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.
Anthony recently presented this lecture-recital for the Glasgow Society of Organists.
Léonce de Saint-Martin’s life and work are a focus of Anthony’s current research. Check out this interesting film about the forgotten organist of Notre-Dame and discover an underrated and misunderstood figure in the cathedral’s history.
If you want to dive deeper and hear some of Saint-Martin’s compositions, not often at the forefront of the organ world, Anthony has recorded a CD of Saint-Martin’s music for Ifo Classics. Visit the shop here.