Sunday 8th October at 3.00pm

Relf Clark - Organist

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
attrib. to J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
in memory of Frank Hammersley, Organist of Bray 1967- 8
Voluntary in E minor, Op.7, No.7
John Stanley (1713-1786)
Andante, K.616 (1791)
W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Fugue and Finale, Sonata in D minor, Op.65, No.6
Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Preludio, Sonata in E flat minor, Op.119
Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)
Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele, Op.65, No.5
S. Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
in memory of George Harris, Organist of Bray 1968-75
Nun danket alle Gott, Op.65, No.59
S. Karg-Elert
in memory of R. Payton Wheeler, Organist of Bray 1949-66
Homage to Frank Sinatra
Relf Clark (b.1954)
Carillon de Westminster, Op.54, No.6
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
dedicated to Henry Willis III, builder of the Bray organ of 1933

Relf Clark was born near Bray, and it was here at St Michael’s in the 1960s that he first encountered organ and choral music. Some of his early musical experiences are recounted in his recent history of the organs and organists of Bray (on sale in the church). After tuition with Dr Sidney Campbell at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, he won an exhibition to Worcester College, Oxford, where he studied with Robert Sherlaw Johnson and F.W. Sternfeld and assisted at the University Church; and at the age of twenty, while still an undergraduate, he became a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. He completed his musical education at London University, where he read historical musicology, and at Reading University, where he was taught by David Sanger and gained both a distinction in performance studies and a PhD for a dissertation on Robert Hope-Jones.

Dr Clark writes and lectures on music and has contributed to The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and music periodicals of various kinds. From 1990 to 2005 he was a member of the Council of the British Institute of Organ Studies, and for seven years he was editor of the BIOS yearbook. Appropriately, given Elgar’s connection with Bray, he is an honorary member of the Elgar Society, having been one of its officers from 1995 to 2007.   His publications include three collections of essays about the composer (Oxford, Positif Press, 2002, 2008 and 2011) and he featured in the Durham University DVD about the Organ Sonata, Op.28. He composes for the organ and has given recitals in many parts of the UK.

In 1982, after attending what is now the University of Law, Relf Clark qualified as a solicitor. In the mid-1990s, after a decade as an in-house lawyer with a major construction and civil engineering company, he returned to private practice, and from 1998 until his retirement in April 2017 he was with a law firm in the City of London.

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