Every third Monday of the month a lunchtime recital is held from 1 pm to 1.30 pm, which usually comprises great music played on Handel’s historic organ.
Oliver Macfarlane is Organist at St Mary’s Church, Stoke D’Abernon and Christ Church, Esher.
J. S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C BWV 531 1685-1750
Pachebel – Chaconne in F minor 1653-1706
G. Thalben-Ball – Elegy 1896-1987
Widor – Allegro – from Symphony no 6 1844-1937
Oliver Macfarlane started playing the piano at the age of 8 and later took up the organ. His full-time music education began at Winchester School of Art followed by 4 years at the Royal College of Music where he gained his graduate and performing diplomas in both piano and organ. Oliver studied organ with Richard Popplewell, Gillian Weir and at the International Summer Academy in Haarlem, Holland. Recently he has embarked on further studies in French repertoire with Ben van Oosten in The Hague. He is a deputy organist at St Mary’s Church, Stoke D’Abernon and Christ Church Esher. Recent recitals have included Bristol Cathedral, Portsmouth Cathedral and St Michael’s Cornhill in London. Future recitals include St Peter and Paul Godalming, St Bride’s Fleet Street and Truro Cathedral.
Oliver had a long career in broadcasting with the BBC. He joined BBC Radio as a trainee studio manager and later became a director and producer in Children’s TV department where he worked on several programmes including the BBC’s flagship series Blue Peter for over eleven years and became the programme editor. Oliver moved to Television Classical Music department where he was series editor of performance output. His portfolio of programmes included the BBC Proms, the prestigious Young Musician of the Year competition, the conducting series Maestro, and opera and ballet productions from the Royal Opera House. In 2013 Oliver left the BBC to concentrate on playing and teaching the organ.