Adrian Gunning - Organ Recital
Friday 13th May 2016, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Free entry with retiring collection
Hendrik Andriessen (1892 – 1981)
Theme and Variations
Johann C Kellner (1736-1803)
Praeludium in C
Starling Goodwin (1713-1774)
Henry Smart (1813- 1879)
March in G
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Minuetto and Allegro arr. Goss Custard
George Frideric Handel t (1837-1911)
‘See the Conquering Hero Comes’ arr. Guilmant
John Ireland (1879-1962)
This recital is part of this year's Notting Hill Mayfest, a multi-disciplinary arts festival happening in several Notting Hill venues throughout May.
ADRIAN GUNNING is organist of the Roman Catholic Church of St John the Evangelist, Duncan Terrace, Islington, London where he instigated the now well established annual organ concert series which recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Walker organ. He also holds the position of Director of Music at St Martin’s Preparatory School in Mill Hill. Prior to his appointment in Islington he was organist at the celebrated Roman Catholic Church of St James’s, Spanish Place in Westminster, London from 1977-1985. During this time he discovered the mystical and unmistakable sound world of Charles Tournemire’s organ music and has since made a particular study of this music, having performed, recorded and broadcast it in Europe and America.
His interpretations have been applauded by many critics in numerous articles published in the musical press. He is known by many as a leading interpreter of Tournemire’s organ music and especially of his famous cycle L’Orgue Mystique. He recently completed his third CD of major works from this vast cycle. This recording was made on the Cavaillé-Coll instrument at Notre Dame d’Auteuil in Paris. His first CD recording of this music was made in 1989 on the noted Harrison & Harrison organ at Coventry Cathedral, and his second disc L’Orgue Gregorien featured the J W Walker organ at St John the Evangelist, Islington with a variety of works by composers from the twentieth-century French school.
During his three-year presidency of The Organ Club of Great Britain (founded by the organ builder Henry Willis), Adrian Gunning instigated a special CD with several performers, to mark the 75th anniversary of the Organ Club in 2000. On this CD launched by John Scott at St Paul’s Cathedral, Adrian plays works by Pierre Camonin and Jean Langlais.
Adrian Gunning studied at Trinity College in London under Dr Walter Hillsman for organ, and Joan Barker for harpsichord, and won the Cardnell prize for organ performance. Later he studied at Goldsmiths' College, University of London, and took further organ studies with Nicolas Kynaston, Nigel Allcoat, Naji Hakim, and master classes with Ewald Kooiman, Dame Gillian Weir and André Isoir. He gave the first British performance of Hakim’s Fantasie sur Adeste Fidelis, and made the premiere recording of Hakim’s Mariales, and has since performed a number of new works by British and Canadian organ composers.
In addition to performing widely in the United Kingdom, he has also performed in Australia, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Germany and the United States of America. He has made radio broadcasts for the US, the BBC, and the Australian ABC network.