HE IS one of the country’s finest organists and next week he will be playing in Huddersfield.
Those who watched the Diamond Jubilee Service at St Paul’s Cathedral last June will have heard the cathedral’s principal organist Simon Johnson play.
On January 28, he will play the Father Willis organ in Huddersfield Town Hall as part of the lunchtime organ series.
“Simon is one of the best organists of his generation,” said Kirklees Borough Organist Dr Gordon Stewart.
“He has chosen a wonderful programme of British music for his first visit to Huddersfield Town Hall, including the exciting and challenging Sonata by Elgar and the Tuba Tune by Sowerby Bridge born Norman Cocker.”
Also on the menu will be Brewer’s Marche Heroique, Bridge’s Adagio and Parry’s Elegy for Brahms.
Simon was formerly Head Chorister of Peterborough Cathedral Choir and went on to hold organ scholarships at Rochester, Norwich and St Paul’s Cathedrals.
In 2001, he became Director of Music at All Saints’ Church, Northampton and Assistant Master of Music and Director of the Abbey Girls’ Choir at St Alban’s Cathedral.
Four years ago, Simon took up his present position of Organist and Assistant director of music at St Paul’s.
There he performs with the choir as well as leading the Cathedral's organ programme.
Simon's recordings have attracted widespread critical acclaim.
His work as director, accompanist and soloist has taken him to France, Germany, Holland, Italy and the USA.
He has been broadcast on BBC television and radio.
He has also worked as soloist and continuo player with many ensembles.
Tickets for Monday’s concert are £5 (£3.50 concessions) on 01484 223200 or you can pay on the door. Lunches are available in the Old Court Room from 11.30am.