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November 2013

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1 Fri

2 Sat

3 Sun

3pm - 5pm St Stephen's, Willoughby

$5 and $2

Afternoon tea


4 Mon

5 Tue

6 Wed

7 Thu

1.10 - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral

David Tagg (Assistant, St Stephen's, Macquarie St)

$5 entry

8 Fri

9 Sat

5.00pm - 6.00pm FM 102.5 Fine Music Organ Music Society Radio Program 102.5MHz Program details


7pm - St John's Pro-Cathedral, Parramatta

150th Anniversary of the Organ

David Osborne (Organist and Director of Music) and students

Free / Donation

10 Sun

    2.30pm - OMSS Annual General Meeting at Christ Church St Laurence

followed by recital in memory of the late Geoff Bock


Download the Notice of AGM here

Download Election Nomination form here



2pm Pitt St Uniting Church

Pied Piper Concert with Robert Goode (organ), Fiona Maconaghie (soprano), Jeanette Russell (mezzo soprano) and Melissa Abraham (trumpet and percussion).

Afternoon tea will be served

Admission:  $25/$15  Enquiries 9267 3614  (Tue - Fri)


11 Mon

12.30pm - Sydney Town Hall

Robert Ampt (City Organist) with Richard McGreggor and Donald.


12 Tue

13 Wed

14 Thu

1.10 - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral

Michael Butterfield (Assistant Organist, St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta)

$ entry

15 Fri

8pm - St Augustine's Catholic Church, Eaton Street, Balmain

The Glory of the Organ

The Sydney Consort with Amy Johansen, organ

Tickets at the door $35/$25 (conc)

0416 345 489


The Season concludes with a premier performance of the Sydney Consort with the church pipe organ. St Augustine's pipe organ was built in 1886 in England by William Hill and commissioned for the concert hall in Pitt Street. For a short time it was moved to St Carthage's Cathedral in Lismore, and finally was moved to St Augustine's Balmain. Only a small number of William Hill organs in original condition have survived in Australia. This famous English organ maker exported organs all around the world including the one in Sydney Town Hall.

Compositions for the organ and strings are the most innovative and musically diverse masterpieces to have sprung forth from the baroque period.

This program includes, works for the organ and strings, as well as the famous Adagio. Adagio is a neo-Baroque composition popularly attributed to the 18th C Venetian master Tomaso Albinoni, but was actually composed by the 20th century musicologist and Albinoni biographer Remo Giazotto and is based on the purported discovery of a manuscript fragment from Tomaso Albinoni.

At the same concert, the rarely performed music by Michel Corrette will be a special treat to keyboard music lovers. This French composer, organist and author of musical method books, is not enough performed today as he certainly deserved it. A very well known Sydney based organist and music scholar Mr. Pastor de Lasala, made an edition of all Corrette concerti, and two of this collection will be presented on Fridays concert. Two concertos of this remarkable composer will be performed: one for organ with strings and another one for harpsichord with strings.

Majestic and powerful pipe music will be performed by the world renowned Amy Johansen, one of Australia's most charismatic organists.

Do not miss this opportunity to attend the 2013 final performance of the Sydney Concert celebrating the pipe organ –
- 1886 William Hill!

Enjoy music by

Tomaso ALBINONI Sinfonia for Strings

Johann Sebastian BACH Fantasy & Fugue in G Minor BWV 542

Antonio VIVALDI Concerto for 2 Violins & Violoncello obbligato

Michel CORRETTE Concerto for Organ & Strings in A Major

Michel CORRETTE Concerto for Cembalo & Strings in G Major

Tomasso ALBINONI/ Remo GIAZOTTO Adagio for Organ & Strings



Amy Johansen - organ

Monika Kornel - harpsichord

Stan Kornel - violin

Fiona Ziegler - violin

Valmai Coggins - viola

Teije Hylkema - cello




Amy Johansen was appointed Sydney University Organist in 1998. Her duties include performing at over sixty graduations and ceremonies annually in the University's splendid Great Hall, as well as overseeing and performing in the organ recital series. She is also an Honorary Carillonist at the University.

Born and educated in the United States, Ms Johansen earned the Bachelor of Music degree and Performer's Certificate in Organ at the University of Florida. She then obtained her Masters Degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Postgraduate study took her to London where she studied with Thomas Trotter, and Paris where she studied with Naji Hakim. Although her repertoire encompasses all periods of music, it was her first CD, The Embrace of Fire, devoted to the organ music of Naji Hakim, which initially brought her international acclaim. She has performed recitals in England, France, Norway, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

In July 2000, she organized the BACHATHLON: a performance of the complete organ works of J.S. Bach by 26 Sydney organists on the Great Hall organ at Sydney University.

In August 2000 she performed the organ part in Mahler's Symphony Nr. 8 - Symphony of a Thousand - in the Opening Concert of the Olympic Arts Festival, playing on the Sydney Town Hall organ while all of the other musicians were 16 kilometers away at the Homebush Superdome.

Ms Johansen has performed often as soloist and accompanist with Australian and foreign ensembles including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Sydney Chamber Choir and the Scottish National Orchestra Choir, with her performances broadcast on American Public Radio's Pipedreams, the ABC, and the BBC. Her recordings are available on the Move, Newington and Pro Organo labels. One of the CDs recorded by Move at Sydney University, showcases both the Great Hall organ and the University carillon (played by University Carillonist Jill Forrest), including two tracks in which the two instruments are combined, thanks to the wonders of clever technology. A solo organ CD, also recorded at the Great Hall, was released last year.

Performances in the past year have included organ recitals in Melbourne and Christchurch (NZ) Town Halls, as well as carillon recitals in the USA at the International Carillon Festival in Springfield, Illinois, and the University of Florida.

Ms Johansen is married to Sydney City Organist Robert Ampt, and together they have developed two specialities - the playing of organ duets, and the presentation of children's 'Introduction to the Organ' programs. Their duet playing has included performances at the Town Halls of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Dunedin (NZ), as well as on the great organs at Methuen and San Diego's Balboa Park, both in the USA. Last year they appeared as the finale of the gala concerts celebrating the 25th birthday of the magnificent Ronald Sharp organ of the Sydney Opera House.

Tickets at door $35/$25 (conc)
Enq: 0416 345 489



16 Sat

17 Sun

2 - 3pm  Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney

Organ Recital Series on 3rd Sundays

Kurt Ison

Enquiries: 0430 372 990
Entry by note donation

4pm - St Mary's Cathedral

Ross Cobb (St Andrew's Cathedral)

Retiring collection

3.30pm - Great Hall, Sydney University

Amy Johansen and special guests for the Glebe Music Festival

This Sunday 17 November is the date for the last Great Hall organ recital for 2013. In association with the Glebe Music Festival and titled "On the Lighter Side", the recital will feature entertaining music for organ, including Robert Ampt's variations on an Australian Folk Tune (see below)! Two special guests will also join Amy for the program; soprano Helen Saltos and pianist David Miller will perform opera favourites. Starting time is 3.30pm as usual.

Honorary Carillonist Isaac Wong will play the carillon recital at 2pm in the Quadrangle. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music of the bells!

Grand Chœur Dialogue - Eugène Gigout

Soprano and organ:
V'adoro, pupille from Guilio Cesare - G.F. Handel

Organ Concerto in A major - Michel Corrette

March on "Lift up your heads" - Alexandre Guilmant

Soprano and piano: Three opera favourites
O mio Babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi - Giacomo Puccini
Comme autrefois from The Pearl Fishers - Georges Bizet
Quando m'en vo from La Bohème - Giacomo Puccini

Serenade - Derek Bourgeois

Irish Tune from County Derry - Percy Grainger

Variations on The Pub with No Beer - Robert Ampt


18 Mon

19 Tue

20 Wed

1.15pm  St James', King Street

Marko Sever (organ scholar)


21 Thu

1.10 - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral


$5 entry


5.30pm Wollongong Town Hall



22 Fri

23 Sat

24 Sun

25 Mon

26 Tue

27 Wed

28 Thu

1.10 - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral

Edwin Taylor (St Paul's Burwood)

$5 entry

29 Fri

1.10pm St Stephen's, Macquarie St, Sydney.

Heather Moen-Boyd (Organist, Scots Kirk, Mosman)

Program details

Donation welcome

Enquiries: 0413 166 803 (or email Mark Quarmby)

30 Sat

3pm - Lindfield Uniting Church with Jessica Lim

Short recital prior to silent film)

Telephone 0419 267 318

Cost $20/$15 concession (cash only at the door)

Click here for more information.


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