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Organ works by Ronald Frost performed by Simon Passmore


Toccata for St Ann’s (July 1980)

Partita: Conditor Alme (Bury, December 1996)
Theme (Mode iv)
Variation 1 (Allegretto) ‘Creator of the starry height’
Variation 2 (Mesto) ‘Thou, sorrowing at the helpless cry’
Variation 3 (Scherzando) ‘When earth was near its evening hour’
Variation 4 (Maestoso) ‘At thy great name, exalted now’
Variation 5 (Adagio) ‘To thee, O Holy One, we pray’
Variation 6 (Con moto ma maestoso) ‘To God the Father, God the Son’

Berceuse (Bury, July 1984) (For Andrew Shaw – former Organ Scholar at St Ann’s – to celebrate his success in the ARCO examination)

Three Pieces for Organ (for Calthorpe Emslie – August 2001)
i. Andante
ii. Allegro leggiero
iii. Maestoso 8

Chorale Preludes (for Calthorpe Emslie, 1999)
1. Rockingham
2. Picardy
3. Bread of Heaven
4. Albano
5. St. Columba
6. Faithful Shepherd
7. Trio: Nun danket
8. Draw nigh

Meditation on a Dutch Hymn Tune (for Jeffrey – August 1982) (De eersten zijn de laatsten – Fritz Mehrtens)

Meditation on ‘Ripponden’ (for Trevor – Bury, July 1981) (For the funeral of my dear friend Trevor Tildesly)

Variations on David Mardon’s Hymn Tune ‘Nicola’ (Bury, April 1998) (To David Mardon – with apologies for ruining a good tune!)
Variation 1: Adagio e mesto
Variation 2: Allegretto (Canon in thirds)
Variation 3: Allegretto grazioso
Variation 4: Adagio
Variation 5: Allegro
Variation 6: Con moto (Canon in fourths)
Variation 7: Allegro vivace
Variation 8: Commodo
Variation 9: Vivace
Variation 10: Allegro moderato (Fugue)

Ronald Frost Vol 1 CD

Prima Facie celebrate the life and works of the legendary musical polymath Ronald Frost with this first volume in the series of his complete organ works, performed by Simon Passmore.

As organist of the historic St Ann's, Manchester, for 37 years, Ronald Frost remained at the forefront of the city's music-making throughout the second half of the 20th century. He was associated with the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) where his input and experience helped mould the creative personalities of many of Britain's most eminent practitioners. Likewise, as one of the defining choral conductors of his generation, he brought the Hallé Choir to a level of performance which had few, if any, equals.

Simon Passmore

Simon Passmore
Simon Passmore was born in Hexham in 1990 and began piano lessons at the age of seven, studying with Hexham Abbey's then directors of music John Green and Michael Haynes, and then with Newcastle University's head of keyboard David Murray. He has given solo piano recitals at numerous festivals across the UK and has featured as a concerto soloist both in the UK and abroad. Simon is currently the Organist and Director of Music at St Ann's Church, Manchester, where he gives lunchtime organ recitals on a weekly basis.