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A selection of organ and choral works – both sacred and secular – from the Early Music period to the present day.

The closing theme is Allegretto in E flat by William Wolstenholme played by Peter Jewkes at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, NSW.


IN CONCERT – details of organ & choral concerts around Melbourne for the weeks following March 17, 2019



Sunday March 17 – 2.30 pm

Sacred Heart Church, Carlton

Miserere Palestrina, Tallis, Brumel, Allegri Vivancos, Macmillan

Gloriana Chamber Choir / Andrew Raiskums


Thursday March 21 – 1.00 pm

St Michael’s Church, Melbourne

Rhys Boak, org & Georgia Wilkinson, soprano


Sunday March 24 – 1.30 pm

Dendy Cinema, Brighton

David Bailey

Buster Keaton’s The Navigator


Sunday March 24 – 3.00 pm

Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Newman College

Newman College Centenary Concert (College was opened on March 24 1919)

Handel – Messiah

Choir of Newman College & Melbourne Baroque Orchestra / Gary Ekkel


Sunday March 24 – 3.00 pm

All Saints’ Church, St Kilda East

Ensemble Gombert / John O’Donnell

Tallis, Lassus, G Gabrieli & Brahms


Thursday March 28 – 1.00 pm

St Michael’s Church, Melbourne



Sunday March 31 – 3.30 pm

St Ignatius’ Church, Richmond

Hamer Singers / Jonathan Grieves-Smith

Before the Morning Star

Music of James MacMillan & Robert Ramsey


Sunday March 31 – 2.00 pm

Toorak Uniting Church

Jennifer Chou & Anna Duan

Dancing Feet – organ duets

Sunday April 7 – 2.30

St Andrew’s Church, Brighton

Edwin Kwong


Sunday April 7 – 2.30 pm

St Andrew’s Church, Hamilton

Bach – St John Passion

Australian Chamber Choir & Melbourne Baroque Orchestra / Douglas Lawrence


Sunday April 7 – 2.30

St George’s Church, Ivanhoe East

Rise Up The program features African-American spirituals—songs of inspiration, sharing messages of hope and freedom. Arising from enslaved people with precious few resources, the music encapsulates the sheer will to live and joy triumphing over despair.

The Tudor Choristers / Kathleen McGuire



Peter Wakeley or Simon Colvin

17th March

Show Playlist
  • Bach: Ach, was soll ich Sunder machen, BWV770, (Partita). Peter Hurford, org.
  • Trad. (arr. Tomlinson): Early one morning; Charlie is my darling; Arne: Where the bee sucks. Elizabeth Harwood, sop., Owen Brannigan, bar.; Hendon Grammar School Choir, Pro Arte Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Elgar: Salut d'amour; Lemare: Gavotte a la Coeur Op.84. Thomas Heywood, org.
  • Howells: I said I will take heed of my ways (Psalm 39). Durham Cathedral Choir/James Lancelot
  • Sweelinck: Domine Deus meus in te sperabo. Trinity College Choir, Cambridge/Richard Marlow.
  • Liszt: Ave Maria. David Agg, org.
  • Mudd: Let thy merciful ears....; Farrant: Call to remembrance. Clare College Chapel Choir
  • Peeters: Monastic Peace Op.16a. James Hicks, org.
  • Tansu'r: O 'twas a joyful sound to hear; Holden: Descend, ye nine! His Majestie's Clerkes/Paul Hillier
  • Hollins: Intermezzo. David Liddle, org.
  • Dreyfus: Children and Mothers song; We're off to dig golden dust. , Rosny Children's Choir; Tasmanian SO/Georg Tintner.

  • 10th March

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  • Giazotto): Adagio in G minor. Peter Hurford, org.
  • Poulenc: Margoton va ta l'iau; La belle sesied au pied de la tour; Pillons l'orgue; Clic clac dansez sabots. Cambridge Singers/John Rutter.
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumble-Bee; Trad: Someone's Horse is standing there. Red Star Red Army Chorus
  • Nevin: Will o' the wisp. Jonathan Bielby, org.
  • S.Wesley: Air and Gavotte, Stephen Cleobury, org.
  • Walford Davies: Psalm 130 'Out of the Deep; Psalm 131 'Lord, I am not high minded' Choir of King's College Cambridge/Philip Ledger
  • Schutz: Psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd. Musica Fiata, Stuttgart Chamber Choir/Frieder Bernius.
  • Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata in F minor Op. 65/1. Felix Hell, org. Melbourne Town Hall
  • Boyce: Turn thee unto me. Choir of New College Oxford/Edward Higginbottom
  • Handel: Samson: Fix'd in his everlasting seat. , Arnold Schoenberg Choir; Concentus Musicus Vienna/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • Hollins: Spring Song. Roy Massey, org.

  • 3rd March

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  • Pezel: Sonatina No.71 for 2 tpts, org. John Foster, Yoram Levy, tpt, David Drury, org.
  • Bach: Canonic Variations. John O'Donnell, org.
  • Handel: The trumpet shall sound, fr Messiah. Michael Lindberg, bar, Erling A Thomsen, org.
  • Farmer The Lord's Prayer; Hide not thy face. Magdalen Choir, Oxford / John Harper.
  • Maclean: Christ the King. Adelaide Chamber Singers/Carl Crossin.
  • Vaughan Williams: A farmer's son so sweet. Joyful Company of Singers /Peter Broadbent.
  • Vautor: Madrigal - Sweet Suffolk Owl. Pro Cantione Antiqua /Phillip Ledger.
  • Macque: Capriccio sopra Re, Fa, Mi, Sol Consonanze Stravaganti. Liuwe Tamminga, org.
  • Massaino: Lamentation - Musica super Threnos Ieremiae prophte - lectio prima. Huelgas Ens /Paul Van Nevel.
  • Monteverdi: Nigra sum, fr Vespro della beata Virgine. Ensemble Gombert /John O' Donnell.
  • Buxtehude: Prelude and fugue in g min. Douglas Lawrence, org.

  • 24th February

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  • Darke: Meditation on the Brother James air. Robert Boughen, org.
  • Luke: Improvisation on the Brother James Air. Christopher Luke, org.
  • Buxtehude: Von Gott will ich nicht lassen; Canzonetta in A minor..Nicholas Danby, org.
  • Purcell: Upon Christ Church Bells in Oxford; Tom the Tailor; My Lady's Coachman John. Pro Cantione Antiqua/Mark Brown
  • Trad:: Shto si goro povyahnmala. Martenitsa Choir/Mara Kiek.
  • Saint-Saens: Fantaisie in E flat. Peter Backhouse, org.
  • Stanford: Te Deum Laudamus in C. St George's Chapel Choir, Windsor/Christopher Robinson.
  • Pachelbel: Partita: Christus, der ist mein Leben. Werner Jacob, org.
  • Bach: Motet: Jesu, meine Freude, BWV227. Australian Chamber Choir/Douglas Lawrence.
  • Reger; Walther: (2 preludes) O welt, ich muss dich lassen. Collin Jenkins; Merrwyn Deacon, org.
  • Caimo: Mentre il cuculo; Lasso: Matona mia cara. King's Singers
  • Grainger(arr Bowyer): Walking Tune. Kevin Bowyer, org.
  • Trad: Bobby Shaftoe; The Ash Grove; O Dear, what can the matter be? Cynthia Glover, sop; Ickenham Junior Singers
  • Bach (arr Hurford; Williams): Trio Sonata No. 6 in G. John Williams, gtr; Peter Hurford, org.

  • 17th February

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  • Pachelbel: Ciacona in C minor; Ricercar in C minor.. Douglas Lawrence, org.
  • Zadeh: Printemps de vie; Authie: Le monde est a toi. Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc
  • Rheinberger: Andante (Sonata No. 7 in F minor Op. 127. Kieran Crichton, org.
  • Brahms: O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr frommen. Op.122/6. Klaas Jan Mulder, org.
  • Purcell: My beloved spake. Choir of King's College Cambridge; Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Philip Ledger
  • Grieg: Elegaic Melody. June Nixon, org.
  • Plainchant (Tone 8)/Lassus; Magnificat. Monks and choirboys, Downside Abbbey. .
  • Boellmann: Canzona on a Gregorian Chant. Kurt Lueders, org.
  • Bajzek: Be greeted, dear people; Stimfl: When you are not with me; Wiederin: D'Brunalla. Austrian Choir of Melbourne/Dieter Bajzek.
  • Mayerl: Marigold. Kevin Bowyer, org.
  • Vaughan Williams: Ward, the Pirate; Bushes and Briars. London Madrigal Singers/Christopher Bishop.

  • 10th February

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  • Bach: Schübler chorales, BWV645-650. Franz Lehrndorfer, org.
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  • Traditional (arr. Althouse): Plenty Good Room. Ormond College Choir/Douglas Lawrence.
  • Haydn (transc. Hall): Andante from Symphony No. 94. Rhys Boak, org.
  • Walmisley: Psalm 148. Choir of King's College Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks
  • G.Gabrieli: Buccinate in neomenia. London Cornett & Sackbutt Ensemble/Andrew Parrott.
  • W.S. Lloyd Webber: Song without words;. Vesper Hymn. Jane Watts, org.
  • Gerhardt: Lobet den Herren; St Thomas's Boys' Choir Leipzig; Torsten Laux, org./Georg Christoph Biller.
  • Stanley: Voluntary in F. Anders Bondeman, org.
  • Horn (arr. Mackerras): Cherry Ripe; Morley (arr Mackerras): It was a lover and his lass.. Elizabeth Harwood, sop., Owen Brannigan, bass; Handon Grammar School Choir; Pro Arte Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Guilmant: Caprice. Jonathan Bielby, org.

  • 3rd February

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  • Pachelbel: What God does, is done well. (Chorale Partita). Douglas Lawrence, org.
  • Trad (arr Carter): The lark in the clear air. Cambridge Singers
  • Banks: White Wings. Kentucky Minstrels
  • Thalben-Ball: Elegy No. 1; Hollins: A Trumpet Minuet. Peter Jewkes, org.
  • Guilmant: Reverie, Op.70/2. Harold Fabrikant, org.
  • Barnby: Psalm 24: The earth is the Lord's. St Thomas Choir, 5th Avenue New York/Gerre Hancock
  • Hassler: Jubilate Deo. Exon Singers/Christopher Tolley
  • Bach: Sonata No. 6 in G BWV 530. Christopher Wrench, org.
  • Wesley: Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace. Worcester Cathedral Choir; org. Adrian Partington/Donald Hunt.
  • Guilmant: Fuguetta de Concert Op.29b. Martin Weyer, org.
  • Grechaninov: Praise ye the name of the Lord. Russian Patriarchate Choir/Anatoly Grindenko.
  • Bingham: Primavera; Debussy: La fille aux cheveux de lin. Thomas Murray, org.

  • 27th January

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  • Bach: Gott vater im Ewigkeit BWV 699, 672; Vater unser im Himmelreich BWV 682 . John O'Donnell, org.
  • Leek: High Places. National Youth Choir of Australia/Graeme Morton
  • Brumby: Softly, O midnight hours. St Peters Chorale/Graeme Morton.
  • R.Strauss (trans. Heywood): On silent woodland path; Elgar: Salut d'Amour Op. 12. Thomas Heywood, org.
  • Purcell: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B flat Z230.. Choir of St George's Cathedral Perth/Simon Lawford
  • Nixon: Mr Purcell's Procession; Sumsion: Canzona Sumsion: June Nixon, org.
  • Caron: Victoria (Cantata); Soloists: Rosemary Boyle, Suzanne Johnston, Simon O'Loughlin, Peter Cox; Massed Choir; Victorian College of the Arts Orchestra; Central Band of the RAAF/Richard Divall
  • Hart: Melody; Allegretto. Bruce Steele, org.

  • 20th January

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  • Whitlock: Five Short Pieces: No 2 Folk Tune &No 4 Scherzo. Herbert Sumsion, org [Gloucester Cathedral]
  • Sumsion: Te Deum Laudamus. Choir of Hereford Cathedral; Geraint Bowen, org./Roy Massey
  • Elgar: Sonata No.1 in G, Op.28: Allegro maestoso. Herbert Sumsion, org [Gloucester Cathedral]
  • Sumsion: Benedicite. Choir of Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney; Peter Jewkes, org. / Neil McEwan
  • Sumsion O salutaris hostia & Tantum ergo. Choir of All Saints’ Church, Margaret St, London / Harry Brammar
  • SS Wesley: Choral Song. Herbert Sumsion, org [Gloucester Cathedral]
  • SS Wesley: Evening Service in E. Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge; John Challenger, org. / Andrew Nethsingha
  • N Boulanger: Trois pièces: Prélude, Improvisation & Petit canon. Ingrid Sykes, org [Sacre Coeur School Chapel, Glen Iris]
  • Tomkins: Know you not. Choir of New College, Oxford; David Burcell, org. / Edward Higginbottom
  • Elgar: Sonata in G op 28: Presto. Herbert Sumsion, org [Gloucester Cathedral]