Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #51!
William Whitehead has gained a wide reputation for his engaging and inspiring interpretation of the organ repertoire. His concert career was given a boost when he won first prize at the Odense International organ competition in Denmark, 2004. Since then he has traveled widely giving concerts in Europe and the US. Trained at Oxford University and the Royal Academy of Music, William Whitehead is now a sought after organ teacher, teaching many
Previously he has held appointments as Assistant Organist, Rochester Cathedral, and was a professor at both the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music. As curator of the Orgelbüchlein project, William Whitehead is seeing through a large-scale project to 'complete' Bach's unfinished collection. This international project has already garnered much interest and is fast becoming a cross-section of the most interesting composers at work today. It will be published at Peters Edition.
In this conversation, William generously shares his ideas about the Orgelbüchlein project which is based on the question: "if Bach were alive today, how might he go about writing a short chorale prelude in the Orgelbüchlein style?"
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The Orgelbüchlein project