For this, our second edition in our Jonathan Kingston Musical Tutorial Series, we thought we would present a piece in huge contrast to the Howells psalm prelude.
Eric Coates is perhaps best known for two much played and broadcast pieces. The rousing ‘Dambuster March’ written for the 1955 film and also, but perhaps less well realised, he wrote ‘Sleepy Lagoon’ which is the theme music for Desert Island Discs. This is now in its 74th year having been first broadcast in 1942! Oh for the royalties from these two works.
Coates, born in 1886 in Nottinghamshire, composed The Knightbridge March in 1933. It is the final movement of his London Suite, the other movements being Covent Garden and Westminster.
Jonathan Kingston, our organist featured in the video, plays his own arrangement of this orchestral piece based on the published piano arrangement. We hope you will enjoy this jaunty tune as it transcribes well for organ.
You can down load the midi file of the performance.
If you would like to watch the video tutorial right now – here it is:
More About Jonathan Kingston’s Musical Background
Jonathan studied the organ with Professor Ian Tracey and Ian Wells of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, home to one of the largest pipe organs in the world. He was appointed Organ Scholar, and subsequently Sub-Organist to Bradford Cathedral before securing positions as Assistant Director and Director of Music at two leading independent schools. He is currently Associate Director of Music at the Ordinariate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Piccadilly.
Jonathan’s Work With Regent Classic
I am pleased to have Jonathan working with us – he covers several areas from sales, demonstrations, voicing of instruments and performing. He would be very pleased to hear from any churches or individuals requiring an engaging and lively recitalist. If you would like to connect with Jonathan directly, please feel free to follow him on Twitter (@jonkingston) or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
More About the Organ Being Played In This Tutorial
Jonathan plays this piece on our private client instrument. This has 84 speaking stops. It is a 3 manual instrument but with a floating solo division. It is based on the very successful physical modelling ‘Physis’ sound technology used in all standard Viscount instruments. This particular instrument has a real oak console with Rosewood drawstops and Rosewood and Walnut keyboards. It has a internal library of over 500 alternative voice samples allowing the user to create totally individual voice pallets from classic English through Baroque and Romantic. For more information have a look at its specifications here.