Organ Festival ushers in new season for Cathedral worship

Organ Festival ushers in new season for Cathedral worship

Wellington Cathedral of St Paul is pulling out all the stops for the launch of its brand new custom-built Regent Classic digital organ with a special festival this weekend.  A feast of music-making will take place at the Cathedral from 12-14 October featuring the four-manual instrument, the largest organ yet built by the UK-based organ company.  The organ will also play a central role in ushering in a new season of worship at the Cathedral, with Festival Eucharist on Sunday morning and Evensong on Sunday night.

The inaugural organ recital will be given by renowned concert organist Dr Joseph Nolan on Friday 12 October. Joseph has been receiving rave reviews for his latest recordings, including the complete Widor Symphonies and the recent release ‘Midnight at St Etienne-du-Mont’. The programme will include JS Bach’s mighty Passacaglia in C minor and the complete Symphonie V of Widor, concluding with the famous Toccata. Described as ‘a colossus’ among organists, this is Joseph’s only appearance in New Zealand and is a concert not to be missed!

The following day, Assistant Director of Music Richard Apperley will give a family-friendly introduction to the organ featuring his own arrangement of Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ – there is no charge for this concert.

Later that evening, the combined choirs of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul and Sacred Heart Cathedral will perform choral classics such as Parry’s ‘I was Glad’, Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’ and Finzi’s ‘Lo, the full final sacrifice’. The festival concludes with two festal services on Sunday at 10am and 5pm, with the organ officially dedicated during the morning service.

“We are incredibly excited about the arrival of this instrument, and sharing it with the community” says Director of Music Michael Stewart. “The specification of the organ is entirely bespoke, from the design of the console to the stoplist, which means it will fit the Music Department’s requirements exactly.”

Tickets for the two evening concerts are $30 each ($25 for students and seniors) or a combined special rate of $50/$40 for both.

There will also be free daily 30 minute organ recitals from Monday 15th – Thursday 18th October at 12.45pm.

Festival details:

Inaugural organ recital, Dr Joseph Nolan
7.30pm, Friday 12 October
Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
General admission: $30
Concession (student/senior): $25

Introduction to the Organ – featuring Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’
2.00pm, Saturday 13 October
Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
Free admission

‘Laudes Organi’ – combined cathedral choirs in concert
7.30pm, Saturday 13 October
Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
General admission: $30
Concession (student/senior): $25

Festal Eucharist, featuring dedication of the organ
10.00am, Sunday 14 October

Festal Evensong
5.00pm, Sunday 14 October

 

Please contact Michael Stewart at dom@wellingtoncathedral.org.nz  or 021 477 257 for further details.