He is currently curating a major international project to fill in the gaps in Bach’s incomplete Orgelbüchlein by commissioning 118 new compositions. These complement the composer’s original intended collection of 164 chorale preludes.
Tonight’s programme crowns this project with two new compositions.
The evening is rounded off with the mightiest of Liszt’s virtuoso organ solos: the Fantasia and Fugue on ‘Ad nos ad salutarem undam’ (come to us, to the waters of salvation).
PerformersWilliam Whitehead organ
RepertoireBruhns: Praeludium in E minor (Great)
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert talk. Concert organist William Whitehead and Andrew McCrea, Director of Studies at the Royal College of Organists, discuss the Orgelbuchlein Project. Admission free.
Saturday 21 April, 2pm – 4pm, Royal Festival Hall: Inside Music. Come and hear Royal Festival Hall’s pipe organ and explore how to write for the instrument with concert organist William Whitehead. He is the curator of the Orgelbüchlein Project, an ambitious 'completion' of Bach’s original collection of chorale preludes. This event is held in collaboration with the Royal College of Organists. £10 (See separate event).
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£7 student tickets are available via the Student Pulse app in the month before this concert. Some of these seats are on the stage. Download the app from any app store or go to studentpulse.mobi.