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Two southern events

French Repertoire Masterclass – Johann Vexo Back in May, I was blessed and fortunate enough to be able to attend a masterclass by Johann Vexo, organist for the choir organ at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris and the great organ of the Cathedral of Nancy. This opportunity was made possible by Paul […]

Same repertoire, different organs

The joy (or headache) of being an organist is being able to adapt to different instruments on short notice. In my younger piano days, I remember the stress of having to play a different piano for an exam, eisteddfod or performance. You had to somehow quickly adapt to the touch, […]

12 recitals in 12 months

In a bid to learn more organ repertoire in 2017, I have entered myself into a challenge of booking in 12 recitals in 12 months. There could be possibly more than this, but for now this is what I have signed up for. So far I have completed two, the […]

Australia Day 2017

A new year presents new challenges and I’ve certainly put my hand up for that! I find that when you have a goal you also develop a sense of direction. My goal this year is to learn a large range of organ repertoire and what better way to do that by locking […]

Christmastide

Merry Christmas to all and many blessings for the New Year! Did you know that Christmas isn’t just a one day celebration on December 25? The season of Christmas runs up until and including the Sunday after Epiphany. For 2017, the Christmas season runs until the 8th of January. Christmas is hardly […]

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 […]