About Lunchtime Organ Concert
One of Britain’s outstanding concert organists and teachers, Margaret Phillips studied with the late Ralph Downes and Marie-Claire Alain. After her début at the Royal Festival Hall, she soon gained an international reputation as a soloist, playing at concert halls and cathedrals throughout Europe and in the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, and Mexico. Alongside her busy concert career, she was a member of Council of the Royal College of Organists for 20 years, President of the Incorporated Association of Organists from 1997–99, and from 1996–2021 she was Professor of Organ at the Royal College of Music in London.
In 1994, Margaret Phillips and her husband founded the English Organ School and Museum in former chapel premises in Milborne Port, Somerset, where there is a collection of organs by English builders from the eighteenth century to the present day. EOS aims to provide facilities for learning and playing the organ, to promote its understanding and appreciation as a musical instrument, and to preserve a modest part of Britain’s organ heritage.
Margaret’s performance highlights in recent years include celebrity recitals at both Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral. In 2015 she gave two marathon series, each of eighteen concerts, of the complete works of Bach: first in Milborne Port and then in London at St George’s, Hanover Square, and a year later she played an evening recital at the Royal Festival Hall in their international series Pull Out All the Stops which was also broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Margaret regularly gives masterclasses both at home and abroad, and has served on international competition juries such as those at St Albans and Odense. Her numerous CDs, which include the complete organ works of Bach, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, and Stanley, have been highly praised, the first two volumes of the Bach series being hailed as ‘some of the finest performances of Bach chorale preludes on disc’, and the whole series as ‘a true and worthy successor to those groundbreaking Bach cycles by Lionel Rogg and Peter Hurford’ (Gramophone). Her more recent releases are Capriccio, showcasing contemporary music for organ, and Multum in Parvo, which features twelve of the instruments at the English Organ School.
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Dates & Times
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