Lincoln Cathedral Grand Summer Organ Series 2022 presents an organ recital by Tom Bell, concert organist.

As always, there’ll be a big screen so you can enjoy images of the recitalist in action in the organ loft, and during the evening there will be the opportunity to meet Tom.

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Programme for the evening:

Variations de Concert – Bonnet

From Livre du Saint Sacrement – Messiaen:
XIV. Prière avant la communion

Wo soll ich fliehen hin BWV 694 – Bach

From Livre du Saint Sacrement – Messiaen:
XIII. Les deux murailles d’eau

Herzlich tut mich verlangen Op.122/10 – Brahms

From Livre du Saint Sacrement – Messiaen:
IX. Les ténèbres
X. La résurrection du Christ

Christ ist erstanden BWV 627 – Bach

From Livre du Saint Sacrement – Messiaen:
XVI. Prière après la communion

Choral No. 3 in A minor – Franck

About Tom Bell:

Tom Bell’s playing has been described as “invigorating” (Sunday Times), “compelling” (Organists’ Review) and “brilliant” (American Record Guide). Tom has built a vibrant portfolio as a performer, teacher and animateur. He has performed across Europe, in Australia, the Far East and the USA.

An ardent proponent of new music, Tom has premiered many new works including chorale preludes for the Orgelbüchlein
Project and a cantata by Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon. Tom pioneered the combination of organ and beatbox, performing with Shlomo on BBC Radio 3 and at the Royal Festival Hall. In May 2019, with William Whitehead, John Scott Whiteley and Laurens de Man, Tom participated in the
first complete performance of the Orgelbüchlein Project at the Orgelpark in Amsterdam. The 164 pieces took four organists, and five organs, nine hours to perform. Further such marathons will take place from 2022.

Tom participated in a performance of Jean Guillou’s nine-organ epic, La Révolte des Orgues, at Westminster Cathedral; he returned to that place in April 2022 to perform Messiaen’s Livre du Saint Sacrement. Messiaen’s music is one of Tom’s two principal preoccupations at present, and he has a Messiaen vlog on YouTube. By contrast his other current interest concerns a study of English nineteenth century performance practice, particularly the work of W. T. Best. This project encompasses academic writings, and pure fun in his costumed quasi-steampunk The Best Experience concerts.