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Gordon Stewart and Tom Osborne
Tom Osborne and Gordon Stewart return to Curry Rivel with a programme of music for trumpet and organ ranging from the Glory of the Baroque to virtuoso music for cornet, and including music which Tom has arranged for flugel horn and organ. Gordon’s organ solos will include Bach, and some music written for him by Andrew Carter.
Gordon Stewart was born in Scotland and after studies in Manchester and Geneva with Gillian Weir, Eric Chadwick and Lionel Rogg, he was for 15 years a cathedral organist, first in Manchester then in Blackburn. For 30 years he was Borough Organist of Kirklees where he played regular concerts on the 1860 Father Willis organ in Huddersfield Town Hall. He is now Organist Emeritus.
He has recorded on organs in the UK and in South Africa on the Priory, Dolcan and Lammas labels and has played concertos with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Northern Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North and Orchestra Victoria. For over 20 years he broadcast regularly as organist and conductor on BBC radio and television, chiefly as a musical director on Daily Service, Sunday Half Hour and Songs of Praise.
Gordon’s repertoire is large and covers all the major schools of organ composition. He is well-known as a teacher and taught for several years at the Royal Northern College of Music, then at Cambridge University, teaching the organ scholars at, amongst others, King’s, St John’s and Jesus Colleges. He has appeared as visiting tutor at courses for the Royal College of Organists, Oundle Organ Week, Gothenburg Organ Academy and Shenandoah Church Music Institute in Virginia.
Gordon has played concerts throughout the UK including Celebrity Concerts at St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral, throughout Europe, and in the United States, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Gordon is a former president of the Incorporated Association of Organists. He has been awarded honorary fellowships by the Royal College of Organists, the Royal School of Church Music and the Guild of Church Musicians, and an honorary doctorate by the University of Huddersfield.
Tom was born in Sheffield and grew up playing in local brass bands, culminating in a spell with the Williams Fairey Band, Stockport, and as principal cornet of the National Youth Brass Band.
He studied on the Joint Course of the University of Manchester and Royal Northern College of Music where he learned trumpet with Murray Greig. During this time he was a brass finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Soloist Award, and winner of the Liverpool Musician of the Year and the London Symphony Orchestra’s Candide Award. After graduating with the college’s Gold Medal Award and a first class BMus(Hons) degree from the university he went on to study with Swedish trumpeters Håkan Hardenberger and Bo Nilsson.
Tom has guested with many of the UK’s leading symphony orchestras and since 2010 has held the position of Assistant Principal Trumpet in the Hallé Orchestra, Manchester. He is tutor in piccolo trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music.