The Annual
November 1992

 Glebe Music Festival

In conjunction with The Glebe Society Inc

Douglas Hollick,
was educated at Trinity School, Croydon, and the University of Hull, where he was appointed the university's first Organ Scholar. Whilst at Hull he studied organ under Peter Hurford at StAlbans Abbey. After graduating, he won a scholarship from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust to study in Paris with Marie-Claire Riain.

During this time, he was developing his skills as a recitalist, and was invited to play for two concerts in the 1973 International Festival of Young Organists at Bienne in Switzerland. Awarded a further scholarship, he returned to Hull to undertake a programme of research into the interpretation of J.S.Bach's keyboard music, during which time he studied both organ and harpsichord with the renowned Gustav Leonhardt.

In 1972 he was a prizewinner in the Young Musicians series at Fairfield Hall, Croydon, and in 1974 a diploma winner at the Anton Bruckner International Organ Competition at Linz, Austria. He also gained the second prize at the 1975 Southport National Harpsichord Competition and was the winner of the 1978 IAO Bach organ playing competition held at York University.

As a concert artist, Douglas Hollick has played widely both here and abroad, with visits to Holland and Germany, a very successful trip to Western Australia producing an invitation to return and play in the Fremantle Bach Festival, and a concert in the 1991 Prague Early Music Festival recorded by Czech Radio. Other venues have included the 1989 Cambridge Festival, the inauguration of the new classical organ at Marldon, Devon and a performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations at Harlaxton Manor, Lincolnshire. As a harpsichordist he has also had considerable experience playing continue in chamber music.

Douglas Hollick's main interests lie in the music of the 17th and 18th centuries, within which period he has an extensive repertoire, ranging from the well known such as Bach, Couperin, Scarlatti, CPE Bach and Mozart, to lesser known figures such as Peraza, Bruhns, Sejan and Moyreau. Many of his programmes have a particular theme (Bach and his North German predecessors; Music from the time of the French Revolution, for instance) and give a fascinating insight into the music. Concert audiences have welcomed his brief expositions of the musical and historical background to the pieces selected, whilst the authority and virtuosity of Douglas Hollick's playing ensure that his recitals are always illuminating and enjoyable.

For haipsichord recitals, Douglas Hollick uses one of his own harpsichords - a copy of the 1711instrument by Pierre Donzelague of Lyons – and for continue playing, modem or low pitch is available.

Apart from his concert programmes, Douglas Hollick also offers lecture recitals on theharpsichord - something he is uniquely qualified to do, as both a first rate player and maker. These can be tailored to suit any occasion, with musical

illustrations of the different schools of haipsichord writing mixed in with description of the making and decoration of the instrument itself. They are equally as popular with schools and colleges, as they are with music societies.

His first visit to Australia was last year, when he played 5 concerts in and around Perth. This visit takes him to Melbourne and back to Western Australia where he is playing in the Fremantle Bach Festival.

Douglas Hollick was first Organ Scholar at Hull University in England, studying organ with Peter Hurford, and on a subsequent scholarship, with Marie-Claire Alain in Paris. He also spent some time on both organ and harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. He has pursued parallel careers as musician and instrument maker, and over the last 15 years has made some 23 copies of historic keyboard instruments. Douglas has played widely in England and elsewhere in Europe with a recital in the Prague Early Music Festival last year. His first visit to Australia was last year, when he played 5 concerts in and around Perth. This visit takes him to Melbourne, and back to Western Australiawhere he is playing in the Fremantle Bach Festival.

Douglas Hollick possesses a vitality and spirit which lend his every performance a freshness and spariding lightness...His remarkable technical skills and hislively and imaginative ornamentation succeeded excellently in restoring to the music that chaim which lies beyond the mere notes.

Journal de Genéve

Mr Hollick's interest in the late 17th and early 18th century was reflected in the first item in the programme - a selection of pieces from an organ book published in 1699 ... Their heavily decorated melodies and musical registration had an hypnotic effect, giving an impression of almost archaic Splendor. The Mozart fantasy in F minor and major which followed was beautifully played... Mr Hollick possessed the vitality of a disciplined technique, an individual view of the music and a splendid rhythmic sense.

Evening Post-Echo

A rather undemonstrative audience waimly applauded the young English organist Douglas Hollick, who ... played with taste and a sound technique.

La Tribune de Genéve

The recital consisted of French and German pieces of the 17th and 18th centuries. In the course of the recital, Mr Hollick gave a series of introductions to the various pieces, discussing both the nature of the instrument and the qualities of the music composed for it... His actual playing was superb, of virtuoso excellence and marked by continually appropriate sympathy and tact.

Holderness Gazette

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