Church hosts organ recitals

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A NEW season of organ recitals will begin at Morpeth Methodist Church tomorrow (Friday).

The first concert will be given by Jonathan Clinch, a postgraduate student at Durham University.

He graduated with an MA with distinction in 2009 and is studying a PhD in musicology under the supervision of Professor Jeremy Dibble.

His research centres on the orchestral and chamber works of Herbert Howells and he has produced a completion of Howells’ Cello Concerto, with guidance from Professor Robert Saxton and Dr Anthony Payne.

Mr Clinch is also co-editing volume 15 of The Elgar Society Edition with Professor Brian Trowell.

He gives recitals across the country, most recently in St Paul’s, Canterbury and Southwark Cathedrals, and gave the first English performance of CV Stanford’s Concert Piece for Organ and Orchestra in Durham Cathedral.

Mr Clinch has served as Director of Music at The College of St Hild and St Bede, conducted Durham Opera Ensemble’s production of the Britten opera Albert Herring, and directs the early music group Durham Polyphony in their work with Durham World Heritage Site.

The Morpeth recital will begin at 12.30pm. Admission is free, with a retiring collection, and light refreshments will be served.

For more information call 01670 511078.