Recital: Maxwell Steer
Saturday 20th May, 7.30pm
Michael Maxwell Steer plays great organ classics, including Bach’s Great Prelude & Fugue in B minor, Noels by Dandrieu and Daquin, chorale preludes by Bach and Brahms, and Messiaen’s Dieu Parmi Nous. This enchanting selection of French and German music fully explores the colours of our church’s Willis organ.
The recital will be performed with live-streaming from cameras which will enable you to see the intricacies of hand and footwork. Click here for video previews of pieces in the programme. Admission is free, with a retiring collection. The concert is in aid of Cherubim Music Trust and St John’s Development Appeal.
Michael Maxwell Steer took up the organ at the age of 12, and discovered Messiaen’s music through the UK premieres given by his teacher, Canterbury Cathedral organist Allan Wicks. By the age of 15 Maxwell could play most of Messiaen’s organ music, and subsequently ran away to Paris hoping to study with him. His subsequent professional life as a broadcast composer did not involve the organ, but in recent years he has rekindled his first love.