Christmas tunes calm storm fears

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Anthony Froggatt

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Organist Anthony Froggatt braved Storm Barra to travel from Portsmouth to Alton for an Alton Organ Society concert at the Church of St Lawrence on December 7.

Anthony’s programme had an Advent and Christmas flavour, including J S Bach’s Chorale prelude Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme (Awake, The Voice Is Calling Us) and Denis Bédard’s variations on In Dulci Jubilo.

The rest of Anthony’s programme was a mix of English, French and German compositions giving the audience a cross-section of popular organ music.

These included J S Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, regarded by many as one of his finest organ compositions. His finale was César Franck’s Choral No 3 in A minor, a wonderful conclusion to a well balanced and superbly delivered concert.

Concerts resume on January 4 when Peter Gould, formerly of Derby Cathedral, continues the Christmas theme with music by Bach, Daquin, Dubois, Gigout, Vierne and William Lloyd Webber.

Tony Willman

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