Beauty will be in the air and on display during a special concert at Mare Island’s St. Peter’s Chapel, the oldest naval chapel in the country, with its added bonus of a priceless collection of Tiffany stained glass windows. The event is called All Things Beautiful and features the organ music of Tony Baldwin, who hails from England, and has been performing throughout California. A presentation on the Tiffany windows will also be offered during the event. The concert will cover a wide range of musical genres, beginning at 2:30pm, Sunday, Sept. 25 at St. Peter’s Chapel, 1181 Walnut Ave. Proceeds benefit the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation, which is tasked with preserving and promoting Mare Island’s rich historical legacy.
Born in London in 1957, Baldwin has led a musical life and nurtured a lifelong love of organ music. He was a boy chorister at Southwark Cathedral, and became fascinated with the organ at age 10. It was then that he decided his goal was to become a cathedral organist. His resulting studies and career have allowed him to play the organs at both Westminster Abbey in London and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. He has performed all over California since 1997. Baldwin has also served as the Organ Scholar of Trinity College at Oxford University, and earned his BA and MA in music from Oxford. He has extensive experience teaching and training, and has published nearly 100 works, some choral and some organ. These days, in addition to composing and freelancing, he is an Examiner in Composition for the Royal School of Church Music in England.
Tickets for the concert at St. Peter’s Chapel are $15 each and may be purchased at the Mare Island Museum, located at 1100 Railroad Ave. on Mare Island, or by calling 707-280-5742 or 707-557-4646. Tickets may also be purchased at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum at 734 Marin St. in downtown Vallejo, or at the Visit Vallejo booth in the Vallejo Ferry Building found at 289 Mare Island Way.