Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Organ Recital and Music Premiere at St Nicholas North Walsham, Norfolk, in aid of Church Tower Fund – Saturday, July 26

David Aspinall, formerly organ scholar at Royal Holloway College, University of London and professional musician, but now Executive Chairman of Aspinalls Group Ltd, is giving an organ recital at St Nicholas Church, North Walsham at 7pm on Saturday, July 26. Admission is £5 on the door; all proceeds will go to the Church Tower restoration fund.

The recital features the premiere of Norfolk composer James Kenelm Clarke’s new work in three movements, The Crostwight Suite, and will also include works by Bach, Mozart, Franck, Saint-Saëns and Duruflé. The performance will be shown live on a screen in the nave, via video link from the organ console.

David Aspinall
David Aspinall was a freelance keyboard player and choral conductor before moving into the business world, but remains an active pianist and organist, playing regularly at King’s Lynn Minster and with several chamber music groups in Norfolk and London. Mr Aspinall also stages and plays at charity concerts at his home, Oxnead Hall.  Both he and James Kenelm Clarke are Directors of Norfolk Music Publishing Ltd, which is promoting the concert .

Mr Aspinall is founder and Executive Chairman of Aspinalls Group Ltd and Managing Partner of Aspinalls Family Office LLP, a financial planning and wealth management business .

He is a trustee of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and, as Chair of the Peter Sowerby Foundation, oversees a substantial grant programme in the fields of primary care related medical research, local communities, education and the arts.

St Nicholas Church Tower, photo from St Nicholas Church 
David Aspinall said: “It is an honour to give the first performance of James Kenelm Clarke’s new piece for organ, The Crostwight Suite, and at the same time to be able to support the important tower repairs project at North Walsham’s magnificent parish church, just a few miles from my home at Oxnead.  The organ at St Nicholas is a splendid instrument under the expert care of Norfolk organ builder, Richard Bower, and I very much look forward to getting to know it.”