William Faulkes (1863–1933): An Edwardian concert with England’s organ composer

Having incited critical fervour with his choir’s wide-ranging recordings of music from John Sheppard to Gabriel Jackson, Duncan Ferguson – when exploring repertoire for a solo recording on Edinburgh’s ‘Father’ Willis – has revealed gems from a period in the instrument’s history that is seeing something of a resurgence. William Faulkes, comfortably England’s most prolific organ composer of all time, was one of the leading figures in a generation of organist-composers whose style of writing went out of fashion; music that is melodious, spirited, uplifting – a manifest example of the then national confidence. The St Mary’s organ has the ideal colour palette for Faulkes, and Ferguson is a compelling advocate, revelling in music that speaks from and of the golden age of organ concert-going.