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Free organ concert to be given by Prof Ian Tracey in Grand Temple of Freemasons' Hall

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Freemasons’ Hall organ concerts

The next in the series of organ concerts on the newly-inaugurated Willis organ in the Grand Temple of Freemasons' Hall is being given by Prof Ian Tracey, the City Organist of Liverpool and Organist Titulaire at Liverpool Cathedral, the world's largest cathedral organ. Read a fuller biography below.

He will be playing works by Bach, Haydn, Schumann, Franck, Bossi and Mulet. 

8th June 2016, 5pm

Freemasons' Hall
60 Great Queen Street
London
WC2B 5AZ

Book your free tickets at: https://goo.gl/zHW67w 

Prof Ian Tracey biography

Prof Ian Tracey has had a life-long association with Liverpool Cathedral and its music and, with his two illustrious predecessors, continues the tradition of an almost apostolic succession. He studied organ with Lewis Rust and then with his immediate precursor Dr Noel Rawsthorne. Studies at Trinity College, London, culminated in Fellowship, after which, scholarship grants enabled him to continue his studies in Paris, with both Andre Isoir and Jean Langlais.

In 1980 he became the youngest Cathedral Organist in the Country, and in 2007 after 27 years service, the Dean and Chapter created the post of ‘Organist Titulaire’, allowing him the freedom to devote more time to playing, lecturing, recording and writing. Since his appointment in 1980, he has played most of the major venues in this country, and an increasing number in Europe; very much in demand in the USA, he has made 23 extensive tours, playing in all the major Cities and in 1999 and 2003 undertook major tours of Southern Australia, recitaling, examining and teaching. Recent seasons have included concerts in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Bermuda, Paris, Holland, Germany, Jersey and Spain; he returns again to Germany and Holland in 2016.

On the wider musical canvas, he is a frequent broadcaster with the BBC, and his recordings on the Cathedral Organ have met with wide acclaim from the critics, recording for EMI, CHANDOS and PRIORY. He regularly examines and adjudicates and, over the past 28 years, has conducted over 250 concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. He holds Fellowships from 20 prestigious musical institutions both here and abroad, including the Royal College of Organists, as one of only 28 Honorary Fellows worldwide. In 2006, the University of Liverpool conferred upon him Doctor of Music, in recognition of his long and distinguished service to music in Liverpool and of his national and international reputation. In 2008, the Royal School of Church Music and in 2009, the Guild of Church Musicians, awarded him Fellowships for distinguished services to church music and his international reputation as a church musician. He was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Merseyside in 2015.

His other posts include: Organist to the City of Liverpool; at St George's Hall; Chorus Master to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society; Guest Director of Music for the BBC Daily Service, Professor, Fellow and Organist at Liverpool, John Moores University, Tonal Director for Makin Organs and Copeman Hart Ltd. and past president of the Incorporated Association of Organists of Great Britain. His website is to be found at www.iantracey.com and many of his concerts are also listed on www.organrecitals.com/iantracey 

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