Sunday 28 May 2017, 2:00pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall
FREE concert: no booking or tickets are required
- Jeremy Filsell
- Organ & Piano
- Erik Wm. Suter
- Programme will include music by ...
- Sergei RACHMANINOV – Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini Op. 43 arranged for Piano and Organ
- Marcel DUPRÉ – Trois Prèludes et Fugues Op 7; Deux Esquisses Op 41
‘Flawless playing of virtuoso works; performances of which the composer would be proud.’
The American Organist
The programme includes music of the French organist Marcel Dupré, played by Filsell and his colleague, organist Erick Suter. Filsell is one of the world authorities on Dupré so this performance promises to be authoritative and exciting. In the second half Filsell will play the famous and popular Rachmaninov piano work, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. He’ll be joined by colleague Erik Suter who provides the ‘orchestral’ accompaniment on the organ. This will be the first time we’ve heard the Town Hall Organ with piano soloist and with such a masterpiece as the Rhapsody, it promises to be a remarkable concert.
JEREMY FILSELL has established a concert career as one of only a few virtuoso performers on both the Piano and the Organ.
He has performed as a solo pianist in Russia, the USA, across the UK and appeared regularly at St John’s Smith Square, the Wigmore and Conway Halls in London during the early part of his career. His Concerto repertoire encompasses Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich, John Ireland, and the four Rachmaninov concerti. In recent years, he has recorded for Guild the solo piano music of Eugene Goossens, Herbert Howells, Carl Johann Eschmann, Bernard Stevens, Rachmaninov, and the two Sonatas of Liszt’s pupil Julius Reubke.
As an organist, Jeremy’s extensive discography comprises solo discs for Guild, Signum, Herald and ASV. He has recorded for BBC Radio 3 in solo and concerto roles and a concert career has included recitals in the UK, USA, Germany, France (Notre-Dame and St Sulpice Paris, Chartres Cathedral), Finland, Norway, Sweden and masterclasses for the Henry Wood (Ireland) and Oundle International Summer Schools, Eton Choral Courses and for Yale and Utah State Universities in the USA.
During the course of his career he has held posts at Cranleigh School, Ely Cathedral, St Luke’s Chelsea, St Peter’s Eaton Square, the London Oratory School, Royal Holloway College University of London and Eton College. Until 2008, he combined teaching posts at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with a lay clerkship in the choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. In 2007 he served for the second time as a jury member at the Concours International pour l’orgue in Saint-Maurice d’Agaune. He lives and works now principally in the USA, combining an international performing and teaching activities with being Artist-in-Residence at Washington National Cathedral, Director of Music at the Church of the Epiphany in downtown Washington DC and Professor of Organ at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore MD.
Jeremy Filsell will be joined on the day by Erik Wm. Suter.
Erik Suter is a musician of international acclaim. For nearly 10 years, he served as Organist at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Previously, he held positions at Trinity Church, Copley Square, and at the Parish of All Saints, both in Boston; and at Trinity Church-on-the-Green in New Haven, Connecticut.
Erik Suter won first prize in the 1991 Conrad Sulzer Young Artist’s Piano Competition in Chicago; first prize in the 1993 Chicago American Guild of Organists Young Organist’s Competition; first prize in the 1995 National Undergraduate Organ Competition in Iowa; the Gold Medal of the Mayor of Musashino/Tokyo in the 1996 International Organ Competition in Japan; and first prize in the 1997 Yale Biennial Organ Competition.
He has performed extensively throughout the United States and Canada as well as many Asian and European countries. Notable venues have included Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, Saint Thomas Church in New York City, Eton College Chapel in the UK, Uppsala and Stockholm Cathedrals in Sweden, Lisbon Cathedral, Musashino Shimin Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Saint James Cathedral in Toronto, Saint Philip’s Cathedral in Atlanta, Methuen Music Hall in Massachusetts, and First Congregational Church in Los Angeles.
Admission to this concert is free of charge
There will be an opportunity to make a donation at the conclusion of the concert.
Full programme notes will be on sale on the day for $2
The concert will begin at 2.00 pm