posted February 5, 2007

London Organist Margaret Phillips to Perform

Margaret Phillips, professor of organ at the Royal College of Music, London, will perform on Monday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the organ studio, room 113 of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited. Admission is free, but tickets are required.

Regarded as one of Britain's most outstanding concert organists and teachers, Phillips made her debut at the Royal Festival Hall and soon gained an international reputation as a soloist, playing at concert halls and cathedrals throughout Europe and in the U.S.A., Australia and Mexico.

Alongside her busy concert career, she has been professor of organ at the Royal College of Music in London for the last 10 years. From 1997 to 1999 she was president of the Incorporated Association of Organists, and for 20 years she was a member of Council of the Royal College of Organists.

Phillips regularly gives masterclasses both at home and abroad, and has been a jury member for organ competitions such as those held in St Albans (UK) and Odense (Denmark). Her critically acclaimed recordings include two-CD sets of the organ works of Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns and Stanley, and her recent CDs of Bach's "Eighteen," "Schübler" Chorales and the Canonic Variations, have received five-star reviews in "Goldberg Magazine" and "Choir & Organ." A further recording of Bach, including the "Orgelbüchlein," will be released early next year.

Her program at Hope will include "Praeludium in C BuxWV 137," by Dieterich Buxtehude, "Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel hoch BWV 769a" by J.S. Bach, "Andante with Variations in D" by Felix Mendelssohn, "Trois Paraphrases Grégoriennes Op. 5" by Jean Langlais, and other works.

Additional information may be obtained online by visiting www.margaretphillips.org.uk.

Tickets may be reserved by calling the college's department of music at (616) 395-7650. The office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the middle of the Hope campus, between College and Columbia avenues along the former 12th Street.