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Christopher Herrick (Organist)

For ten years Christopher Herrick served as the organist at Westminster Abbey where he played at numerous Royal and State occasions as well as performing over two hundred recitals. Since 1984 he has enjoyed a highly successful international career as a freelance concert organist.
“He is a virtuoso, no question. He was at the peak of his considerable form, combining precision with panache, interpretive freedom with sheer joy in virtuosity. The playing was, in a word, triumphal.” The New York Times critic wrote this review after hearing Christopher Herrick play the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach during the 1998 Lincoln Center Festival. The invitation to undertake this challenging project – to give fourteen concerts on fourteen consecutive days – came directly because of the success of Herrick’s sixteen Bach discs for Great Britain’s finest classical recording company, Hyperion Records.
“These CDs were all recorded on Metzler organs in Switzerland. “Herrick has been presenting a different instrument from this fine builder in each of his Bach recordings and every one is a revelation,” said BBC Music Magazine’s Top 1000 CDs Guide. The  Good CD Guide in turn described his playing as “scholarly, erudite, infinitely rewarding and so easily communicative one is barely aware one is absorbing some of the most complex and intellectually demanding ideas.”
“In total, Hyperion has released over forty CDs by Herrick. Highlights of the organist’s career include a complete Bach fourteen-day marathon in New York, his own Organ Prom as part of the BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall (London), opening the Stockholm International Organ Festival, a series of inaugural concerts on the Rieger organ in Christchurch Town Hall (New Zealand) and dedicating numerous organs in the USA.
“The organist’s “most engrossing hobby is omnivorous reading and this has recently led on to the dangerous hobby of book-collecting...”





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