Equally renowned as an interpreter and improviser, Dr. Anthony Hammond studied the organ in England with Roger Fisher and David Briggs, and in Paris with Dr. Naji Hakim. A graduate of the University of Bristol, he held posts at Chester Cathedral and St. Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol, before spending a period as Sub-Organist at Bristol Cathedral. Today he is the Director of Music and Organist of Cirencester Parish Church. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and winner of the Dixon Prize for Improvisation, his passion for French organ music and improvisation led to doctoral research into the career and technique of legendary French organist and improviser Pierre Cochereau, for which he was awarded his Ph.D. in July 2010.
He has reconstructed a Symphony improvised in 1972 by Pierre Cochereau at St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco, and the score is now published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag. This piece is included on his recording A Phenomenon Without Equal.
Pierre Cochereau (Eastman Studies in Music)
A Phenomenon Without Equal / French Organ Improvisation / The Organ of Blackburn Cathedral
Contains reconstructed improvisations by Louis Vierne, Marcel Dupré, Charles Tournemire, and Pierre Cochereau played by Anthony Hammond.