The website of the Karg-Elert Archive with news and comment from around the world

Sigfrid Karg-Elert, 1877-1933, was an important German composer of the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries.

The Karg-Elert Archive was originally founded in 1987 with the objective of encouraging the performance, recording and publication of the composer’s music. Growing in appreciation by a widening circle of performers and discriminating audiences; it represents a peak of late Romantic music in its emotional intensity, variety of styles and imaginative use of resources, both instrumental and vocal.

The Karg-Elert Archive

Founded in 1987 as the Karg-Elert Society. The Archive is based in England.


Prof Graham Barber

(Professor Emeritus, Leeds University, and Organist of
St Bartholomew’s

Church, Armley, Leeds)


Dr Martin Neary

(Late President, Royal College of Organists)

Anthony Caldicott

Membership Secretary
Richard Walker

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Patrons of the Archive  David Hill (BBC); John Scott Whiteley (Assist. Organist, York Minster); Dr Harry Bramma (Former Organist, Southwark Cathedral, London); Simon Lindley (Leeds Parish Church and Leeds City Organist, Yorkshire); John Scott (Organist, St Thomas’ Church, Fifth Avenue, New York, USA)
Richard Walker (Former Director of Music, Harrow School, Greater London); Nicolas Kynaston (Concert Organist, London)

Honorary Members  Prof Wolfgang Stockmeier; Heinrich Schwaab; Prof Stefan Engels; Dr Harold Fabrikant; Staffan Thuringer; Terry Truman; Elke Völker

Fellows  Frank Conley; Dr Harold Fabrikant  Life Members  Barry Doe; Michael Jones; Tony Luker; Ronald Smith; Dr Craig Scott Symons; Dr Richard Webb
Marko Heese; Richard Crane; Frank Conley

Foundation Member  Dr Brian Parsons  Corporate Membership  The Royal College of Music, London; Göteborg Organ Art Center, Sweden

© The Karg-Elert Archive. Updated 9 October 2015


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Sunday, October 25
Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, London SW1
at 19.00 hours

Organist: Geoffrey Morgan

Price: Adults £10; Students & Children £5; Encore Members £8
Marche Triomphale (1913)
Sir Walter Alcock
Elegy (arr. Rowley) John Ireland
Concert Fantasia, Op. 91 Edwin Lemare
Toccata and Fugue in F, BVW 540
J.S. Bach
Chorale Improvisations, Op. 65
Sigfrid Karg-Elert
"An Wasserflussen Babylon";
and the toccata "Herr Jesu Christ"
Legend, Op. 141 Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Symphonie No. 1 in D minor,
Op. 42
Alexandre Guilmant
The works by Karg-Elert are to be performed as a tribute to Anthony Caldicott

It is with sadness that the death is announced of the chairman and co-founder of the Archive, Anthony Caldicott. He died on 9 June 2015.

The funeral took place at St Stephen’s Church in Hounslow followed by burial at Teddington Cemetery. The tribute given at his funeral by the Revd Canon David Nason can be read here

An announcement about the future of the Archive will be made in due course.

Brian Parsons

Co-founder and executor

Chairman of the Archive, Anthony Caldicott  (1931-2015)

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News has reached the Archive of the tragic death of our long-standing patron, John Scott, organist of St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in New York. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family, colleagues and friends.

Patron of the Archive,
John Scott