Patrick Rissill playing for St Albans International Organ Festival series

ONE of the leading figures in English church music, Patrick Russill, is giving the concluding concert in the International Organ Festival Society series.

Patrick, director of music at the London Oratory, is giving the concert at 5.30pm next Saturday, May 14, at St Albans Abbey.

Head of choral conducting and professor of organ at the Royal Academy of Music in London, he made his Royal Festival Hall organ debut in 1986 and has since played in Europe, Asia and all over the UK.

His programme in St Albans includes music by Franck, Vierne and Krebs. He will be joined by choral group Via Voce singing Gregorian chant in music by Dandrieu and in the centrepiece of the concert – Te Deum by Grier – which was written for and first performed by Patrick at the London Oratory in 1996.

Entrance to the concert is free with a retiring collection in aid of the International Organ Festival Society. Afterwards, the audience will have a chance to meet the soloist.

The next series of concerts starts on September 17.