The Christ Church Concert Series continues on Sunday, October 14 at 4 pm with world-class organist and Resident Artist of the Washington National Cathedral Jeremy Filsell. The program will feature compositions by twentieth century French composer, Gaston Litaize along with J. S. Bach and an American triptych featuring the work of Calvin Hampton, Gerre Hancock, and Stephen Paulus.
Filsell, a guest speaker of the Mid-Shore Maryland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists early this year, is one of only a few virtuoso performers as both pianist and organist. He has appeared as a solo pianist in Russia, Scandinavia, New Zealand and throughout the USA and UK. His concerto repertoire encompasses Bach, Mozart and Beethoven through to Shostakovich, John Ireland, and Rachmaninov. He has recorded the solo piano music of Herbert Howells, Bernard Stevens, Eugene Goossens and Johann Eschmann and recently released were discs of Rachmaninov’s piano music and two of French Mélodies accompanying baritone, Michael Bundy.
Mr. Filsell is on the international roster of Steinway Piano Artists and has recorded for BBC Radio 3, USA, and Scandinavian radio networks in solo and concerto roles. His discography comprises more than 30 solo recordings. Gramophone magazine commented on the series of twelve compact discs comprising the premiere recordings of Marcel Dupré’s complete organ works for Guild in 2000 that it was ’one of the greatest achievements in organ recording’. In 2005, Signum released a three-disc set of the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne, recorded on the 1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ in St. Ouen, Rouen. He has taught at universities, summer schools, and conventions in both the UK and USA and has served on international competition juries in England and Switzerland. Recent solo engagements have taken him across the USA and UK and to Germany, France, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. In North America, he concertizes under the auspices of Philip Truckenbrod Concert Artists.
As a student of Nicolas Kynaston and Daniel Roth, Jeremy Filsell studied as an Organ Scholar at Keble College, Oxford before completing graduate studies in piano with David Parkhouse and Hilary McNamara at the Royal College of Music. He was awarded a PhD in Musicology at Birmingham Conservatoire/BCU for research involving aesthetic and interpretative issues in the music of Marcel Dupré. Before moving to the USA in 2008, he held academic and performance lectureships at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and was a lay clerk in the Queen’s choir at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. He currently combines an international recital and teaching career with being director of music at the Church of St. Alban’s in Washington DC, Artist-in-residence at Washington National Cathedral, and Professor of Organ at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.
The Christ Church Concert Series is sponsored in part by the Talbot County Arts Council with funds provided by the Maryland State Arts Council. As with all of the Christ Church Concert Series performances, the October 14 concert is open to the public. There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be received. Doors open at 3:30 pm. For more information, contact 410-822-2677 or visit www.christchurcheaston.org.