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Review: Organ recital by Paul Fisher, Settle Parish Church
5:02pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
The Binns Organ in Settle Parish Church is 100 years old this year and to celebrate, the church has arranged a series of recitals featuring music composed throughout the century.
The first and very enjoyable concert was on Saturday, given by talented local organist and composer Paul Fisher, playing music composed mainly between 1910-20.
Paul started the concert by playing Bachs’s Fugato on the Magnificat, which, although not composed during that period, demonstrated the full range of the wonderful Binns organ. The audience was able to feel as well as hear the music as it was bathed in rich sounds. The carefully considered programme continued with a wide selection of European organ music by composers such as Mulet, Parry, Howells and Dupré, which thoroughly demonstrated the versatility and range of the instrument.
A particular favourite was Vaughan Williams’s prelude on the Welsh Hymn Tunes which gave the concert a rousing conclusion.
Another highlight was a piece composed by Paul entitled Melody of My Soul, written to celebrate his recent 70th birthday, which in 70 bars took the listener on a journey through his life.
I look forward to, and recommend, the next recitals – by Graham Tofts, the parish organist, on September 21 and Tim Raymond, organist at Bolton Abbey, on October 12.
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