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Our weekly podcasts are hosted by David Pipe, Leeds International Organ Festival’s Artistic Director, who’ll be joined by guests to chat about the online Monday recital series. Guests will include some of the recitalists themselves, alongside composers, conductors and music journalists.Visit lioflive.org.uk for Leeds International Organ Festival Live, our online recital series.

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Our weekly podcasts are hosted by David Pipe, Leeds International Organ Festival’s Artistic Director, who’ll be joined by guests to chat about the online Monday recital series. Guests will include some of the recitalists themselves, alongside composers, conductors and music journalists.Visit lioflive.org.uk for Leeds International Organ Festival Live, our online recital series.

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Pipe Up! The Organ Podcast

Latest release on Jul 17, 2020

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Rank #1: Francis O'Gorman

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In our final podcast of the series, Francis O’Gorman, Saintsbury Professor of Victorian Literature at the University of Edinburgh, joins David to talk about his dual life as an English academic and organist. Francis tells us about playing for Zoom services from home on his digital organ, as well as some of the challenges facing live music-making amidst the global pandemic. We also find out how English literature and wine are linked in an unexpected way!

Jul 17 2020

42mins

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Rank #2: Caius Lee

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Caius Lee, formerly Organ Scholar of Leeds Cathedral, and now Neville Burston Organ Scholar at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, joins David to speak about his university Music studies, as well as his role as an access officer to help state school pupils in their applications to the University. Caius tells us about the college ‘parent’ system, recording services for Zoom worship, and how Cambridge is adapting to life in lockdown.

Jul 10 2020

35mins

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Rank #3: Sean Montgomery

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Joining David today is Monday’s LIOF Live recitalist, Sean Montgomery. Following studies at Salisbury Cathedral and the Royal Academy of Music, Sean joined the music technology industry and is now European Product Director for the Roland Europe Group. We hear about Roland’s role in developing MIDI, as well as Sean’s guest appearance with a prog rock band and the CBSO in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall!

Jul 03 2020

33mins

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Rank #4: Tom Leech

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Today’s guest is Tom Leech, Director of the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme, and Monday’s recitalist. Tom’s programme features works from his forthcoming recording on the Regent Records label, and we hear about how he recorded this 10 years ago during his time as Assistant Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral. Tom also tells us about his groundbreaking work taking the Schools Singing Programme online during the pandemic.

Jun 26 2020

37mins

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Rank #5: Owen Murray

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Owen Murray, Head of Accordion at the Royal Academy of Music, joins guest presenter Ben Saunders to introduce us to the accordion ahead of Monday’s LIOF Live recital by Qianyu Zhang, one of Owen’s students. Born in Scotland, and now splitting his time between Copenhagen and London, Ben and Owen discuss the difference between piano and classical accordions, and why Owen has made it his mission to raise the instrument’s status in the UK.

Jun 19 2020

37mins

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Rank #6: Huw Morgan

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Today’s guest is the composer Huw Morgan, whose music features in Monday’s LIOF Live recital. Now based in south Wales, Huw tells us about his multi-faceted career as a musician, including work as a record producer, and as a member of an organ + electronics collective. Huw and David discuss their collaboration on a recent CD recording, considering the relationship between composer and performer when working on commissions.

Jun 12 2020

41mins

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Rank #7: Rachel Mahon

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David is joined by Rachel Mahon, Assistant Director of Music at Coventry Cathedral, who takes over as Director of Music there in September. A native of Toronto, Rachel tells us about her new CD of Canadian organ music, recorded in Coventry, which includes Healey Willan’s magnificent Introduction, Passacaglia & Fugue. From the sublime to the ridiculous, we also hear about Rachel’s organ comedy duo, Organized Crime!

Jun 05 2020

34mins

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Rank #8: Tom Bell

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David is joined by Tom Bell, Director of RCO Northern England, North Wales and the Isle of Man. Tom tells us about his role as a performer in the multi-national Orgelbüchlein Project, as well as his plans to record a vlog documenting his ongoing work learning Messiaen’s Livre du Saint-Sacrement. With his Royal College of Organists hat on, we hear about the College’s exciting plans for making online learning accessible during the pandemic.

May 29 2020

36mins

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Rank #9: Ben Saunders

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David is joined by Ben Saunders, Director of Music for the Diocese of Leeds. Ben’s Bank Holiday programme on Monday 25th May features tracks from recitals in Cologne Cathedral, St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, and Huddersfield Town Hall. Ben tells us about the early influences in his musical life, travels abroad, and how he brought the Edinburgh Jazz Festival to St Giles’ Cathedral!

May 22 2020

34mins

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Rank #10: Daniel Justin

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David Pipe is joined by Daniel Justin, Director of Music for the Diocese of East Anglia, and Master of the Music at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich. Daniel’s recital on Monday 18th May features tracks from his 2015 recording of Elgar’s complete original music for organ. An acclaimed composer and improviser, Daniel discusses some of the influences behind his Elgar recording, as well as his passion for Gregorian chant.

May 15 2020

33mins

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