Tuesday, 23 February 2021 | Christopher Holman

Thank you for joining us for this organ recital, given by Christopher Holman, Parry Wood Organ Scholar of Exeter College, Oxford.


Today's programme is dedicated to the memory of those who have died in the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. Many of the works are based on chorales — German Lutheran hymns. In each, the poets lament human frailty, loss, and the need to trust in God in the worst of times. Many were composed during times of great tribulation — of war, famine, and disease — yet they share the hope that the future will be brighter, and that, despite the great challenges we face in dark times, we will one day find peace in our lives.


The programme, with the chorale texts and translations, can be found here.


0:00 Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641, Johann Sebastian Bach

2:00 Agnus Dei pour orgue, Frank Martin

6:30 An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653, J.S. Bach

11:37 Allegro from Sonata 1, Op. 65, Felix Mendelssohn

17:22 Melody in D, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

21:10 Praeludium in G, Fanny Hensel


24:02 Cantilena in G, Florence Price


26:20 Jesu, meine Freude, Will Harmer (world premiere)


29:07 Von dir, o Vater, nimmt mein Herz, Werner Wehrli


32:00 O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656, J.S. Bach