Reviving The Organ: Acclaimed Concert Organist Alexander Ffinch Blends Coldplay with Classical

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Renowned concert organist Alexander Ffinch has once again pushed the boundaries of classical music with the release of his latest album, Parallels. Featuring an eclectic mix of pieces, including an unconventional but captivating rendition of Coldplay’s hit song "Paradise," this album showcases Ffinch’s ability to blend the classical with the contemporary, appealing to a wide and diverse audience.

About Parallels

Parallels is a testament to Alexander Ffinch’s versatility and innovative spirit. The album includes a range of tracks that highlight his technical brilliance and creative flair. From the iconic "Boëllmann Toccata from Suite Gothique" to "Holst’s Jupiter," Ffinch’s interpretations breathe new life into these classics. The standout track, however, is his arrangement of Coldplay’s "Paradise," which has garnered significant attention and praise for its bold departure from traditional organ music.
Reflecting on his choice to include contemporary pieces, Ffinch says, "My aim is to communicate to a wide audience. I love the classics, but I also enjoy surprising people with something unexpected, whether it’s a Coldplay song or the Star Wars theme."

Media and Public Response

Ffinch’s innovative approach has not gone unnoticed. Tracks from Parallels have been featured extensively on prominent radio stations. BBC Radio 3 has highlighted his performances, with the Elgar "Chanson de Matin" and Florence Price's "Suite No.1" featuring on In Concert and Breakfast programs. Scala Radio has also embraced the album, frequently playing the Coldplay arrangement alongside other tracks. In the United States, WRR101 FM has aired Jupiter from Holst's "The Planets" and Pipedreams, a show dedicated solely to organ music, is expected to feature the album soon.

The reception has been overwhelmingly positive, with critics and listeners alike praising Ffinch’s ability to seamlessly merge classical and modern influences.

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About Alexander Ffinch

Alexander Ffinch has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting and innovative concert organists of his generation. Known for his technical skill and adventurous repertoire, he has captivated audiences around the world. From thrilling schoolchildren with the Star Wars theme to breathing new life into Judy Garland’s "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," Ffinch’s performances are a testament to his belief in making organ music accessible and enjoyable for all.

A Future in the Spotlight

With Parallels, Alexander Ffinch is set to further cement his status as a leading figure in the world of organ music. His unique ability to bridge the gap between classical and contemporary genres ensures that his music resonates with a broad audience, from classical purists to new listeners discovering the organ for the first time.

July 10, 2024 5:00pm ET by Decent Music PR Limited  

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