St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney

Organ Recital Programs

Fridays 1.10pm - 1.40pm

Gold Coin Donation

May 2009

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May 1
Catherine Ennis (Organist, St Lawrence Jewry, London)

CATHERINE ENNIS has established an international organ recital career, with tours taking her throughout Europe and the U.S.A., and concerts in major UK venues including the Proms and the Royal Festival Hall series. At a recent engagement she astonished a capacity audience at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with her version of Bach's Musical Offering on the small Flentrop organ there.

She is Organist and Director of Music at the church of St. Lawrence Jewry, the church of the Corporation of London, where her series of Tuesday lunchtime recitals continue a century- long tradition of organ music as midday respite for all, whether City workers, tourists, or afficionados. The series has been enhanced by a fine Klais organ, installed in 2001.

Recordings have included  a Guilmant disc for EMI at St. Marylebone Parish Church, London, a disc of English Romantic organ music for IFO, from Muenster Cathedral in Germany, and Bach’s Goldberg Variations for Mollterz at St. Lawrence Jewry (on the 5- stop Chapel organ) . Future releases include “Homage to Schweitzer” from St. Lawrence, and the Reubke Sonata from St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. She has broadcast frequently for the BBC and RTE radio.

She teaches at Trinity College of Music, London. Oundle International Festival, Edinburgh Organ Academy and Eton Summer School have been among recent teaching and performing engagements. Her diary in the next year includes appearances in London, Ireland, Luxembourg, Germany, and the USA, inter alia.

Uniquely, she has been has been the catalyst behind three major instruments in London, those at St. Marylebone (Rieger) in 1987 and at St. Lawrence in 2001, and the William Drake organ for Trinity College of Music, Greenwich, installed in 2003. She is currently involved in other organ advisory projects.

Over a decade ago, Catherine Ennis founded the London Organ Concerts Guide, which seeks to persuade a wider audience that the organ can be of more than minority interest. She is Past President of the Incorporated Association of Organists (term 2005-2007), a Trustee of the Nicholas Danby Trust for student organists, former council member of the Royal College of Organists, and writes for various musical journals.

Organ concerto, op.4 no.5 in F

Fantasia and Toccata, op. 57

Variations on “Laudes spirituali” (a City of London “grace”)
Georg Frideric Handel (1685-1759) arr. Dupré

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

David Briggs (b.1962)

Commissioned for the Worshipful Company of Actuaries’ centenary in 2004, 
when it was given its first performance by Catherine Ennis.

Theme (fairly pious, but with some sleazy harmonies);
Flutes (Presto) (would work well with Champagne);
Foundations (Allegro) (Very chromatic and dense;)
Trio (rather like Bach under the influence of some dodgy substances!);
Adagio (naughty weekend in Paris...);
Scherzo (short and lightweight);
Largamente – Toccata (climactic ending)


May 8
Veronica Choi (Organist, St Peter's Catholic Church, Surry Hills)

Sonata No.3 Op.65 in A Major

1st mov Con moto maestoso
2nd mov Andante tranquillo

Eight pieces for musical clocks


Organ Symphony No.5 in f minor, Op.42

2nd mov Allegro Cantabile

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 - 1847)

Franz Joseph Haydn (1832 - 1809)
edited for organ by Desmond Ratcliffe

Charles-Marie Widor (1844 - 1937)

May 15
Anna Kleibert (Organist, St Benedict's, Smithfield)

Prelude and Fugue in b minor BWV544


JS Bach (1685 - 1750)

Johann Pachelbel (1653 - 1706)

Christian Ritter (1645 - 1725)

May 22
Andrej Kousnetsov (Organist, St James', King Street)

Praeludium in F-sharp minor, BuxWV 146

Voluntary for double organ in D minor

Toccata, Fugue and Hymn on Ave Maris Stella, Op. 28

Chorale Prelude on Komm, süßer Tod

Carillon de Westminster
Diderik Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Flor Peeters (1903-1986

Max Reger (1873-1916)

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

May 29
Hannah Brooke
(Assistant Organist, Wanganui Collegiate School, NZ)

Suite Gothique
(i) Introduction - Choral
(ii) Menuet Gothique
(iii) Prière à Notre-Dame
(iv) Toccata

O Mensch bewein dein sünde gross BWV 622

Final from Symphony No.1
Léon Boëllmann (1862 - 1897)

J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

Louis Vierne (1890 - 1937)

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