8 Avenue Rd, Malvern WR14 3AG
Iain Simcock, harpsichord
Bach and the Dance
- French Suite No.5 in G, BWV 816
- Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830
- French Overture BWV 831
‘It’s a fascinating journey through Bach’s evermore complex approach to dance-forms’.
Iain Simcock was Organ Scholar at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and Christ Church, Oxford, before being appointed Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey and, for seven years, Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral. He was the first British prize-winner in the Chartres International Organ Competition, as well as prize-winner in competitions in St. Omer and Odense in Denmark. He studied with David Sanger in London and Jean Langlais in Paris.
In 1994, Iain was appointed Professor of Choral Singing at the Conservatoire National in Angers, France and Organist at the Abbey of Saint Pierre in Solesmes, whilst continuing his solo freelance career. He performed the complete organ works of Bach in Angers in 1996, recording a solo CD of highlights from the performances. He also performed all Bach’s major harpsichord works including the Goldberg Variations on the famous Taskin harpsichord in the Russell Collection at the Edinburgh Festival.
From 2001-2014 he was the Musical Director of the Académie Vocale de Paris, performing weekly concerts with the choir as well as concerts in many major festivals. He was instigator of two major radio France programmes featuring the monks of Solesmes and the Académie Vocale, focusing on the great Solesmes tradition of the restoration of Gregorian chant. He also worked with the opera houses in Nantes, Lyon and Bordeaux, preparing young singers for roles in Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Turn of the Screw, Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande, Berlioz Damnation of Faust, Mozart Magic Flute and as assistant to Jane Glover and harpsichordist for Handel Jephtha.
This one-hour concert at Elmslie House is excluded from the six-concert subscription.
Strictly no admission before 10.30am
Tickets will be available on the website from January 2021
Adult £15, Student under 21 in full-time education £9 (no booking fee) includes coffee, cake and programme.