Musical range at organ recital

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MUSIC from a range of composers will be played by Andrew Hamnett at Morpeth Methodist Church’s latest organ recital tomorrow lunchtime.

The programme includes sections of works from Bach, Handel, William Boyce, Henry Smart, C.V. Stanford, Harold Darke and Healey Willan.

Dr Hamnett began playing the organ at the age of 16 and studied under Arthur Rooke in Stockport until he went to Oxford University in 1966 to read chemistry.

He continued to play both piano and organ throughout his time at Oxford and when he returned there to take up a university lectureship, he played for a number of years as assistant in All Saints Church Headington.

In 1989 he was elected to the Chair of Physical Chemistry at Newcastle University and practised and played on occasion at St George’s Church in Morpeth.

After retiring from the post of Vice Chancellor and Principal at Strathclyde University in 2009, Dr Hamnett began regular lessons with Michael Stoddart at Newcastle Cathedral. He is currently Assistant Organist at St George’s Church and also plays regularly at Bedlington Parish Church of St Cuthbert.

The concert will take place from 12.30pm – admission is free.

For more information, telephone 01670 511078.