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October 2008

1 Wed

1.15pm - 1.45pm St James', King St lunchtime recital More info Donation

2 Thu

3 Fri

1.10pm - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral lunchtime recital More info Donation

6pm Mary Immaculate Church, Waverley - David Kinsela may be heard in a programme of music of Dieterich Buxtehude, ‘The Magic of Buxtehude’,

4 Sat

5 Sun

211 Mowbray Road, Chatswood


Hill Norman and Beard 1929/1968 3/24

Enquiries: 02 9415 1727

First Sundays at 3pm - 4pm with Afternoon Tea

Organist - Jonathan Chan (Organ scholar, St Aloysius' College)

6 Mon



Organ Ramble - Labor Day Monday, 6th October 2008

Enqiries: Geoff Lloyd 02 9476 1530


By Geoff Lloyd


Readers will recall that the Winter 2008 issue of The Sydney Organ Journal included an article by Darrell Pitchford, supplemented by Peter Kneeshaw, on The New Organ at the Church of St-John-The-Baptist, Woy Woy.

Organ Ramble to Woy Woy
Labor Day Holiday Monday, 6th October 2008

Further to previous information, particuarly that conveyed in the article on page 11 of the Spring 2008 issue of The Sydney Organ Journal, please be advised that:

1. The cost for the day will be $5, not $10 as published (we reduced it after the Journal went to press). Friends, as well as members of the Society, will be most welcome. This charge will not apply to any parishioners of St-John-the Baptist who would like, and are cordially invited, to attend (although donations are always gratefully accepted!).

2. The day will commence at 10.30 am with morning tea in the hall, courtesy of the Parish.

3. After short talks by Fr Hill of the church followed by the organ builder, our member Darrell Pitchford, there will be a demonstration of the organ by an organist of the church, our member Pauline Regan. We also anticipate the participation of some young organists before the open console session.

4. Darrell will conduct short tours of the organ at some stage during the day.

5. The Eagles organ, now in the hall, will also be available.

6. By the initiative and good graces of Darrell Pitchford, a FREE LUNCH (who said there's no such thing) in the form of a "True Aussie Sausage Sizzle with Trimmings" will be available. Thank you, Darrell.. PLEASE NOTE, however, that to assist with catering, it would be appreciated if ramblers intending to avail themselves of this kind gesture could contact the Secretary, Geoff Lloyd (telephone 02 9476 1530) no later than Friday 4th October and indicate the number of people in their group.

7. It has been possible to arrange for the church to remain open into the afternoon so there will be ample opportunity after lunch for players to continue the open console session. Bring your music.

Geoff Lloyd
Hon Sec
6th September 2008

Being minded to ramble to the Central Coast to hear this new organ in the new building for the Catholic Church, your committee had looked at using the usual Labor Day opportunity to do just that. However, the matter was deferred to allow attention to be given to the Organ Spectacular on Sunday, 19th October, the AGO World Organ Day, celebrating the International Year of the Organ. (Details are given in the leaflet “Organ Recitals around Sydney”, and perhaps elsewhere).


Nevertheless, as it so happens, fortuitous circumstances do enable us to visit Woy Woy on the Labor Day holiday. But I must stress that we must not lose sight of the Organ Spectacular just under two weeks later!


We are making this a combined event with the Hunter District Organ Music Society.


To defray the costs of the day we are asking for a donation of $5 each.


Travel to Woy Woy may be by train as there is a regular and fairly efficacious service from Sydney and Newcastle – provided that there is no trackwork (the writer could only check to the end of August).


The church is on the corner of Blackwall and Victoria roads, perhaps a ten minute walk from the railway station.


Whether by train or car, plan to be at the church at 10.30 am. There is a service before then so there’ll be no worms for the early birds. However, morning tea facilities will be available from the appointed time.


We are planning for a short talk to be delivered about the new building and the organ, after which our member and organist of the church, Pauline Regan, will demonstrate the organ. Opportunity will be given for ramblers to play the organ and it is expected that the proceedings will close at lunch time.


The church hall will be available for those who wish to have their lunch there. There are a number of eateries within walking distance of the church.


There is also the possibility that the Eagles instrument (two ranks cabinet organ), used by the parish since 1972, will be re-installed in the hall by then and will also be available for our delectation.


The new organ, of 1955 vintage by Hill Norman & Beard and now rebuilt by Darrell Pitchford in a somewhat larger form, was detailed in the previous Journal. Thus it would seem necessary at this juncture to quote only the synoptic specification.


Great 8,8,8,4,4,2,III,8

Swell 8,8,8,4,2,8,8,Trem

Pedal 16,8,8,4,4,16,8

Couplers Sw 16,8,4, Sw/Gt, Sw/Ped, Gt/Ped, Gt & Ped Pistons, Melodic Bass


By the way, we will need someone to write an account of the ramble for the subsequent Journal. Will it be you? Please indicate your interest to the Secretary as soon as possible.


Looking forward to seeing you there.

7 Tue

8 Wed

1.15pm - 1.45pm St James', King St lunchtime recital More info Donation

9 Thu

11am St Luke's, Stanmore Rd, Enmore Wordsworth & Maskell 1883 M 2/11

A pleasant morning with friends gathering for morning tea, followed by a recital at 11.30am and lunch (RSVP) at 12 noon.
Enquiries: 02 9519 7428

10 Fri

1.10pm - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral lunchtime recital More info Donation

11 Sat

5.00pm - 6.00pm 2MBS-FM Organ Music Society Radio Program 102.5MHz Program details

7.30pm Strathfield Uniting Church

David Kinsela playing the "Magic of Buxtehude"

$10 towards organ fund

Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)


1 Prelude in A minor  158
2 Von Gott will ich nicht lassen  From God I’ll not let go   hymn / 220 / 221
3 Muss den Tod den auch entbinden  Must death cause a separation? (‘Klag-Lied’)  76B
4 Chaconne in C minor  159
5 Herr Jesu Christ, ich weiss gar wohl  Lord Jesus Christ, I know full well   hymn / 193
6 Mensch, willst du leben seliglich  Man, will you live in holiness   hymn / 206
7 Prelude in G minor  150


8 Danket dem Herren  Thanks to the Lord  hymn / 181
9 Fugue in G major  175
10 Es spricht der unweisen Mund wohl  Unwise mouths do speak so smoothly  hymn / 187
11 Canzona in E minor  169
12 Prelude in A minor  152    
13 Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren  Now praise, my soul, the Lord  hymn / 213 (three sections)
14 Canzona in C major  166
15 Prelude in E minor  142    


N.B. Identification numbers signify BuxWV Buxtehude Werke Verzeichnis.

Programme and section titles are contextual in purpose and bear no specific connection with Dieterich B.

Hymn harmonisationss are by Samuel Scheidt(1587-1654) except Danket dem Herren [9] which is by J. S. Bach and Es spricht [10] and Nun lob[13] which are the original Reformation settings by Johann Kugelmann and Johann Walter respectively.


12 Sun

13 Mon

14 Tue

15 Wed

1.15pm - 1.45pm St James', King St lunchtime recital More info Donation

16 Thu

17 Fri

1.10pm - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral lunchtime recital More info Donation

18 Sat

6.30pm - 7.30pm 2MBS-FM Organ Music Society Radio Program 102.5MHz Theatre Organ Program details

19 Sun

International Organ Day - Organ Spectacular

1pm - 7.30pm - Great Hall, University of Sydney

Including a Pipe Organ Encounter, Lunch with Bells and Amy Johansen Organ Recital at the Great Hall Sydney University, and much more.

1.00 pm - 4.30 pm: INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DAY

1.00 pm Children's Introduction to the Organ
2.00 pm Picnic (BYO) during Carillon recital
3.00 pm Carillon tour
3.30 pm Organ Recital by Amy Johansen

Refreshments about 5pm at Christ Church St Laurence

6.30pm Evensong at Christ Church St Laurence

Download and print out the above brochure by clicking on this link -

International Organ Day brochure.

20 Mon

21 Tue

7.30pm Shore School, North Sydney

Gordon Stewart (UK) of BBC "Songs of Praise" fame.

An evening of music and anecdotes. Gordon will share some memorable and amusing moments from his long experience as a conductor of Songs of Praise, along with a recital.

$15, students free

22 Wed

1.15pm - 1.45pm St James', King St lunchtime recital More info Donation

7pm St John's Church Gordon 

Songs of Praise This will be led by Gordon Stewart (Musical Director for the BBC's 'Songs of Praise') with The Cathedral Singers, trumpeters Paul Goodchild (SSO) and Dave Moore and organist Brett McKern. Gordon Stewart is an exciting and inspirational leader as you will have seen from the results on the TV. It promises to be a wonderful evening of hymn singing. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.

23 Thu

24 Fri

1.10pm - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral lunchtime recital More info Donation

25 Sat

26 Sun

2pm Marrickville Town Hall

David Parsons and Matthew Loeser theatre organ concert

$25 / $22

27 Mon

28 Tue

29 Wed

1.15pm - 1.45pm St James', King St lunchtime recital More info Donation

30 Thu

31 Fri

1.10pm - 1.40pm St Andrew's Cathedral lunchtime recital More info Donation

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