Part of the 2018 Exeter Cathedral Organ Recital Series.
The programme will open with “A Chronological Sequence of Short Pieces by Composers Associated with Exeter Cathedral”
A Toy – John Lugge (1580-1647)
Two Sarabands – Christopher Gibbons (1615-1676)
Three pieces from Melothesia [Country Dance, Sarabande, Rant]- Matthew Locke (1621-1677)
Gavot and Jigg – Henry Hall
Pastoral Dialogue Damon and Phillis – Richard Langdon (1729-1803)
Allegro (from Sonata II) – William Jackson (1730-1808)
Andante Cantabile – Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)
Saga VI Icare – Jean Guillou (b.1930)
Fantasia and Fugue “Ad Nos ad Salutarem Undam” – Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Tickets £8 adults, £5 students, under 18s FREE. Available from 01392 285983 (Monday to Friday) and online. Booking fee applies.
About Richard Lea
Richard Lea was Organist and Assistant Director of Music at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Christ’s and Notre Dame College in Liverpool and was Organ Scholar at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral studying with Noel Rawsthorne, Terence Duffy and Philip Duffy. He was then Organist at the Church of St. Oswald and St Edmund Arrowsmith, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire. He was appointed Organist at the Cathedral in 1999 working with Mervyn Cousins, Keith Orrell, Terence Duffy, Timothy Noon and Christopher McElroy. He directed for many years Wigan Choral Society, the Brixi Singers, and the Metropolitan Cathedral Cantata Choir. He has made numerous broadcasts and has recorded three discs of the music of Lefébure Wély (featured in BBC Radio 2’s The Organist Entertains), the complete organ works of the Welsh composer William Mathias and the World Premiere recording of Sir John Tavener’s Requiem (on EMI with the RLPO and Choir conducted by Vasily Petrenko).
Reviews include – ‘it is Richard Lea’s superb playing that steals the show’ (Organists’ Review)’ ‘really first rate playing’, ‘masterful’ (Gramophone), ‘Here is music and playing that will lift your spirits (American Organist), ‘the performances are brilliant…and genuinely moving’ (International Record Review), ‘exemplary performances – 5 stars’ (Orgelnieuws). He has recently released a DVD, receiving great reviews – ‘Bravado performances’, ‘This is one of the most outstanding instrumental releases on DVD this year’ (International Record Review), ‘Virtuosic and riveting’, ‘Highly recommended’ (Organists’ Review).
He is currently Organist at Buckfast Abbey, Devon, where a superb new organ by Frattelli Ruffati has been installed.
About the organ
In 1665 local organ builder John Loosemore created what has become one of the most distinctive and striking organ cases ever built.
In over three hundred years the organ has been expanded and updated to meet the ever changing musical demands of a living Cathedral, from the expansion and raising of Loosemore’s case and the moving of the impressive 32’ pipes to the South Transept, to the creation of an entirely new section of the organ in the Minstrels’ Gallery.
Containing over 4000 pipes, the organ is played from a console of four manuals and pedals which is situated on the central ‘pulpitum’ screen.