Learn to play
Nun ruhen alle Wälder
Jacques van Oortmerssen
Oortmerssen is a Ductch composer, organist and pedagogue. This prelude has the melody in the top of two pedal parts and woven into the minimalist overlapping patterns of the manual parts.
Difficulty approx. Grade 6; specific challenge: double pedal and perpetual motion for both hands
PLEASE NOTE: There is a discounted package of £40 for all 4 workshops. If you wish to choose this offer you must add the 4 workshops to your basket and the discount will be applied at the checkout. A private zoom link will be sent to ticket holders on the day before each workshop.
Started by William Whitehead in 2006, the Orgelbüchlein Project has commissioned new chorale preludes to fill the 118 'gaps' left by Bach in his original manuscript. The result is a collection of miniatures in a variety of styles which can be effective both as recital pieces and voluntaries.
In each of these four online workshops live from Union Chapel's 1877 Henry Willis organ, Jeremiah Stephenson will introduce a different piece from the collection and guide you through the process of preparing it for performance. This is a practical and interactive class, so participants will get most out of the sessions by having a keyboard nearby but it is not mandatory. Questions are also encouraged at any point during the sessions. The four pieces are at different difficulty levels so participants will be able to choose which sessions are most suitable for them.
About Jeremiah Stephenson:
One of the UK’s busiest young organists, Jeremiah’s work has taken him across Europe and to America, performing in venues such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Church of the Advent (Boston), St Peter’s Evangelical Church ( Görlitz) Opava Cathedral and Bratislava castle. His work has been broadcast on television and radio in the UK, France and the Czech Republic, appearing alongside the BBC singers on Radio 3 and playing a televised recital as part of the Janáček May International Music Festival in 2018. Most recently, Jeremiah joined the French chamber choir Dulci Jubilo performing Escaich’s Trois Motets in the presence of the composer, which was recorded for broadcast. Upcoming projects include recitals in venues such as Uppsala Cathedral, Sées Cathedral and Buckfast Abbey, as well as further concerts and a CD recording with the Bettancourt prize winning choir La Maîtrise de Toulouse.
Jeremiah combines his recital work with the post of Associate Director of Music at All Saints Margaret Street, and various educational projects. As an award -winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and one of their youngest Accredited Teachers, Jeremiah is regularly called upon to give masterclasses on a variety of subjects and help students prepare for diploma examinations. Jeremiah’s particular passion is introducing children to the organ and building with them an appreciation of the instrument’s diverse repertoire as well as techniques for learning and performing that cross over with their other subjects. He currently teaches four groups of state school students, whose lessons are sponsored by Inspiring Organists (part of the RCO’s outreach), Union Chapel Islington, the Church of Our Lady St John’s Wood and the St John Kennington Organ Studentship Scheme.