St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Michael Overbury – organ

Friday, 26 January at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Michael Overbury – organ

from the Robertsbridge Codex (c 1325)

Organ Estampie

from the Tablature of Adam Ileborgh (1448)

Praeambulum

T Tomkins

A Sad Pavan for these distracted times - February 14 1649

L-C Daquin

Le Coucou

J S Bach

Klavierübung III

Vier Duetti

C Franck

Pastorale

O Messiaen

Livre du Saint-Sacrement

Adoro Te

L-J-A Lefébure-Wély

Sortie in E flat

Organist and harpsichordist Michael Overbury's early musical influences centred on Farnham and London. At his local Parish Church, St Andrew's, he was introduced, as boy chorister and Assistant Organist, to the glories of the English liturgical tradition, and it was here also that his organ teacher Stephen Thomson inspired in him a love of the harpsichord. Also during these years at Farnham Grammar School, the nationally acclaimed Farnham Festivals provided the opportunity for Michael to give a number of first performances on solo piano, including works by Richard Rodney Bennett, recorded by the BBC, and Leonard Bernstein. These exciting and formative experiences were complemented by Saturday mornings at Trinity College of Music, London, where he held a Junior Exhibition, being awarded a diploma in piano-playing whilst still at school. Horizons broadened with an Organ Scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he read music and studied the organ with Gillian Weir. Harpsichord tuition continued with Kenneth Gilbert.

After graduating he was successively, an assisting organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge, Assistant Organist at New College, Oxford, a deputy organist and choir master at the Cathedral and Abbey Church at St Alban's, Director of Music at Eagle House Preparatory School for Boys, and Master of the Song School at Newark, Nottinghamshire. He was for 25 years Director of Music of Nottingham Boys Choir. After winning First Prize in the 1982 Manchester International Organ Competition, he appeared twice as soloist at the Royal Festival Hall, and has continued to play with numerous choirs and orchestras, including Sinfonia Viva (formerly the East of England Orchestra), the Wren Orchestra, the Orchestra of St John's Smith Square, the Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra, and English Sinfonia, and has featured on several recordings, including five solo discs.

Michael was for 15 years Director of Music of the Priory Church of Our Lady and St Cuthbert, Worksop, and currently remains a founder member of Mvsica Donvm Dei, playing on period instruments mainly in the East Midlands, with whom he appeared on Radio Three's Eighteenth-Century season on 'In Tune' live from Kedleston Hall. Michael is also harpsichordist for the chamber trio Continuum, with whom he has performed twice at the Handel House Museum in London. He has been accompanist to Nottingham Harmonic Society, and for many years has written reviews for the Organists' Review. He is currently accompanist to Ruddington and District Choral Society, and to Sinfonia Chorale in Nottingham. He has a number of mainly liturgical compositions published, which have been warmly received. He lives in Newark. He will have some of his recordings available for inspection and purchase.

Michael Overbury's early musical influences were in Farnham, Surrey and at Trinity College, London. Winning an Organ Scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, he studied with Gillian Weir. After graduating he was an assisting organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge, Assistant Organist at New College, Oxford, a deputy organist at St Alban's Abbey, Master of the Song School at Newark, and Director of Music and Organist at Worksop Priory. Since winning the 1982 Manchester International Organ Competition, he has appeared twice as soloist at the Royal Festival Hall, and in countless other cathedrals and concert venues. Michael is a member of Mvsica Donvm Dei, playing on period instruments, and also harpsichordist for the chamber trio Continuum.