Festival Diary: Day 3

Conductor Jon MalaxetxebarriaAnother great night last night, as the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra filled the Prescot Methodist Centre with the sounds of Wagner, Beethoven and others, under the skilled baton of conductor Jon Malaxetxebarria (pictured). Mendelssohn’s well-known Hebrides Overture, or Fingal’s Cave, was particularly stirring, and the Vanhal Concerto for Two Bassoons was a delightful opportunity to something from a lesser-known but more-than-worthy contemporary of Haydn and Mozart.

Today (Sunday, 17 June), we welcome organist Richard Lea, from the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool. His short recital will feature several much-loved works, including Walton’s Crown Imperial march (performed at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953) and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, possibly the most instantly recognisable organ piece ever written.

The organ recital begins at 3pm in Prescot Parish Church and will last roughly an hour. Cheese and wine follows, all included in the low ticket price of £4 (pay on the door).

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