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First Friday Organ Recital: Stefan Donner, Vienna


St Michael and All Angels Church
Bath Road
London, W4 1TT


3rd Nov 2023
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Our lunchtime concerts take place on the first Friday of the month, from 12.30 to 1.15pm.

They are kindly sponsored by Ballet4Life and promoted on organrecitals.uk and in The New London Organ Concerts Guide. Admission is free with a retiring collection (please add Gift Aid where possible) for the church’s music fund. All welcome.

This month’s organist will be Stefan Donner, from Vienna



Marcel Dupré (1886 – 1971): Quatre Pièces, op .19
                                               2. Cortège e Litanie
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750): Sechs Choräle von verschiedener Art („Schübler-Choräle“)
                                                               1. Wachet auf, oft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
                                                               2. Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 646
                                                               3. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 647
                                                               4. Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 648
                                                               5. Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649
                                                               6. Kommst du nun Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV 650
Hebert Howells (1892 – 1983): Six Pieces for the Organ (1953)
                                                  3. Master Tallis’s Testament
Anton Heiller (1923 – 1979): Zwei kleine Partiten für Orgel, 1947     Two little Partitas, 1947
                                              1. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele         Rejoice greatly, o my soul
                                              2. Vater unser im Himmelreich             Our father in heaven

Stefan Donner earned degrees from the University of Music Vienna (with highest honors) where he studied organ, piano, and conducting. He received his Master’s degree in organ performance from the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Additionally, Stefan has participated in master classes with Olivier Latry, Joris Verdin, and Edoardo Bellotti. He notably received a 2014-15 Fulbright Scholarship to study organ and harpsichord at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Stefan is the recipient of various awards, including First Prize in the 2010 Franz-Schmidt- Organ Competition (Austria) and Third Prize in the 2011 Dublin International Organ Competition. Besides various radio and television recordings, Stefan has recorded CDs on the 1741 Dacci organ of St. Salvator in Vienna and on the 1862 Buckow organ in the musical instruments collection of the Vienna Museum of Technology. These albums notably document his artistic proficiency as a concert organist. Stefan has performed extensively in Europe, Turkey, Israel, the USA and Australia. In 2017 he was invited to lecture on J. S. Bach’s organ Trio Sonatas at the Władysław Żeleński Secondary School of Music in Krakow, Poland.

Donner’s previously held positions include Interim Director of Music and Organist at Klosterneuburg Abbey (near Vienna) from 2020 to 2021. Beside his busy concert schedule, Mr. Donner currently teaches piano and music theory at two schools and works as an accompanist.