Lutheran chorale-based works for organ
played by Callum Alger
Callum Alger is currently a fourth year undergraduate at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, studying the organ with Henry Fairs, and choral conducting with Paul Spicer. Alongside his studies, he is the Acting Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St Peter, Wolverhampton, where he oversees the week-by-week running of the busy music department.
He has previously held positions at St Thomas’ Church, Stourbridge, Portsmouth Cathedral (in conjunction with the Portsmouth Grammar School), St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, and occasionally deputised at Derby Cathedral. In September 2019, he will take up the prestigious position as Organ Scholar at Westminster Cathedral.
In 2018, Callum was awarded first-prize at both the inaugural IAO/RCO Organ Competition in Peterborough, and inaugural Dame Gillian Weir Messiaen Competition in Birmingham. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists, and Trinity College, London. Callum has studied abroad in Leipzig, under the tutelage of Professor Martin Schmeding at the Musikhochschule, and has performed on BBC Radio 4.
As a recitalist, he has performed at cathedrals in Birmingham, Coventry, Wells, Winchester and Worcester; chapels in Oxford; as well as part of music festivals in St Davids Cathedral, Wales, Hexham Abbey, and at the Bloomsbury Organ Day held in London
Garnier Organ | Elgar Concert Hall | University of Birmingham
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland – Nicolaus Bruhns (1665–97) 10:58
Trio super: Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 655
– Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) 4:01
Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr’, BWV 662 – J.S. Bach 7:49
Organ Sonata in A major, Op.65, No.3, MWV W58
– Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–47)
i Con moto maestoso (Aus tiefer Noth schrei’ ich zu dir) 7:32
ii Andante tranquillo 2:20
Walker Organ | St Chad’s Cathedral | Birmingham
Organ Sonata in G minor, Op.284 – Carl Reinecke (1824–1910)
Allegro serioso in tempo moderato 5:38
Allegro (Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern) 7:24
Halleluja! Gott zu loben bleibe meine Seelenfreud, Op.52, No.3
– Max Reger (1873–1916)
Total Playing time: 65:41