symphony Hall. Other engagements have included concerts in Washington National Cathedral and in St Thomas, 5th Avenue, New York, solo appearances with the CBSO (Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony) and The Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields (Poulenc’s Organ Concerto). His recitals at the Bath Mozartfest have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Engagements in 2018/19 include concerts in Salem Minster and Bad Sooden-Allendorf (Germany) London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Brompton Oratory, and the Temple Church, King’s College, Cambridge, Merton, Keble and The Queen’s Colleges, Oxford, Hull City Hall and Albert Hall Nottingham, Truro, Southwell, Portsmouth, Blackburn, Winchester and all three Three Choirs Cathedrals, Christchurch and Bridlington Priories, and Bath, Buckfast and Tewkesbury Abbeys, Marlborough and Cheltenham Colleges, and St Stephen’s Bournemouth May Festival.
Peter King is a past President of the Incorporated Association of Organists and currently President of the Exeter District Organists’ Association. He holds the honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Bath. In his spare time Peter is a volunteer tour guide at Exeter Cathedral with a special interest in the work of Thomas of Witney (fl. 1292-1342).
Our recital season continues weekly until the end of September. You can find details here. Information leaflets are also available at the Parish Church and St Martin's or you can pdf download one here.