Jonathan Scott plays the famous Adlington Organ
Last Thursday, 8th September 2016, Adlington Hall welcomed Jonathan Scott, of the Scott Brothers Duo, to play the Great Organ of Adlington Hall for an Organ Recital. Jonathan Scott is in wide demand as a solo organist and pianist. In addition to his role as a tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, Jonathan is Associate Artist of The Bridgewater Hall Manchester where he gives a lunchtime organ series attracting audiences approaching 1000. In addition to concert tours of USA and South Africa, forthcoming performances include concertos with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra including a new concerto written for Jonathan by Sir Karl Jenkins. Jonathan has recorded over 20 CDs and his performances and recordings have featured on broadcasts worldwide.
This sell out performance was the first time that Jonathan has played a recital on the famous organ of Adlington and his enthusiasm and love for what he does showed in his performance.
The Organ itself dates back to the later 17th century and is in part the work of the master German builder Bernard Schmidt. It is the only one of its kind left in the UK so is a huge part of English heritage. Adlington archives contain a piece of music called ‘The Hunting Song’. This piece of music is believed to have been composed on the organ by George Frideric Handel, circa 1741-1747 with words by Charles Legh of Adlington, esquire, and was thought to have been left with the Legh family after one of several visits by Handel to Adlington.
The programme for Thursday’s recital included a number of different Baroque pieces, including a few other pieces of Handel’s work. However, the highlight of the night was the piece of music, ‘Pavane of the Birds’ for organ solo, written by Jonathan’s brother Tom Scott – who is a pianist and composer and teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music and The University of Manchester. His work has been performed worldwide including live performances and broadcasts. Jonathan explains “Tom was inspired to write the piece for the historic organ at Adlington after visiting the Hall and hearing the birdsong and also knowing of the current owner of Adlington Hall, Mrs Legh’s, love of nature. He was also keen to write something new since Handel also wrote for the instrument when he visited the hall in the 1700’s. The work draws upon and imitates many of the bird songs heard at Adlington as well as further afield in Great Britain” The work was premiered on the organ of Adlington Hall in an evening recital by Jonathan Scott on Thursday 8th September 2016 and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, especially Mrs Legh, her mother and husband, who were all in attendance at the concert.
‘Pavane of the Birds’ can be heard here; https://youtu.be/E8vExT7sJHU
Adlington Hall and Gardens remains open to the public every Sunday 2pm – 5pm, last entry 4pm. Until 25th September when it will close for the season, reopening in April 2017, for further information please see www.adlingtonhall.com or call the enquiries office on 01625827595.
More information on Jonathan Scott can be found at www.jonathanscott.co.uk
More information on Tom Scott can be found at www.tomscott.info