The Forum with Michael Bawtree

We had a good Forum meeting after the 10.30 am service yesterday. This time I was interviewing Michael Bawtree.

Michael is an international musicial and conductor based in Glasgow but frequently travelling the world.

Some of the things we talked about were:

  • Can you tell a musician’s faith by the music they make?
  • What is Spirituality and is it the same as Religion?
  • Why commission new music?
  • What makes a musician?

We also discovered Michael’s guilty secret – he revealed which composer he just doesn’t quite get.

You can see it all in the video below.

(Note that the sound is considerably improved from last week).



Michael Bawtree Organ Recital

Michael Bawtree is playing an organ recital tonight in St Mary’s.

As I announced on Sunday, he will be giving a similar organ recital in three of the great organ centres of the world over the next couple of weeks – St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Notre Dame in Paris and … St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow.

There was something of a snigger at this, presumably at the thought that St Paul’s is one of the great organ centres of the world.

Anyway, Michael is a good friend of St Mary’s and you can catch his recital here before it goes off elsewhere. Kick off is 7.30 pm and the programme is something like this:
Overture to the Occasional Oratorio
+George Frederic Handel (1685-1759)

Cantique (Folkloric Suite)
+Jean Langlais (1907-1991)

Allegro moderato (from Organ Sonata)
+Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele BWV 654
+Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Fantasia in G minor Op. 136
+York Bowen (1884-1961)

Nocturne (from Douze Pièces pour Grand Orgue Op. 5)
+Joseph Bonnet (1884-1944)

Moto ostinato (from Sunday Music)
+Petr Eben (1929-2007)

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