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Essex Community Concerts: Carol Williams, Organist
July 4, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm| $10
Carol Williams, organ
July 4, 2014
At the Essex Community Church
$10 per person, children admitted free.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Essex Community Church, just across the street from the Essex-Charlotte ferry dock. Evening concerts are usually an hour and a half, including a brief intermission. Each concert is followed by a reception with refreshments and an opportunity to interact informally with the performer(s). Admission is $10 for adults while children are welcome free of charge. Hope to see you there!
About Carol Williams
“I want to bring the organ to new audiences and, with my performances, make people feel good.”
British born, Carol was raised in a Welsh family with many musical influence. She began private lessons at age five and could read music before she could read English and began performing recitals at age 8. Carol’s formal training started with five years at the Royal Academy of Music where she specialized in organ performing as a student of David Sanger and obtained the Academy’s prestigious Recital Diploma together with an LRAM (organ) and an LRAM (piano). Carol has also studied with Daniel Roth, the Organist at the Church of St. Sulpice, Paris where the famous Charles-Marie Widor was organist for sixty-three years. Moving to the USA, Carol undertook postgraduate study at Yale University under the direction of Professor Thomas Murray where she was appointed University Chapel Organist and was awarded an Artist Diploma together with the Charles Ives prize for outstanding achievement. Then to New York City where she became the Associate Organist at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Long Island’s Garden City and undertook Doctoral study under Professor McNeil Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music where she received the Helen Cohn award for her D.M.A. degree.
Carol’s performances have taken her all over the world at popular venues such as in Paris at St. Sulpice & Notre Dame; in Los Angeles at Walt Disney Concert Hall & First Congregational Church; in NYC at Riverside Church & St. Patrick’s Cathedral; at Yale University in Woolsey Hall; at Harvard University at the Memorial Chapel; in Washington DC at the Washington National Cathedral; in the United Kingdom at Westminster Abbey & St. Paul’s Cathedral; King’s College, Cambridge; Queen’s College, Oxford; and Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Carol has also given numerous concerts in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Monaco, Luxembourg, Holland, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Singapore, China and Russia. En route, Carol has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in recognition of her contribution to music. A regular broadcaster in the UK, America, and around the world she has performed with a number of leading orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra as the inaugural recitalist on the newly-installed Austin organ in Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall.
Carol has been interviewed “live” on many radio programs, in which she has highlighted her profound love of the King of Instruments, and is featured in the national-awareness video “Pulling out all the Stops” when she was filmed in concert at St. Thomas’ Church in New York’s Fifth Avenue. Carol was privileged to take part in the Virgil Fox Memorial Concert held at New York’s Riverside Church released as a double-CD by Gothic Records.