After four successful tours of Germany Robert will be returning to the Berlin/Brandenburg area and Saxony next week to perform another series of solo recitals organised by Stefan Schwarz. Venues include two cathedrals (Fürstenwalde and Meißen) as well as parish churches in Templin, Frankfurt (Oder), Pirna and Dresden. Please Robert’s concert diary for further details and full programmes.
For his organ duo recital in Templin Robert will be joined by fellow organist Bertie Baigent, who has recently been appointed assistant conductor of the Colorado Symphony. Bertie has also composed a new solo piece for Robert: A quiet pavan, with canon. Robert will be playing this piece in all five evening recitals on this tour.
In addition to this world premiere, Robert’s programmes will feature music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Charles Villiers Stanford, Edmund Rubbra, Herbert Howells, Olivier Messiaen, Arvo Pärt, Donnacha Dennehy, Zsolt Gárdonyi as well as Patrick and Richard Gowers.
Friday 27th July 2018, 7:30pm, Maria-Magdalenen-Kirche, Templin
Organ Duo Recital with Bertie Baigent (London)
Sunday 29th July 2018, 5pm, Fürstenwalde Cathedral
Organ Recital (12. Internationale Fürstenwalder Sommermusiken)
Tuesday 31st July 2018, 8pm, St.-Gertraud-Kirche, Frankfurt (Oder)
Organ Recital (30. Internationaler Orgelzyklus)
Thursday 2nd August 2018, 7:30pm, St.-Marien-Kirche, Pirna
Organ Recital (Pirnaer Abendmusiken)
Saturday 4th August 2018, 12 noon, Meißen Cathedral
Lunchtime Organ Recital
Saturday 4th August 2018, 7:30pm, Christuskirche, Dresden (Germany)
Live recordings from Robert's fourth recital tour to Germany are now available on YouTube:
St.-Jacobi-Kirche, Sangerhausen, Saxony-Anhalt
Organ: Zacharias Hildebrandt (1728)
St.-Georgen-Kirche, Glauchau, Saxony
Organ: Gottfried Silbermann (1730)
This year Robert's annual tour to Germany will see him play two well-known central German Baroque organs: the 1728 Hildebrandt organ of the Jacobikirche in Sangerhausen (Saxony Anhalt) and the 1730 Silbermann organ of the Georgenkirche in Glauchau (Saxony):
Friday 10th November 2017, 7pm, St.-Jacobi-Kirche, Sangerhausen
Recital on the 1728 Hildebrandt Organ
Sunday 12th November 2017, 5pm, St.-Georgen-Kirche, Glauchau
Recital on the 1730 Silbermann Organ
Robert will be playing works by Johann Sebastian Bach, a selection of early English organ music by William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons and Maurice Greene as well as some early Romantic and modern works by Felix Mendelssohn, Samuel Wesley, Bertie Baigent and Guy Bovet.
Please see Robert's concert diary for further details.
A selection of live recordings from Robert's summer tour has now been uploaded to YouTube:
The Döbelner Allgemeine Zeitung recently published Hagen Kunze's review of Robert's concert at the St.-Nicolai-Kirche in Döbeln, the first recital of his 2016 summer tour. Click here to read the review.
A review of Robert's organ recital at the St.-Georgen-Kirche in Schwarzenberg (Germany) and a selection of photos can be found on the church website.
This summer Robert will be returning to Germany for another extensive solo recital tour organised by Stefan Schwarz. Between the 3rd and the 15th of August he will be playing 10 recitals in Saxony, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. Venues include the famous Schlosskirche Wittenberg and Meißen Cathedral as well as churches in Döbeln, Dresden, Erfurt, Dessau, Weimar and Schwarzenberg. For a special one-off organ duo recital in Templin Robert will be joined by guest artist Joseph Bradley (Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin). Please see Robert's concert diary for detailed listings.
All evening recitals will feature proud rock/bright sky, a new work by award-winning composer Bertie Baigent that was specifically commissioned for this tour, and Max Reger's Variations and Fugue on 'God Save the King' or 'Heil dir im Siegerkranz', based on the tune of the English and the German national anthem (until 1918). Other tour repertoire includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frank Martin, Herbert Howells, Olivier Messiaen, Simon Preston, Naji Hakim and Noel Rawsthorne.
Award-winning composer Bertie Baigent is currently writing a new piece for Robert: proud rock/bright sky will receive its world premiere as part of Robert's 2016 summer tour.
Bright spark, shot from a brighter place, the result of Bertie's and Robert's first collaboration, was released on CD in spring 2015.
From 25th July until 9 August 2015 Robert will be playing eight recitals in Germany (see the concert diary for full details) and record a second CD.
Recital venues include the St.-Jakobs-Kirche in Köthen with its 1872 Ladegast organ, the Friedenskirche in Potsdam, the Taborkirche in Leipzig, two churches in Berlin, the St.-Marien-Kirche in Pirna, the St.-Annen-Kirche in Annaberg-Buchholz and the Frauenkirche in Nuremberg.
The recitals will feature works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Hubert Parry, Edward Elgar, Percy Whitlock, Healey Willan, Herbert Howells, Olivier Messiaen, Guy Bovet, Alastair Putt and Richard Gowers.