Organ, Harpsichord and Fortepiano Tutor
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With an international reputation as an organist and harpsichordist, Douglas Hollick studied with Peter Hurford in St Albans, Marie-Claire Alain in Paris and Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. He has played widely both here and abroad, and teaches in Cambridge, as well as at Birmingham Conservatoire. He has recorded for Czech Radio and, in 1995, he recorded an organ CD entitled The Young Bach for Supraphon in the Czech Republic which attracted very favourable reviews.
More recently he has been playing fortepiano as well as organ and harpsichord, complementing his interest in the music of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Douglas Hollick was awarded a Year 2000 Churchill Fellowship to visit North Germany and Denmark during August/September 2000 to research the organs and other keyboard instruments from the period of Buxtehude and the young JS Bach.
He has recorded a CD of the extraordinary harpsichord and organ music of Christophe Moyreau, released on Riverrun Records in 2002 to considerable acclaim. In August that year Douglas recorded again for Riverrun in Buxtehude’s church of Sct Mariae at Helsingør in Denmark; this recording, called Buxtehude, master and pupil, was released in late 2003 to great critical acclaim. His CD of music from the period of the French Revolution for harpsichord, square piano and organ was launched at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2005.
Birmingham Conservatoire is supporting Douglas’ current research and his latest CD, Music of the Baroque avant-garde for harpsichord and organ, was released in July 2007 for the Buxtehude tercentenary. He has just recorded the next CD, with mezzo-soprano Lynette Alcantara and harpist Eleanor Turner, in music from Haydn’s London using his recently restored 1809 Broadwood grand and an 1806 Erard harp. For details of his currently available recordings see www.rvrcd.co.uk
Major Performances & Recordings
- 2008: St David’s Festival performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations using own copy of a harpsichord of 1711
- 2007: Buxtehude, a tercentenary tribute: music of the Baroque avant-garde (RVRCD 79)
- 2005: Revolution (RVRCD 71)
- 2002: Buxtehude, master and pupil (RVRCD 67)
- 2001: World Première recording of harpsichord and organ works of Christophe Moyreau (RVRCD 60)