Francesca Massey - return to the 2021/2022 Season

Programme

Charles Tournemire (1870-1939): Choral-Improvisation on Victimae Paschali Laudes (trans: Duruflé)
Jeanne Demessieux (1921-68): Variations on 'O Filii et filiae'
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BWV 564
Robert Schumann (1810-56): Four sketches for pedal-piano
Jean-François Dandrieu (1682-1739): Offertoire pour le Jour de Pâques
Flor Peeters (1903-86): Variations on King Jesus hath a garden
Anton Heiller (1923-79): Tanz-Toccata

Biography

Francesca Massey has been Director of Music and Organist at Rochester Cathedral since September 2019. Born in Birmingham, Francesca was educated at Cambridge University and the Royal Northern College of Music. She held Organ Scholarships at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and Manchester Cathedral, and was Assistant Organist at Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge, Assistant Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral and Sub-Organist at Durham Cathedral before moving to Rochester.
At the age of 19, Francesca gained all of the top prizes in the
Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists’ diploma and was subsequently awarded the WT Best Memorial Scholarship and Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and the Musicians Benevolent Fund’s Ian Fleming Award
Francesca performs regularly as a recitalist throughout the UK. She has three critically-acclaimed solo recordings to her name (
The complete works of Maurice Duruflé, Bravura! and The Forgotten Gem, all on the Priory Records label). Francesca has performed widely as an accompanist, as well as recording a number of acclaimed CDs with various choirs and working extensively as a choral conductor, organ teacher, continuo player, pianist and singer. 
More information can be found at
www.francesca-massey.org.
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