Scherzo Diabolique

On Friday 2nd June, as part of the summer lunchtime concert series in St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick, Mark Swinton and I will give the world premiere performance of Scherzo Diabolique, composed for us by David Briggs. David is one of the foremost concert organists of his generation and is in demand both as a performer and composer.

“It is a privilege to have been asked to write a new piece for brilliant violinist Lucy Phillips and her accompanist, Mark Swinton. Works for Violin and Organ are actually quite few and far between: we have the beautiful Epistle Sonatas of Mozart (strings and organ obligato), a stunning work by Karg-Elert (for violin, female voices and organ) but that is about it. My new Scherzo Diabolique is intended to be a showpiece for the virtuosity of both performers. The violin part is fast and mainly rather furious, exploring the extremities of the instrument. The work is over in between four and five minutes, rather like the kaleidoscopic finale of a firework-display. I hope performers and audience will enjoy it!” (David Briggs, 2017)

The full concert programme is:

J.S.Bach – Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring and Erbarme dich

Biber – Passagalia

Mascagni – Intermezzo

Karg-Elert – Sanctus

Vaughan Williams – Pastorale

Briggs – Scherzo Diabolique

The concert begins at 1.15pm and entry is free. Visit the website of St Mary’s Church, Warwick for more information about the concert series.


Recording project

I am excited to announce that I will be recording my very first CD this summer with organist Mark Swinton. The main work will be Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, the piece which first inspired our collaboration when we were still students at the University of York and which we have included in every concert we have given together. Although it is originally for violin and orchestra it works very well in this version too, with the organ able to imitate the sustained sounds of the strings and create interesting colours throughout the score.

As we are combining the violin with the organ and the latter is primarily associated with the church, the rest of our programme consists of music written for or inspired by christianity, from 17th-century Biber’s Mystery sonatas to William Lloyd Webber’s Benedictus, first performed on the occasion of his own wedding in 1942.


We will be recording during August in St Mary’s Collegiate Church in Warwick. Release date to be announced.