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Organ Music on Radio

Prepared and presented on behalf of the Organ Music Society of Sydney
by Andrew Grahame.

"Colours of the King" which is presented on
behalf of the Organ Music Society of Sydney
continues from 6.00 - 7.00pm on the second
Saturday of each month.

"The Theatre Organ" resumes in March at the
new timeslot of 6.30 - 7.00pm on the third
Saturday of each month. There will be no
broadcasts in January or February - the first
of the new series will be on March 19.


NOTE: Starting in July, Colours of the King will move forward by one hour,
to 5 pm, still on the second Saturday of each month.

2MBS-FM now has web streaming.
To tune in, log on to the station’s web page at 
Follow the link in the lower left corner of the screen.
Windows Media Player will open and streaming will commence.
A high-speed broadband connection is desirable to avoid dropouts due to buffering. 
Alternatively you can access the broadcast directly via this link:

Theatre Organ Magic Radio Northern Beaches 2MWM-FM 88.7 and 90.3 is
presented by John Batts at 12 noon on the first Sunday of each month.


Colours of the King 2MBS-FM 102.5MHz


14th January

6.00 pm

The organ of St Paul's Cathedral, London played by Andrew Lucas

Dubois - Toccata in G Major
Reger - Benedictus Op 59 No 9
Peeters - Aria Op 51
Franck - Chorale No 3 in A minor
Gigout - Scherzo
Langlais - Te Deum


21st January

6.30 pm

The Theatre Organ

Historic recordings of the Christie organ at the
Regal Cinema, Marble Arch, London

Sibelius - Finlandia
Orth - In a Clock Store
Maclean - Parade of the Sunbeams
Dolan - The Bells of St Mary's (George Blackmore, recorded 1964)
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue (Quentin Maclean, recorded 1930)


10th February

6.00 pm

Organ Music by Robert Fuchs (1847 - 1927)
played by Peter Planyavsky at the organ of
St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

Fantasie in C major
Fantasie in D-flat major
Variations and Fugue on an original theme


17th February

6.30 pm

The Theatre Organ

Leoncavallo - Grand Fantasia from “Pagliacci” (Chris Elliot)
Ponce - Estrellita (George Blackmore)
Kreisler - Liebeslied; Caprice Viennois (Reginald Foort)
Debussy - Clair de Lune (Charlie Balogh)
De Falla - Ritual Fire Dance (Gerald Shaw)


10th March

6.00 pm

Pachelbel - The Hexachordum Apollonis

(Six sets of airs and variations, named after the six strings
of Apollo’s lyre, representing order and reason.)

(Organist John Butt at the University of California)


17th March

6.30 pm

The Theatre Organ

Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man
Williams – Olympic Fanfare and Theme
(Jonas Nordwall, Tom Hazelton and Donna Parker)

Bizet – Dance Boheme (Jonas Nordwall)
Heykens – Second Serenade (John Atwell)
Debussy – Ballet from “Petite Suite” (David Shepherd)
Bizet – Farandole from “L’Arlesienne Suite” (William Davies)


14th April

6.00 pm

Frederick Swann, formerly organist of the Riverside Church, NY
and Crystal Cathedral, California

Guilmant – March on a theme of Handel
Jongen – Priere
Parry – Fantasia and Fugue in G
Drischner – Variations on a German carol
Sowerby – Passacaglia (from Symphony in G)
Croft, arr Swann – St Anne (O God, our help in ages past)

(organs of St Andrew’s Cathedral Honolulu,
Basilica of the National Shrine Washington,
and Crystal Cathedral California).


21st April

6.30 pm

The Theatre Organ

Schubert – Marche Militaire (Lyn Larsen and Carlo Curley)
Bach – 1st Movement of Trio Sonata No 6 (Carlo Curley)
Romberg – Your Land and My Land (Ron Rhode)
Purvis (arr) – Greensleeves (Jelani Eddington)
Rossini – Overture to “William Tell” (Lyn Larsen and Carlo Curley)


12th May

6.00 pm

Organ works of Josef Rheinberger, played by Wolfgang Rübsam
at Fulda Cathedral

Fantasia and Fugue from Sonata No 9 in B Flat Minor Op. 142
Five trios from Op. 49
Sonata No 8 in E minor Op. 132


19th May

6.30 pm

The Theatre Organ

Sullivan – Selection from “Pirates of Penzance” (Douglas Reeve)
Romberg – Selection from “The New Moon” (Ken Double)


9th June

6.00 pm

The 1874 Walker organ of St Philip’s Church, York Street, Sydney

Played by Michael Dyer

Stanley – Voluntary in D minor Op 7 No 4

Stanley – Voluntary in F major Op 7 No 6

Couperin – Offertoire sur les Grands Jeux

Sweelinck – Variations on “Mein junges leben hat ein end”

Walther – Partita on the chorale “Jesu, meine Freude”

Dyer – Extemporisation – “Folk Tune”

Pachelbel – Ciacona in F minor


16th June

6.30 pm

The Theatre Organ

Duncan – March from “A Little Suite” (Joseph Seal)

Mozart – Rondo Alla Turca (Tony Fenelon)

Mendelssohn – Scherzo from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (William Davies)

Chopin – Waltz in A flat (Gerald Shaw)

Von Paradis – Sicilienne (Gerald Shaw)

Lehar – Selections from “The Merry Widow” (Al Bollington)

Sullivan – Selection from “The Gondoliers” (Joseph Seal)


14th July

5.00 pm



Michel Colin at Christ Church St Lawrence

Recorded in concert on 12th January 2007.

(Sound engineer Tamaryn Ghavalas)

Perilhou – Les Cloches

Lasceux – Une Jeune Fillettte

Colin – Une Jeuen Fillette

Guilmant – Noël Brabançon

Vierne – Allegro Vivace from Symphony No 1

Demessieux – Adeste Fideles

Alain – Litanies

Colin -  Improvisation on submitted theme


21st July

6.30 pm

The Theatre Organ

Rowley – Humoresque (Nigel Ogden)

Czibulka – Hearts and Flowers (Robin Richmond)

Ketelbey – Sanctuary of the Heart (Joseph Seal)

Rodgers – Edelweiss from “Sound of Music” (William Davies)

Chaminade – Automne (Reginald Dixon)

Ketelbey – Bells across the meadow (Reginald Porter-Brown)

Romberg – Medley “Viennese Nights” (Joseph Seal)


11th August

5.00 pm

In recognition of the 300th anniversary of the death of Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707)

Prelude and Fugue in D major BuxWV 139
(Michael Dudman at Sydney Opera House)

Ciacona in E minor BuxWV 160
(Julia Brown at Central Lutheran Church, Eugene, Oregon)

Chorale preludes:
-       “Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kamm”
-       “Durch Adam’s fall ist ganz verdebt”
-       “Erhalt uns Herr bein deinem wort”
(René Saorgin at the Schnitger organ of St Michel de Zwolle, Holland)

Magnificat Primi Toni
(René Saorgin)

Fuga in C major (Gigue)
(Julia Brown)

Chorale preludes:
-       “Gott der Vater, wohn uns bei”
-       Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ”
(René Saorgin)

Prelude and Fugue in G minor BuxWV 149
(Volker Ellenberger at Evangelical Lutheran City Church, Bückeburg, Germany)



6.30 pm

The Theatre Organ



8th September

5.00 pm

Great Hall Grandeur - Amy Johansen at Sydney University


Weaver – Toccata

Howells – Master Tallis’ Testament

Ampt – Elijah on the Mountain

Langlais – Bells

Mendelssohn –Sonata No 3

Johnson – Trumpet Tune in E flat

Vierne – Romance from Symphony No IV

Eben – Moto Ostinato


15th September

6.30 pm

The Theatre Organ

Von Suppe – Light Cavalry Overture (Russell Holmes)

Victor Herbert – Fleurette (Lyn Larsen)

Nicholas Chovaux – March in A (Simon Wright)

Dawes – Melody in A (Carlo Curley)

Poulenc – Presto in B flat (Barry Baker)

Puccini – Nessun Dorma (Walt Strony)


29th August

12 noon
For those who were unable to make it to Sarah Kim's organ recital last
Wednesday at Sydney Conservatorium of Music (and for those who would like to
hear it again), this concert will be broadcast on 2MBS-FM (102.5) this Wednesday 29
August at 12 noon.

The program comprises:

J. S. Bach - Concerto in A minor after Antonio Vivaldi (BWV 593)

Anonymous - Ground on la, mi, re

Three French Renaissance Dances (revised by Claude Gervaise)
- Branle de Champagne
- Branle de Bourgogne
- Allemande

Anonymous - My Lady Careys Dompe

Maurice Duruflé - Scherzo (Op. 2)

Louis Vierne - Méditation (from three improvisations transcribed by M.Duruflé)

Charles-Marie Widor - Final (from Symphony No. 6)


13th October

5.00 pm

Organ music of Josef Rheinberger
(rescheduled following cancelled broadcast earlier this year)

Fantasia and Fugue from Sonata No 9 in B flat minor

Five Trios from Opus 49

Sonata No 8 in E minor

Wolfgang Rubsam at Fulda Cathedral


20th October

6.30 pm

The Theatre Organ

All Australian performers and organs


Coates – March – Oxford Street (John Atwell)

Martin – Evensong (Chris McPhee)

Bagley – National Emblem March (Tony Fenelon)

Elgar – Chanson de Matin (John Giacchi)

Chuckerbutty – Paean – A Song of Triumph (John Atwell)

Strauss – Radetsky March (Tony Fenelon)


11th November

5.00 pm

French organist Sophie-Veronique Cauchefere-Choplin
in concert at Sydney University (20/5/07)


Rhapsodie on the name L.A.V.O.I.E.

Mendelssohn – Sonata No 6

Demessieux – Variations on “O Filii”

Demessieux – Berceuse “Domine Jesu”

Demessieux – Toccata  “Veni Creator”

Mulet – Toccata “Tu es Petra”

Cauchefere-Choplin – Improvisation on “Lobe den Herren”


17th November

6.30 pm

The Theatre Organ

Ponchielli – Finale from Dance of the Hours (Lyn Larsen)

Caryll – Waltz from The Pink Lady (Joseph Seal)

Strauss – Overture to Die Fledermaus (David Parsons)

Trad Scottish – Turn ye to me (Gerald Shaw)

Ketelby – In a Persian Market (Joseph Seal)

Coates – Dam Busters March (Tony Fenelon)


5th December

12 noon
Conservatorium Student Recital - Organist: Jessica Lim


9th December

5.00 pm

Organ music from Hexham Abbey –

from an LP recording made in 1976 of the 1974 Lawrence Phelps organ –

played by Gerald Gifford.

 JS Bach – Fantasia in C major BWV 573

Krebs – Three chorale preludes

(a)   Allein Gott in her Hoh sei Ehr
(b)  Von Gott will ich nicht lassen
(c)   Jesu, meine Freude

Albinoni (transcribed by Walther) – Sinfonie Op2 No 4

D’Aquin – Noel Suisse

CPE Bach – Sonata No 5

Meck (arranged Walther) – Concerto for organ


12 December

12 noon
Conservatorium Student Recital - Organists: Edith Yam and Nicola Chau


16th December

6.30 pm

The Theatre Organ

Von Suppe – Poet and Peasant Overture (Jonas Nordwall)

Khatchaturian – Sabre Dance (Chris McPhee)

Monti – Czardas (Chris McPhee)

Rossini – Overture to “The Barber of Seville” (Chris McPhee)


12th January 2008

5.00 pm

Music for the Art-Harmonium, played by Joris Verdin
on instruments by Debain (1860) and Mustel (1920).

Bizet – Trois Esquisses

Rossini – Prelude Religieux from “Petite Messe Solennelle”

Boellmann – Two Offertoires from “Heures Mystique”

Guilmant – Scherzo (Op 31) and Priere e Berceuse (Op 27)

Mouquet – Suite Symphonique in B Flat Major


19th January 2008

6.30 pm

The Theatre Organ

An original suite composed by the distinguished American theatre organist Lee Erwin (1908 – 2000)
for accompaniment of the Rudolph Valentino silent movie “The Eagle” in a screening in the early
1970’s at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre (Wurlitzer 4/19).


The Empress Waltzes

Incidental Music

The Eagle

Love Theme

- plus “One Alone” by Sigmund Romberg


9th February 2008

5.00 pm

Organ music of Louis Vierne

 Impromptu Op 54 No 2 (played by Michael Dudman)

Berceuse Op 31 No 19 (played by Andrew Grahame)

Symphonie No 5 in A Op 47 (played by Frederick Hohman)


16th February 2008

6.30 pm

The Theatre Organ

Eric Coates – March “Calling All Workers” (Margaret Hall)

Listz – Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 (Reginald Foort)

Leroy Anderson – Belle of the Ball (Gerald Shaw)

Ketelbey – In a Monastery Garden (Jesse Crawford)

Smetana – Dance of the Comedians (Jonas Nordwall)


Past years' programs

Historic recordings taken from the Michael Dudman
"Historic Organs of Sydney" CD set,
produced by the Organ Music Society of Sydney, 1995.
Boëly - Fantaisie in B flat (St Barnabas', Broadway)
Boëllmann - Toccata (Suite Gothique), (Pitt St Uniting Church)