Delightful Organ Recital at Great Yarmouth Minster 

27th May 2018
Caroline Buddery reports

GY MINSTER ORGANMartyn Marshall, organist and director of music at St Nicholas Minster, charmed the audience at the recent lunchtime recital with a selection of wedding music. Although the organ is in urgent need of repair the dedicated recitalist coaxed splendid sonorities from the aged instrument. It was a celebration of royal wedding music, which was highly apposite in view of the forthcoming marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
This recital afforded the opportunity for 'emotion recollected in tranquility' and included Jeremiah Clarke's resonant Trumpet Voluntary for keyboard which was played at the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Parry's well-known Bridal March, played at the Queen's wedding, permitted the gifted recitalist to further reveal his affinity with the organ. The vignette of Daniel Craig in the role of James Bond walking along the corridors of Buckingham Palace to meet The Queen at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony will be forever associated with Handel's composition The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba which received a memorable rendition
The Introduction to Act III and Bridal Chorus from Wagner's Lohengrin opened this recital stylishly. The Prelude to Charpentier's Te Deum was perhaps a highlight. Concluding with Mendelssohn's Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream this recital gave extreme pleasure to an appreciative audience
Martyn Marshall was warmly thanked by Jane Freeman who gave him a spring bouquet as this was the wedding anniversary of Martyn and his wife Angela