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15 July 2024
A Bach Family Album

Mark Swinton (organ of the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick)

A unique collection of organ music and pieces arranged for organ, composed by J.S. Bach and members of the Bach family.  Expertly arranged and played by Mark Swinton at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, the music featured here demonstrates the development of keyboard music across the generations of the Bach family.


Johann Bernhard Bach: Ciacona in G

Heinrich Bach: Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Chorale Prelude: Jesu, meine Freude

Johann Michael Bach: Two chorale preludes

I. Dies sind die beil'gen Zehn Gebot

II. In dulci jubilo

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Schübler Chorales

I. Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme

II. Wo soll ich fliehen bin

III. Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten

IV. Mein Seele erhebt den Herren

V. Ach, bleib' bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ

VI. Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter


Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Fugue in C minor

Johann Christian Bach, arr. Mark Swinton: Sonata in B flat major, Op.5 No.1

I. Allegretto

II. Tempo di Minuetto

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, arr. Mark Swinton: Two Pieces

I. Polonaise

II. Allegro *


Johann Bernhard Bach: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein *

Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach: Sonata in D major, Wq 70/5

I. Allegro di molto

II. Adagio e mesto

III. Allegro


Johann Sebastian Bach: Pièce d'Orgue, BWV 572

* download only

Recorded in the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, UK on 5th-7th August 2015
Booklet design: Nicola Martin & Willowhayne Records
Recording Engineers: Mark Hartt-Palmer & John Balsdon
Recording Production: John Balsdon & Mark Hartt-Palmer
Total Time: 73.28 (CD), 81.51 (Download
Release Date: December 2016

Mark Swinton was educated at the King's School, Chester, and at the University of York, graduating with BA in Music in 2002 and MA in Music two years later. He has studied with David Briggs, Roger Fisher, Dr Francis Jackson and John Scott Whiteley, amongst others, and has participated in masterclasses with Johannes Geffert and Dame Gillian Weir. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists since 2006, he has given numerous recitals at venues throughout the UK. He has also performed, as both a soloist and accompanist, in France, Germany, Holland and Spain. His first solo recording, Colours of the Klais (Cloister Records) marked the 10th anniversary in 2007 of the Klais organ in Bath Abbey; 2016 saw the release of A Bach Family Album (Willowhayne Records). He has an occasional duo partnership with violinist Lucy Phillips; they have given concerts together in Bath, Chester, Warwick and Worksop, and recorded a CD.

Since 2011, Mark has been Assistant Director at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, having previously held positions at Kendal Parish Church, Bath Abbey and Royal High School, and Clifton College, Bristol. At Warwick, he accompanies the St Mary's Choirs of Boys, Girls and Men in four choral services every week whilst assisting with their training and direction. He has appeared with them in concert, including the premières of choral works by Naji Hakim and David Briggs, on tours throughout the UK and abroad, on radio and television broadcasts, and on two recent CD recordings to date: Christmas from Warwick and Gaudeamus omnes: celebrating Warwick 1100 (Regent Records). He also directs St Mary's Scholars, an adult chamber choir that sings occasional services in St Mary's whilst undertaking its own programme of concerts and tours.

Although primarily an organist, Mark has performed as a harpsichordist since student days in York, often appearing as a continuo player with the University Baroque Ensemble and even venturing into the world of contemporary music for the instrument via what is now known as the Chimera Ensemble. He has also accompanied the soprano Yvonne Seymour and provided continuo for the Yorkshire Youth Orchestra and EU Chamber Orchestra.

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