Rieger Pipe Organ in the Town Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand
Martin Setchell's annual organ curator’s concert this year took place in the Town Hall auditorium on Monday 5 June at 2pm on the King's Birthday public holiday.
This year’s programme was entitled ‘Sound the trumpet’. Guest artist Tom Eves, principal trumpet with the CSO played a suite of pieces from Handel's famous Water Music arranged for trumpet and organ, as well as a delightfully witty Trumpet Sonatina by Hans Hielscher.
Martin's solo organ items include Bach's great Fantasia in G major (the pièce d'orgue) BWV 572, a haunting Allegretto by Louis Vierne, and the Pastorale and blazing Final from Guilmant's Sonata Op.42 1 in D minor.
A note from Martin:
Another very successful annual organ curator's concert in Christchurch Town Hall this year. Thank you to all 1300+ who came, and for supporting the Friends of the Christchurch Town Hall Organ Trust with your generous donations.
See you all again next year on King's Birthday, Monday 3 June 2024!
Watch the Grand Re-Opening of the Christchurch Town Hall Organ, New Zealand
Presented by the Friends of the Christchurch Town Hall Organ Trust
Two concerts on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 marked the re-opening of the Rieger pipe organ in the Town Hall auditorium. The video of the evening concert can be viewed from Shipleys audiovisual production website. (A slideshow begins the video, then live event starts about 2 minutes in)
Live streaming is still available for both concerts from this link
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There is a great deal of new content and fresh material on nzorgan.com. Coming events and news of the Friends Trust will be publicised here. But we also aim to maintain this site with a compilation of its unique and historic photos, events, and everything else that we followed in the 13 years the Rieger organ was active in the Town Hall before the earthquakes and all that is happening since. As these pages were originally a footprint in time, the narrative text about the installation and opening events are just as they were recorded.