Our weekly podcasts are hosted by David Pipe, Leeds International Organ Festival’s Artistic Director, who’ll be joined by guests to chat about the online Monday recital series. Guests will include some of the recitalists themselves, alongside composers, conductors and music journalists.
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Joining David today is Monday’s LIOF Live recitalist, Sean Montgomery. Following studies at Salisbury Cathedral and the Royal Academy of Music, Sean joined the music technology industry and is now European Product Director for the Roland Europe Group. We hear about Roland’s role in developing MIDI, as well as Sean’s guest appearance with a prog rock band and the CBSO in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall!
Today’s guest is Tom Leech, Director of the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme, and Monday’s recitalist. Tom’s programme features works from his forthcoming recording on the Regent Records label, and we hear about how he recorded this 10 years ago during his time as Assistant Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral. Tom also tells us about his groundbreaking work taking the Schools Singing Programme online during the pandemic.
Owen Murray, Head of Accordion at the Royal Academy of Music, joins guest presenter Ben Saunders to introduce us to the accordion ahead of Monday’s LIOF Live recital by Qianyu Zhang, one of Owen’s students. Born in Scotland, and now splitting his time between Copenhagen and London, Ben and Owen discuss the difference between piano and classical accordions, and why Owen has made it his mission to raise the instrument’s status in the UK.
Today’s guest is the composer Huw Morgan, whose music features in Monday’s LIOF Live recital. Now based in south Wales, Huw tells us about his multi-faceted career as a musician, including work as a record producer, and as a member of an organ + electronics collective. Huw and David discuss their collaboration on a recent CD recording, considering the relationship between composer and performer when working on commissions.
David is joined by Rachel Mahon, Assistant Director of Music at Coventry Cathedral, who takes over as Director of Music there in September. A native of Toronto, Rachel tells us about her new CD of Canadian organ music, recorded in Coventry, which includes Healey Willan’s magnificent Introduction, Passacaglia & Fugue. From the sublime to the ridiculous, we also hear about Rachel’s organ comedy duo, Organized Crime!
David is joined by Tom Bell, Director of RCO Northern England, North Wales and the Isle of Man. Tom tells us about his role as a performer in the multi-national Orgelbüchlein Project, as well as his plans to record a vlog documenting his ongoing work learning Messiaen’s Livre du Saint-Sacrement. With his Royal College of Organists hat on, we hear about the College’s exciting plans for making online learning accessible during the pandemic.
David is joined by Ben Saunders, Director of Music for the Diocese of Leeds. Ben’s Bank Holiday programme on Monday 25th May features tracks from recitals in Cologne Cathedral, St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, and Huddersfield Town Hall. Ben tells us about the early influences in his musical life, travels abroad, and how he brought the Edinburgh Jazz Festival to St Giles’ Cathedral!
David Pipe is joined by Daniel Justin, Director of Music for the Diocese of East Anglia, and Master of the Music at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich. Daniel’s recital on Monday 18th May features tracks from his 2015 recording of Elgar’s complete original music for organ. An acclaimed composer and improviser, Daniel discusses some of the influences behind his Elgar recording, as well as his passion for Gregorian chant.