...splendidly assured and uninhibited performances...
Choir & Organ
Hammond possesses abundant musicality and prodigious technique that allow him to perform challenging scores with aplomb and authenticity.
An accomplished Elgarian plays a heavenly Bristolian organ. . . A sonic treat.
Dr. Anthony Hammond is a critically acclaimed English concert organist, composer and musicologist. His principal organ studies were with Roger Fisher and David Briggs in England, and with Dr. Naji Hakim in Paris. As a performing and recording artist in Europe and the USA he is known particularly for his specialism in French Romantic and 20th century organ music, and as an improviser.
He made his American solo debut in San Francisco in 2009 and enjoys a busy performing career in prestigious venues on both sides of the Atlantic. He has recorded a number of CDs both in England and France for English, German and American labels (Priory, Ifo Classics, Raven), has broadcast on radio in the USA and for the BBC, and is in increasing demand for his improvised accompaniments in concert to classic silent movies.
“Hammond’s improvisations… demonstrate a fecundity of creative ideas. He is a skilled practitioner of thematic transformation and manipulation… he has plenty of technical fire but uses it sparingly, preferring to demonstrate his mastery of varied musical styles…”
“Anthony Hammond’s breathtaking silent movie organ improvisations took us to a new and profoundly moving place, and deepened the devotional life of our community during Holy Week…”
“Brilliantly performed by Anthony Hammond. He plays the whole programme with superb musicianship and command… reveals hidden treasures…”