St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney

Organ Recital Programs

Fridays 1.10pm - 1.40pm

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August 2009

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August 7

Robert Costin (Director of Music at Ardingly College, West Sussex)
1. Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Voluntary for Double Organ in D minor Z 719

Purcell's Voluntary for Double Organ (indicating an instrument with two manuals)
is one of his most extended and developed pieces for the instrument. In style it
owes something to both French and Italian traditions. This was a period when the
idea of individual national styles was at its height. In Purcell's piece this manifests
itself in the improvisatory runs in the opening section, a French trait, whilst more
Italianate violin type writing appears later. These elements are combined with
Purcell's idiosyncratic harmonic idiom and ornamentation in the English style of
Blow and his contemporaries.

2. J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Prelude and Fugue in B minor BWV 544

Johann Sebastian Bach's time in Leipzig (1723-1750) is often associated with his
cantatas, passions, and the Mass in B Minor. Bach's organ writing during this same
time, however, saw a refinement unsurpassed by later composers. The "great"
Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 544, dates from this period. BWV 544 looks
ahead to the formal clarity and extraordinarily tight thematic organisation associated
with the Clavier-Übung. The Prelude exhibits virtuoso writing with its demisemiquaver
passages but also maintains a continuity of sweeping rhythmic and melodic ideas. The
Fugue, on the other hand, begins with a deceptively elementary subject moving primarily
in stepwise intervals. With this simple subject as his anchor, Bach masterfully crafts a
fugue of sheer power and grace.

3. Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-): Three Organ Voluntaries

Psalm 124 (after David Peebles)
O God Abufe (after John Fethy)
All Sons of Adam (after an anon 16th century motet)

Early music has formed the basis of a significant part of Maxwell Davies’ output, the
originals serving as the departure point for new interpretations, and these voluntaries
are all arrangements of sixteenth-century Scottish church music. Psalm 124 takes a
motet on the famous Old 124th and overlays a wide-ranging obbligato marked “high
fluted, clear and bell-like”. O God Abufe states the hymn tune over ostinato figures for
the left hand and pedals. In All Sons of Adam the texture and basic structure of the
original are retained, but the rest is pure Maxwell Davies: he revels in the sound of the
Devil – that “forbidden” interval, the augmented fourth.

4. Sir William Walton (1902-1983): Orb and Sceptre (Coronation March, 1953) arr. Robert Gower

As the composer of the march Crown Imperial for the coronation of King George VI and his
consort, Queen Elizabeth, 18 years earlier, William Walton was an obvious choice to write the
Orb and Sceptre Coronation March for Elizabeth II in 1953. The title incorporates the two
symbols of royal power carried by the Queen at her coronation. The music critic of the London
Times reported, “It makes a joyful noise in the march proper, and it is in the trio that majesty
comes to the fore with a sweeping diatonic tune.”


Robert Costin began his musical career as a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral. He
subsequently studied at Oundle School, The Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge
University. Robert moved to New Zealand in 1993, holding organist posts at St Paul's
Cathedral, Wellington and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, before returning to the
United Kingdom as Assistant Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral. He is presently
Director of Music at Ardingly College, West Sussex, having previously held teaching
posts at Bedford School and Worksop College.

Robert has played, conducted and taught extensively in Europe, Asia, Australasia,
and North America. In April 2009 he gave a concert and masterclass at the Hong Kong
Cultural Centre. Future plans include recitals at Notre Dame de Paris, St Paul's Cathedral
and Westminster Cathedral.

Robert has recorded three critically acclaimed solo CDs on the Atoll and Kiwi Pacific labels,
and he has broadcast on the BBC and Radio New Zealand. Further information on his career
can be found at his website

August 14
Jane Stewart (Sydney)

Sonata No. 6 in D minor (Op 65, No 6)
(i) Choral and Variations (ii) Fuga: Sostenuto (iii) Finale: Andante

Choral No. 3 in A minor
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)

César Franck (1822 - 1890)

August 21
Wilbur Hughes (Sydney)

Music composed and conducted by Wilbur Hughes


Friendly Fugal Fun: Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Flute and Organ

Meditation on the Economy 2009: Duet for Flute and Clarinet

Cardiff in Ashes: Woodwind Quintet and Organ Continuo

Commissioned by the Quintet Wye Valley Wind of Cardiff, Wales 

Die drei Blinde Mäuser: Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Bassoon and Organ.


August 28
Paul Dean (St Michael’s Church, Highgate, London)

Con moto maestoso (from Sonata No. 3) 

Andante Cantabile (from Symphony No. 4) 

Joie et Clarté des Corps Glorieux (from Les Corps Glorieux) 


Overture to ‘Poet and Peasant’ 

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)

Ch-M Widor (1844 – 1937)

Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992)

Albert Alain (1880 – 1971)

Franz von Suppé (1819 – 1895)

Paul Dean studied music in Birmingham and Manchester; and in Paris with Susan Landale where he gained the ‘Prix de Perfectionnement’.

He now pursues a free-lance career as a performer and teacher from his home in London. He is the Director of Music at St Michael’s Church, Highgate and Assistant Director of Music at ‘The Hall’, Hampstead.

He has had considerable success in several national and international competitions winning the Third International Organ Competition in Biarritz, the 1997 Royal College of Organists Performer of the Year Competition and the First International Organ Competition in Warsaw. He was also a finalist in the 16th International Organ Competition in Chartres.

A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists since 1994, Paul is in frequent demand as a soloist, accompanist and recording artist both in the UK and abroad. Highlights in 2009/2010 will include recitals at Westminster Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral, London, La Madeleine, Paris, St Mortens Kirke, Randers, Denmark and a solo tour of Australia.

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