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Eastbourne Experience, Volume 1

Alexander Eadon (organ of St Saviour's Church, Eastbourne)

In the first of a projected series of Experience releases showcasing organs in the seaside town of Eastbourne, Alexander Eadon returns to Willowhayne Records to perform a programme of music recorded at St Saviour's Church, in recognition of the 150th anniversary of its consecration. The programme includes Healey Wilan's Six Chorale Preludes, the composer having an association with the church. From Mendelssohn's Organ Sonata No.2 to John Philip Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever (in which Alexander Eadon is joined by Paul Collins) this recording represents the full diversity of the 3-manual Walker organ. Although a born and bred Londoner, Alexander Eadon BA LRAM ARCO began his musical life as a chorister in the world-renowned Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. After five years as a Music Scholar at Harrow School and a gap year as Organ Scholar at St. Martin-in-the-Fields he trained at the Royal Academy of Music with David Titterington and Nicolas Kynaston for organ performance, Nigel Allcoat and Lionel Rogg for improvisation and Patrick Russill for Choral Direction. He completed his studies at Middlesex University. Alongside this, he was Director of Music at Christ Church, Southgate in North London and Conductor of the Southgate Symphony Orchestra. He then spent two years simultaneously as Organist at Tewkesbury Abbey and School Organist of Dean Close School, Cheltenham (where the Abbey Choristers are educated), assisting with coaching the choristers and teaching within both the preparatory and senior schools. Between 2009 and 2015 he was the Choirmaster at Oundle School, directing the Chapel Choir and Schola Cantorum on several broadcasts and on tour in Rome as well as in their weekly services, amongst many other musical activities throughout his tenure. He also enjoyed rugby coaching, being a deputy housemaster and a head of year. In September 2015 he moved to Eastbourne College to take on the newly-created role of Assistant Director of Music.

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Franz von Suppé, transcr. Les Deutsch: Light Cavalry Overture Reginald Goss-Custard: Chelsea Fayre César Franck: Choral No.3 in A minor, FWV 40

Felix Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata No.2 in C minor, Op.65 No.2 I. Grave II. Adagio III. Allegro maestoso e vivace IV. Fuga

William Harris: Three Preludes for Organ I. Pastoral II. Lament III. Combewater

Healey Willan: Six Chorale Preludes for Organ I. Quem Pastores II. Lasst uns alle fröhlich sein III. On a melody by Orlando Gibbons IV. On a melody by Melchior Vulpius V. "Bevan" by John Goss VI. O wie selig

June Nixon: Pasticcio Robert Jones: Birthday Suit(e) John Philip Sousa, transcr. Elizabeth & Raymond Chenault: The Stars and Stripes Forever

Recorded in St Saviour's Church, Eastbourne, UK on 1st & 2nd July 2019
Design: Willowhayne Records
Photography: Elizabeth Horridge
Recording Engineering, Editing & Production: Simon Eadon
Executive Producer: Mark Hartt-Palmer
Total Time: 71.20
Release Date: November 2019

Alexander Eadon (organ)Although a born and bred Londoner, Alexander Eadon began his musical life as a chorister in the world-renowned Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. After five years as a Music Scholar at Harrow School and a gap year as Organ Scholar at St. Martin-in-the-Fields he trained at the Royal Academy of Music with David Titterington and Nicolas Kynaston for organ performance, Nigel Allcoat and Lionel Rogg for improvisation and Patrick Russill for Choral Direction. He furthered his studies at Middlesex  University. Alongside this, he was Director of Music at Christ Church, Southgate in North London and Conductor of the Southgate Symphony Orchestra. He then spent two years simultaneously as Organist at Tewkesbury Abbey and School Organist of Dean Close School, Cheltenham (where the Abbey Choristers are educated), assisting with coaching the choristers and teaching within both the preparatory and senior schools.

Between 2009 and 2015 he was the Choirmaster at Oundle School, directing the Chapel Choir and Schola Cantorum on several broadcasts and tours as well as in their weekly services, amongst many other musical activities throughout his tenure. He also enjoyed rugby coaching, being a deputy housemaster and a head of year. In September 2015 he moved to Eastbourne College to take on the newly-created role of Assistant Director of Music.

He is able to pursue some freelance work alongside his school duties. He plays the organ at Arundel Cathedral and directs the Eastbourne-based chamber choir Noteworthy Voices and is regularly found on concert hall platforms and in ecclesiastical buildings the world over – performances have included venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall as well as many UK Cathedrals in addition to trips to France and the USA. As a singer he is a regular deputy of several Cathedral choirs and other ensembles and was one of the founder-members of the internationally award-winning vocal ensemble The Songmen. He is also a regular staff member on the Rodlfus Foundation Choral Courses and undertakes various music typesetting projects.

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