Finnissy Organ Recital by Glen Dempsey

Saturday, 3 February 2018 - 1:15pm
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Glen Dempsey

Herbert Howells Organ Scholar Glen Dempsey (Photo Credit: Nick Rutter)

Our Herbert Howells Organ Scholar Glen Dempsey performs two new commissions from Composer in Residence Michael Finnissy, as well as works by Howells, Byrd, and Messiaen.

Of his two new works, entitled 'Dum transisset Sabbatum - Double' and 'Vitedete miraculum - double,' Michael Finnissy said: 'These pieces are not imitations of a ‘style’, the ancient music functions more as old silent-film clips might in a modern TV documentary, as reference-points for a contemporary discourse on sacred texts. In effect they are simply Spiritual Reflections."

Glen said of the programme: "It has been a great pleasure to get to know the two commissions by Michael Finnissy, with their rich harmonic palettes.

"I have tried to design a programme which places this music alongside repertoire from which it draws inspiration, as well as music by Herbert Howells, who was Acting Organist of St John's during the Second World War."

The Finnissy works are part of a projected series of nine works for the College, to be completed next year. The project has been made possible by the College Annual Fund and the Herbert Howells Organ Music Fund.

The Mander Organ Specification is available here.


St John's College Chapel
St John's Street
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