Nicolas King Concert

St. Mary’s, Hemel Hempstead, 12th April 2005

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NICHOLAS KING

MusB, MA, FRCM, FRCO(CHM), FRSA

(Patron, New School of Organ Studies)

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Adagio in E Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain, op. 7 Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring Frederick Delius (1862-1934)

arr. Eric Fenby

Herr Jesus hat ein Gärtchen, op. 39 no. 10 Flor Peeters (1903-1986)

Nicholas King's musical interests were fostered in his early years as a choirboy at Folkestone Parish Church. As a Music Scholar at The King's School, Canterbury, he studied piano with the late Ronald Smith and organ with Allan Wicks, taking his FRCO as a prizeman whilst still at school. From 1968 to 1972 he was Organ Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge, taking a first in his degree and the University's John Stewart of Rannoch Scholarship in Sacred Music, as well as acting as locum Organist at Coventry Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral during summer periods.

Coming down, he was appointed Organist & Choirmaster at Folkestone Parish Church from 1972 to 1979, and was Head of Music successively at Maidstone Grammar School and at Folkestone Grammar School for Girls. He became Director of Music at Hemel Hempstead School in 1979, and Assistant Director of Studies at the Royal College of Music in 1984, where he was promoted to the post of Vice-Director & Director of Studies in 1988. Fellowship of the Royal College of Music was conferred in 1992 by its then President, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, for services to music education.

Since 1982 he had also examined for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, including work as a trainer, moderator, member of Examinations Board and direct involvement in syllabus development. From January 1998 until February 2002 he held the post of Chief Examiner in Music for Trinity College London. He is now concentrating on freelance performance, teaching, adjudicating, composition and research.

Nicholas King has maintained an active recital career, including recordings and BBC broadcasts. He has researched and performed most of the organ works of the elusive French composer Charles-Valentin Alkan, issuing a CD for Symposium in December 1999. He is Secretary and Vice-President of the Alkan Society, and Patron of the The New School of Organ Studies, in which role he has created and developed since 2002 the successful series of Friday lunchtime Music at St. John’s concerts at Boxmoor.

   
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