The Organ
The Alexandra Palace Organ Appeal
Registered Charity No.:285222, London N22 7AY
Wednesday 28th May 2014, 7:00pm

A concert featuring Matt Spillet, Tenor

Currently a lay clerk at Guildford Cathedral, Matt is a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire, where he studied with Maureen Brathwaite and Andrew King. Formerly a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral, Matt has since performed in all of the major oratorios, from Monteverdi's Vespero della Beata Virgine 1610 to Tippett's A child of our time. He is in demand both in the UK and on the continent for his interpretations of the Evangelist role in Bach's St Matthew and St John Passions. As well as his solo performances, Matt regularly performs with several professional choirs, being part of the consort choirs of Ex Cathedra and the Armonico Consort. Matt appears frequently on stage, having worked with some of the country's foremost opera conductors, such as Stephen Barlow and Lionel Friend, also working regularly with the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in their critically acclaimed new play Written on the Heart by David Edgar, directed by Gregory Doran. Performing in contemporary works is one of Matt's passions, and he has premiered many works, both in live performances and on recordings, including song cycles, choral works, operettas and fully staged operas by composers as varied as James MacMillan and Malcolm Archer, as well as performing in many ground-breaking performances of newly discovered historic works by such composers as Striggio, Charpentier and Locke. Matt's work has taken him throughout Europe, touring France, Italy, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and, most recently, to the USA, performing in New York and Boston. He has been privileged to have appeared alongside such artists as Dame Felicity Lott, Dame Emma Kirkby, Sir Willard White, James Gilchrist, Elin Manahan Thomas, Nicola Benedetti, Jeremy Irons and Oliver Ford Davies.

Matt is represented by Chameleon Arts Management.


John Pryer

Titular Organist, Alexandra Palace

John Pryer received his musical education as a chorister at Ely Cathedral under Sidney Campbell and Arthur Wills and won a music Scholarship to Clifton College, Bristol where he was taught by the legendary Douglas Fox. From Clifton he proceeded to Keble College, Oxford as Organ Scholar where he graduated and gained the F.R.C.O Diploma winning the Limpus prize for the highest marks in organ playing and the Read prize for the highest marks overall. After teaching posts in Bath, Bristol and Repton he became assistant to Roy Massey at Birmingham Cathedral in 1970. Since 1978 he has been Music Master at Handsworth Grammar School and in 1985/6 was again at Birmingham Cathedral as Organist. His appointment to the Alexandra Palace as Titular Organist dates from 1999.

Samples of John's previous performances at The Palace can be heard here.


Offertoire en Ut ~ Edouard BATISTE ( 1820 - 1876)

The Harvest of Sorrow ~ Sergei RACHMANINOFF ( 1873 - 1920)

Dorian Toccata and Fugue ~ Johann Sebastian BACH ( 1685 - 1750)

Chorale Prelude: Erbarme dich ~ Johann Sebastian BACH ( 1685 - 1750)
(The Chorale will be sung first)

Bleuet ~ Francis POULENC ( 1899 - 1963)

The Lost Chord ~ Sir Arthur SULLIVAN ( 1842 - 1900)


Symphonie V (1st movement) ~ Charles Marie WIDOR ( 1844 - 1937)

i.) The Salley Garden
ii.) O Waly, waly
~ Benjamin BRITTEN ( 1913 - 1976)

To Gratiana, dancing and singing ~ William BROWNE ( 1888 - 1915)

Romance sans paroles ~ Joseph BONNET ( 1884 - 1944)

Les Roses d'Ispahon ~ Gabriel FAURÉ ( 1845 - 1924)

MAGNIFICAT, a l'usage de Notre Dame de Paris, with improvised Versets.