Douglas Tang (organ of Hereford Cathedral)
Willowhayne Records presents the fifth volume in the critically acclaimed 'Experience' series, recorded on the 'Father Willis' organ of Hereford Cathedral. Played by Douglas Tang, this album shows this magnificent instrument to its full potential in music ranging from the early Baroque to the twentieth century, culminating in Whitlock's 'Plymouth Suite.' Douglas Tang is a sought-after British conductor and keyboardist. Currently based in London, he was previously Assistant Director of Music of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney and Chapel Organist of the UNESCO World Heritage site- the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. He has also worked at Hereford Cathedral and Croydon Minister aside from having held the prestigious position of Organ Scholar of King’s College, Cambridge. The Hereford organ has been likened to a vintage Rolls Royce car, lovingly maintained, retaining its original and stately majest. Built in 1892 by ‘Father Willis,’ it replaced an earlier Gray and Davison instrument and its display case dates from 1863.
Samuel Sebastian Wesley: Choral Song and Fugue
I. Choral Song
Louis Marchand: Grand dialogue de cinquième ton (Pièce d'orgue, Livre 3)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Chorale Prelude 'Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 676
Nicolaus Bruhns: Prelude and Fugue in E minor 'The Great'
II. Fugue I
III. Fugue II
Felix Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata in D minor, Op.65 No.6
I. Chorale: Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato
II. Fuga: Sostenuto e legaro
III. Finale: Andante
Herbert Howells: Psalm Prelude Set 2, No.1
Percy Whitlock: Plymouth Suite
I. Allegro risoluto
Recorded in Hereford Cathedral, Hereford, UK on 9th-11th August 2016
Design: Willowhayne Records
Recording Engineers: Mark Hartt-Palmer & John Balsdon
Recording Production: John Balsdon & Mark Hartt-Palmer
Total Time: 71.59
Release Date: June 2018
Douglas is a sought-after British conductor and keyboardist. Currently based in London, he was previously Assistant Director of Music of St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney and Chapel Organist of the UNESCO World Heritage site - the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. He has also worked at Hereford Cathedral and Croydon Minster aside from having held the prestigious position of Organ Scholar of King's College, Cambridge.
Born in Hong Kong, Douglas emigrated to England after having won the highest music scholarship to board at Harrow School. Transferring as a day pupil to Dulwich College on a music and organ scholarship, he originally was to attend conservatoire studying piano and flute, having achieved diplomas in both instruments. Discovering his love for the organ at a late stage, he subsequently read music at King's College, Cambridge whilst being Organ Scholar. Having gained his place a year early, he spent his gap year at Hereford Cathedral – a place he considers his second home. At King's, aside from his daily duties of accompanying and helping train the world-famous choir alongside broadcasts, concerts and tours, he pursued a freelance career in performing, accompanying and conducting. To date, he has performed all over the world in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Washington National Cathedral, Cadogan Hall and multiple cathedrals. He has also worked and performed (as a keyboardist and flautist) with many of the world's finest ensembles including the Philharmonia, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra for the Age of Enlightenment, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia and the London Sinfonietta amongst others. Douglas has an extensive discography and has broadcast to millions worldwide on TV and radio. He is also a multiple prizewinner - most notably of the Brian Runnett Prize and Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize. As a performer, reviews have praised him on his affinity with Bach and Romantic repertoire and he has been described as 'one of the foremost musicians of his generation'.
Douglas has worked with many choirs, (Philharmonia Chorus, Cantus Ensemble, Cantibile, the Choirs of the Three Choirs Festival, Cambridge Choral Society) orchestras, ensembles, singers and instrumentalists. Recent engagements have included a wide range of activities from conducting the choir of Exeter College, Oxford at the Tower of London to performing in Christmas with the Stars at the Royal Albert Hall! Douglas is also busy as a pianist working in opera, song, and in the coaching of students from the London conservatoires. He teaches the organ and piano and has taught on Eton Choral Courses, Oundle for Organists and courses for the Royal College of Organists.
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