Defying odds to hit joyful heights
GORDON is a well-known local singer and choral conductor whilst Jonathan was for 40 years organist at Wakefield Cathedral.
Apparently the original programme had to be adjusted as Gordon had virtually lost his singing voice.
With a few alterations at the eleventh hour the duo produced a programme that covered music from the 17th century up to the present day.
Andre Campra was an early French composer. His Jubilate Deo was one of his few cantatas and from it Gordon took the first two movements.
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The first organ piece was Cortege by Louis Vierne which was a short but loud work convincingly played. Gordon then sang Salve Regina with a very pleasant tone. Notre Pere , the French version of the Lord's Prayer was an arrangement by Duruffle in which both took part making a joyful sound. Another organ piece was Paen by Kenneth Leighton which is a celebratory work with strident rhythms. Francis Jackson was organist for many years at York Minster and it was here that he wrote the hymn East Acklam the name referring to a hamlet in Yorkshire. Gordon sang the first verse and Jonathan improvised on the organ. Eminent local composer Philip Wilby has written a great deal of solo and choral music and the tenor ended his programme with two of his most popular songs.
This combination of musicians worked very well throughout.