Anthony Gritten - Organ
Friday 14 September 2012 • 7:30pm • £8
Anthony Gritten is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. The last student of Harry Gabb, he later studied with David Sanger, Anne Page, John Wellingham, and Kevin Bowyer, and has studied works by Jean Guillou, Gaston Litaize, Guy Bovet, and Daniel Roth with the composers. His recitals have included the complete works of Johannes Brahms in three recitals in Westminster Abbey, recitals of music by Daniel Roth in King’s College Cambridge and Westminster Cathedral, and rare performances of Wolfgang Rihm’s Bann, Nachtschwärmerei in Manchester Cathedral and of Mauricio Kagel’s Rrrrrrr … in St Michael’s Cornhill, St John’s Smith Square, and St Albans and Canterbury cathedrals. In 2007 he played the complete works of Buxtehude in a single six-and-a-half hour recital in St Peter Mancroft Norwich, to celebrate the tercentenary of the composer’s death, and in 2008 he performed the complete works of Mendelssohn in four recitals, to celebrate the bicentenary of the composer’s birth. In 2009 Anthony gave the Harry Gabb Memorial Recital in St Paul’s Cathedral. Recitals in 2010 include Christchurch Cathedral Montreal, Blackburn, Bristol, Exeter and Liverpool Metropolitan cathedrals, St John’s College Cambridge, and St Sulpice Paris.
Anthony was a senior music scholar at Charterhouse, then an organ scholar (and later graduate organist) at Peterhouse Cambridge. He wrote his doctorate at Wolfson College Cambridge on the subject of ‘Stravinsky’s Voices’. He worked as a lecturer at the University of East Anglia for six years, latterly becoming head of the school of music, before taking up the post of head of postgraduate studies and research at the RNCM in Manchester. In 2008 he moved to Middlesex University to become head of the department of performing arts. He has published articles, book chapters, and reviews on the music of a variety of composers, and on various issues in the philosophy and aesthetics of music. He has co-edited two books on Music and Gesture and has organised conferences on ‘Music and Ethics’, John Cage, and ‘Adorno and Performance’.
More recitals by Anthony Gritten on the organrecitals.com website.