Organ Recitals at St John's : John Keys

John Keys
  • Thursday 13 January
    8.00 – 9.15pm
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John Keys
was born and educated in Chester. On completion of his schooling, he was assistant organist at Chester Cathedral for 3 years, before becoming an organ scholar at New College, Oxford. There he was taught by Gillian Weir and Nicholas Danby.

After graduating, he studied for 3 years at Geneva Conservatoire with Lionel Rogg, and won the 1er Prix de Virtuosité and the Prix Barblan. He was also Organist of Eglise St Jean and then Holy Trinity Church.

Having been appointed Director of Music at St Mary’s Church, Nottingham, in 1984, in the same year John won First Prize at the 4th Manchester International Organ Competition. As well as having created a flourishing musical tradition at St Mary’s, he is the University Organist at the University of Nottingham, and plays the organ extensively in Britain and abroad, primarily as a solo recitalist, but also as an accompanist and continuo player.

The programme will include Wagner’s O du holder Abendstern and Der Ritt’ die Valküren as well as music by Saint-Saëns, and Mendelssohn’s Overture to St Paul.


John Keys (organ)


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