THE University of Huddersfield’s lunchtime concert series continues with two more events next week.
Dr Simon Lindley, Director of Music at Leeds Parish Church, will give a lecture and organ recital on Wednesday at St Paul’s Hall.
The event, which begins at 1pm, will look at the music of the Wesley family – Charles, Samuel and Samuel Sebastian.
Simon Lindley is Organist of Leeds Minster and Leeds Town Hall, posts to which he was appointed in the mid Seventies.
He came to Yorkshire after work in the City of London, at Westminster and St Albans Cathedrals and as Director of Music to St Albans School.
A distant relative of the Wesleys, through the American branch of the family, Simon’s earliest LP recording, for Vista, was of Music of the Wesley Family from St Albans Cathedral.
At next week’s concert, he will play Charles Wesley’s Prelude and Fugue in A minor.
His programme will also include two short pieces by Samuel Wesley, plus a duet for organ which he will play with Dr Graham Cummings.
He will also play pieces by Samuel Sebastian Wesley including Andante in E minor, and Introduction and Fugue in C sharp minor.
There is much interest in the region in the family of the two founders of Methodism, hymn writer Charles and preacher John.
Musicians Charles II and Samuel were each sons of hymn writer Charles.
Charles II was blessed with great musical gifts and served as organist of Marylebone Chapel, now Marylebone Parish Church, in London for many years.
Samuel (“Old Sam”) was assistant to his friend Vincent Novello at the Portuguese Embassy Chapel.
S S Wesley was a favourite treble soloist of the King during the youngster’s time in the Choir of His Majesty’s Chapel Royal.
On the following day, that’s Thursday, November 8, it will be the turn of the university’s brass students to perform at St Paul’s.
Rod Franks, principal trumpet player with the London Symphony Orchestra will be working with the university’s newly formed trumpet ensemble.
The brass students will give a short lunchtime recital at St Paul’s at 1.15pm which will be followed by a masterclass.