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09 September 2018 5:15pm - 6:15pm


Whitlock Fanfare
JS Bach arr. Messerer Chaconne for solo violin
Sidney Campbell Variations on Vexilla Regis
Arthur Wills Alkmaar Prelude and Fugue
Widor Adagio and Allegro from Symphony No 6

Almost fifty years to the day of this recital, Roger Judd took up the position of Assistant Organist in Ely Cathedral. Whilst a student at Cambridge he got to know and love the Cathedral, coming over on the train several times during term-time for the Sunday morning services. The assistant at that time was the brilliant Australian organist, Michael Dudman, and Roger had the occasional lesson with Arthur Wills during this time. In the summer of 1968 a phone call from Arthur told Roger of a vacancy for the assistant's position, and after due process the appointment was made. It is wonderful to be able to return to this great building and give thanks for that significant moment in Roger's musical life.

This began as a chorister at Winchester Cathedral, followed by Tonbridge School, from where he won an organ scholarship to Pembroke College Cambridge studying music, and the organ with David Willcocks. Four years as Assistant Organist at Ely Cathedral followed, and then Roger moved to the Victorian foundation of St Michael's College, Tenbury to be the director of music. He was there for twelve years until the closure of the college in 1985. He moved to St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle as assistant organist with Christopher Robinson, and twenty-three memorable years followed. In recognition of his work at St George's, Roger was honoured by HM The Queen with Membership of the Royal Victorian Order. In 2015 St Michael's honoured him with the title of Organist Emeritus, of which he is very proud.

His work at Windsor involved accompanying the choir in services, radio and television broadcasts, recordings and concert tours and, of course, many services at which the Royal family was present. For four terms he was acting Director of Music during an interregnum. He has a number of solo CDs to his credit for Herald and Priory.

After sixteen years research, in November 2015 Positif Press published Roger's long-awaited history of The Organs in Windsor Castle. This wide-ranging book looks in depth at all the organs that have been played in St George's Chapel and the State Apartments over the centuries. It has garnered some excellent reviews ... Formidable and detailed research over many years lies behind this book (Choir & Organ) ... a definitive study ... unlikely to be superseded for many years, if at all (British Institute of Organ Studies).

Now living near Hereford, Roger plays at St Laurence Ludlow as Sub Organist, and is involved with the Diocese of Hereford Organists' Training Scheme that helps village organists raise their game; until recently he was chairman of the Herefordshire Organists' Society. He also plays on occasion as deputy organist at Hereford Cathedral, as well as Dean Close School Cheltenham, Tewkesbury Abbey and St Michael's Tenbury. He maintains a gently active recital programme; recent highlights in 2016 included four concerts in Norway at Kristiansand, Oslo and Trondheim Cathedrals and Kristiansund. In 2017 he played at St Thomas, 5th Avenue, New York and the Memorial Church, Harvard University, and in the UK at Hereford and St Edmundsbury Cathedrals, and Hexham Abbey. In 2018 he will be playing in Ely, Gloucester, Westminster and Winchester Cathedrals, and King's College, Cambridge.
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