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22 June 2024
St Albans Experience

Tom Winpenny (organ of St Albans Cathedral)

Recorded in Willowhayne Records 10th anniversary year in 2022, St Albans Experience is the tenth in their Experience series.

This recording showcases every facet of the magnificent Harrison & Harrison organ of St Albans Cathedral, in music from the Baroque era to contemporary works for the instrument. Central to this programme is Maurice Duruflé's beautiful Prélude, Adagio et Choral Varié sur le Veni Creator, Op. 4. This recital includes several world premiere recordings, including Francis Pott's Laudes, Rhian Samuel's three-movement Ad Lucem, and two works by the late Peter Hurford – for twenty years Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral, and the driving force behind this world-renowned instrument. Also included are works by Peter Dickinson and Anthony Gilbert, who passed away earlier in 2023, and to whose memory the recording is dedicated.


Francis Pott: Laudes

Vincent Lübeck: Praeambulum in E

Peter Dickinson: Three Pieces (1998/2019/2021) after Mass of the Apocalypse

I. Sanctus & Benedictus

II. Agnus Dei

III. Gloria


François Couperin: Offertoire sur les grands jeux (Messe pour les paroisses)

Rhian Samuel: Ad Lucem

I. Toccata

II. Amoroso

III. Scherzo


Georg Böhm: Vater unser im Himmelreich

Anthony Gilbert: Peal IV (Peal for Margaret & John)

Maurice Duruflé: Prélude, Adagio et Choral Varié sur le Veni Creator, Op. 4

I. Prélude

II. Adagio

III. Choral Varié


Peter Hurford: Passingala, Op. 8

Peter Hurford: A Fancy

Timothy Tikker: Toccata Kopanitsa

Recorded in St Albans Cathedral, UK on 31st August & 1st September 2022.
Booklet design: Willowhayne Records
Recording Engineering, Production & Editing: Mark Hartt-Palmer
Total Time: 79:59
Release Date: September 2023

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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