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Simon Thomas Jacobs
Spivey Hall Debut
In July, 2013, Simon Thomas Jacobs won both the First Prize and Audience Prize at the St Alban’s International Organ Competition.
A native of Great Britain, Simon spent a year as organ scholar at All Saints’ Margaret Street – an historic Anglo-Catholic parish in London’s West End – before taking up the position of organ scholar at Clare College, University of Cambridge where he graduated with an honors degree in music in June 2009. During this time Simon accompanied and assisted in the direction of the internationally-renowned chapel choir both at home and abroad and studied organ with David Sanger and Jacques van Oortmerssen.
Performance highlights with the choir included concerts as part of the Salzburg Music Festival, Munich Opera Festival and the London, Innsbruck and Potsdam Early Music Festivals as well as several commercial CD recordings. On Remembrance Sunday, 2007, Simon accompanied the choir on a live broadcast of Choral Evensong for BBC Radio 3 and during the Christmas season of 2008 played for the world première performance and BBC recording (and subsequent broadcast) of Sir John Tavener’s Christmas Sequence, Ex Maria Virgine.
Upon graduation, Simon took up the post of Associate Director of Music at Christ Church, Greenwich, CT and in 2011 moved to be Associate Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, IN. Most recently, he was awarded a full scholarship to the Artist Diploma program at Oberlin College, where he studies with James David Christie.
As winner of St Albans, Simon will perform recitals at some of the world’s most esteemed concert venues: Notre Dame de Paris; King’s College, Cambridge; St Albans Cathedral; Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh; Ste Croix, Bordeaux; Galway Cathedral; and the International Performing Arts Center in Moscow. He will also record his first solo disc as part of Priory’s “Great European Organs” series.
Friends of Spivey Hall Concert Sponsors: Don & Jeannine Morrison
ProgramLouis MARCHAND Grand Dialogue du 5e Ton (3e Livre d’orgue)
J.S. BACH Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr, BWV 633
Johann Ludwig KREBS Toccata and Fugue in E major
Max REGER Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, Op.67, No. 49
Dietrich BUXTEHUDE Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223
Maurice DURUFLE Prélude sur l'Introit de l'Epiphanie
Maurice DURUFLE Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures
de la Cathedrale de Soissons
Olivier Messiaen From “La Nativité du Seigneur”
II. Les bergers (The Shepherds)
VI. Les anges (The Angels)
XIII. Les mages (The Magi)
XI. Dieu parmi nous (God Among Us)