The organ's histories in the sacred and secular world have always been closely intertwined. There were eras when sacred organ music was essentially secular music played in a church service and vice versa. Some of the earliest pieces of church music were based on popular melodies and even today, it is not uncommon to hear folk songs played during a mass.
In this solo recital, Jeremy Woodside plays a varied programme of 17th to 21st century organ works from the English, German and French traditions. Highlights include Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543, Max Reger’s Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor, and Franck’s magnificent and virtuosic Chorale no. 3 from his Three Chorales For Organ.
With a total of 4,470 pipes, 61 stops, and built by German organ builders Johannes Klais Orgelbau, come catch Singapore’s largest pipe organ in action!
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About Jeremy Woodside
Jeremy Woodside was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he was a chorister at ChristChurch Cathedral and later Assistant Organist. He has held organ scholar positions at Wells Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, and has directed and accompanied a number of choral societies and choirs.
In 2011, Jeremy directed the ChristChurch Cathedral Choir for the National Memorial Service in Hagley Park following the February earthquakes, in the presence of HRH Prince William. He also gave a number of solo recitals throughout Europe to raise money for the cathedral’s appeal, and has released three solo CDs on the ChristChurch Cathedral organ. He is an active composer with various pieces being published by the RSCM and SOUNZ.
Jeremy graduated with a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) degree from the University of Canterbury, and later completed his Master’s in Organ Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In August 2013, he gave the inaugural organ recital at the Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch.
Jeremy’s organ tutors were Daniel Moult, Thomas Trotter and David Briggs. He received his Fellowship in Organ Performance from Trinity College, London in 2009 and also holds an Associateship Diploma from The Royal College of Organists. As a recitalist/accompanist, he has performed in venues including Gloucester, Ely, Lincoln and Manchester Cathedrals, St George’s Chapel Windsor, the Notre Dame in Paris, the International Organ Summer Festival in Rome, and the Musikverein in Vienna. Recent and future engagements include St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney, Westminster Cathedral, Malvern Priory, Christ Church Priory Dorset, Esplanade in Singapore, Organix 18 in Toronto, and Westminster Abbey. In September 2015, Jeremy took up a post at Repton School as Head of Keyboard and School Organist.
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