Recitals and workshop from visiting organist

2008-06-03 00:00

Organist Gordon Stewart is coming to KwaZulu-Natal for a recital tour, playing in Pietermaritzburg, Himeville, Durban and Mariannhill. He will also perform in Port Elizabeth.

He will give an all-day workshop on June 7 for the local branch of the Royal School of Church Music at the Metro Methodist Church.

Stewart, one of the UK’s busiest recitalists, is organist of

Huddersfield Town Hall and has played throughout Europe and in the United States, South Africa and Australia. This year he has released CDs recorded in Huddersfield Town Hall, Pietermaritzburg City Hall and Pontefract Parish Church. He is also a regular conductor of BBC’s Songs of Praise and Daily Service.

He played in Himeville and Durban at the weekend, and on June 4 at 7 pm, he will give a recital of music by German composers at Mariannhill Monastery. Entrance is by donation to the organ fund. Enquiries: Colin at 082 490 1380.

At 3.30 pm on June 8, Stewart will give a recital in the city hall in Pietermaritzburg. He will play a programme of classic favourites, including music by Handel, J.S. Bach, Saint-Saëns and Elgar. Tickets, at the door, are R50 which includes a glass of wine or fruit juice after the recital.

For information, phone Rose at 083 703 8140.

The workshop on June 7 at the Metro Methodist Church is open to every church and all church musicians. Christopher Cockburn will be at the organ and will be playing two pieces during the act of worship at 4.30 pm to demonstrate the use of the organ for worship. Stewart will lead the workshop.

• For booking and details, contact Marianne de Jager at 033 346 1393 or 082 853 3361 or Rose Hele at 083 703 8140 or heleorg@mweb.co.za

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