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Kirklees Concert Season / News / Thu 01 Oct 2020

Huddersfield online organ concert: Francis Jackson celebration

Huddersfield online organ concert: Francis Jackson celebration

BONUS ORGAN CONCERT! As part of the online organ concerts taking place every fortnight, we've added in an additional bonus concert to celebrate the 103rd birthday of the great British organist and composer Francis Jackson. The concert will be available online from 1pm on Monday 5 October.

Kirklees Borough Organist Dr Gordon Stewart will perform three works by Jackson – best known for his long tenure as organist and director of music at York Minster – and share a previously unheard archive interview with him during the concert.

Dr Gordon Stewart comments:
"Following our celebration of Francis Jackson's centenary year with a memorable Huddersfield concert in 2017, we're delighted to able to mark his birthday again this year, and to reach a wider audience than ever as our season of streamed events continues.

"The programme includes Francis' first published work, which he wrote during World War II, and I'm very excited to share a chat that I had with him about five years ago, which is full of great stories about his long life in music, going back to his time as a chorister under Sir Edward Bairstow."

Each organ concert can be viewed on the Lawrence Batley Theatre’s YouTube channel, through a partnership between the LBT, The University of Huddersfield and Kirklees Council. The concerts are free to watch, with a Pay As You Feel option available for anyone who would like to show their support with a donation.

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