Alistair Warwick playing the Dobson Organ in Merton College Chapel, Oxford

Organist

Alistair Warwick first played the organ at the age of 10, at Christ Church, Sidcup. His first appointment was at St Aidan's, Edgebury, Chislehurst.

He has studied with Janet McCleery, Andrew Millington, Owen Rees and Matthew Beetschen, and is currently studying repertoire and figured-bass realisation with Philip Sawyer in Edinburgh.

As a member of the Royal College of Organists, Alistair benefits from tuition and coaching with many other inspiring organists, including: Gerard Brooks, Henry Fairs, Stephen Farr, Johannes Geffert, David Hill, Peter Hurford, Susan Landale, Peter le Huray, Daniel Moult, James Parsons, David Ponsford, Frederick Stocken and Simon Williams.

In July 2018 Alistair achieved his Colleague of the Royal College of Organists (CRCO) diploma, for which he was awarded two prizes: the Sowerbutts/Durrant Prize for paperwork and the Freemasons' Prize for the highest aggregate score (written paper and playing).

Studies with the RCO include specialising in music from the French Romantic School, including Franck, Guilmant, Widor, Vierne, Tournemire, Langlais and Messiaen. In June he participated in an organ course at several prominent Paris churches, including Saint Sulpice and La Trinité.

Solo repertoire

His current repertoire is extensive, with works from the pre-Baroque era to the present day, including: JS Bach, Brahms, Boëllmann, Buxtehude, Camilleri, Croft, Couperin, Dupré, Duruflé, Elgar, Franck, Frescobaldi, Froberger, Guilmant, Händel, Hanff, Hindemith, Langlais, Leighton, Locke, Mendelssohn, Messiaen, Pärt, Peeters, Reger, Rutter, Stanford, Vierne, Weelkes, Widor and Williams.

Organ recitals

Details of organ recitals are listed

Organ accompanist

In addition to solo playing, Alistair also accompanies choir concerts and special services. Popular works performed include: Fauré Requiem, Händel Messiah, Haydn Little Organ Mass, Rutter Gloria and Vivaldi Gloria.

Church music – Sunday by Sunday

Alistair is currently Organist and Director of Music at Stirling's Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church.

Alistair playing the organ at Holy Trinity Church, Stirling

What people say

  • Thanks, Alistair. Your playing makes such a difference.
  • Thank you so much for playing the organ so superbly last night. It was a really uplifting service, and you helped so much to make it so.
  • …thank you for the lovely music which contributed so much to the atmosphere and helped to make the service special. We really appreciated your contribution…
  • Instrument king: The organ was played so delicately … at Arundel Cathedral [where] Alistair Warwick … took us on a short European tour of the king of instruments. Once again, the audience was privileged…. (Arun News)
  • I loved the Messiaen!

Alistair has been supported by the IAO Brereton Memorial Fund (incorporating the Rolph Bequest), which aims to nurture organ and choral music for all.

Organs played include

key:

  • § services and liturgy
  • † concerts
  • ‡ recitals
  • (‡) non-public performances (including exams!)

Churches in Mainland Europe

Austria

France

Ireland

Norway

  • Oslo, St Edmund § †

Sardinia

  • Orosei, San Giacomo Maggiore Maurus Gallo, 1765 or 1766 9/I

England

  • Ambleside, Mater Amabilis §
  • Arundel Cathedral Hill, 1873 etc.; Wells, 2006 (discussion) 39/III-P § † ‡
  • Arundel, St Nicholas William Gray, 1817 … William Hill, 1878 … J W Walker, 1991 §
  • Brentwood Cathedral Hunter, 1881; Daniel, 1977 48/III-P
  • Cambridge, St Catharine's College (‡)
  • Cambridge, Clare College
  • Cambridge, Trinity Hall
  • Chislehurst, St Aidan, Edgebury §
  • Clapham Park, St Bede §
  • Cockermouth, All Saints §
  • Combwich, St Peter §
  • Crawley Friary §
  • Crayford, St Mary of the Crays §
  • Croydon, Addington Palace (RSCM organs)
  • Dalton-in-Furness, St Mary §
  • Dorking, Cleveland Lodge, Westhumble (2 RSCM organs)
  • Eltham, Christ Church Priory §
  • Forest Hill, St William of York §
  • Grasmere, St Oswald §
  • Guildford Cathedral §
  • Guildford, St Joseph §
  • Guildford, St Nicolas ‡
  • Holborn, St Andrew (‡)
  • Littlehampton, St Joseph's Convent §
  • Mottingham, Our Lady Help of Christians §
  • New Eltham, All Saints §
  • Orpington, Holy Innocents §
  • Oxford, Balliol College
  • Oxford, Merton College (‡)
  • Oxford, New College
  • Oxford, Oriel College
  • Oxford, Queen's College Frobenius, 1965
  • Petworth, Sacred Heart §
  • Rainham, St Thomas of Canterbury §
  • Roehampton, St Joseph TC Lewis? / Forster & Andrews? §
  • Salisbury, Sarum College (practice organ)
  • Sayers Common, Priory of Our Lady § (live BBC Radio broadcast The Promise of his Glory)
  • Sidcup, Christ Church Hill, 1902; refurbished Martin Cross, 2009 19/II(I)-P §
  • Sidcup, St Lawrence §
  • Southwark, St George's Cathedral § (launch of Churches Together in England)
  • Sutton Park, St Edward the Confessor § (live BBC Radio broadcast)
  • Thornton Heath, St Andrew §
  • Thornton Heath, St Jude
  • Weybridge, Christ the Prince of Peace §
  • Winchester, St Peter §
  • Woking, St Dunstan §
  • Wonersh, St John's Seminary §
  • Worth Abbey § ‡ (‡)
  • Worth, St Nicholas
Worth Abbey

Scotland

  • Aberdeen, King's College Chapel
  • Aberfoyle, St Mary ‡
  • Alloa, St Mungo Catholic Church §
  • Alloa, St Mungo Church of Scotland §
  • Blairdrummond, Parish Church §
  • Bridge of Allan, St Saviour §
  • Clackmannan, Parish Church §
  • Colvend, Parish Church §
  • Dalbeattie, St Peter §
  • Dollar, St James the Great §
  • Doune, St Modoc §
  • Dunblane Cathedral Flentrop, 1990 42/III-P §
  • Dunblane, St Blane §
  • Dunblane, St Mary §
  • Dundee, St Andrew's Cathedral
  • Edinburgh, Canongate Kirk Frobenius, 1998 20/II-P (‡)
  • Edinburgh, St James', Goldenacre §
  • Edinburgh, house organ
  • Edinburgh, St Mary's Metroplitan Cathedral
  • Edinburgh, St Michael and All Saints
  • Edinburgh, Lutton Place, St Peter
  • Gargunnock, Parish Church §
  • Glasgow, St Aloysius' Church J L van den Heuvel, 1993, 201524/II-P
  • Gullane, St Adrian §
  • Inverness, St Andrew's Cathedral §
  • Killin, Parish Church §
  • Kilmarnock, Holy Trinity Church †
  • Kilmarnock, Kay Park Church †
  • Kippen, Parish Church §
  • Perth, St Ninian's Cathedral §
  • Pluscarden Abbey
  • St Andrews, San Salvator Hradetzky, 197340/III-P
  • Stirling, Allan Park South §
  • Stirling, Church of the Holy Rude § †
  • Stirling, Holy Trinity § † ‡
  • Organ console at Holy Trinity Church, Stirling

And many others, yet to be explored…

Wales

  • Bangor Cathedral §
  • Bangor University

Movable organs

Early English Organ project

  • Wingfield organ in residence at King's College Chapel, Aberdeen
  • Wetheringsett organ in residence at King's College Chapel, Aberdeen
  • Wingfield organ in residence at Bangor Cathedral, Wales §

Roland C30

A digital instrument that looks beautiful and sounds delightful † ‡

  • Harpsichord (French & Flemish: each 8' x2; 4')
  • Fortepiano
  • Lute
  • Dyna-Harpsichord (touch sensitive for contemporary compositions)
  • Organ I: 8' flute
  • Organ II: 8' & 4' principals
and several temperaments:
  • Equal
  • Werkmeister
  • Kimberger
  • Valotti
  • Meantone


Contact

Contact Alistair Warwick at:
Ardarroch, Glen Road, Dunblane, FK15 0GY, Scotland
+44 (0)1786 823000 | +44 (0)7792 566349
hello(at)alistairwarwick.com