St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Paul Carr - organ

Friday, 24 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Paul Carr - organ

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Symphony no. 2 in E minor

1st Movement: Allegro

Sir William Harris (1883-1973)

Four Short Pieces

Prelude

S.S. Wesley (1810-1876)

Choral Song and Fugue

Ralph Vaughan-Williams (1872-1958)

Three Preludes founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes

Rhosymedre

Sir Edward Bairstow (1874-1946)

Sonata in E flat

2nd movement: Allegro giocoso

David Briggs (b.1962)

Theme and Variations on 'Laudi Spirituali'

Eugene Reuchsel (1900-1988)

Promenades en Provence

Nuages ensoleillés sur le Cap Nègre

Paul Carr is a freelance musician based in Birmingham, and is in demand as an organist and recitalist, accompanist, choral director and teacher. He studied organ with Dr Roy Massey MBE at Hereford Cathedral and Professor David Saint at Birmingham Conservatoire. Paul was President of the Birmingham Organists Association for six years until 2014, Director of Music at St Paul's in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham between 2003 and 2016, and in June 2015 was awarded Honorary Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire.

Currently he is Musician in Residence at Holy Trinity Parish Church Wordsley, Stourbridge and Musical Director of Selly Park Singers. His concert and recital schedule takes him all over the UK, where he has performed on many of the finest instruments. He has performed often in Germany, including three Angeluskonzerte at the Lambertikirche in Münster and twice in the Orgelpunkt series in Magdeburg Cathedral. He returns to play a second recital at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris this April. In the USA Paul has performed solo recitals both in and around Chicago and at Washington National Cathedral. Paul played one of the dedication concerts on the new 5-manual organ in Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago last year.

For more than twenty years Paul has given monthly organ recitals in the Midlands. These have included performances of many major organ works in their entirety including the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne, the six organ sonatas of Felix Mendelssohn and in June last year he completed a cycle of the six trio sonatas of J.S. Bach. His series Sunday Afternoon Organ Music takes place at Holy Trinity Wordsley on the first Sunday of every month at 3pm. Until June 2016 he could be heard at St Paul's Birmingham on the first Thursday of each month at 1:15pm in the Thursday Live series which he founded in 2008. This series transferred to St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham in July 2016 where Paul plays seven of the recitals annually on the fine 1993 Walker organ.

Paul has worked extensively as choral accompanist and he regularly accompanies visiting choirs in cathedrals around the UK. He works frequently with Birmingham Bach Choir and has toured with other choirs to Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic and the USA. In April 2015 Paul was organist for The City of Birmingham Choir's concert tour to Paris which included accompanying at Notre-Dame Cathedral and solo performances at La Madeleine and St-Germain-des-Prés. He has recorded a CD of Christmas music with The City of Birmingham Choir and Heart of England Brass, and a CD of choral music by Clive Russell and Benjamin Britten with The Henry Ley Singers in Keble College Chapel, Oxford.

Paul's début solo CD recording French Flavours was released in 2012 on the Regent Records label. Recorded at St Chad's Metropolitan Cathedral, Birmingham, it is also the first commercial solo recording of the fine 1993 Walker instrument. It has received critical acclaim including a five-star rating in Choir & Organ magazine and Editor's Choice in Organists Review.

www.paulcarr.co.uk

Paul Carr is based in Birmingham and is a busy solo recitalist. He plays his second recital at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris this April. In the USA Paul has performed at Washington National Cathedral and churches in Illinois, including recently a dedication organ concert on the new organ in Chicago's Fourth Church. Paul's CD recording French Flavours, recorded at St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, has received critical acclaim including a five-star rating in Choir & Organ magazine and Editor's Choice in Organists Review. Paul was President of the Birmingham Organists Association for six years until 2014 and Director of Music at St Paul's, Birmingham between 2003 and 2016. In June 2015 was awarded Honorary Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire.

www.paulcarr.co.uk