James Nares – Introduction and Fugue in a minor and Major (Gerard Brooks, organist)

James Nares (1715-1783)

James Nares was an English organist and composer.  He mostly composed sacred vocal music, but he also composed some music for the organ and harpsichord.  James Nares was the assistant organist at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, worked for a time at York Minster, and then returned to the Chapel Royal in 1756 to be the organist and composer to King George III.  Apparently James Nares was the first person to publish a series of keyboard lessons for piano students.  Nares resigned as organist of the Chapel Royal in 1781 because of declining health.  He died in 1783 at the age of 67.

Gerard Brooks (organist)

Gerard Brooks is an English organist, composer, teacher, and arranger.  He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England.  Gerard specializes in playing the organ music of the French Romantic period on Cavaillé-Coll organs.  He has recorded the complete organ works of Saint-Saens and Eugène Gigout.  In 2016 Gerard Brooks recorded an album entitled “A Giant Reborn” which was recorded on the newly restored 1735 Robert Bridge organ at Christ Church, Spitalfields.  Here is a recording of James Nares Introduction and Fugue in a minor and Major played on that organ.