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4TH EAST OF ENGLAND ORGAN DAY

4TH EAST OF ENGLAND ORGAN DAY
Dancing Pipes

The 4th East of England Organ Day celebrates dance, with a daylong feast of events inspired by human movement and featuring the School’s historic, 4-manual Hill, Norman & Beard organ.

The organ scholars of King’s College, Cambridge, Richard Gowers and Henry Websdale, kick off the day with ‘At the Ballet’, a programme of duets by Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, and featuring Debussy’s lush symphonic poem, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune. Richard and Henry will be joined by young classical dancers from across Suffolk.

Stravinsky’s score for the infamous music-dance collaboration of 1913, The Rite of Spring, remains accessible to us, while Nijinsky’s choreography exists only in fragments. In her lecture, Emeritus Professor Janet Lansdale (University of Surrey) will look at how the concepts of rite, fertility, spring, and death, embodied in this work, continue to inspire choreographers to this day.

We are pleased to once again be hosting the young winners of the London Organ Competition, promoted by the Organ Club. The 2017 laureates will give a joint recital on the chapel’s Grand Organ.

The afternoon will be given over to you! The chapel will be the venue for a giant community tea dance, with groups or individuals encouraged to submit musical requests to the School’s four organists. Come and dance to your favourite tunes – anything from Glenn Miller to Strauss and Beyoncé!

Programme

10AM                    Registration

10.15AM              ‘At the Ballet’    £8 Richard Gowers & Henry Websdale play organ duets

11.15AM              Coffee

11.30AM              Lecture                 FREE (Re)-Choreographing The Rite of Spring, with Prof Janet Lansdale

12.45PM              Lunch                    £5

1.30PM                 ‘Pas de Deux’     £5 Winners of the London Organ Competition 2107

2.30PM                Community Tea Dance   £5 with Edward Allen, Andrew Cantrill-Fenwick, Peter Crompton & William Saunders

5PM       ‘Dancing Pipes’                 £10 / £7 Celebrity Recital with Andrew Dewar, American Cathedral, Paris

£25 (all day) with individual pricing for each event. 20% early bird discount

SPONSORED BY THE ORGAN CLUB & THE RACHEL CHAPLIN MEMORIAL FIND