James McVinnie’s Programme for 2nd December at Brasted


Nico Muhly (1981 -   )                           Seven O Antiphon Preludes

Nicolas De Grigny (c. 1671-1703)        Rcit de Tierce en Taille

J S Bach (1685-1750)                            Prelude and Fugue in F,  BWV 880

                                                               Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor,  BWV 582 


Interval of 10 minutes


Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)               Fantasia in G minor

G F Handel  (1685-1759)                       Organ Concerto Op 4 no 1

R Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)         Rhosymedre 

Philip Glass (1937 -   )                           Mad Rush


Organ of St. Martin’s Brasted, Specification

The organ comprises two manual departments and a pedal section, and has mechanical key and stop action. It also has six mechanical pedals, three for the Swell and three for the Great and Pedal combined.

There are 25 speaking stops, three of the Pedal stops being borrowings from the Great organ.


Great Organ

Swell Organ

Pedal Organ

Open diapason

Chimney flute


Stopped diapason






Harmonic flute


Bass flute


Open flute

Choral bass
















Swell to Great


Swell to Pedal



Great to Pedal

Three composition pedals (Gt/Ped)

Three composition pedals



Balanced Swell pedal


Pedal Principal, Bass Flute and Trumpet borrowed from Great


Organ Recital at St. Martin’s Church Brasted, 2nd December 2017 at 7.30pm


Twenty-five years ago, in 1992, St. Martin’s Church was re-opened for services after being rebuilt following the devastating fire of 1989.  By November of that year it had a brand new mechanical-action pipe organ.  Built by J.W.Walker & Sons Ltd. – one of the most prominent firms in the UK – the instrument soon became well known amongst the UK’s most prominent organists. 

The twenty-fifth anniversary of the dedication of the instrument is being celebrated with an organ recital to be held on Saturday 2nd December at 7.30pm, and the church is delighted that it is to be given by James McVinnie, international recital organist and former Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey. 

Organist James McVinnie has collaborated with some of the worlds leading composers, producers and performers from classical, contemporary, popular and experimental music. Nico Muhly, Tom Jenkinson/Squarepusher, Martin Creed (winner of the 2001 Turner Prize), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), David Lang (winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in music) and Bryce Dessner (The National) have written works for him. Recent highlights have included a solo recital at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles and a subsequent concerto debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa Pekka Salonen in the LA Phil’s Reykjavk Festival.

He also led the first performance of ‘Music in 12 Parts’ by Philip Glass by anyone other than the composer’s own Ensemble at London’s Barbican Centre. His recent collaboration with Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher) was presented at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam by the Holland Festival in June 2017. Future projects include a commissioning project with the CRASH ensemble, a solo marathon recital of music by Philip Glass at the Paris Philharmonie and a collaboration with the electronic music duo Darkstar, a new concerto by Nico Muhly with the LA Philharmonic in their 2017/18 season as well as a return to Glyndebourne in 2018 to perform on stage concertos in Barrie Kosky’s production of Handel’s ‘Saul’.


Admission is 10 for adults and 6 for students. Tickets are available from Sevenoaks Bookshop, or at the door on the night, or by contacting the church’s Director of Music  gloria.toplis@outlook.com.