Wednesdays at 1.15pm Free Admission, Retiring Collection

We are very grateful to our performers for giving their time and skills for free. Please give generously to the retiring collection to help cover the expenses of the series. Thank you.

All the recitals will be live-streamed on the Church's YouTube Channel. Please see below for the direct links 

No recitals in August and September


Wednesday 10 July at 1.15 pm:

Philip Luke

George Towers (1914-2008)

- Festival Postlude on ‘Westminster Abbey’

Rene Louis Becker (1882-1956)

- Toccata in G minor

Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)

- Choral Prelude: ‘Machs mit mir, Gott’

Aloysius Clausmann (1850-1926)

- Toccata in A minor

Denis Bedard (b. 1950)

 i Lament

 ii Toccata

    Philip Luke was born in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, receiving his first organ lessons from Robert Joyce at Llandaff Cathedral as a teenager. He studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before entering London University for organ diplomas and research degrees. As a concert organist, Philip has played at numerous cathedrals including St Paul’s, Southwark, Llandaff and St David’s, and has participated in various festivals including the City of London. He has toured extensively in the USA and Europe, until recently performing annually in the Czech Republic. In East Anglia - where he is based - Philip has an established reputation as a choral conductor in addition to regular appearances as recitalist at Wymondham Abbey, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich and the Wymondham Festival. In 2023 Philip celebrated forty years as organist at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church.Since the installation of the large Shepherd / Binns organ in 2008, the organ concert series on the last Saturday of each month has become firmly established on the London musical scene, attracting leading organists from around the world. Special events include the annual January Organ Day which is presented in association with Organists Online, the Patron being Dame Gillian Weir.


Future recitals:

Wednesday 17 July: Louis Carpenter

Wednesday 24 July: Charles Andrews (last of the summer term)

Recitals begin again on Wednesday 2 October 

 

Charles Andrews is Organist of the Temple Church, London and professor of organ and Organ co-ordinator at the Royal College of Music. Charles studied at the RCM with David Graham, Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, John Barstow and John Blakely with the aid of a Douglas & Kyra Downie Award, achieving the Harold Darke Memorial Prize for organ.

Before joining the Temple Church, Charles was Associate Director of Music at All Saints, Margaret Street in the West End of London from 2011-16. Recently four live performances with the Temple Church Choir have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, including the first performance of Carmina tempore viri by Kenneth Hesketh (nominated for an Ivor Novello Award) in 2021. Plans for 2024 include recording works associated with Henry Walford Davies and George Thalben-Ball (former Organists of the Temple Church).

Thomas Allery took up the position of Director of Music at Temple Church in September 2023, having been Assistant Director since 2019. In addition to his duties at the church, he is in demand as a harpsichordist, organist and director. 

As a Harpsichordist, Thomas is active as a soloist and continuo player, frequently performing with several groups.  He is a founding member of the award-winning Ensemble Hesperi, a group known for their inventive programming and for their pioneering approach to 18th century Scottish Baroque repertoire.

Having initially studied music at Oxford University, and then at the Royal College of Music, Thomas was later awarded a scholarship to complete his studies as a harpsichordist on the Artist Diploma programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with James Johnstone and Carole Cerasi.  His teachers have included Stephen Farr, William Whitehead, Margaret Phillips and Terence Charlston.  In 2016, he was supported by the Eric Thompson Trust to study with Erwin Wiersinga at the Martinikirk in Groningen, and in 2019 he was a Britten Pears young artist, performing a programme of Bach cantatas as a continuo player with Phillipe Herreweghe.  Thomas has held posts at Worcester and Magdalen Colleges in Oxford, and at St Marylebone Parish Church.

Thomas is organist of the church of St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, where he plays for ceremonies for several of the City of London’s ancient Livery companies.  His repertoire interests on this instrument are eclectic, and he is currently working on a project involving unjustly forgotten 18th-century composers of City churches for a forthcoming film in 2023.

Education, creating opportunity and teaching are at the heart of Thomas’ work.  He is in demand as a teacher, teaching basso continuo at the Royal College of Music, and organ at City of London School and Radley College.  As an active researcher, Thomas is currently working on continuo treatises from the 17th and 18th centuries, assessing their pedagogical logic and methods, and exploring how they can be used in keyboard education today.