The sixth annual Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert takes place on March 13, and this year features the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning organist Susan Landale, a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music. Although born in Edinburgh, and with a career that has taken her all over the world, Susan is no stranger to Oxford, having performed recitals and given master classes here.

“I gave a recital in Oxford in 1998 as part of the Oundle International Festival and Summer School in Exeter College, and played there again in August 2011 for The Organ Scholar Experience course,” she told me. “This last occasion gave me the opportunity to discover the beauties of Oxford, and I have to admit to falling in love with your wonderful city.”

The Andrew Chamblin recital was set up in 2007 by friends of the former Christ Church graduate, who died suddenly in February 2006, aged just 36. Susan Landale is the latest in a line of distinguished organists to have given recitals in his memory.

Her programme has been chosen to reflect Andrew Chamblin’s musical tastes. “That meant no contemporary or romantic music!” she said. “So I chose French and German classical composers: Buxtehude, Bach, Couperin, and added Mendelssohn and Schumann, who are 19th century but very close to Bach’s aesthetics and ideals.

“The first Schumann piece I’m playing is one of his six fugues on the name of Bach, followed by a study in canon — a form in which Bach excelled. Mendelssohn was also extremely close to Bach. His second Sonata finishes with a masterly fugue. I follow this with the choral prelude by Bach, Schmücke dich, from the 18 Leipzig Chorales, which is known to have been Mendelssohn’s favourite. Then the mighty Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor close the programme.”

Susan’s recital is at 7.30. Admission free. (