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

Concert Organ International brings inspiring and memorable concert experiences to a wide cross section of concert goers as Thomas Heywood performs concerts of the greatest classical and romantic music.


18th February

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  • Biesheuvel: Meditation. Andre Knevel, org [Martinikerk, Doesburg, The Netherlands]
  • Lindberg: Sonata in G minor (1924). Ralph Gustafsson, org [Maria Magdalena Church, Stockholm]
  • Bairstow: The Lamentation. Choir of York Minster; John Scott Whiteley, org. / Philip Moore
  • Plainsong: A Lent Prose - Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us. Choral Scholars of King's College Cambridge / David Willicks
  • Newcombe: Mantra XV. David Hamnes, org [Ilen Kirke, Trondheim, Norway]
  • Purcell: Hear my Prayer, O Lord. Westminster Abbey Choir / James O'Donnell
  • Wise: The ways of Zion do mourn. Choir of St Paul's Cathedral, London; Andrew Lucas, org. / John Scott
  • Faulkes: Communion. Peter Jewkes, org [St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta]
  • Purcell: Jehova quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135. Westminster Abbey Choir / James O'Donnell
  • Eben: Sonntagsmusik - Moto Ostinato. Magne Draagen, org [Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim]
  • Mercury (arr. Williams): Bohemian Rhapsody. Cantillation/Philip Chu.
  • Bach: Organ Concerto in D minor, BWV596. Samuel Kummer, org [Frauenkirche, Dresden]
  • Byrd: Emendemus in melius. The Cambridge Singers / John Rutter
  • Byrd: Siderum Rector. The Cambridge Singers / John Rutter
  • Morley: Nolo mortem peccatoris. Temple Church Choir, London / George Thalben-Ball
  • Bach: Chorale prelude, BWV 727, Herzlich tut mich verlangen. Carl Hofner, org [Welte organ roll made in 1912]

  • 11th February

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  • Ferguson: Prelude on 'Schonster Herr Jesu'. David Poulter, org.
  • Buxtehude: Funeral Music for Johannes Buxtehude, BuxWV76. Bine Bryndorf, org.
  • Ravenscroft: Trudge away quickly; We be soldiers three; Purcell: When the cock begins to crow. Pro Cantione Antiqua/Mark Brown
  • Elgar (trans Lemare): Idylle. Schumann: Traumerei; Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the bumble-bee; Thomas Heywood , org.
  • Allegri: Adoramus in aeternam; Stadler: Ecce Sacerdos Magnus. The Cathedral Singers/Richard Proulx
  • Pachelbel: Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern. Werner Jacob, org.
  • Rutter: Loving Shepherd of thy Sheep.Cambridge Singers; City of London Sinfonia,/John Rutter.
  • Mozart: Allegro, menuetto. Arjan Breukhoven, org.
  • Gates: The Lord's Prayer. Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Arr Vaughan Williams: Loch Lomond. London Madrigal Singers/Christopher Bishop.
  • Liszt: Eglogue - Annees de Pelerinage. Thomas Murray, org.
  • Mendelssohn: Grant us peace. St John's Choir, Elora/Noel Edison.
  • Wagner R: Lohengrin: The Bridal Chorus. London Philharmonic Choir; National PO/John Alldis.

  • 4th February

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  • Vaughan Williams: Prelude on Rhosymedre. David Agg, org.
  • Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV559. Brendan Lukin, org.
  • Gladwin: Sonata in e min. Richard Hobson, org.
  • Victoria: Lecto III - Here begin the Lamentations of the prophet Jeremiah. Nordic Voices.
  • Palestrina: Antiphons and motets - My beloved is mine and I am his; I will arise and go now about the city, from Cantica Salomonis (Song of Songs, 1584).
  • Bach: Vater im Himmelreich, BWV 737. Peter Hurford, org.
  • Trad., Australian, Arr Tunley: Waltzing Matilda. The Resonants /Helen Swan.
  • Grainger: The Three Ravens. Stephen Varcoe, bar, Joyful Company of Singers, City of London Sinfonia /Richard Hickox.
  • Grandage: Three Australian Bush Songs (Dawn; Birds; Sunset). The resonants /Helen Swan.
  • Anon: Churchbells; Tarantella; My Lady Carey's Dumpe. Liuwe Tamminga, org.
  • Arr Dineen: Down where the bees are humming. White Raven.
  • Porpora: Fugue. Arturo Sacchetti, org.
  • Severac: Tantum ergo. Schola Cantorum of oxford, Oxford Camerata /Jeremy Summerly.
  • Williams: Let nothing trouble you. The Sixteen /Harry Christophers.
  • Lisle: La Marseillaise. Andre Isoir, org.

  • 28th January

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  • Bohm: Partita: Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele. Christiaan Teeuwsen, org.
  • Sutherland: Country Places. Australian Children's Choir/Michael Looughlin
  • Trad: The Campbells are comin'; Nairn: The Hundred Pipers. Glasgow Orpheus Choir/Peter Mooney
  • Kelly: Prelude (1915); Eagles: Musette. Bruce Steele, org.
  • Handel: Chandos Anthem No.9: O Praise the Lord With One Consent. James Bowman, alto., Patrizia Kwella, sop., Ian Partridge, ten., Michael George, bass, Sixteen Choir, Sixteen Orch/Harry Christophers.
  • Sumsion: Intermezzo. June Nixon, org.
  • Faure: Pavane. Ian Tracy, org.
  • Sygietynski: The Little candle; What I think. Mazowsze Polish Song and Dance Ensemble
  • Parker: Andante Religioso Op.17/4. Martin Weyer, org.

  • 21st January

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  • Lefebure-Wely: March in E flat. Kemp English, org [Dunedin Town Hall]
  • R Strauss: Die heiligen drei Kongie aus Morgenland Op 56/6. Choir of York Minster; David Pipe, org. / Robert Sharpe
  • J Praetorius: Was kann uns kommen an fur Not. Sietze de Vries [St Katherine's Church, Hamburg]
  • Eberlin: Missa a due chori. St Thomas Chorschule Wettenhausen; Camerata Vocal Gunzburg; Johann Christian Bach-Akademie, Koln / Jurgen Rettenmaier
  • Robertsbridge Codex (c 1360): Estempe. Dom Alban Nunn, org (St Aloysius Church, Caulfield)
  • Harris: Faire is the Heaven. Trinity College Choir, Melbourne/Michael Leighton Jones.
  • Weber arr Peace: Overture: Der Freischütz. Timothy Byram-Wigfield, org [Kelvingrove art Gallery, Glasgow]
  • Young: Come back to our sunny land. Ballarat YWCA Choir; Keith Young, org. / Amy Young

  • 14th January

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  • Reinken: By the Waters of Babylon. Jean-Claude Zehnder, org.
  • Lennox: Pictures of Spring: Three Songs. Australian Voices Youth Choir/Graeme Morton.
  • Manzo: They shall soar like eagles. Berwick Children's Choir/Jean Heriot
  • Bach: To God Alone on High be Praised, BWV717. Jan Ernst, org.
  • Bach: Bist du bei mir. Klaas Bolt, org.
  • Hassler: Our father which art in Heaven. Royal Chapel European Vocal Ensemble/Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Oxley: Clarinet Tune; Nicholson: Impromptu in D. Gordon Stewart, org.
  • Brumel: Sicut Lilium. The Song Company/Roland Peelman.
  • Finzi: Let us now praise famous men, Op. 35. Finzi Singers/Paul Spicer.
  • Handel: Adagio from the Occasional Oratorio''. Ryoko Mori, org.
  • (arr. Bajzek): I tua wohl; Fein sein, beinander bleibn. Austrian Choir (Melbourne)/Dieter Bajzek.

  • 7th January

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  • Stopford: A Christmas Blessing.. Truro Cathedral Choir /Chrisstopher Gray, Luje Bond, org.
  • Jackson, F: Exultet. Mark Swinton, org.
  • Walond: Voluntary in d min, maj, Op.1, No.4. Richard Hobson, org.
  • Paviour: Abstractionns (on hymn tune, Kings Lynn). Christopher Allsop, org.
  • Hopkins: We Three Kings. Choir of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin /Stuart Nicholson, David Leigh, org.
  • Chilcott: The Rose in the Middle of Winter. Commotio /Matthew Berry.
  • Rachmaninov: Mvt 15 O Queen Victorious, from Vespers, All Night Vigil, Op.37. Gloriana /Andrew Raiskums.
  • Palestrina: Motets 15 and 16 from Song of Solomon - Rise up my love. Palestrina Ensemble Munich /Venanz Schubert.
  • Britten: Excerpts from A Ceremony of Carols. Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne /Michael Leighton Jones, Marshall McGuire, hp.
  • Tomkins: Organ voluntary, in D. Laurence Cummings, org.
  • Tomkins: In nomine. Timothy Roberts, org.
  • Rutter: Toccata in 7. Nicholas Rimmer, org.
  • Vavilov, Arr Boak. Ave Maria de Caccini. Bruno Sketa, tpt, Rhys Boak, org.
  • Chukkerbutty: Paean - a song of triumph. Colin Jenkins, org.
  • Stopford: A Christmas Blessing. Truro Cathedral Choir, BBC National Orch of Wales /Christopher Gray.
  • Messiaen: Les bergers, from La Nativite du Seigneur. Michael Dudman, org.

  • 31st December

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  • Bach: Pastorale in F, BWV590. Piet Kee, org.
  • Thompson/Bobb: He came with his love; Hillert: Dost thou in manger lie?; Ferko: Good people all, this Christmastime. Schola Cantorum of St Peter's in the Loop, Chicago/KitharaTrio; org. Deward Rahm
  • Balbastre: Noel. Sergio de Pieri, org.
  • Gibbons: See, See, The Word is incarnate. William Kendall, ten., James Lancelot, org., Stuart Hartley, ten., Peter Nagy, treb., Michael Liley, alto, Andrew Bushell, alto, Allan Mottram, bass, Consort of Musicke, Winchester Cathedral Choir/Martin Neary.
  • Bach JM: In dulci jubilo. Piet Kee, org.
  • Buxtehude: Das neugeborene Kindelein. Regensburg Cathedral Boys' Choir, Munich CO/Georg Ratzinger.
  • Trad (arr Jackson): Noel Nouvelet. Choir of Trinity College Melbourne/Michael Leighton Jones
  • Dupre: Variations on a Noel. Ingrid Sykes, org.
  • Trad (arr Leighton): O leave your sheep. Elizabethan Singers/Louis halsey; org. Simon Preston
  • Trad (arr Rutter): The Twelve Days of Christmas. Tudor Choristers/David Carolane; org. Norman kaye
  • Bach: Chorale prelude, BWV 614, Das alte Jahr vergangen ist. Calvin Bowman, org.
  • Mendelssohn: On New Year's day Op. 79, Corydon Singers/Matthew Best.

  • 24th December

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  • Bach: Canonic Variations: Vom Himmel Hoch BWV 769. Peter Hurford, org.
  • Unger: Kindelein, schliess die Augen zu; Trad: Froliche Weinacht uberall; Eisenbach: Der Christbaum ist der schonste Baum; Trad: Lieb Nachtigall, wach auf. Various German Choirs
  • Guilmant: Introduction and Variations on a Polish Noel. Michael Dudman, org.
  • Sweelinck: Puer nobis nascitur. Douglas Lawrence, org.
  • Gregorian Chant: Nato canunt omnia; Gaudens in Domino. Niederaltaicher Scholaren/Konrad Ruhland
  • Brahms: Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen. Anthony Halliday, org.
  • Trad: Entre le boeuf et Láne Gris; Morales: Puer natus est. Maitrise Saint-Pierra aux Liens, De Bulle
  • Dandrieu: Laissez paistre vos bestes. Raphael Tambyeff, org.
  • J.M. Bach: Furchtet euch nicht. Capella Sancti Michaelis
  • Rutter: Shepherds' Pipe Carol; Sumsion: The Holly and the Ivy. Choir of St Paul's Cathedral Melbourne cond/org June Nixon
  • Trad: Masters in this Hall. Belfast Cathedral Choir/David Drinkell