Sunday Feb 13, 2022 @ 3:30 pm

Benedict Holland, violin, and Simon Leach, organ

After a mid-winter break, we have the extraordinary duo of violinist Benedict Holland and organist Simon Leach, playing works by Naji Hakim, Josef Rheinberger, Camille Saint Saëns, Arcangelo Corelli, Fritz Kreisler, Georg Phillip Telemann, Maurice Duruflé and Madeleine Dring, and giving the world premiere of “Melrose Rhapsody” composed by Helen Leach.

Benedict, who teaches violin at the Royal Northern College of Music, is a founder member of the Victoria String Quartet, and has been guest leader of many of the country’s major orchestras, including the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, and the BBC Philharmonic.

Simon is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and a former organ scholar at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Now organist at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh and Marchmont House, he has premiered and recorded works by Naji Hakim, and is heard often on BBC radio and TV.

Their mightily impressive recording of Hakim is available on YouTube:  

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