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Galway Cathedral Recitals

Simon Thomas Jacobs, organ

Simon Thomas Jacobs, organ
Admission €12.00; concessions €10.00
Biographies

In July, 2013, Simon Thomas Jacobs won both the First Prize and Audience Prize at the St Alban’s International Organ Competition. A native of the UK, Simon spent a year as organ scholar at All Saints' Margaret Street – an historic Anglo-Catholic parish in London's West End – before taking up the position of organ scholar at Clare College, University of Cambridge where he graduated with an honors degree in music in June 2009. During this time Simon accompanied and assisted in the direction of the internationally-renowned chapel choir both at home and abroad and studied organ with David Sanger and Jacques van Oortmerssen. Performance highlights with the choir included concerts as part of the Salzburg Music Festival, Munich Opera Festival and the London, Innsbruck and Potsdam Early Music Festivals as well as several commercial CD recordings. On Remembrance Sunday, 2007, Simon accompanied the choir on a live broadcast of Choral Evensong for BBC Radio 3 and during the Christmas season of 2008 played for the world première performance and BBC recording (and subsequent broadcast) of Sir John Tavener's Christmas Sequence, Ex Maria Virgine. Upon graduation, Simon took up the post of Associate Director of Music at Christ Church, Greenwich, Connecticut (USA) and in 2011 became Associate Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, Indiana (USA). Most recently, he was awarded a full scholarship to the Artist Diploma program at Oberlin College, where he studies with James David Christie. As winner of St Albans, Simon will perform recitals at some of the world’s most esteemed concert venues: Notre Dame de Paris; King’s College, Cambridge; St Albans Cathedral; Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh; Ste Croix, Bordeaux; and the International Performing Arts Centre in Moscow. He will also record his first solo disc as part of Priory’s Great European Organs series.

Programme

Nicholas de Grigny (1672-1703)

Pange Lingua

(Plein Jeu) en taille à 4

Fugue à 5

Récit du Chant de l’hymne precedent

Alexandre Boëly (1785-1858)

Fantasia & fugue in B flat

Jehan Alain (1911-1940)

Suite for Organ, op. 48 (1935)

Introduction et variations

Scherzo

Choral

César Franck (1822-1890)

Choral no. 1 in E

Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)

L’Orgue Mystique: Dominica XXIII post Pentecostem

Prélude à l'introit: Senza rigore

Offertoire: Calmato ben moderato

Elevation: Senza rigore

Communion: Largo

Pièce terminale: Fantasia sur le Te Deum et Guirlandes Alleluiatiques