Biography of Bate Jennifer:
Jennifer Bate is known worldwide as a great organist, with a long international career of festival recitals, concertos, TV and broadcasting. Her lectures, masterclasses and pioneering educational projects are given in five languages, and overseas awards for services to music include Personnalité de l’Année (France), and honorary Italian citizenship. She is a Vice-President of the British Music Society.
Recent TV appearances include a profile programme in Italy and a full recital during her tour of the Caribbean. A world authority on Olivier Messiaen, Channel 4 televised her British première of his last work from Westminster Cathedral, and La Nativité from the Norwich International Festival, both live. She was consultant and performer on the South Bank Show about him.
Jennifer’s distinguished discography ranges from the eighteenth century to the latest virtuoso scores. Her complete Messiaen won many awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or (France), Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (Germany) and Record of the Year (Sunday Times). Equally successful was her 6-CD series From Stanley to Wesley on period instruments, which won the MRA award for early music, and Critics’ Choice (UK).
The compositions on this CD span 25 years. Some were written while on tour, and most were requested by colleagues and friends, so there is an autobiographical aspect to the collection which inspired the title. The beautiful painting on the front cover is one of several she owns by her friend, John Horder.
Jennifer studied composition with Eric Thiman 1961/2, and it formed a major part of her B.A. (Hons.) degree course at Bristol University.