Organ Recital: Matthew Owens Replaced By Simon Johnson, St Paul’s Cathedral – LIVESTREAM – (updated) 15 Nov

Simon Johnson, Organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral

Simon Johnson has very kindly agreed to step in at the last minute to offer an alternative organ recital after Matthew Owens has had to go into quarantine. We will do our best to bring Matthew back another time. Simon is Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, London and we are thrilled to welcome him to Portico. In line with current Covid regulations, this concert will be performed ‘behind closed doors’ and streamed LIVE via our YouTube channel.


Toccata Marius Monnikendham (1896-1977)

Nun ruhen alle Wälder Jacques van Oortmerssen (1950-2015)

Meditation on BACH A. Herbert Brewer (1865-1928)

Fantasia and Fugue in G minor (BWV 542) J.S. Bach (1685-1750)


Sonata in A major (Op. 65, No 3) Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Con moto maestoso
Andante tranquillo

Prelude and Fugue on BACH Franz Liszt (1811-1886

About Simon Johnson

Described by Gramophone magazine as “A brilliant and sensitive musician, achieving greatness through his calm demeanour”, Simon Johnson has been the Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral for 12 years. During this time he has performed for Her Majesty the Queen, the Dalai Lama, numerous Prime Ministers and Archbishops, and at all the state occasions that have taken place at St Paul’s during his tenure.

He studied the organ with Anne Page and Marie Claire-Alain and held prestigious scholarships at Rochester, Norwich and St Paul’s Cathedrals. Recitals have taken him to many of the great venues in the USA and Europe, including a Royal Festival Hall debut in 2017. Forthcoming work includes two solo tours of the USA, appearances at the International Festivals of Chartres and Berlin, and at the Westminster Abbey Summer Organ Festival.

As a Director, Simon has played an important role in the Cathedral’s ongoing partnerships with leading orchestras in London, conducting many significant works from the repertoire by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Bruckner, Saint-Saëns, Strauss, Gershwin, Poulenc, Duruflé and Messiaen. Previously he enjoyed a distinguished tenure as Director of St Albans Abbey Girls’ Choir, leading them in several highly-acclaimed recordings and tours.

Simon’s advice and analysis is sought worldwide: in 2018 he was a keynote speaker at the Pontificium Consilium de Cultura at the Vatican, and he is on the Academic Board of The Royal College of Organists, for whom he is also an examiner.

Simon has collaborated with various organisations including NASA and the International Space Station (a sell-out performance of Holst’s The Planets, 2018), the LSO, the RPO, and The Sixteen. He has recorded for Decca and Hyperion, been published by OUP and Peters, and worked on the Oscar-winning soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Address:  Portico Arts & Heritage Centre, Steel Dickson Avenue, Portaferry BT22 1LE
Date: Sunday 15 November 2020
Time: 15:00 to 16:00
Price: £10

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This post was updated at 2.00pm on 13/11/20 to reflect the change in organist from Matthew Owens to Simon Johnson

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