November 1, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: November 1, 2002

Thomas Trotter, organ virtuoso of St. Margaret's Westminster Abbey, to perform Nov. 17 MIDDLEBURY, VT - A fixture on the British music scene and a prolific performer, Thomas Trotter will visit Middlebury College's Mead Chapel for an organ concert Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. Mead Chapel is on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). Trotter is the organist at Westminster Abbey's St. Margaret's Church, the Birmingham City organist, and a visiting professor at the Royal College of Music in London.

In his stop at Middlebury College, Trotter will put Mead Chapel's Gress-Miles organ to the test with a program of selections by Bach, Messiaen and Duruflé.

In addition to weekly recitals at Birmingham City Hall, Trotter's recital schedule takes him all over the world. He has toured extensively in the United States, Europe and Japan. His performances include festivals and appearances with leading orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic.

The Milwaukee Sentinel called a Trotter recital "an engrossing demonstration of technique and musicianship." After a performance in Ontario, The American Organist declared: "Thomas Trotter completely deserves his high repute in the organ world. His technical prowess … is the servant of a musical intelligence that is both mature and versatile."

Trotter is also an active recording artist, appearing exclusively on the Decca label for more than a decade. Gramophone listed his Messiaen and Mozart releases on its "critics choice" lists and his Liszt recording won the 1995 Franz Liszt Grand Prix.

The upcoming performance is sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors. For tickets or information, contact the College box office at 802-443-6433. Online tickets and information are available at