The Organ
The Alexandra Palace Organ Appeal
Registered Charity No.:285222, London N22 7AY
Wednesday 20th May 2009, 7:30pm

Stephen Disley

Assistant Organist, 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 Great Organ of the Royal Albert Hall.

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, the Czech Republic and Rome, 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, and this year sang in the Easter Day Eucharist, which was broadcast ’live on BBC1’ from Southwark Cathedral.

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 also performed and recorded premieres of music by Judith Bingham, Bob Chilcott, Gabriel Jackson and others.

Stephen is also an instrumental tutor at the City on London School for Boys and a council member of Friends of Cathedral Music.

Further details can be obtained from


Concerto in D major (RV 230) ~ ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678 – 1741) arr. Jean Guillou

Praeludium et Fuga g-Moll (BuxWV148) ~ DIETRICH BUXTEHUDE (1637 – 1707)

Chorale Prelude ‘Durc Abams Fall ist ganz verderbt’  ~ J.S.BACH (1685 – 1750)

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr ~ J.S. BACH (1685 – 1750) arr .Maurice Duruflé
i) .(BWV 662)
ii) (BWV 663)
iii) (BWV 664)

Chorale ‘Ertödt uns durch dein’ Gute’ (Extract from Cantata no.22) ~ JOAO DE SOUSA CARVALHO (1745 – 1798)

Prelude and Fugue in C Major (BWV 547) ~ J.S.BACH (1685 – 1750)


March on a theme by Handel ~ ALEXANDRE GUILMANT (1837 – 1911)

Elegy ~ GEORGE THALBEN-BALL (1896 – 1987)

Pastorale (Douze Pieces) ~ JOSEPH BONNET (1884 – 1944)

Lied to the Flowers (Lied Symphony op.66) ~ FLOR PEETERS (1903 – 1986)

Will O’ the Wisp ~ GORDEN BALCH NEVIN (1892 – 1943)

Carillon de Westminster
~ LOUIS VIERNE (1870 – 1937)


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

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.