Prélude (Trois Pièces, Op. 29/1) Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937)
Variations “Ut queant laxis” (Sinfonia in honore Sancti Ioannis Baptistæ) Naki Hakim (b. 1955)
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
Elfes (Douze Pièces, Op. 7/11) Joseph Bonnet (1884-1944)
Finlandia, Op.26/7 Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) transc. Herbert A. Fricker (1868-1943)
St George's Organist and Director of Music
Marcus Wibberley is Organist & Director of Music here at St George’s, Beckenham. Since his arrival in August 2017, he has introduced new repertoire and new members to the choir, conducted the choir at a number of cathedrals, worked in conjunction with the Hammig String Quartet and – in July 2018 – will be taking the choir on tour to Estonia, its first foreign tour in a number of years.
Before returning to Beckenham (he was ‘Organ Student’ here in the late 1990s), he was Director of Music & Organist of Hexham Abbey, where his responsibilities included training and directing the Abbey Choirs. In addition to the four weekly choral services at the Abbey, he appeared with them in concert both elsewhere in the UK and in Germany, Belgium and Estonia. Marcus was also Festival Director of the annual Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts, for which he developed the scope of the programme and secured majority funding from the Arts Council of England.
Marcus was a Chorister of Westminster Abbey under Martin Neary, and his organ teachers included Martin Baker and John Scott Whiteley. He studied at Dulwich College, where he was a Music Scholar, and the University of Hull, where he was University Organ Scholar, graduating with first class honours in Music. He held organ scholarships at Chichester Cathedral, Beverley Minster (while a student in Hull) and latterly York Minster before becoming Sub-Organist of Portsmouth Cathedral and the Diocesan Music Adviser of The Diocese of Portsmouth in 2005.
Marcus is in demand as a recitalist, and has travelled extensively. Recent performances have been given in prominent venues in Japan, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Estonia, as well as most of the major cathedrals and abbeys in the UK.