Edward Elgar composed Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 in 1901. The work was played on the Newberry Memorial Organ at Woolsey Hall on the new Hutching Organ in 1905. At that time Edward Elgar received an honorary doctorate of music from Yale.
Here Organist Michael T. C. Hey plays it on the Great Organ at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. The current organs at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City were designed by Pietro Yon and built by the Kilgen Organ Company of St. Louis, Missouri. Yon’s successor, Charles Courboin, made subtle tonal changes to the organ, but it was Courboin’s successor, John Grady, made the most significant alterations to the organ’s tonal makeup with substantial revoicing of the reed stops. Grady was followed by John-Michael Caprio, who was responsible for the first major cleaning of the cathedral organs in more than years. Under his supervision, two twin five-manual consoles were built by Robert Turner of California, enabling the combined organs’ more than, pipes to be played simultaneously from either end of the cathedral. From 1993 to 1995 the Peraggallo Organ Company of Paterson, N.J., fully cleaned and rewired the enormous instrument, later adding the present unenclosed pipe work to the existing Echo division, located at the cathedral’s crossing.
For more detailed information about the organ at Saint Patrick Cathedral visit: http://www.nycago.org/Organs/NYC/html/StPatrickCath.html
Michael Hey has been increasingly visible on concert stages across the country. In 2010, he made his New York City debut in Alice Tully Hall performing with the Juilliard Orchestra, and has since performed solo recitals at Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), and the Esplanade (Singapore). He graduated in 2014 from the Juilliard School with bachelor and master of music degrees in organ performance, under Paul Jacobs. He was immediately appointed Assistant Director of Music and Organist of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City where, in September 2015, he performed for Masses for the first U.S. visit of Pope Francis. Mr. Hey was one of the finalists in the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition (Pennsylvania).
Michael Hey is represented exclusively in North America by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.