Simon Johnson organ recital December Portaferry 2021
Fri 03 Dec

MusicSimon Johnson: Organ

We are thrilled to welcome back the fabulous Simon Johnson to launch our Portico Preludes weekend with a evening organ recital.

Last time he came...

50% discount for Portico Preludes ticket buyers

If you have bought a ticket for Portico Preludes on Sat 4 December then you qualify for a half price ticket for this event. Please note that for both events you can either attend in person or watch from home via our YouTube channel. Everyone who buys a ticket will be sent a link to watch the shows shortly before the concerts.


Prelude and Fugue in C major (BWV 547)  J.S. Bach


Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV 659)  J.S. Bach

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV 660)  J.S. Bach

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV 661)  J.S. Bach


Fugue in A flat minor  Johannes Brahms

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen  Johannes Brahms


Wohl dem der in Gottes furcht steht  Simon Johnson

Veni Emmanuel  Kenneth Leighton


from La Nativité:  Olivier Messiaen

Les Anges

Les Bergers


Carillon-Sortie  Henri Mulet

About Simon

Simon Johnson is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation, successfully combining life as a virtuoso organist with extensive work in choral direction, composition and arrangement.

In September 2021 he became Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, responsible for its world-famous choir. For 13 years he was the Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St paul's Cathedral, and was involved in all the national occasions that took place there, including the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen and Her Majesty's 90th  Birthday celebrations, for which he also arranged some of the music.

Recitals have taken him all over Europe and the USA, as well as to many of the premier venues in the UK, including the Royal Festival Hall in 2017.  He has performed with groups such as the LSO, RPO, and The Sixteen and worked with Wes Anderson on the Oscar, Bafta and Grammy award-winning soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel.

As a director he became well-known through his work with the St Albans Abbey Girls' Choir.  He has led the St Paul's choirs in many full-scale orchestral performances.

His compositions have been published by OUP and Peters Editions.

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Event Details

Fri 03 Dec
19:30 to 21:00

£17 / Under 25s £5
Half price discount for Portico Preludes attendees


  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Slip Inn
  • Portaferry Hotel
  • The Lep
  • The Lobster Pot

How to get here

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