Professor Ian Tracey

Well the Christmas season is now really upon us and our lunchtime recital on Friday 9th December given by Ian Tracey certainly had a festive feel to it. Audience carols, seasonal music, amusing readings and wine and mince pies to finish. Over 100 people gathered for the recital which is very encouraging and means that we can now extend the series into 2017. Please check the website for details of the next recital on Friday 27th January.





Given by Marc Murray


  • Toccata in d minor (1912) – Gaston Bélier
  • Praeludium in D, BuxWV139 – Dietrich Buxtehude
  • Voluntary and Fugue in D – Samuel Wesley
  • Toccata, from Toccata, Chorale & Fugue, op.16 – Francis Jackson
  • Prelude, Fugue et Variation, Op 18 – César Franck
  • A Clarinet Tune – Harrison Oxley
  • Toccata in d minor, Op 108 No 1 – Albert Renaud

Marc Murray was born and educated in Cape Town South Africa and moved to the UK in May 2010 to take up the post of Director of Music at St. Botolph’s Church (The Stump), Boston and was subsequently appointed Director of Music of Peterborough Opera and has conducted both Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and Peterborough Gilbert and Sullivan Society. He has worked several Choral societies and Operatic groups as Music Director and accompanied Cantemus Choir, Lesley Garrett and Aled Jones at Boston Stump. He has also recorded for BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

Marc studied piano and organ at the University of Cape Town’s College of Music and was a winner of the Leslie Arnold Award and the Metropolitan Methodist Church Organ Prize. He holds several teaching and performing qualifications the University of South Africa, Trinity College of Music, London and the Royal College of Organists. Marc holds both the Associate and Choral Directing Diplomas of the RCO.

As an organist, he has given recitals and played in concerts throughout South Africa, Germany, Sweden, and the UK. Forthcoming recitals include Chester and Liverpool Cathedrals.

Marc is Director of Music and Master of the Choir School of St Mary the Virgin, Bury Parish Church, conductor of Southport Bach Choir and accompanist to Chester St Cecilia Singers and will be continuing with postgraduate studies in Performance Practice.





The Choirs of Holy Trinity, Southport – Director Ian Wells
Professor Ian Tracey (organ)

Soloists Bob Ball and Kirsteen Robson

Readers: Daphne Wigmore and Canon Revd Dr Rod Garner

This year we marked the Remembrance season with a concert in church which in the first half gave performances of works by Ireland, Franck, Haydn and also included readings by several of the ‘war poets’. The second part of the concert was a performance of Faure’s Requiem and featured soloists Bob Ball and Kirsteen Robson. A good number attended and enjoyed taking part in the community singing of hymns and songs from that era.






On Friday 28th October we saw the commencement of a new series of Lunchtime Organ Recitals. We were delighted that our very own Director of Music, Ian Wells, was able to give the first recital. A good number of people gathered to hear Ian play works by Buxtehude, Verdi, Dubois and more. We were very encouraged by this initial recital.






With the summer holidays now a distant memory we came together on Saturday 24 September for an outstanding evening of entertainment. The performers at our Trumpet and Organ concert with Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet) and Ian Tracey (Organ). For those who think they don’t know of Crispian, he is the person performing the title music to The Antiques Roadshow.

We were entertained with a variety of music which traced the history of the trumpet through the ages, from Henry Purcell to Cilla Black! Crispian delighted us with his explanation of the instruments he was using and both performers were as comfortable talking to their audience as playing.

Ian Tracey played several solo items which really showed off not only the talents of the organist but the versatility of the organ in our church.

It was a most enjoyable evening and wonderful to see so many young people present.




Poster from Young Musician Competition event


13-year-old Crosby musician Rachel Burnett is celebrating after winning the 2016 Southport Young Musician of the Year competition as part of the Southport Trinity Arts Festival.

After a week of heats, Rachel won both the Intermediate Section and the Senior Sections, performing Rustle of Spring on the piano and Amarilli Mia Bella on voice. She was awarded the overall prize for her performance of First Concertino on the alto saxophone.

Rachel attends Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School where she plays in the school orchestras and choirs and the Merchant Taylors’ joint schools’ saxophone ensemble ‘SaxPac’. She also studies singing, piano and saxophone at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on Saturdays.




This year was no exception and the Lunchtime Concerts proved a success with our ever-increasing audience. We heard the delights of the Saxophone from Pauline Gordon and Friends, a fine performance by our very own Organ Scholar Andrew Catterall on organ and piano, Julie-Ann Carr who is a regular visitor to Holy Trinity, brought her friends along for a very entertaining lunchtime on organ and piano, and the baritone David Borsada and pianist Linda Carr gave us a lunchtime of relaxing and beautiful music.



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Poster from Close Harmony event

On Saturday 7 th May we were delighted to welcome the versatile singing group ‘Close Harmony’ to Holy Trinity. This group is made up of eight musicians from Liverpool Cathedral, including our very own Ian Wells and friends Ian Tracey and Daniel Bishop.

Many gathered together to listen to an entertaining programme of music and humourous readings. Music was very varied and ranged from early English madrigals to numbers by Billy Joel and Cilla Black, with most of the arrangements by Ian Tracey.

To make the most of the evening our guests were able to have a leisurely drink in our bar in the Parish Centre, before moving over to church for the performance.

Everyone attending thoroughly enjoyed the evening and people are already asking when will Close Harmony return?




Photo from Crossing the Divide

On Sunday, 17th April, poet John Lindley talked about the paintings of American Christian artist, Daniel Bonnell. He also recited the poetry that he had been invited to write to accompany these works which were projected on to a screen for us to share. There were some fascinating and thought provoking images.




Photo from the Singer not the Song

On Sunday, 10th April, Trinity Arts Secretary Bob Ball shared his enthusiasm for great singers by talking about his twelve famous voices from the last century and by playing some of their recordings. The singers were, Kathleen Ferrier, Tito Gobbi, Rosa Ponselle, Tito Schippa, Maria Callas, Paul Robeson, Joan Sutherland, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jussi Bjoerling, Janet Baker, Eva Turner and Enrico Caruso.




Photo of Vespers choir

No one can say we lack variety at Holy Trinity as Sunday 28th February testified. After our morning service we had our annual charity hotpot lunch and a very convivial affair it was with very tasty fare. But the highlight of the day, and perhaps of the year, was the visit of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, with Prof Ian Tracey conducting them. From the moment the first deep note cut through the incensed air, this was a spine tingling, glorious performance of perhaps Rachmaninov’s greatest work, Vespers. It was wonderful to see so many people filling our church for this work that he loved and asked for parts of it to be played at his funeral. Rachmaninov wrote this in only two weeks in 1915 for unaccompanied chorus. It uses Orthodox Church chants, some dating from the 11th century. It is a liturgical piece that is also so much more. This work represents the composer’s idea of an all-night vigil which would last from Vespers dusk until Prime at dawn. At our performance we heard 12 movements and before each the vicar introduced it with a Bible reading, a prayer or comment. Included are the Nunc Dimittis and the Magnificat which are well known to us at Evensong. The piece moves from the call to prayer through the glorious Resurrection and a major part of the Orthodox Church, the veneration of Mary. Lent is a very appropriate time to hear this music as we reflect and then prepare for Easter. The voices on this evening transported us from the everyday to something sublime. It was a great privilege to have such a wonderful choir making the most of the acoustics at Trinity and we thank them. I think all who attended, and the audience numbered some 270, will have left thanking Rachmaninov and God for such a bounteous gift. Indeed, those present were also very generous with the retiring collection exceeding £1,000, more than covering the cost of the event.
(paraphrase of a report by Anne Cochrane first seen in the Trinity Weekly Diary)

Vespers icons on display



It wasn’t a very nice evening when nearly 60 of us came to Trinity’s Parish Centre to enjoy a fascinating programme in words and music the told the story of the great lifeboat disaster of 1886 when nearly all the crew of the local boat lost their lives in an attempt to save those aboard the German ship, Mexico. Our weather was nothing compared to what those brave souls encountered and to say that we enjoyed the show is almost perverse as it is the story of great courage and a terrible tragedy; it was a very moving performance that was greatly appreciated by those present.

The group work to support the local RNLI and at the end of the performance presented the local representative with a cheque for £500 – a remarkable fundraising effort.