Published on 18 April 2019
The versatility and extensive range of the pipe organ makes it a unique instrument to substitute a full orchestra, bringing a myriad of musical textures and colours under the control of two hands and two feet. Organist Martin Setchell, well-known as both transcriber and performer, will introduce and play transcriptions (mostly his own) of favourite music from the 18th and 20th centuries, perfect for the VCH Klais organ – from the ornate vigour of the Baroque, to the effusive, genteel dances of popular vein, culminating in the relentless oriental verve of the famous Sabre Dance.
Martin Setchell is an international concert organist who believes in promoting entertaining organ music to a wide audience. Born and educated in England, he also studied at various times with Pierre Cochereau, Marie-Claire Alain, Piet Kee, and Peter Hurford. He is based in New Zealand, as curator of the Rieger organ in the Christchurch Town Hall for the Performing Arts, and is Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and University Organist at the University of Canterbury.
Date & time
20 May 2019 (Monday), 12.30pm
Admission is free upon collection of an admission slip. Admission slip collection commences at 11:45am at the VCH Atrium (Level 1).
VCH Tour: Registration (VCH Atrium): 11.45am | Tour: 1.30pm Tour is free. Slots are limited ,and based on a first-come-first-served basis.
Victoria Concert Hall
Evelyn Ang, soprano Joshua Chang, tenor Phoon Yu, organ
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Selections from Messiah
Thy rebuke hath broken His heart
Behold, and see if there be any sorrow
He was cut off
But Thou didst not leave his soul in hell
Their sound is gone out
The Creation - Mit Wurd’ und Hoheit angetan
Elijah - Ye people, rend your hearts, If with all your hearts
St. Paul - Sei getreu bis in den Tod
Selections from Bible Songs and Six Hymns, Op. 113