RECENT: Find out about composers from unusual places, including Gerard Schurmann, Giya Kancheli, Nazib Zhiganov and Nodar Gabunia, about singing in cars, and meet Jim Hutton from the RLPO and some of our regular contributors in this eighty-minute February 2021 video.
Alain is a French name. In classical music it seems to be the territory of organists and organ composers. Normally it refers to the composer Jehan Alain, but the name is shared by the organist Marie-Claire Alain and another composer (and organist), Olivier Alain. It also refers to Lise's rich but stupid suitor in La fille mal gardée.
Cumulative Weight - Mike Wheeler listens to Peter Williams at the organ of Derby Cathedral
DVD Spotlight. Enchanting - Hérold's 'La fille mal gardée', enjoyed by Robert Anderson. '... Covent Garden at its best.'
Ensemble. Brahms and Jazz - Organist Peter Gould joins forces with The Swingle Singers, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Thrilling virtuosity - Organ music by Vierne and Alain, reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... James Lancelot shows throughout how effectively he can command the grand Romantic gesture.'