A recital by organist Jack Gonzalez-Harding at St Bartholomew’s Church at 7 pm on Saturday, August 31.
Jack is a conductor, organist and harpsichordist studying at the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Department and, from September 2019, The Purcell School of Music.
While at school at Bennett Memorial in Tunbridge Wells, Jack often played for services at St Bartholomew’s and worked with the choir. In September 2019, he will take up the post of Organ Scholar at St Giles Cripplegate Church in the Barbican, where he will be one of three music staff playing the organ and conducting the professional choir for the weekly liturgies.
Jack is also the Artistic Director of a newly founded early music performance group called The Eisenach Consort, which has upcoming engagements at Pamoja Hall, St James’ Sussex Gardens and Tonbridge School Chapel, which, among other things will include Bach’s D Minor Harpsichord Concerto, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and Bach’s St John Passion. Jack will also be touring with The Eisenach Consort to the Louisenkirche in Berlin next Easter where they will perform a Passiontide concert.
Jack is also Musical Director of the South-East based choir, Lux Aeterna, which has also sung at St Bartholomew’s. He has led the choir on successful trips to sing at prestigious venues such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral, as well as directing the choir in major choral works such as Handel’s Messiah, the Vivaldi Gloria and Faure’s Requiem. Under the direction of Jack, The Burwash Chamber Orchestra regularly performs with Lux Aeterna for charity concerts.
As an organist, Jack performs as an accompanist of the liturgy and as a recitalist in venues including St Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, St Alban’s Abbey, Hereford Cathedral, Rochester Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, Chichester Cathedral, Sherborne Abbey and St Clement Danes in London.