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About Keith Hearnshaw

Organ Concerts with that slightly different touch. Over 20 years experience. Concerts come with HD Big Screen Projection for close up views.
Organist
Worcestershire

Keith Hearnshaw GBSM,FRCO,ARCM,ABSM was born in West Bromwich and began learning the Organ at the age of thirteen. He spent four years at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied Organ with David Saint and also with Mark Shepherd at Lichfield Cathedral. While studying in Birmingham, Keith held the position of Organ Scholar at St Chad’s R.C. Cathedral. He was later Assistant Organist at St Columba’s Parish Church, Sutton Coldfield and toured Germany with both of these choirs. In 1991 he was a prize winner at the Oundle International Organ Festival and in 1993 was awarded the Leonard Gibbons Memorial Prize by the Birmingham Organists Association. From September 1994-95 he was Organ Scholar at Lincoln Cathedral studying with Colin Walsh. In July 1997 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, whilst studying with Andrew Fletcher and Kevin Bowyer. From September 1997-98 Keith was Organ Scholar at Liverpool Cathedral with Professor Ian Tracey. The Cathedral houses the mighty 152 stop Willis Organ which is one of the largest Church Organs in Europe! As a recitalist Keith has performed throughout this Country, and Europe including:- Kleve-Germany, Liverpool Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Alexandra Palace London, Doesburg-Holland, Bruges- Belgium, Rochdale Town Hall, Victoria Hall - Hanley, Hereford and Westminster Cathedrals and Symphony Hall Birmingham. Keith has played both as Recitalist and “Ambassador” in very successful RSCM Children’s day. Keith has also been involved in two “Family Organ Days” at the Victoria Hall, Stoke on Trent. He has made a number of Radio and TV appearances, including BBC Radio 2 "The Organist Entertains" show marking Elgar’s 150th Anniversary. Keith has a number of recordings available on CD. Twice a year Keith is also responsible for producing the recordings for the aural tests, for the Royal College of Organists diploma examinations. For the RCO Keith recorded the sound track for an animation DVD to inspire youngsters to take up the Organ, this was released summer 2008,it won the Innovation Category "BBC Connect & Create Awards 2009". Keith is much in demand as a Concert Organist playing a number of solo concerts a year here and abroad. Keith on many occasions has been a guest Organist playing duets with the Pavarotti of the Organ, the late Great American Virtuoso Carlo Curley in his friendly “Battle of the Organs” concerts. In July 2004 he played one of the IAO National Congress Recitals on the Isle of Wight at All Saint’s PC in Ryde. In July 2007 Keith appeared alongside Carlo Curley in the Kings Lynn Festival. January 2008 saw Keith in Sweden playing duets in Gothenburg with Carlo. In April 2008 he duetted with Carlo on the 30,000 pipe 6 manual Grand Court Wanamaker Organ at Macey’s Store, Philapdelphia, USA the largest working pipe organ in the world. In August 2013 Keith performed at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion International Summer Organ Festival, Balboa Park, San Diego, USA playing to over 2000 people! He is also the Organist for the Worcester Male Voice Choir. His Concerts are wide and varied and presented musically and verbally in a style that makes the Organ accessible. Keith’s aim is to promote the art of Organ playing and help establish it in its rightful place as “The King of Instruments”. Keith provides HD Big Screen Video Projection for Organ concerts, many for the late Carlo Curley and now for Organists such as David Briggs & Thomas Trotter.

Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Christmas, Traditional church music, Baroque, Film / TV music, Classical crossover, Easy listening, Light music
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service
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Other skills:
Accompanist
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Song list

Repertoire includes
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor BWV 582
Toccata,Adagio & Fugue in C major BWV 564
Fantasia & Fugue in G minor BWV 542
Prelude & Fugue in A minor BWV 543
Prelude & Fugue in C minor BWV 546
‘Dorian’ Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 538
Prelude & Fugue in D major BWV 532
Trio Sonata No.1 in E flat BWV 525
Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Symphony no 1: Final
Carillon de Westminster
Lied
Carillon du Longpont
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Fantasie in F minor
Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924)
Pavane
Léon Boëllmann (1862–1897)
Suite Gothique:
Introduction-Chorale; Menuet Gothique; Prière à Notre Dame; Toccata
Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
Sonata No.3 in A major
War March of the Priests
Wedding March from a Midsummers Nights Dream
Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937)
Symphony no 6 complete
Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Adagio for Strings
John Williams (1932)
Hymn to the Fallen from ‘Saving Private Ryan’
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone
Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
Prélude et fugue sur le nom d’Alain op.7
Fugue sur le thème de la Cathédrale de Soissons op.12
Gordon Balch Nevin (1892-1943)
Will o’ the Wisp
Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
Crown Imperial
Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Pomp & Circumstance No.1 in D
Chanson du Nuit
Chanson du Matin
Nimrod
Pomp & Circumstance No.4 in G
Marcel Dupré
Prelude & Fugue in G minor
Prelude & Fugue in B major
Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937)
Toccata from Symphonie 5
Symphonie 6 complete
Marco Enrico Bossi (1861–1925)
Scherzo in G minor
Pietro Alessandro Yon (1886–1943)
Toccatina for flute
Dieterich Buxtehude (c.1637–1707)
Präludium, Fuga und Ciacona in C
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
Fantastia & Toccata in D minor
Postlude in G minor
Postlude in D minor
Garth Edmundson (1892-1971)
Toccata Prelude Vom Himmel Hoch
Jacques Offenbach (1819-1890)
Overture Orpheus in the Underworld
César Franck (1822-1890)
Choral No.3
Dudley Buck (1839-1909)
Concert Variations on the Star Spangled Banner
John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
Stars & Stripes Forever
Liberty Bell
Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
Incantation pour un jour Saint
Chant de Paix
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My accessible programming and colourful use of the full gamut of the organ is often commented upon and also my enthusiasm and fun and love for the instrument is infectious.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Most of the major cathedrals in the UK; Wanamaker Organ Philadelphia, Spreckels Organ Balboa Park San Diego. Doesburg Holland, Kleve, Berlin, Altenburg Germany. Gothenburg. Also many churches, concert halls here in the UK.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

The greats of the organ world Virgil Fox, Carlo Curley, Prof Ian Tracey, David Briggs.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Playing to over 2200 people on the worlds largest outdoor organ in the Spreckels International Organ Festival, San Diego USA, Numerous duet concerts with the late American virtuoso Carlo Curley including on the Wanamaker Organ, Philadelphia. Westminster Abbey & Liverpool Cathedral, Blenheim Palace to name but a few.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

This sometimes happens and I have the flexibility to re adjust timings in the run up to the event to ensure everything runs smoothly for you.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

This isn’t something I offer, but I can point you in the right direction if it’s something you require.

How much time do you need to set up?

Rehearsal time and set up time very much depends on the instrument I’m playing and also whether you have requested the HD Big Screen setup.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

For solo concerts I normally research the instrument I’m playing and then put a suitable programme together and also take into account any requests I may have had. The programme can then be reviewed and adjusted if needs be.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

As an organist I use the insitu organ at the venue. However certain occasions instruments can be hired and I have connections in the digital organ world. I also have a quality digital piano that can be used for weddings or funerals.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I can learn new pieces, I’m always expanding my repertoire. The amount of time required really depends on how complex the piece is.It can take anything from a couple of days to a few months.

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£130
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£300
Packages
Funeral or Memorial Service
Music before the service and as the cortège arrives, accompanying any hymns or songs, music for reflection during the service and music at the end as everyone leaves.
£180
Wedding Ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, accompanying any hymns or songs, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£225
Evening Organ Concert with HD Big Screen Projection
This package consists of an evening programme of music circa 75-90 of music, plus a 15 min interval. It also provides a large HD Screen video projection which allows excellent views of the Organ console, audiences love to see the organists hand and feet and watch them manipulating the organ stops.
£500

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Samantha S, 1 month ago

We just wanted to thank Keith the organist, as well as the choir master and the choir for their wonderful singing, music and of course Keith for his beautiful organ music at our wedding.  Keith’s organ playing was just absolutely exquisite and really was a very special part of our day! Thank you Keith!

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Peter B, 2 months ago

Yesterday evening was a real treat; a superb programme put across with enthusiasm, great communication with the audience and virtuosity. I learned so much about our instrument just by listening to your registrations and I will be mining your piston settings to learn more!   It was so good to have you with us again and I hope that it will not be two years before we see you again.

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