Review: Organ Recital by Tony Percival, Christchurch, Tacket Street, Ipswich, October 6, 2012

Organ Recital by Tony Percival, October 6, 2012

To celebrate 20 years as Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church, Tacket Street, Tony Percival demonstrated his skills on the fine organ.

He began with commanding performances of Karl-Elert’s March on Now thank we all our God and Buxtehude’s Toccata and Fugue in F major.

Tony performed pieces from different countries and centuries, including two by Neils Gade and two by Cl�rambault, France’s finest organist of the 17th century which demonstrated the latter’s range of sound colours. Spring Song, by the blind organist Alfred Hollins, was an evocative performance, full of hope and sounds of spring. Equally delightful was Joseph Bonnet’s Elves, rapid figures depicting fairies dancing. To conclude, Tony reminded us of the power of the organ in two contrasting pieces by Marcel Dupr�. Those who worship at the church are fortunate to hear him each week.

Gareth Jones

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