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Giggleswick School Chapel to host a summer of music

Thursday 10 May 2018

Giggleswick School Chapel is gearing up for a Summer of Music featuring a range of musical styles and performances. The first of two Organ Recitals featuring the Chapel’s famous Father Willis Organ takes place on Monday 6 May. Henry Wallace makes his way from Edinburgh to play a range of music from Bach to Stanford and Howells. Henry is Organist and Choirmaster at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh and was briefly Assistant Organist at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh before going on to study at Cambridge and subsequently becoming the Organist at Hexham Abbey.

On Saturday 30 June; Phillip Broadhouse will perform an eclectic mix of music dating from the last three centuries right through to the present day. Phillip is the Resident Organist at Giggleswick School as well as Organist at the Oratory Church of St Chad in Manchester.

Margie Simper; Director of Music at Giggleswick School said ‘Our Chapel is such an inspiring place to make music. It is privilege to be able to share it with some outstanding performers and the wider community. I could not think of a better place to enjoy music on a summer’s evening’


On Wednesday 30 May the Swan Singers make the long journey north from Wells in Somerset. Led by former Langcliffe Singers Musical Director; Tricia Rees-Jones, the Swan Singers are celebrating English Choral Music. ‘Since moving south, I have been wanting to bring the singers up to Giggleswick to sing in the fantastic Chapel with its outstanding acoustics’ says Mrs Rees-Jones. The concert will feature a rich repertoire of English choral music including works by Finzi, Purcell and Thomas Tallis. The Swan Singers will also be accompanied by Julian McNamara, former Organ Studies tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music.


The Lancaster Singers cross back over into Yorkshire under the direction of Duncan Lloyd. Their Heroes and Villains concert will feature an exciting mix of choral arrangements with music from Handle and Verdi to Bernstein, Whitacre, the Beach Boys and Billy Joel. Mr Lloyd says ‘I am delighted that we are returning to Giggleswick to perform once again. As Lancastrians in Yorkshire we were made to feel very welcome two years ago and it is a superb venue to be performing in!’ This concert of an enjoyable mix of both well-known and lesser known musical works will be performed on Saturday 10 June.