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A new organ and choir loft for Jindera

In the small country town of Jindera, NSW, lies a quaint little Catholic church called the St Mary’s Help of Christians Catholic Church. The church is an extension of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lavington, NSW. St Mary’s was built by the community out of a growing need to establish a parish for Catholics […]

Sydney Conservatorium Organ Music Academy 2016

The second Sydney Conservatorium Organ Music Academy (SCOMA ’16) took place on 28 September to Sunday 2 October this year. The aim of this year’s SCOMA was to learn about the art of organ improvisation and a focus on French repertoire from the 18th-20th centuries. Dutch organist, Sietze de Vries, a leading expert in liturgical […]

Two pipe organs

Pipe organs are a dime-a-dozen in cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, but for the rural town of Albury, you can count the number of pipe organs in the area on two hands. Ask the average folk on Dean St and they will no doubt mention the Letourneau organ at St Matthew’s […]

Five things I've learned from Martin Setchell

Martin Setchell, a concert organist from New Zealand, performed at St Matthew’s Church, Albury on Sunday 26th of June 2016 at 2.30pm. He was born and educated in England and studied at various times with Pierre Cochereau, Marie-Claire Alain, Piet Kee, and Peter Hurford. He is the curator of the Rieger […]

Martin Setchell – International Concert Organist

The Albury-Wodonga community will again be blessed with another visiting concert organist, Martin Setchell. Martin will be performing at St Matthew’s Church, Albury on Sunday 26th of June 2016 at 2.30pm. Tickets will be available at the door. Don’t miss out on a cultured and entertaining afternoon! Born and educated in England, […]

Five things I've learned from Daniel Moult

Daniel Moult is a well renowned concert organist in the UK and in many parts of the world. He is also an organ educator, regularly teaching at the RCO Organ School, Bermingham Conservatoire, Wells Cathedral School and the Royal College of Music. Last month (March 22, 2016), the city of Albury was […]

Divine Mercy Sunday

Fr Reece Beltrame, a local Albury resident, was ordained a priest at St Michael’s Cathedral in Wagga Wagga on April 2, 2016. St Patrick’s Albury hosted his first Mass (Mass of Thanksgiving) the following day for Divine Mercy Sunday. The St Patrick’s Schola and myself, as organist, were honoured to […]

Lenten hymns

Choosing Lenten hymns for a Catholic parish is a tough job. Fortunately during ordinary time there is a plethora of hymns available to choose appropriately to coincide with the Sunday readings. During Lent, this poses a problem as you are suddenly limited to the subset of Lenten hymns available in […]

The power of music

I often ponder why my life is so busy. Last week was extraordinarily busy – I had my full-time job in IT to manage, the plethora of decisions and paperwork from a family house nearing completion, organising items and logistics for a new bub on the way and not to mention my […]