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Music - Classical, Sat 20 Oct 2018, £13-£15

Philip Scriven

Philip Scriven


Saturday, 20th October: ‘French Music’
Bizet: Carmen Suite
Poulenc: Organ Concerto
Soloist: Philip Scriven
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No 3 (Organ Symphony)

Philip Scriven, an internationally renowned soloist, is widely regarded as one of the finest organists of his generation, and highly respected as a choral, orchestral and operatic conductor. His talent as a performer and an accompanist has been recognised by numerous awards at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Organists, most notably as the RCO “Performer of the Year” in 1995. He has performed in many of the major Cathedrals and concert halls throughout the UK, and regular foreign tours have taken him to France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and, most frequently of all, America. He is one of the few organists to have performed as a soloist in Carnegie Hall.

Philip studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Cambridge University, the Vienna Musikhochschule and the Juilliard School in New York, and his teachers have included Dame Gillian Weir, Peter Hurford, Nicholas Kynaston and Michael Radulescu.

As an organist, Philip has held positions at St. George’s Windsor, St. John’s College Cambridge, Westminster Abbey, Winchester Cathedral and Lichfield Cathedral, where he was Director of Music (2002-2010). He regularly plays with orchestras such as Ex Cathedra, Florilegium and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed with the London Mozart Players and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has also appeared as soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, and together in duo with the celebrated trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins.

The Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani by Poulenc has seven sections played without a pause. The concerto was first performed in public in June 1939 in Paris with Duruflé as soloist. Having heard the music she had commissioned, Princesse Edmond de Polignac wrote a thank you note to Poulenc saying ‘Its profound beauty haunts me’.

The thundering organ theme that dominates the finale of Saint- Saëns’ Third Symphony is famous. You may recognise the theme tune to the film ‘Babe’ about a farmer and a pig – this owes its origins to Saint- Saëns and this symphony. Camille Saint- Saëns was a child prodigy. He wrote of his third and final symphony, 'I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished I will never achieve again.'

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Sat 20 Oct 2018 19:30 to 22:00


Adults - £15; Concessions - £13; under 25 - free.
Tickets are available at the door or may be reserved in advance by 'phoning 01206 271128 or by email to


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