Sound And Glory Of The Cathedral Organ

Newcastle Herald
Thursday February 5, 1998

SINCE the restoration of the magnificent pipe organ in Newcastle’s Christ Church Cathedral, it has attracted organists from around the world.

Next Tuesday at 8pm, British organist Graham Eccles will perform a recital at the cathedral which will show off the organ in all its glory.

After Mr Eccles gained a diploma from Trinity College London and the Royal College of Organists, he studied further at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

For the past decade, Mr Eccles has played a key role in the musical life of the city of Chester, being organist at that city’s cathedral.

Apart from his commitment to the music of the church, Mr Eccles has performed with the Halle and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and toured with the Halle to Los Angeles in 1994, playing at the Hollywood Bowl.

His trip to Australia is part of a three-month sabbatical from his cathedral post.

The recital next Tuesday will include music by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Guilmant, Hurford and Parry. Admission is $10 (adult) and $7 (concession).

Stockhausen stunner ROLAND Peelman’s a cappella vocal ensemble, The Song Company, has released its 1998 Sydney series of concerts with the emphasis being early music and 20th century compositions.

The series, titled Old Masters, kicks off with an old master who is still living ? Karlheinz Stockhausen, born in 1928. This composer is regarded as the leader of the electronic avant garde. His seminal work, Stimmung, is a contemporary classic and has only ever been heard in Sydney once owing to its challenge to the singers.

The Song Company’s first 1998 concert will be held on Saturday, February 14 at 8.30pm. It is 70 minutes long with no interval, and will be held in the Atrium at the National Innovation Centre and the Australian Technology Park in Garden St, Redfern. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 concession. For further information telephone (02) 9364 9457.

 © 1998 Newcastle Herald

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