For other Organ Music Society web pages, please

June 2014

Dec 13 Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec


Back to Diary page



1 Sun

3pm - 5pm St Stephen's, Willoughby

Hymn Festival with Philip Fraser

$5 and $2

Afternoon tea

9.30 At Hunters Hill - the closest Sydney Harbour ferry being Woolwich - there is the historic church building of the Anglican Parish of All Saints. It houses a well restored and working Bevington pipe organ, unique to Australia.

The Anglican Parish of Hunters Hill invites you to join them each Sunday at 9:30am for a traditional Anglican Sung Eucharist. This coming Sunday, 1st June at the 9:30am service, a combined church and community choir of over 35 singers will present Haydn's Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo.

If you enjoy reflective classical music it would be a worthwhile Sunday morning for you. Come along you are welcome to join in and have morning tea afterwards in the hall.

2 Mon

3 Tue

4 Wed

5 Thu

1.10 - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral

Oscar Smith (St Andrew's Cathedral Organ Scholar)

$5 entry

6 Fri

7 Sat

Beyond the Blue Mountains Organ Adventure

Queen's Birthday Holiday Weekend – Saturday 7 to Monday 9 June, 2014

Following the success of last year's trip to the South Coast and Southern Highlands, we have arranged another OMSS weekend ramble. This year we will visit organs in Mt Victoria, Lithgow, Mudgee, Bathurst and Carcoar, and enjoy the brisk inland winter weather. Please bring your winter woollies!

We suggest you book your accommodation NOW, as the motels are filling up already for the holiday weekend. If you are coming for the whole weekend, you will need to book two nights - Saturday 7 June in Mudgee, and Sunday 8 June in Orange.


Saturday 7 June

We begin by visiting Peter Meyer's house in Mt Victoria, arriving at 11:30 am (Allow 2 hours from Sydney). We will have time to play Peter's residence organ, and a light lunch will be provided.

At 1:45 pm, we will depart for Lithgow, and St Paul's Anglican church, Lithgow, where our member Bill Stead will show us the Hill, Norman and Beard instrument. Departing by 3:30 pm, we are due at St Paul's Presbyterian Church in Mudgee at 5:00 pm (to be confirmed), to play the organ built for the Anglican church by J W Walker in 1855.

We will then go to our motels, then meet for dinner together at 7:30 pm.

Sunday 8 June

Feast of Pentecost. The starting point is St John the Baptist Anglican Church, Mudgee, for the Eucharist at 9:30 am. After this we will play the 1881 Brindley and Foster organ (perhaps some music for Pentecost?), then leave at 11:00 for Bathurst (129km via Sofala, 1 hr 40 m).

Lunch in Bathurst will be for you to arrange, and this will be followed by a visit to the William St Uniting Church, Bathurst at 2:00 pm to play the Davidson instrument dating from 1874, and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. At 3:30 pm we are due to leave for Orange.

Our member Pamela Brooks has arranged for us to visit Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Orange to play the organ built by the British Pianoforte Co in 1911. Copies of her book on the history of the instrument, written for its centenary, will be available.

After checking in to our motels, we plan a dinner at the Ex-Services Club, starting at 7:30 pm.

Monday 9 June

Depart Orange by 9:30 am. We are due in the historic village of Carcoar at 11:00 am. Carcoar is a 50km drive, away, but a stop on the way at the village of Millthorpe is suggested.

While visiting the two churches at Carcoar, we suggest that you enjoy walking in the village to enjoy its great character.

11:00 am to 12:15 pm St Paul the Apostle Anglican Church, Carcoar
(Organ built by Richardson, c. 1897, restored Roger H Pogson)

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Shalom Catholic Retreat Centre
Catered Lunch. Main course, plus dessert and tea or coffee, at a cost of $20. This comes highly recommended!

1:30 pm to 3:pm Church of the Immaculate Conception, Carcoar
(Organ built by Kirkland, c. 1890, restored in 2014 by Hargraves Pipe Organs)
Our member Fr Tim Cahill has arrange the Carcoar visit.

3 pm End of our trip. Time to further explore Carcoar before travelling back to Sydney.


Please register with Hugh Knight 02 9874 4225).
Also confirm with him by Friday May 23, if you wish to join the group for lunch at Carcoar on the Monday.
Car sharing - Would those requiring/able to provide transport also contact Hugh Knight.

A daily charge of $15 (payable on the trip) will be made to cover the cost of donations to churches and printed notes. Accommodation and meals at own expense.
Dr Kelvin Hastie has agreed to provide notes on the organs to be visited.

8 Sun

Beyond the Blue Mountains Organ Adventure

Queen's Birthday Holiday Weekend – Saturday 7 to Monday 9 June, 2014

Details above

9 Mon

Beyond the Blue Mountains Organ Adventure

Queen's Birthday Holiday Weekend – Saturday 7 to Monday 9 June, 2014

Details above

10 Tue

12.30pm - Sydney Town Hall

Pavel Kohour (Czech Organist)

'Carnival of the Animals'


11 Wed

12 Thu

1.10 - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral

Isabelle Demers (USA)

$5 entry

13 Fri

14 Sat


Download information sheet above.


For more information:


15 Sun

2 - 3pm  Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney

Organ Recital Series on 3rd Sundays

Isabelle Demers (Texas, USA)


J.S. Bach (1685-1750) – Prelude in E-flat Major BWV 552/1

Sir Georges Thalben-Ball (1896-1987) – Elegy in B-flat Major

J.S. Bach (1685-1750) – Fugue in E-flat Major BWV 552/2

Jean LeBuis (b. 1956) – Variations for solo pedals on "C'est la belle Françoise"

Rachel Laurin (b. 1961) – Two concert etudes
Flight of the hummingbird
Dialogue of the mockingbirds

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) – excerpts from Cinderella, trans. Demers
Three oranges
Cinderella gets ready for the ball

Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937) – Allegro, from Symphony #6 op. 42 #2

Entry by note donation

16 Mon

17 Tue

18 Wed

19 Thu

1.10 - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral

Rev. Dr Daniel Dries (Christ Church St Laurence)

$5 entry

20 Fri

21 Sat

22 Sun

23 Mon

24 Tue

25 Wed

26 Thu

1.10 - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral

Neil Cameron (St Alban's, Epping)

$5 entry

27 Fri

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

Joshua Ryan (Organ Scholar, St Stephen's)

Program details

Donation welcome

Enquiries: 0413 166 803 (or email Mark Quarmby)

28 Sat

29 Sun

30 Mon


Dec 13 Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec



Back to Diary page