Cathedral Organ Festival Weekend
Saturday 16 Sept, 7.30pm
Sunday 17 Sept, 2pm
The weekend of 16 – 17 September 2017 will mark the Grand Opening of the Cathedral Organ, with 2 days of celebration:
Grand Opening Recital (Saturday 16 September, 7.30pm) with performances by Philip Smith, Cathedral Organist, and Michael Stoddart, Director of Music. This Opening Recital, is the first of the Cathedral Organ Recital Series. Programme will include works by Bach, Hollins, Tchaikovsky, Duruflé and NZ composer Christopher Artley. This is a ticketed event.
Choral Eucharist (Sunday 17 September, 10am) will feature the Vierne Mass played on two organs by Philip Smith and Zosia Herlihy-O’Brien, and sung by the Cathedral choirs. This is a public service and all are welcome.
Gala Concert (Sunday 17 September, 2pm) will showcase the huge flexibility of the new Nicholson organ, with pieces for different combinations of instruments, choirs and voices, as well as a range of players and ensembles. Programme will include works by Elgar, Purcell, Vierne, and Parry. This is a ticketed event.
Choral Evensong (Sunday 17 September, 5pm) will be held in St Mary’s, where the newly restored historic George Croft organ will have its chance to shine. Philip Smith will accompany the Cathedral choir. This is a public service and all are welcome.
The Cathedral organ – designed, built and installed by Nicholson & Co Ltd of Malvern, UK – is the largest pipe organ in New Zealand, the largest church organ in Australasia, and the largest organ to be built in the UK since the 1940s. Installation of the organ was completed in June 2017 and the organ was blessed at a Dedication Service on Sunday 11 June.
Tickets on sale through iTICKET. Season tickets available.
Click here to buy tickets or phone 09 361 1000.