Concerts at Saint Thomas Announces their Digital 2020 Season

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Concerts at Saint Thomas Announces their Digital 2020 Season

Organist and Director of Music Jeremy Filsell’s second season presents digital performances from Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue this Fall.

This season includes organ performances from Joy-Leilani Garbutt, Nicholas Quardokus, and Nicolas Haigh on the Miller-Scott Organ, the Complete Beethoven Sonatas by pianist Adam Golka, and the music of Handel and Purcell with New York Baroque Incorporated and mezzo-soprano Sarah Rose Taylor.

For immediate release – New York, NY – Concerts at Saint Thomas announces the fall performances of their 2020-21 season, the second season with Organist and Director of Music, Jeremy Filsell. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Concerts at Saint Thomas will present their fall programming digitally.

The season will open with organist and American Fulbright scholar Joy-Leilani Garbutt on October 3. The program, which was initially to be performed during the 2019-20 season, will include a program of rediscovered French organ music by female composers of the early 20th century including Jeanne Demessieux, Elsa Barraine, Nadia Boulanger, and other women of the early 20th century.

On October 17, Assistant Organist, Nicholas Quardokus, will perform music ranging from Bach to Distler and Buxtehude to Reger on both the Loening-Hancock and Miller-Scott organs to juxtapose masterworks from the Baroque, late-Romantic, and Neoclassical eras.

Pianist Adam Golka will present the first three parts of an eight-part concert series surveying Beethoven’s complete Piano Sonatas. The series, which is a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday celebration, will begin on October 24, with the following two installments taking place on October 31 and November 21 respectively.

The centerpiece of the Fall 2020 Digital Season will feature the return of New York Baroque Incorporated to Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. The chamber concert, directed by Jeremy Filsell, will also feature rising mezzo-soprano Sarah Rose Taylor in a program comprising the heroic music of G.F. Handel and Henry Purcell, both of whom emerged as important figures in English music history following the restoration of King Charles II to the English throne of 1660.

The Fall 2020 Digital Season closes on December 5 as Associate Organist, Nicolas Haigh, celebrates the Christmas season with a showcase of the hidden and delicate sounds of the Miller-Scott Organ for a performance of Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur.

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OCTOBER 3, 2020 | SATURDAY at 3:00 PM
Les Compositrices Françaises: 20th Century French Organ Music by Female Composers

Joy-Leilani Garbutt, The Miller-Scott Organ

OCTOBER 17, 2020 | SATURDAY at 3:00 PM
The German Chorale: Masterworks of Bach, Distler, and Reger

Nicholas Quardokus, The Loening-Hancock & Miller-Scott Organs

OCTOBER 24, 2020 | SATURDAY at 3:00 PM
The Complete Beethoven Sonatas I: Early Gems and the Waldstein

Adam Golka, piano

OCTOBER 31, 2020 | SATURDAY at 3:00 PM
The Complete Beethoven Sonatas II: Humor and Passion

Adam Golka, piano

NOVEMBER 12, 2020 | THURSDAY at 7:30 PM
Heroic Music of Handel and Purcell

New York Baroque Incorporated
Wen Yang, artistic director
Sarah Rose Taylor, mezzo-soprano
Jeremy Filsell, director

NOVEMBER 21, 2020 | SATURDAY at 3:00 PM
The Complete Beethoven Sonatas III: Fantasies and the Moonlight

Adam Golka, piano

DECEMBER 5, 2020 | SATURDAY at 3:00 PM
Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur

Nicolas Haigh, The Miller-Scott Organ

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About Jeremy Filsell

Jeremy Filsell is one of only a few virtuoso performers as both pianist and organist. He has appeared as a solo pianist in Russia, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia and throughout the USA and UK. His concerto repertoire encompasses Bach, Mozart and Beethoven through to Shostakovich, John Ireland, Constant Lambert and the Rachmaninov cycle. He has recorded the solo piano music of Herbert Howells, Bernard Stevens, Eugène Goossens and Johann Christoph Eschmann and recent releases include discs of Rachmaninov’s solo piano music (Signum), the first two Rachmaninov Concerti (Raven) and the piano music of Francis Pott (Acis).

Jeremy is on the international roster of Steinway Piano Artists and has recorded for BBC Radio 3, USA, and Scandinavian radio networks in solo and concerto roles. His discography comprises more than 35 solo recordings. Gramophone magazine commented on the series of 12 CDs comprising the premiere recordings of Marcel Dupré’s complete organ works for Guild in 2000 that it was ’one of the greatest achievements in organ recording’. In 2005, Signum released a 3-disc set of the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne, recorded on the 1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ in St. Ouen, Rouen. He has taught at universities, summer schools, and conventions in both the UK and USA and has served on international competition juries in England and Switzerland. Recent solo engagements have taken him across the USA and UK and to Germany, France, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. In North America, he concertizes under the auspices of Philip Truckenbrod Concert Artists.

As a teenager, Jeremy Filsell was a Limpus, Shinn & Durrant prizewinner for FRCO and was awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. As a student of Nicolas Kynaston and Daniel Roth, he studied as an Organ Scholar at Keble College, Oxford before completing graduate studies in piano performance with David Parkhouse and Hilary McNamara at the Royal College of Music in London. His PhD in Musicology from Birmingham City University/Conservatoire was awarded for research involving aesthetic and interpretative issues in the music of Marcel Dupré. Before moving to the USA in 2008, he held Academic and Performance lectureships at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and was a lay clerk in the Queen’s choir at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. He currently combines an international recital and teaching career with being director of music at The Church of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington DC, Artist-in-residence at Washington National Cathedral, and Professor of Organ at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. In April 2019, he moved to New York, following in the footsteps of illustrious predecessors, Gerre Hancock, John Scott and Daniel Hyde as Organist & Director of Music at St. Thomas’ Church, 5th Avenue.

About The Saint Thomas Choir & Choir School

The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys is considered by many to be the leading ensemble in the Anglican choral tradition in the United States. The choir performs regularly with the period instrument ensemble New York Baroque Incorporated, or with Orchestra of St. Luke’s as part of its own concert series. Its primary raison d’être, however, is to provide music for five choral services each week. Live webcasts of all choral services and further information including recordings of the choir may be found at

Supplementing its choral services and concert series over the past three decades, the choir has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe with performances at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, King’s College, Cambridge, Windsor, Edinburgh, St. Albans, and the Aldeburgh Festival. In 2004, the choir toured Italy, and performed for a Papal Mass at the Vatican. During 2007, the choir performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion for the opening concert of the Mexico Festival in Mexico City as well as at Saint Thomas Church. In February 2012, the Boys of the choir traveled to Dresden to give the premiere of Lera Auerbach’s Dresden Requiem with the Dresden Staatskapelle in the Frauenkirche and Semper Oper. Later in 2012, the choir was invited to perform in the Thomaskirche at the Leipzig BachFest, a highlight of their June 2012 tour to Germany and Copenhagen.

In addition to the annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, concerts at Saint Thomas have included Requiems by Fauré, Brahms, Mozart, Duruflé and Howells; Bach’s Passions and Mass in B Minor; the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610; a Henry Purcell anniversary concert; Rachmaninoff Vespers; the U.S. premiere of John Tavener’s Mass; a concert of American composers featuring works by Bernstein and Copland and a composition by Saint Thomas Choir School Alumnus, Daniel Castellanos; the world premiere of Scott Eyerly’s Spires, and a concert of music by Benjamin Britten.

The Men of the Saint Thomas Choir are professional singers; the Boy choristers attend Saint Thomas Choir School. Founded in 1919, it is the only church related boarding choir school in the U.S., and one of only a few choir schools remaining in the world. The Choir School offers a challenging pre-preparatory curriculum, interscholastic sports, and musical training for boys in grades three through eight. The Choir School is committed to training and educating talented musicians without regard to religious, economic, or social background. Choristers are sought from all regions of the country. Details of admissions procedures and audition requirements are available at


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