New transatlantic pieces take centre stage in Mayflower 400 organ recitals

Jan 16, 2020

Two new pieces - one American and one British - will form the core of organ recitals celebrating Mayflower 400 around the UK, in the Netherlands and the USA: Carson Cooman’s Plymouth Soundings and Clive Jenkins’ Four Mayflower Portraits.

The Cooman-Jenkins collaboration arose after Carson found old organ music by Clive in a second-hand shop during a visit to London. He liked it and later had it republished in the USA.

Carson is organist-composer in the Memorial Church at Harvard University, just up the coast from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Plymouth, Devon, is Clive’s birthplace – and it was he who suggested writing new music for Mayflower 400, and the publication of Carson’s work in the UK by Goodmusic, his British publisher.

Originally, just two performances were planned - one on either side of the Pond - but publication led to wider interest, and two performances have now become 12. More are expected.

The music is promoted by Plymouth Culture, Plymouth Music Accord and Plymouth & District Organists’ Association. Two members of the Association – Richard Line and Sean Sweeney – will take the pieces on the road.

Carson Cooman

Mayflower recitals planned so far

Saturday, 22 February (12.15pm) – St Catherine’s College, Cambridge – John Bryden

Saturday, 22 February (3.15pm) – Little St Mary’s Church, Cambridge – John Bryden (recitals for ACE Cultural Tours)

Monday, 27 April (8pm) – Hartebrug Church, Leiden, The Netherlands – King’s Day recital by Jan Verschuren

Wednesday, 3 June (1.15pm) – St Andrew’s Minster, Plymouth – Richard Line

Wednesday, 24 June – Memorial Church, Harvard University, Cambridge MA – Carson Cooman

Tuesday, 30 June – St Nicholas Church, Harwich - Harwich Festival – Jean Martyn

Sunday, 12 July at 2pm – Christ Church, Freemantle, Southampton – Sean Sweeney

Saturday, 29 August – Church of St Michael and All Angels, Great Torrington – Sean Sweeney

Saturday, 29 August (11.55am) – St Saviour’s Church, Dartmouth – Richard Line

Saturday, 12 September (10.30am) – St Swithun’s, Retford – David Baker

Saturday, 12 September (2pm) – United Reformed Church, Gainsborough – David Baker

Monday, 12 October – St Michael’s, Cornhill, London – Ian Curror

Clive Jenkins

Jan Verschuren

David Baker

Richard Line

Dr Sean Sweeney

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