St Mary Redcliffe Organ Recital - Seb Thomson

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St Mary Redcliffe

Sebastian Thomson


Thursday 15 June 2017

1.15-1.55 pm

Sebastian Thomson was until recently, Head of Academic Music and Assistant

Director of Music at Bloxham School. He was a chorister at Christ Church

Cathedral, Oxford before moving to Harrow School with the top music

scholarship. Sebastian studied at Bristol University before holding positions at

Chichester Cathedral, St Matthew's Church Northampton and Eton College.

Currently, Sebastian continues to pursue a freelance career as a choral

conductor and organist. Having studied the organ with David Goode and

David Briggs, he is in demand as both a recitalist and an accompanist. His

recent solo engagements include recitals at Westminster Abbey, Westminster

Cathedral, King’s College Cambridge, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Sebastian has

made appearances as a performer and speaker on local and national

television and radio. He has also been invited to play at Notre Dame

Cathedral, Paris, in 2017.

Sebastian is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and a prize winner in

the Choral Training Diploma examination from the College. Sebastian

conducts The Howells Voices, a mixed voice choir inspired by the music of

Herbert Howells. The choir takes occupancy 3 times a year in Britain’s

Cathedrals and has often been described as one of the very best visiting choirs

around. Recent venues include, Winchester, Westminster Abbey and York


In 2015, Ian Carpenter was commissioned to write “Holy is the true light” for

the choir’s tour to Gloucester Cathedral for the Feast of All Saints. Sebastian is

gaining a reputation for commissioning new works. The Angels of Creation

Commissions are a collection of organ works composed for and premiered by

Sebastian. So far, David Bednall, Simon Whalley, Thomas Hewitt Jones, Neil

Cox, John Hosking and Daniel Saleeb have written for this project. His recent

CD achieved a 5 star review in Choir and Organ magazine.

Sebastian Thomson


Thursday 15 June at 1.15pm

Improvisation sur Le "Te Deum" - Tournemire

Meditation (Trois Improvisations - Vierne

Pasticcio (Organ Book) - Langlais

Cortege et Litanie - Dupré

Variations sur un theme de Clement Jannequin - Alain

Choral No.3 in A Minor - Franck

Please turn off mobile phones before the concert begins

Please do not take photos during the performance.

No Recordings can be made of this concert

without the permission of the performers.

Next week: Thursday 22 June

Paul Bowen (Leeds)

Louis Couperin - Chacone

Johann Sebastian Bach – Prelude and fugue in c minor BWV 547

Dieterich Buxtehude – Ciacona in e minor

John Stanley – Trumpet Tune

Herbert Howells – Master Tallis’s Testament

Nigel Ogden – Penguins’ Playtime

William James Mathias - Carillon

The Arc Café in the Undercroft

Open Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 3.00 pm

Tel: 0117 929 8658

Serving home made refreshments all day

Lunch served from 12 – 2.30 pm

(drinks without a food order may not always be available at busy

lunch times)

For further information about organ recitals in the UK, please visit



0117 231 0060

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