Top organist plays for church fund

Buckingham Parish Church organ
Buckingham Parish Church organ
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One of the top organ recitalists in England is coming to perform at Buckingham Parish Church next month.

Dr Ian Tracey will be giving a recital in St Peter & St Paul’s Church at 7.30pm on May 3, in aid of the church organ restoration fund.

Dr Tracey, who is organist to the City of Liverpool and organist titulaire at Liverpool Cathedral, has agreed to be a patron of the project, launched this year, to totally refurbish the church’s 100-year-old Norman & Beard organ, originally installed at St John’s Church, Aylesbury, in 1913.

Moved to Buckingham in 1969, the instrument is now badly in need of restoration.

The intention is to preserve it, while adding a few enhancements so the sound is bolder and brighter.

The organ will be raised by about 8ft from its existing position and rotated.

The organ console will be mobile, so it can be moved for recitals and concert use.

The total cost of the project will be about £175,000, and the aim is to start work in the autumn and have it completed by next spring.

Dr Tracey said: “I am delighted to add my support to the organ appeal at St Peter & St Paul, and applaud their aim of restoring this fine and historic instrument, opened in its previous home in Aylesbury 100 years ago this year.

“I commend the project to you most enthusiastically, and hope that as many of you as are able will be as generous as possible.”

The programme will includs works by J.S. Bach, Johann Pachelbel, Henry Purcell, Marco Enrico Bossi, Leon Boellmann, Antonin Dvorak, William Walton and Theodore Dubois.

Dr Tracey began studying the organ at Liverpool Cathedral under the cathedral organist at the time, Noel Rawsthorne. He continued his studies at Trinity College, London, before gaining further experience in Paris under André Isoir and Jean Langlais.

In 1980, he took over from Noel Rawsthorne to become the youngest cathedral organist in the UK.

He was later appointed organist and master of the choristers at Liverpool Cathedral.

As organist titulaire, he has responsibility over all the cathedral organs and recitals at Liverpool.

Dr Tracey is also organist to the City of Liverpool at St George’s Hall, chorus master to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, guest director of music for the BBC’s Daily Service, professor, fellow and organist at Liverpool John Moores University and immediate past president of the Incorporated Association Of Organists.He is in demand as a recitalist in Europe and USA and has made a number of recordings.

In July 2006 he was made an honorary Doctor of Music at the University of Liverpool.

Tickets £15 (chancel view), £10 (main church), £5 (under 18) on the door or reservations by email at