Free Patriotic Organ Concert Presented By The Chattanooga Music Club June 26

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Chattanooga Music Club will present it's annual free patriotic organ concert at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. on Tuesday, June 26 from 7-8:30 p.m. By popular demand the Mighty Austin will accompany a silent movie, officials said.

The program will feature a salute to the military with the color guard provided by Rear Admiral Vance Fry, USN (Ret) and Captain Mickey McCamish USN (Ret). Local Soprano Sara Snider Schone will be the featured soloist. Dr. Terry Pope will perform on trumpet and Justice Johnson will accompany Dr. Pope on drums for Taps.  Internationally known Richard Hills, from Great Britain, is to perform on the Mighty Austin organ.

Review of Richard Hills

Richard Hills (b. 1980) is widely acknowledged as one of the very few musicians to have bridged and mastered the divide between the classical and theatre organ worlds. Having studied with William Whitehead at Rochester Cathedral, he went on in turn to the organ scholarships of Exeter College Oxford, Portsmouth Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, where his teachers included Rosemary Field and David Sanger. He now combines a freelance solo career with continuing choir-training and teaching work, and is the organist of St Mary's, Bourne Street, a central-London church noted for its Anglo-Catholic Liturgy and fine musical tradition. His career in the theatre organ world has been equally prestigious. He has numerous prizes and awards to his credit, both in this country and in the USA, where he was named 'Organist of the Year' in 2010 by the American Theatre Organ Society. He has appeared many times as a soloist on national and international TV and Radio in programs as diverse as BBC Radio 3’s ‘Choral Evensong’ and BBC Radio 2's 'Friday Night is Music Night', and he made his solo debut at the BBC Proms in 2013. He returned again to the Proms as a soloist during the 2015 season. His many recording credits include, most recently, a disc of British music made on the magnificent dual-purpose Compton organ of Southampton's Guildhall, which earned a five-star review in Choir and Organ magazine. Richard is a fellow of the Royal College of Organists and a strong supporter of the work of the UK’s Cinema Organ Society, to whom he serves as musical adviser.




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