Simon Johnson, Organist and Assistant Music Director of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, will perform a guest recital at Baylor University on Thursday, November 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building.
Since his appointment in 2008, Mr. Johnson has had the honor of playing for the daily round of services as well as historical national services and events. Chief among the notable services for which he has played was the National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, an event with world-wide television coverage. Just this past June, he helped to organize and to play for another National Service of Thanksgiving, celebrating the ninetieth birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Apart from St. Paul’s Cathedral, Simon Johnson has performed as soloist and continuo player with premier British orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the City of London Sinfonia, the London Baroque, and the Cardinall’s Musick. His wide-ranging music making also included playing the organ on the soundtrack for the Hollywood blockbuster movie The Grand Budapest Hotel, the soundtrack of which won an Oscar and a Grammy award in the U.S. and a Bafta award in the U.K.
His recital at Baylor will open with Felix Mendelssohn’s Prelude and Fugue in C minor, The Prince of Denmark’s March by Jeremiah Clarke, and the Psalm Prelude “De profundis” by Herbert Howells. Also to be heard are Mr. Johnson’s own …at illi succlamabant, dicentes and an organ arrangement by George C. Martin of Edward Elgar’s Imperial March.
Following intermission, Simon Johnson will play the Peter Sykes arrangement of “Mars” from Gustav Holst’s The Planets, "Chant de paix" from Neuf pièces by Jean Langlais, “Moto ostinato” from Petr Eben’s Musica Dominicalis, and, finally, Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain by Maurice Duruflé.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.