In keeping with the historic nature of the Temple Church, the first mention of an organ there dates back to 1308 - although the organ on this recording, made by Harrison & Harrison, dates from 1954 (after the previous organ was destroyed during the blitz in 1941).
The varied programme touches on a multitude of works for organ by English composers, all of which bring out different facets of this versatile instrument. The organist, James Vivian, has been part of the music department at the Temple Church since 1997, working first with the then director of music Stephen Layton before taking on the role himself in 2006.
Including works by Percy Whitlock, Henry Walford Davies, John Stanley, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Frank Bridge, Basil Harwood, Francis Jackson and Herbert Howells.
This disc is complemented by the release The Temple Church Choir’s ’The Majesty of Thy Glory’: Choral Works by Britten, Elgar, Howells and Purcell (SIG 225)
"...James Vivian’s solo disc draws on a failiary repertoire but is none the less welcome ... The warmth of sound is particularly pleasing throughout and the addition of Howell’s Rhapsody and Jackson’s fine Toccata, Chorale & Fugue make this a well balanced collection which will repay careful listening."
Brian Hick - The Organ mgazine - 8 November 2011
"... a recommndable release which deserves to do well."
Robert Matthew-Walker - International Record Review - June 2011
"A fine London organ put to good use in a masterful recital... Jackson has written a piece that sounds as fresh as ever, especially with such compellingly masterful playing. The recorded sound is absolutely first-rate. I loved this disc."
Malcolm Riley - Gramophone - May 2011