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From San Diego to St. Mary's

Posted: Friday 27th March

From San Diego to St. Marys

It is hoped that a sum in the region of £1,000 will have been raised for the Mayor of Test Valley’s selected charities as a result of the recent concert performed by world-renowned organist, Carol Williams.  The event, held at St Mary's Church, Andover was very well attended and Carol certainly enhanced her already fine reputation.   

Carol, whose fee for the concert was sponsored by the Weyhill Electronic Organ Society, is an extremely likeable Welsh lady who has been resident in the USA for the past few years.  Since 2001, she has held the post of Civic Organist in San Diego, where she performs regular Sunday concerts throughout the year … and she certainly brought the Californian sunshine to Andover.  

She has performed concerts throughout the world, including many in the States, but also in Paris (Notre Dame Cathedral), in Beijing (Forbidden City Concert Hall) and in Moscow (International Performing Arts Centre) – to name but just a few.  Her previous UK engagements have included such prestigious venues as Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral. 

A programme of light classics included such well-known pieces as Widor's 'Toccata' and Khachaturian's 'Sabre Dance', as well as compositions by Bach and Beethoven.  Arguably, however, the highlight of the evening was Carol’s performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’.  Thanks to the presence of a large video screen, everyone could witness Carol’s amazing skills on the bass pedals as a distinct feeling of spring ‘buzzed’ round the church.  By way of contrast, the concert ended with a more contemporary selection, including Carol’s TourBus composition, for which her husband Kerry accompanied her on the drums!

Carol's involvement with the audience was both professional and friendly, and the acclaim she received at the end of the evening was well deserved.  The church, with its excellent acoustic properties, provided an ideal setting and Carol intimated afterwards how much she had enjoyed her visit.

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