The Organ
The Alexandra Palace Organ Appeal
Registered Charity No.:285222, London N22 7AY
Wednesday 9th July 2008, 7:30 pm

Stephen Disley

Southwark Cathedral

STEPHEN DISLEY studied organ at Liverpool Cathedral before winning a joint Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music and London’s Temple Church, studying with Dr John Birch. He won many prizes and awards, studied further under Daniel Roth at Saint-Sulpice in Paris and has performed in prestigious masterclasses.

As a recitalist and accompanist he has played at Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, King’s College, Cambridge and at festivals at Salisbury, Peterborough, Lichfield, the City of London and the International Organ Festival at St Albans. He has performed and broadcast with ensembles such as the BBC Singers (including a disc of selected anthems commissioned by the Musicians Benevolent Fund), the Holst Singers, the Finzi Singers and the Budapest Radio Choir. Recent performances include Poulenc’s Organ Concerto in Salzburg, Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass in the Montepulciano Festival, Italy, and a Gala Organ Concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra celebrating the refurbishment of the Royal Albert Hall Organ.

Stephen is Assistant Organist at Southwark Cathedral and Founding Director of its Girls’ Choir. Under his direction, the Girls’ Choir has undertaken tours to Bergen, Rouen and the Czech Republic, and has performed on two recordings to excellent reviews, most recently on a CD of Hymns on the Herald label. The choristers (both the Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs) participated in a performance of Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion with the English Consort and Trevor Pinnock at the Proms. As an organist Stephen has toured the USA and many parts of Europe with the Cathedral Choir, and has featured on broadcasts and recordings. He has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in concerts and recordings, including the world premiere of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio conducted by Carl Davis, Herbert Howells’ English Mass, Hymnus Paradisi and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius conducted by Vernon Handley, and Suk’s symphonic poem Praga under Libor Pesek. He has performed and recorded premieres of music by Judith Bingham, Bob Chilcott, Gabriel Jackson and Adam Gorb. Stephen is also an instrumental tutor at the City on London School for Boys and a council member of Friends of Cathedral Music.

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J.S.BACH (1685 – 1750)

Fantasia in G (piece d' orgue) (BWV 572)
Chorale Prelude ‘Dies sind die heilgen zehen Gebot’ (BWV 678)

CHARLES CAMILLE SAINT SAENS (1835 - 1921) ~ From Sept Improviations, ops. 150 : Allegro giocoso (No.7)

ARVO PÄRT (b1935) ~ Trivim

FRANZ LISZT (1811 – 1886) ~ Consolation in Db

SIGFRID KARG-ELERT (1877 - 1933) ~ Nun Danket all Gott


WILLIAM WALTON (1902 – 1983) ~ Crown Imperial

FRANK MARTIN (1890 – 1974) ~ Agnus Dei (arranged by Martin from ‘Mass’)

GIOVANNI BATTISTA PESCETTI (1704 – 1766) ~ Sonata in C Minor
Allegro ma non Presto

GUY BOVET (b. 1942) ~ Le Boléro du Divin Mozart

LEON Boëllman (1862 – 1897) ~ Suite Gothique, op. 25 (Introduction, Chorale, Priere a Notre-Dame, Toccata)


The Alexandra Palace Organ Appeal will be selling copies of “The Finest Concert Organ in Europe” at £2.00, “Alexandra Palace & People” by Fred Clarke at £2.00, and copies of the CD at £15.00

The Friends of the Alexandra Palace Organ Appeal will be providing opportunities to check the addresses of all Friends and to take the names of all those who wish to join.

The Cinema Organ Society will be selling CD’s, Cassettes and sheet music. Jean Perkins will be pleased to speak with you.

Future concerts

August 13, 6.30pm Friends’ evening
October 22, 7.30pm James Lancelot
Wednesday January 21st 2009 7.30pm Donald Mackenzie will accompany silent films ( including ‘Safety Last’ featuring Harold Lloyd & Mildred Davis & Steam trains) and play organ solos on the magnificent Willis Grand Organ.