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November 2015

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1 Sun


4pm - St Mary's Cathedral

Michael Butterfield

Retiring collection



2 Mon

12.30pm - Sydney Town Hall

Robert Ampt (Sydney City Organist) with Richard McGregor and Donald McKay (bagpipes)



6.00pm - Christ Church St Laurence


First Australian performance, Christ Church St Laurence, All Souls' Day, 2nd November 2015, 6.00pm

Dr Walter Sydney Vale (1875-1939) was Director of Music at All Saints' Margaret Street from 1907 to 1939. Whilst there he designed that church's famous 1910 Harrison organ (containing pipes from the previous one by Hill & Sons, as at CCSL), composed a number of anthems and hymn tunes, and edited a Plainsong Psalter following study at Solesmes Abbey (this Psalter still often being used at CCSL Evensong). He was a personal friend of Rachmaninov and compiled a Mass setting from his Liturgy of St John Chrysostom in 1915, to aid All Saints' fund-raising for Russian prisoners in Germany. Rachmaninov was so delighted by the "new" work that he autographed the scores of every boy in the choir, linking his own name with theirs, the work was duly published by Boosey & Hawkes and remains in print.

Less well known outside London, Vale's Requiem was written in 1908 but was not published until the year before his death, though it had been regularly performed in the meantime. It enshrines Vale's three most notable musical influences - Eastern Orthodox and Gregorian Chant, held in a fine amalgam of English Romanticism. It is set for a "double" chancel choir in eight vocal parts, covering a range of nearly four octaves from the "Russian" bottom D flat bass notes, to the solo soprano's top B flat. Some of the more English aspects of the Mass slightly anticipate the later writing of Sir William Harris (1883-1973) whose exquisite setting of Donne's famous text Bring Us O Lord God, also in the lush "dark" key of D flat, is being sung as the Communion Motet on this occasion. Apart from its approachable and interesting musical qualities, the Vale work is of historic interest in that it is probably the first English setting of the Requiem Mass since the Reformation, and was undoubtedly not without controversy in 1908 when performance of such works would have been proscribed in most Anglican parishes. It is also presumed to be the first setting of this liturgical text in English (other than the Kyrie Eleison), using BCP and English Missal translations.

As well as being almost certainly the first Australian performance of the Vale, this is possibly also its first performance outside London. Thanks for this are due to former CCSL chorister Daniel Mitterdorfer, who returned to an original score in the British Library for this careful new edition by Crescendo Publications.


3 Tue

4 Wed

5 Thu

1.10 - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral

Mark Bensted

$5 entry

6 Fri

7 Sat


Organ Ramble

11.30am - St Mary's Anglican Church, Waverley

2.00pm - St Jude's Anglican Church, Randwick

followed by the OMSS AGM


Notice of AGM

Nomination Form for AGM


8 Sun

3.30pm - Sydney University Great Hall

Czech Philarmonic Children's Choir

Admission free

(Carillon recital by University carillonists at 2pm)


9 Mon

10 Tue

11 Wed

12 Thu

1.10 - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral

Philip Reichardt (St Phillip's, Eastwood)

$5 entry




8.00pm - Sydney Opera House

Cameron Carpenter performs on his International Touring Organ

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13 Fri

14 Sat

6.00pm - 7.00pm FM 102.5 Fine Music Organ Music Society Radio Program 102.5MHz Program details



7 pm - the Festival at Sylvania will present as a fundraiser Buster Keaton's classic, The General (1927).

John Batts will accompany the film and beforehand shall play a Conn organ with music and songs from the era.

Frank Vickery Village
Entrance at 42 Bellingara Road, Sylvania
7 – 8.30 pm with light refreshments

Tickets $20 at the door

Phone: 0419 267 318


15 Sun

4pm - St Mary's Cathedral

Ross Cobb

Retiring collection

16 Mon

17 Tue

18 Wed

12 noon - Sydney Conservatorium

B.Mus final recitals

11.00am - Michael Butterfield

12 noon - Edith Yam

1.00pm - Marko Sever

Free entry

19 Thu

1.10 - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral

$5 entry


20 Fri

21 Sat

3.30pm - St Mark's, Picton

Concert in aid of the restoration of the only Wordsworth organ in Australia.
Benjamin McKenzie Organist. The Choir and Orchestra of Wollondilli Anglican Grammar School.
Donation requested.
Refreshments provided.
Ample parking.

22 Sun

2 - 3pm  Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney

Organ Recital Series on 3rd Sundays

Shin-Young Latry (Paris)

Enquiries: 0430 372 990
Entry by note donation

23 Mon

24 Tue

25 Wed

Time: 1:15 – 1:45pm

Place: St James' Church


BACH Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 'Dorian'

DUPRÉ Cortège et Litanie

BACH Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 4

ELGAR Pomp & Circumstance No. 1

Alistair Nelson

26 Thu

1.10 - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral

Andrej Kouznetsov (St John's Cathedral, Brisbane)

$5 entry

27 Fri

11.00am - Sydney Opera House

Olivier Latry - solo recital.

Tickets through the Opera House.



1.10pm St Stephen's, Macquarie St, Sydney

Samuel Giddy (winner, Intermediate Section, Sydney Organ Competition 2014)

Program details

Donation welcome

Enquiries: 0413 166 803 (or email Mark Quarmby)

28 Sat

7pm Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

NSW Youth Orchestra (inaugural concert)

Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony with organist Nico Tjoelker


29 Sun

30 Mon







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