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22 April 2024
Francis Grier: Music for Organ

Tom Winpenny (organ of St Albans Cathedral)

Francis Grier is well known as a composer as well as a performer. This recording by organist Tom Winpenny gives listeners a unique insight into the organ music of Francis Grier in world premiere recordings. Played on the magnificent organ of St Albans Cathedral, this instrument shows the depth of range and colour of Grier's magnificent organ music.


Francis Grier: Te Deum

I. No.2, Te aeternam Patrem omnis terra venerator

II. No.8, Pleni sunt caeli et terra majestatis gloriae tuæ

III. No.13, Patrem immensæ majestatis

IV. No.18, Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem

V. No.22, te ergo quæsumus

VI. No.26, Per singulos dies, benedicimus te

VII. No.30, Fiat misericordia tua Domine super nos


Francis Grier: Domine, probasti

Francis Grier: Deo Gratias

I. Largamento - Allegro assai

II. Andante

III. Tempo primo - Allegro


Francis Grier: Vigilia Noctis

Francis Grier: In nomine

I. In nomine (John Taverner)

II. In nomine I

III. In nomine (William Blytheman)

IV. In nomine II


Francis Grier: Chorale prelude on Wir haben schwerlich

Francis Grier: Organ Sonata

I. With Passion, Anger and Arrogance

II. Mournfully

III. Allegretto. Nervously

IV. Allegro. With joy


Francis Grier: Meditation

Recorded in St Albans Cathedral, UK on 16thTRUE8th August 2017
Front Cover Photograph: Colin Innes-Hopkins
Booklet design: Willowhayne Records
Recording Engineers: Mark Hartt-Palmer & John Balsdon
Recording Production: John Balsdon & Mark Hartt-Palmer
Total Time: 75.33
Release Date: August 2018

Tom Winpenny (organ)Tom Winpenny is Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral where his duties include accompanying the daily choral services and directing the acclaimed Abbey Girls Choir.

Previously, he was Sub-Organist at St Paul's Cathedral, and during this time he performed with the Cathedral Choir at the American Guild of Organists National Convention, performed in Mahler's Symphony no. 8 with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra, and played for many great state occasions. He has also broadcast regularly on BBC Radio and been featured on American Public Media's Pipedreams. He is also Musical Director of the London Pro Arte Choir.

He began organ lessons under John Scott Whiteley while a chorister at York Minster, and continued as a Music Scholar at Eton College under Alastair Sampson. After holding the post of Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral and then St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, he was for three years Organ Scholar at King's College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a degree in music. With the Choir of King's College, he gave concerts in the USA, Hong Kong and throughout Europe, in addition to appearing as their accompanist on CD releases on EMI

He has taken part in the first performance of works by Judith Weir, Cecilia McDowall, Judith Bingham, Jonathan Dove, Paul Mealor, Francis Grier, Alec Roth and Francis Pott. He has studied with Thomas Trotter and Johannes Geffert, and won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2008 Miami International Organ Competition. He has worked regularly for the Eton Choral Courses and he serves as a trustee of the Royal College of Organists.

As a recitalist, he has performed throughout the UK, the USA and in Europe. His solo organ recordings include a recital on the organ of St Albans Cathedral (JAV Recordings), discs of organ works by Judith Bingham (Naxos), John Joubert and Malcolm Williamson (Toccata Classics), and works by Charles Villiers Stanford, John McCabe and Lennox & Michael Berkeley (Resonus Classic). For Naxos he has made several recordings of the organ works of Olivier Messiaen, including L’Ascension, La Nativité du Seigneur, and Les Corps Glorieux. He also directs St Albans Abbey Girls
Choir in recordings of choral works by Felix Mendelssohn and William Mathias (both on Naxos).


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