Sunday, 17 May 2009

US organist to play at St Peter’s Parish Church

Internationally renowned organist Carlo Curley will perform at a fundraising concert on Saturday 23 May 2009 at 7.30 pm in St Peter’s Church, Budleigh Salterton.

The North Carolina-born musician, often called ‘the Pavarotti of the Organ’ will play music by J.S.Bach and Handel as well as pieces by modern composers including John Stanley, Peter Maxwell Davies and Marcel Dupré.
Carlo Curley studied with two of the world’s greatest organists: America’s legendary Virgil Fox and Britain’s Sir George Thalben-Ball. Early in his career, he was invited by the American President to play at the White House, and made history as the first classical organist to give a solo organ recital there. Today, he tours the world, having played in every state and province in North America and Canada, as well as Europe, Asia, Australia and Hong Kong. His recent concert tour of Japan with the King’s Singers, sponsored by Rolex, was warmly received and a sell-out everywhere.

St Peter’s Church organ was built by William Hill & Son of London in 1885, and rebuilt in 1991/2 by Budleigh-based organ builder Michael Farley and Associates.

The concert to raise funds for the church has been organized by the Friends of St Peter’s. Tickets at £10 are available from The Lawn Bakery in Budleigh Salterton or by phone on 01395 445273 or 01395 442807.

Photo of Carlo Curley by Mats Frendhal

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