St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney

Organ Recital Programs

Fridays 1.10pm - 1.40pm

Gold Coin Donation

May 2008

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May 2
Mark Quarmby (St Andrew's Cathedral)

2008 is the centenary of the birth of Olivier Messiaen (1908 - 1992)

L'Ascension ("The Ascension") was composed by Olivier Messiaen in 1932-33 for orchestra
and rewritten for organ in 1933-34. Messiaen described it as "4 Meditations for organ".

1. Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Père
("The majesty of Christ demanding its glory of the Father")

2. Alleluias sereins d'une âme qui désire le ciel
("Serene alleluias of a soul that longs for heaven")

3. Transports de joie d'une âme devant la gloire du Christ qui est la sienne
("Outbursts of joy of a soul before the glory of Christ, which is its own glory")

4. Prière du Christ montant vers son Père
("Prayer of Christ ascending towards his Father")

May 9
John Aitchison (Sydney)

JS Bach (1685 - 1750) Transcriptions

Prelude & Fugue in D Minor ("The Fiddle") BWV 539

"Sheep may safely graze" (arranged Stainton de B Taylor)

The Six Schübler Chorale Preludes BWV 645 - 650:


Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme ("Wake, Awake for Night is Passing")


Woll soll ich fliehen hin ("Whither shall I flee?")


Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten ("Who allows God alone to rule him")


Meine Seele erhebt den Herren ("My soul doth magnify the Lord")


Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ ("Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide")
650 Kommst du nun, Jesu, von Himmel herunter ("Come thou, Jesu, from heaven to earth")

May 16
Anna Kleibert
(St Benedict's, Smithfield)

Five Magnificat Fugues

Chorale No 3 in A minor

Johann Pachelbel (1653 - 1706)

César Franck (1822 - 1890)

May 23
Hayko Siemens (St Matthäus, Munich, Germany)

Toccata in F-major  BWV 540

Benedictus in D-flat-major  op. 59, 9

Scherzo in d-minor op. 65, 10

Toccata in b-minor

Boléro de Concert op. 166

Toccata in G-major
Joh. Seb. Bach (1685 – 1750)

Max Reger (1873 – 1916)

Max Reger (1873 – 1916)

Eugène Gigout (1844 – 1925)

Louis J.A. Lefébure-Wély (1817 – 1869)

Théodore Dubois (1837 – 1924)

Hayko Siemens was born in Schleswig-Holstein in 1954 and made his concert debut in Berlin at the age of 16. After graduating from high school he continued his studies in Lubeck, Cologne and Paris under Walther Kraft, Michael Schneider and Marie-Claire Alain. He graduated in Lubeck with first class honours in the church music examination degree A and concert examination, and in Paris with a unaminous Grand Prix d’excellence. He has won many prizes including the Lubeck organ competition (1976), the Music Prize of the Possel Foundation (1977), and the competition of the German Academies of Music.


Since then he has reguarly undertaken organ concert tours throughout the world; concert performances in a single season in various European countries, the USA, Japan, Hongkong, Canada, Africa, Australia and New Zealand (1987 & 1988). He was the first ever German organist to be invited as “principal artist“ to the Melbourne Internationl Festival for Organ and Harpsichord.


Hayko Siemens has been Professor of Organ at the ’’Staatliche Hochschule for Music and Performing Arts“ (University) in Frankfurt. He has been a much sought after for organ masterclasses in the USA (Oberlin College), Sweden, Hongkong (Academy for the Performing Arts) and New Zealand.


He has made numerous organ recordings for german and international radio stations and television including Radio New Zealand in 1988 (Franck and Reubke-from Wellington Town Hall). He has recorded the complete works of Cesar Franck and several CD’s of the music of J.S. Bach and Jehan Alain.


Church music positions have included Organist and Kantor of the Erlöserkirche in Bad Homburg where he oversaw the reconstruction of the Sauer organ of 1908 IV/62 and commissioned a new organ (based on a Bach model) by Gerald Woehl in 1990 II/31. These instruments and others in this beautiful region inspired Hayko Siemens to form and direct the FUGATO International Organ Festival in Bad Homburg which attracted some of Europe’s most emminent organ performers as well as presenting large scale orchestral and choral concerts.


In 1998 Hayko Siemens moved to Munich in Bavaria to assume the prestigous position of Musical Director and Conductor of the Müncher MottettenChor as well as Organist and Musical Director of St Matthäus, the principal Lutheran church in the City and the seat of the Bavarian Bishops. As a choral and orchestral conductor Hayko Siemens has raised the profile of the choir to new heights undertaking a global tour in May 2002 to Frankfurt, Sao Paulo, New York, Mexico and Shanghai. The Münchner MottettenChor offer a high profile concert series throughout the year with recent performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Bruckner’s Great Mass, J.S. Bach’s Passions, Brahm’s Requiem, Monteverdi Vespers, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.


In recent years Hayko Siemens has been guest conductor for such distinguished groups as the Munich Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony, Prague’s Radio-Sympony and Bach-Collegium Stuttgart. In 2005 he conducted a Munich performance of Britten’s ˝War Requiem˝ which was broadcast live on Bavarian state television.


As Organist, Choral Director and Orchestral Conductor, Hayko Siemens has established himself to the very fore-front of Germany’s most distinguished classical musicians.

May 30
Ross Cobb (St Andrew's Cathedral)

Ross played, with Simon Wolnizer (trumpet):

Trumpet Tune - David German

Andante (arr. Cobb) - J Fiocco

Fantasia in C, completed Keller - JS Bach

Touch her soft lips and part (from Henry V) - Walton

Voluntary on the Old 100th - H Purcell

Elegy in B flat (arr. Cobb) - G Thalben-Ball

Raiders of the Lost Ark - J Williams

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