Magdalen College: Bach Organ Recitals (Alexander Pott)

Free entry, retiring collection for GOSH. You can find out more via the Magdalen College Choir website.

As part of the celebrations of the new Eule Orgelbau instrument in the college chapel, Alexander Pott, Assistant Organist and Tutor to the Choristers at Magdalen, will perform the complete organ works of J. S. Bach over the course of the academic year 2023-24. Most of the recital series will be given at 12.00pm on Saturdays across Michaelmas and Trinity terms, plus two special concerts in Holy Week.

Recitals will last between 40 and 50 minutes and are free to attend, with a retiring collection for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, which supports care and research for children with illnesses. The programme brochure that will be on sale at the recital series will also raise money for this cause.

This project also acts as the culmination of a project that Alexander Pott undertook from 2017-20, when he received the W. T. Best Scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. This scholarship was awarded to support the proposal to learn the complete organ works of Bach, and provided lessons with some of Europe’s best Bach experts, including Hans Fagius, Bine Bryndorf, Pieter van Dijk, Johannes Geffert, Robert Quinney, and Margaret Phillips. With the new Eule Organ finished earlier this year, this is a chance to hear the finest music ever written for the organ, played on the newest and most exciting organ in Oxford.

Alexander Pott, Assistant Organist & Tutor to the Choristers


Toccata in F BWV 540i


Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit BWV 672

Christe, aller Welt Trost BWV 673

Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist BWV 674

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr BWV 676

Dies sind die heil’gen zehn Gebot‘ BWV 678

Wir glauben all‘an einen Gott BWV 680

Vater unser im Himmelreich BWV 682

Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam BWV 685

Aus tiefer Noth schrei ich zu dir BWV 686

Jesus Christus, unser Heiland BWV 689


Fugue in F BWV 540ii