Sunday, April 24, 2016, 3:15 PM
Naji Hakim (b. 1955)
Ave Maria: Fantasy on a Lied by Franz Schubert
Léonce de Saint-Martin (1886-1954)
from Symphonie Dominicale, Op.39
Walter Hilse (b. 1941)
In Memoriam: Duke Ellington
Pierre Cochereau (1924-1984)
Scherzo Symphonique (transc. and ed. Filsell)
Renowned both as an interpreter and as an improviser, Dr. Anthony Hammond studied the organ with Roger Fisher and David Briggs in England and with Dr. Naji Hakim in Paris. A graduate of the University of Bristol, he held posts at Chester Cathedral, St. Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol, and Bristol Cathedral before moving to Cirencester Parish Church, where he is currently Director of Music. His passion for French organ music and improvisation led to doctoral study of legendary French organist Pierre Cochereau, for which he was awarded a PhD. His subsequent book, Pierre Cochereau: The Organist of Notre-Dame, written with support from Cochereau’s family, friends and colleagues, was published worldwide to widespread critical acclaim in 2012.
His eleven CDs (on the Priory, Ifo Classics and Raven labels) have received outstanding reviews and his repertoire covers all periods, but he is particularly associated with Romantic and 20th century music from France and England, and with improvisation. Much of his study in Paris was devoted to the interpretation of French organ music and improvisation, and he is increasingly known for his improvised accompaniments to classic silent films, in particular The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and The Phantom of the Opera. He has broadcast for the BBC and has given recitals in churches, cathedrals and concert halls throughout the UK, in Europe and in the USA.
In 2009 he made his US solo debut in San Francisco, followed more recently by concerts in venues including the National Cathedral in Washington DC, the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, and at Harvard and Princeton universities. Recent European concert venues include the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris and Westminster Abbey in London.