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Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Thomas Heywood, Concert Organist

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 7 PM

THOMAS HEYWOOD, “Australia’s premier organist” is an internationally acclaimed organ virtuoso who enjoys an outstanding reputation as one of the world’s finest concert organists.

Heywood performs regular international solo tours in concert halls, town halls, cathedrals and churches throughout the UK, North America and Europe where critics have hailed him as the “Ironman der Orgel.  Der australische Starorganist.”

As a teacher, he is on staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne.  Heywood is also Organist and Director of Music of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Brighton – one of Australia’s oldest and most famous churches.

A child prodigy, he played his first public performance at five and at 17 played a celebrated recital in the Sydney Opera House.  He tours in venues which read like an encyclopaedia of the world’s most famous organs from Windsor Castle to the largest pipe organ in New York City.  Heywood has performed Mozart in Vienna, Tchaikovsky in Moscow, Handel in London and Beethoven in Bonn.  He has become “one of the world’s most prolific organ recording artists” with over thirty popular sell-out recordings receiving extraordinary critical acclaim.

“ … superhuman gifts … brilliant technique, riveting rhythm, an amazing ear for color … Start to finish, this was drop-dead music making, with flair and expressivity to burn … even if you think you don’t like organ recitals, don’t even think of missing him.”   -The Dallas Morning News

Admission $20 by advance purchase or at the door.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 7 PM

This traditional service of Christmas through readings and music with the St. Margaret’s Choir, readers, and organist Frederick Swann highlights the glory of the season.  The organ prelude begins at 6:30 pm.  A free-will offering will be received and a donation of canned food to benefit the St. Margaret’s Outreach Center will be appreciated.


Saturday, December 16, 2017, 7 PM

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, England, has gained an international reputation as one of the world’s leading university choirs.  Currently directed by Graham Ross, John Rutter was one of the former directors.  The group has been praised for its consistently ‘thrilling’ and ‘outstanding’ performances worldwide.  This Christmas concert at St. Margaret’s Church in Palm Desert promises to be one of the highlights of the music season. 

See the choir’s website for full information about this outstanding group

Tickets $35 at the door.

David Baskeyfield, Concert Organist

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7 PM

DAVID BASKEYFIELD is an English concert organist and a recent winner of the Canadian International Organ Competition in Montreal where he also won the audience prize.  He specializes in the music of the French composers of the 19th and 20th centuries but also has a special affection for the Old Masters of the 17th –century North German School, improvisation, and, occasionally, has given theatre organ recitals. 

Aside from solo performance he enjoys work as a collaborative pianist, continuo player, and occasional cocktail pianist.  Among other things, he is enthusiastic about cooking, brewing, sports fishing and aquarium fish, in particular the cichlids endemic to the east African rift lakes, Malawi and Tanganyika.  He is also training his English springer spaniel pup, Lucy; and designing and digging a 6000 gallon pond and filtration system to raise koi carp.

He is also the organist-director at Christ Episcopal Church in Pittsford, New York, the largest Episcopal congregation in New York outside the City. 

Admission $20 by advance purchase or at the door.

30-minute Noonday Music Concerts each Friday in Lent

These free, 30-minute recitals will be at noon each Friday during Lent 2018. 

February 16       John Wright, Organ

                          Mr. Wright has been Director of Music and

                          Organist of St. Margaret’s since 1999.  He is also the 

                          Artistic Director for the Desert Friends of Music at St. Margaret’s.

February 23       LA Harptette

                          This Los Angeles-based harp quartet features

                          Mary Dropkin, Paul Baker, Laura Griffin-Casey

                          and Jillian Risigari-Gai.

     Introducing Two Young Artists

March 2             Philip Hoch, Organ

                          Mr. Hoch will receive his Master of Music degree in

                          organ performance at the University of Redlands

                          this spring.

March 9            Amy Rooney, Piano 

                          Ms. Rooney recently received her Bachelor of Music

                          degree from the University of Redlands.

March16           John Bayless, Piano

                          Mr. Bayless is an internationallyadmired musical

                          genius, known as a pianist, composer, improviser

                          and recording artist.

March 23           Fred Swann, Organ

                          Mr. Swann has been Artist-in-Residence at

                          St. Margaret’s since 2001.  He is semi-retired

                          following a 75 year career as church musician,

                          teacher and concert organist.