Lunchtime at Redcliffe - Free Organ Recital featuring Lee Dunleavy

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St Mary Redcliffe

Lee Dunleavy


Thursday 12 September 2019

1.15-1.55 pm

Lee Dunleavy is a dynamic conductor, organ recitalist and composer. He grew

up in Harrogate and held the Organ Scholarship at St Peter’s Church, under

Director of Music Philip Wilby. He then read Music at Hertford College in the

University of Oxford, as Organ Scholar and later Director of Chapel Music.

After working as Director of Music at Christ Church, Southgate, London, he

was awarded the Organ Scholarship at York Minster. He holds both the

Choral Directing Diploma and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists,

and is a prize-winning holder of the Archbishops’ Certificate in Church Music.

From 2006 to 2014 Lee held the position of Director of Music at the

prominent church of All Saints Northampton, leading nearly one hundred

members of their separate choirs of boys, girls and men, in seven choral

services each week. In 2007 he was appointed Musical Director of the

Northampton Bach Choir. With these choirs he has commissioned over

seventy new works, including compositions by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett,

Stephen Cleobury, Jonathan Dove, Michael Finnissy, Stephen Hough, and

James MacMillan. The choirs have also toured extensively, from Canada and

the United States to Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland,

and Italy. These choirs have also made nearly a dozen recordings, most

recently Requiem Reflections, a disc of choral and instrumental works by

Gabriel Fauré.

He is also an active composer and his studies at university led to the award of

a Britten-Pears Scholarship to study with Judith Weir; this in turn led to the

commissioning and performance of his first Piano Quintet at the Purcell Room

at the South Bank Centre, London. He recently completed an arrangement of

the National Anthem that was first performed in the presence of Her Majesty

Queen Elizabeth II at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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0117 231 0060

Lee Dunleavy


Thursday 12 September at 1.15pm

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) –

Prelude and Fughetta in D major (1859)

Bedřich Antonín Wiedermann (1883-1951) –

Notturno in C sharp minor (1942)

Bedřich Smetana (1824-84) tr. Adrian Self –

Vtava from Má vlast (1874)

The composition describes the course of the river Vltava, starting from

the two small springs, the Cold and Warm Vltava, to the unification of

both streams into a single current, the course of the Vltava through

woods and meadows, through landscapes where a farmer's wedding is

celebrated, the round dance of the mermaids in the night's moonshine:

on the nearby rocks loom proud castles, palaces and ruins aloft. The

Vltava swirls into the St John’s Rapids; then it widens and flows toward

Prague, past the Vyšehrad, and then majestically vanishes into the

distance, ending at the Elbe in Germany.

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

Our Autumn Series continues on Thursday 19 September

with Andrew Millington (Exeter)

Grand March from `Aida`

Fantasia and Fugue in C minor BWV 537

Tuba Tune

Master Tallis`s Testament

Sonata Eroica

G Verdi arr c Morris

JS Bach

N Cocker

H Howells

J Jongen

Autumn Term 2019

26 Oliver Hancock St Mary’s Warwick

3 Oct Stephen Disley Southwark Cathedral

10 Douglas Bruce Schopfheim, Germany

17 Thomas Keogh Holy Cross Priory, Leicester

24 Liam Cartwright All Saints, High Wycombe

31 James Parsons Royal College of Organists

7 Nov David Butcher Suffolk

14 Michael Overbury Newark

21 Elin Rees Bury Parish Church

28 Jonathan Bielby Organist Emeritus, Wakefield

5 Dec Andrew Kirk St Mary Redcliffe (Treefest)

12 Andrew Kirk St Mary Redcliffe

Save the Date!

St Cecilia’s Day Concert - Friday 22 November at 7.30pm

David Briggs (Organ) with St Mary Redcliffe Choir

To include Widor’s Mass for Choir and Organ

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