Rieger Pipe Organ in the Town Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand
Come Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Town Hall
Last chance to hear Town Hall organ in full solo concert this year!
To celebrate this milestone, the City Council is running an Open Day at the Town Hall (free admission) on the Sunday of Labour Weekend, 23 October, from 2.15pm to 3pm, appropriately rounding off the Heritage Festival. https://ccc.govt.nz/news-and-events/whats-on/event/ccc-govt-nztownhall )
There will be entertainment throughout the day, and and Town Hall organist Martin Setchell will play an organ concert as the Grand Finale, from 2-15 to 3pm.This will be the last opportunity for 2022 to hear our pipe organ in solo concert.
The programme will include popular favourites like Verdi's Grand March from Aida, Martin's arrangements of some film music like Gabriel’s Oboe (from The Mission) Cavatina (from The Deer Hunter), and Conquest of Paradise (better known as the Canterbury Crusaders theme) and, following many requests to hear it again, Widor's Toccata from Symphony No. 5 in F.
Something for everyone! Maybe this is a good opportunity to introduce a friend to the sound of the organ with a short and popular programme!
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.