Review of Carol's AGO
National convention performance
Collabrative Organ Recital
The American Organist - October
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PLAYS JENKINS, TOURNEMIRE, AND KLEIVE
IV/92 Georg & Eduard Stahlhuth organ
(1912, rebuilt by Thomas Jann, 2001) of St. Martin's
Church, Dudelange, Luxembourg.
If you are looking for organ music off the beaten
path, you will find it here.
"Trumpeting Organ Morgan" is infused with Jenkins's
characteristic rhythmic drive and high energy,
with repeating patterns, primary harmonic
structures, and simple, direct melodies. In quiet
pieces such as "Hymn" from Athemus,
he spins melodies of wistful beauty. Stylistically
akin to New Age music, Jenkins's creations have wide
a fact surely not lost on Carol Williams, who is San
Diego Civic Organist and artistic director of the
Spreckels Organ Society.
Performing on a magnificent instrument of depth,
brilliance, gusto, and abundant color speaking in a
Dr. Williams plays with passion and imagination,
eliciting sounds that are alternately granthose,
ethereal, exotic, and colorful.
She brings us momentarily back to familiar territory
with a stunning, compelling performance of
Choral-Improvisation sur le "Victimae Paschali." Her
abundant technical facility is matched by her
She closes with a riveting romp through the Toccata
"Store Gud, vi lover deg" ("Praise Thee God")
by Norwegian Iver Kleive, who is artistic leader and
conductor of the Oslo Bach Choir.
A tour de force with its unrelenting rhythmic drive,
the Toccata is a true test of the player's endurance
the organ's wind system. Both pass with flying
colors! In this unusual program,
Carol Williams treats us to a fascinating musical
journey. It's well worth the trip!
American Guild of Organists
"Carol's annual return to Essex was much anticipated and
warmly received by her enthusiastic fans.
Her performance, as always, was wonderful.
Her repertoire was superbly played and
her interaction with the audience was warm and witty.
Carol concluded her performance with an encore of
patriotic songs that the audience
participated in with gusto and there was many a
teary eye. We look forward to Carol's return in
Jim Van Hoven,
co-chair, Essex Community Concerts, Essex, New York
Williams’ concert in Gloucester was one of our most
successful recitals to date.
She charmed the large audience not only with her
energetic and virtuosic playing but
also her engaging commentary on the programme."
Grote, Assistant Music Director, Gloucester Cathedral,
"With Carol's reputation we were
expecting a lot
and our expectations were easily surpassed, so
much so that we've booked her again for next year"
John Evans, Hamilton Street
Methodist Church, Chester, UK 2010
"There were three things
that struck me about Carol's performance:
One, the amount of time and
trouble she took to master the instrument and to perfect
her own performance on it.
Two, the rapport which she
struck with the audience.
She has a great gift for talking to people as
those they were friends she had known all her life.
Three, the standing ovation
given to her and the warm thanks of all the audience as
they were leaving."
Shirley Methodist Church, Croydon, UK 2010
"To hear my piece (Carillon-Fanfare)
in such glorious surroundings (Gloucester Cathedral,
was such a privilege, and a truly memorable
experience. Thank you so much."
thoroughly enjoyed the concert at Gloucester
Charles and Marilyn 2010
The music really brought the wonderful building to
We attended the morning service there the next day
and spoke with a gentleman
who had been to the concert. He asked that we pass
on his message -
he said that the concert was wonderful, marvelous
and he and his wife were amazed
at how well the organ was played. He said that he
did not think it had been played so well
for at least fifteen years. He also said that the
music was still ringing in his ears the next
"Carol gave a delightful
performance which demonstrated the
unique Welte Organ in
its full glory."
Salomons, Kent, UK 2010
"Carol was fabulous for us on Friday night in
she played excellent and her use of our instrument was
her choice of music was very high appeal for audiences
her charm certainly brought friends to the organ.
Folk are still talking about the evening. I was
delighted to have her here on our Series and
have the opportunity to get to know her for a short time
experience her great gift of music.
Please pass this on to Carol and Kerry. She
did WOW all who attended! "
Director of Music, St.
Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL
“Your concert was
phenomenal. We enjoyed every note of it!”
Director of Music, San Carlos United
Methodist Church, San Diego 2009
"Thank you very much for sharing your time and talent
us this past weekend. We
were delighted to present you on
our concert series and on
our new Schantz organ. Your
program was positively
I was especially grateful
for your kind and affirming
comments about the
new organ and yours truly."
Binkley, Organist/Choirmaster, Camp Hill Presbyterian
Church, Camp Hill, PA 2009
you very much for sharing your time and talent with us
this past weekend.
We were delighted to present you on our concert series
and on our new Schantz organ.
Your program was positively wonderful!"
Hill Presbyterian Church, PA 2009
"Indeed, Carol has
become an audience favorite.
Her programming is always imaginative, her technique
flawless, and her conversational rapport
with the audience friendly, informative, charming and
Methuen Memorial Music Hall Newsletter
plays with passion and imagination,
"Carol Williams is the most versatile organist you'll
ever find anywhere"
Organ Society, San Diego, CA 2009
eliciting sounds that are alternately grandiose,
ethereal, exotic, and
colorful. She brings us momentarily back to familiar
territory with a stunning,
compelling performance ... Her abundant technical
facility is matched by her exemplary artistry.
A tour de force with its unrelenting rhythmic drive ..
a true test of the players endurance and
the organ's wind system. Both pass with flying colors!
In this program, Carol Williams treats us to a
fascinating musical journey. It's well worth the
The American Organist
The works of Karl
JENKINS and Iver KLEIVE dazzlingly of freshness,
were suitable for the hot-blooded artist who prefers to
delight the present moment and
wants to share it immediately with the audience,
rather than to seek an hypothetical spirit that this
kind of music isn't burdened with…
As soon as this
contagiousness of musical happiness has captured
from the moment on you try
to get rid of a complexed approach towards the pipe
you will be seduced by its
poetry and above all by its sincerity…
… you will give
yourself up to these willingly languorous sonorities, to
a melodic pathos that
snatches your heart out of
yourself and, always, these dizzying rhythmical patterns
“very rhythmical, very
exciting”. This very irresistible and atypical concert…
We have to thank Carol WILLIAMS
for these musical moments filled with life
LIBERTY AND FANTASY
Carol Williams at the
and that she has reconciled us with an age
unjustly hold in contempt.
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Evening at Saint Mary's
"One of the brightest and
most active recitalists who
plays with immaculate
finish and buoyancy"
On The Bay, Singapore
Review by a youth attending the Esplanade
Thearter in Singapore
Straits Times, Singapore
"The CD (Carol
Williams Plays) is brilliant"
"A performance of epic
in keeping with the
artiste's already well-established reputation"
"Carol Williams played a flawless program"
Guild of Organists National Convention, Chicago,