Founded some twenty years ago to encourage the love of serious music especially amongst the young, we provide live music in different genres performed by highly gifted professional artistes, many of whom have international recognition. Probably no other local venue provides such recitals on a regular basis throughout the year and at a very reasonable expense.
Why travel to London when this quality of musical satisfaction can be found so close to home?
Friday 7 June 2013 • 7:30pm • £8
Programme to include:
£8 in advance, or cash at the door.
Children 16 and under admitted free with accompanying adult. Students £3 (with ID card).
Amounts indicated are a suggested donation. If you are a tax payer a Gift Aid declaration would be appreciated.
Tickets are available from:
Guildford Tourist Information Centre
155 High Street
Tel: 01483 444 333
Stephen Disley studied organ at Liverpool Cathedral with Ian Tracey before winning a joint Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music and London's Temple Church, studying with Dr John Birch. He won many prizes and awards, studied further under Daniel Roth at Saint-Sulpice in Paris and has performed in prestigious masterclasses.
As a recitalist and accompanist, Stephen appears frequently at the Royal Albert Hall. He has also played at Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul's Cathedral, the Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, King's College, Cambridge, and at festivals at Salisbury, Peterborough, Lichfield, the City of London and the International Organ Festival at St Albans. He has performed and broadcast with ensembles such as the BBC Singers (including a disc of selected anthems commissioned by the Musicians Benevolent Fund), the Holst Singers, the Finzi Singers, Onyx Brass and the Budapest Radio Choir, working with conductors such as, Paul Brough, Andrew Carwood, Nicholas Cleobury, Ronald Corp, Stephen Cleobury and David Hill. Performances include Poulenc's Organ Concerto with the London Mozart Players, Janacek's Glagolitic Mass in the Montepulciano Festival, Italy, and Gala Organ Concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009, Stephen was invited to accompany the choristers of King's College, Cambridge, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the 90th birthday of Sir David Willcocks.
Stephen is Sub-Organist at Southwark Cathedral and Founding Director of its Girls' Choir. Under his direction, the Girls' Choir has undertaken tours to Bergen, Rouen, the Czech Republic and Rome, and has performed on two recordings to excellent reviews, most recently on a CD of Hymns on the Herald label. The choristers (both the Boys' and Girls' Choirs) participated in a performance of Bach's St Matthew's Passion with the English Consort and Trevor Pinnock at the Proms, and sang in the Easter Day Eucharist, which was broadcast in 2009 'live on BBC1' from Southwark Cathedral.
As an organist, Stephen has toured the USA and many parts of Europe with the Cathedral Choir, and has featured on broadcasts and recordings. He has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in concerts and recordings, including the world premiere of Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio conducted by Carl Davis, Herbert Howells' English Mass, Hymnus Paradisi and Elgar's Dream of Gerontius conducted by Vernon Handley, and Suk's symphonic poem Praga under Libor Pesek. In May 2008 Stephen appeared alongside Cantabile and Josh Groban in the Tim Rice/ABBA musical Chess in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall; this extraordinary event was recently released on DVD by Warner Brothers. He has also performed and recorded premieres of music by Judith Bingham, Bob Chilcott, Gabriel Jackson, Tarick O'Regan and others. Stephen and has been involved with the John Armitage Memorial Trust (JAM) since 2008 and is an instrumental tutor at the City of London School.
More recitals by Stephen Disley on the organrecitals.com website