An evening with Prime Brass, Ben Morris and Steven Grahl

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  • 23 Feb 18
  • 7.00pm
  • From £10.00
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Running Time:1 hour 30 minutes (including interval)

Prime Brass are delighted to be joining Ben Morris, Assistant Director of Music at York Minster on Friday 23 February for a Brass and Organ Spectacular under the baton of Steven Grahl, Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral.

The concert starts with the wonderful Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss which was also the accompaniment to the 1968 epic science-fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey, produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The opening is followed by the splendid Old Hundredth by Naji Hakim and the Andante for Horn and Organ by Saint- Saens. We then turn to Salvum Fac Populum Tuum by the eminent French organist and composer Widor who penned this masterful work for Brass, Organ, and Percussion in 1917 for an Armistice service at Notre Dame Cathedral.

Ben Morris and Prime Brass will also each be performing a solo item before concluding the concert with the wonderful Night on a Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky (arr. Rimsky Korsakov) and the spectacular Organ Symphony by Saint-Saens arranged for brass and organ.

Steven Grahl is a sought-after conductor and keyboard player. He took up the appointment as Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral in September 2014, where he is responsible for directing the Cathedral Choir, and for the recently re-pitched Hill Organ. Prior to this, he spent seven years as Assistant Organist at New College, Oxford, accompanying the chapel choir in services, concerts, broadcasts, webcasts and recordings. In conjunction with this post, he held the position of Organist & Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church, London from 2001-2014. Steven is Conductor of Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Musical Director of Peterborough Choral Society, and Conductor of the Stamford Chamber Orchestra.

A prize-winning graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, and the Royal Academy of Music, Steven gained the top prizes in the FRCO examination, and is also a holder of the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medallion.  In 2010, he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an award offered to past students of the Academy who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and made a significant contribution to it in their particular field.  As a former member of the Oxford University Faculty of Music, Steven has twice held stipendiary lectureships in music at New College and is in demand as an organ and conducting tutor. He served for two years as Chairman of the Association of Assistant Cathedral Organists, and has held a Junior Fellowship in Choral Direction at Birmingham Conservatoire. Steven was an interpretation finalist in the International Organ Competitions at St Albans (UK) in 2011, and in Dudelange (Luxembourg) in 2013, and is President of the Incorporated Association of Organists until July 2019.