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Concert Organist


Richard has performed widely as a concert organist, both as a solo recitalist, and concerto soloist. In addition to performing across the UK, Richard has also recently visited Germany, France, Liechtenstein, Italy, Russia, Faroe Islands, Denmark, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Czech Republic and Switzerland. He has performed with a number of groups and ensembles, including the Beethoven Orchester, Bonn, the Kammerphilharmonie Europa, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and members of the London Symphony Orchestra.


With a large repertoire ranging from renaissance dances to music composed during the 21st century, every programme is tailor made to suit the organ, venue and audience. Richard has completed surveys of the organ music of C.P.E Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Julius Reubke and Johannes Brahms. Between 2019-2021, Richard will perform the known organ works of J.S. Bach over a series of 20 concerts. He has also performed most of the major concerto repertoire.


Please see below for some examples of recent concert programmes.


Vaduz Cathedral, Liechtenstein (for the Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger Gesellschaft, on the occasion of the 180th anniversary of Rheinberger’s birth - March 2019)

 

Charles Hubert Hastings Parry 

Toccata and Fugue ‘The Wanderer’         

 

Joseph Rheinberger 

From Zwölf Trios Op.189

 

1. Andante amabile in D-flat major

2. Moderato in in B-flat minor

3. Allegretto in E-flat major

4. Quasi adagio in C major

5. Moderato in E major

 

Max Reger 

From Zwölf Stücke Op.80

 

Toccata and Fugue in a minor

Intermezzo in D major

                                                                                             

Joseph Rheinberger

Sonata no.1 in C-minor Op.27                                                                                   


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Performing the Poulenc Organ Concerto with the Kammerphilharmonie Europa/Vincent Heitzer, on the occasion of the dedication of the new Klais organ of St Joseph, Bonn-Castell, Germany (July 2014)


Basilika St Aposteln, Cologne, Germany (Programme à la Brexit - September 2018)


Edward Elgar

Imperial March (arr. G.C Martin) - 'Britain, the former superpower’


Percy Whitlock

Folk Tune - ‘The sharing of ideas’


Herbert Howells

Rhapsody no.3 in c sharp minor - 'The torment of war'


G.F. Handel

Dead March from Saul arr. W.T. Best - 'The famous immigrant'


Julius Reubke

Sonata on the 94th Psalm - 'Personal reflection'


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Performing on the Mascioni organ of Sant'Antonio dei Portoghesi, Rome, Italy (October 2017)

 

Sant'Antonio dei Portoghesi, Rome, Italy (October 2017)


Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue in E flat major BWV 552


James Macmillan

Gaudeamus in loci pace


Edward Elgar

Sonata no.1 in G major Op.28


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Following the 1st anniversary recital on the Mühleisen (Leonberg) organ of St Peter, Montabaur (Ketten), Germany. From left to right: Johannes Schröder, Richard Brasier, Johannes Geffert and Fraser Gartshore (October 2016)

 

St Peter, Montabaur (Ketten), Germany (October 2016)


Max Reger

Introduction and Passacaglia in d minor                          

 

Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)     

(Seven Pastels from the Lake of Constance)

 

The Mirrored Moon Op.96 no.6                     

  

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Skizzen für den Pedalflügel

 

Nicht schnell und sehr markiert                                  

Nicht schnell und sehr markiert

Lebhaft

Allegretto

 

César Franck (1822-1890)

Cantabile                                                                

 

Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

Suite Op.5

 

Prélude

Sicilienne

Toccata                                                                               

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Performing on the Steinmeyer/Eule organ of Vaduz Cathedral, Liechtenstein (March 2019)


L'église de la Madeleine, Paris, France (March 2012)


Claude Balbastre

Cannonade


J.S. Bach

Fantasia and Fugue in c minor BWV 537


César Franck

Pastorale


Marcel Dupré

Prelude and Fugue in g minor Op.7 no.3


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Jehan Alain

Intermezzo


Louis Vierne

Naïades

Final (Symphony no.1 in d minor)


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Performing on the Wender organ of the Johann Sebastian Bach Kirche, Arnstadt, Germany (Bach Festival, March 2012)


Hofkirche, Dresden, Germany (July 2019)


Arvo Pärt                                                                        

Annum per annum

Introduction – Kyrie – Gloria – Credo – Sanctus – Agnus dei – Coda

 

John Field                                                                  

Nocturne no.5 in B flat major H.37 arr. Richard Brasier


Johann Sebastian Bach                                         

Partita diverse sopra il Corale: Sei gegrüβet, Jesu gütig BWV 768


Felix Mendelssohn                                                

Prelude and Fugue in G major Op.37 no.2

 

Joseph Jongen                                                          

Scherzetto Op.108 no.1                                                

 

Flor Peeters

Toccata, Fugue et Hymne sur ‘Ave Maris Stella’


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Performing on the Schuke organ in the Small Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory, Russia (March 2019)


St Laurence Parish Church, Upminster, UK (October 2017)


Johann Sebastian Bach

Komm, heiliger Geist BWV 652

 

Johann Nicolaus Hanff

Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott

 

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Sonata in F  Wq 70/3

 

Georg Böhm

Partita: Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig

 

Franz Tunder

Praeludium in g


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Rehearsing on the 18th century positiv organ in the monastary church of St Florian, Linz, Austria (July 2016)

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Organ Duo


In 2014 , Richard formed an organ duo with fellow organist, Tom Bell. They perform original duo repertoire and arrangements of larger symphonic works, with the aim of pushing the boundaries of technical possibility. Works for organ duo are also interspersed with repertoire for organ solo. 


Canterbury Cathedral, UK (May 2015)


Adolph Friederich Hesse

Variations in A major


Johannes Brahms performed by Tom Bell

O Gott, du frommer Gott


Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Andante in F (from the organ duet)


Anton Heiller performed by Richard Brasier

Tanz-Toccata


Kenneth Leighton

Martyrs


Martin Bussey performed by Tom Bell

Hereford Windows


Charles Hubert Hastings Parry performed by Richard Brasier

Prelude on 'Martyrdom' 


Gustav Holst arr. Richard Brasier

Scherzo (Unfinished Symphony)

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Before a recital on the Hauptwerk organ in the home of Jörg Glebe, Bochum, Germany (March 2017)


Please visit the following website for a recording of Gustav Holst's Scherzo from the Unfinished Symphony, performed by Richard Brasier and Tom Bell in Bochum, Germany.


http://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/24959

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Playing continuo with the Thomas Tallis Society/Stephen Dagg in St Alfege Church, Greenwich (June 2013)


Accompanist and other playing


As an accompanist, Richard has performed with a wide variety of choirs and orchestras, both professional and amateur. 


As a continuo (organ and harpsichord) and organ accompanist, Richard has accompanied much of the large scale repertoire for choir and organ/orchestra, including J.S Bach's Mass in b minor and both St John and Matthew Passions, G.F Handel's Messiah and Coronation Anthems, Mozart's Requiem, various masses by Haydn, Mozart, Fuchs, Schubert and Rheinberger, settings of the Stabat Mater by Domenico Scarlatti and Rheinberger, Requiem masses by Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé in versions for organ solo and with orchestra, and John Stainer's Crucifixion to name but a few.


He has also worked with small instrumental groups and soloists, performing a variety of repertoire, including Rheinberger's Suite in c minor for organ, violin and cello, Sonata's for violin and continuo by G.F Handel, Petr Eben's Okna for organ and trumpet, Gustav Holst's duet for organ and trombone, and Naji Hakim's Sonata for organ and trumpet.


In his work with symphony orchestras, he has played the organ part to Janáček's Glagolitic Mass, Saint-Saëns 'Organ' Symphony, Respighi's Pini di Roma, and Eine Alpensinfonie, and Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss.