Visiting UK maestro

2008-02-28 00:00

Organist Gordon Stewart is visiting KwaZulu-Natal for a brief tour and will be playing in Pietermaritzburg, Wartburg and Durban.

Stewart will play in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Sunday, March 9 at 3.30 pm and the performance will feature the Concert Overture in C Minor by Alfred Hollins as well as works by Buxtehude, Ravanello, Wolstenholme, Goss Custard, Cocker, Gigout and Vierne.

After the concert, the CD that Stewart recorded in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall in May 2007 will be launched. It will be on sale for R135.00. Tickets are R50 which includes a programme, and a glass of wine or fruit juice. For further information and pre-booking for catering purposes contact Rose at 083 703 8140 or Tickets will be available at the door from 2.30 pm.

The Durban concert will be at St Thomas’s Church on the Berea on Saturday, March 8 at 4pm. The magnificent organ in St Thomas’s Church was built by Henry Willis & Sons in 1905. It is the finest church organ in Durban. Further details from the parish secretary: Dee 033 201 2204.

The Wartburg concert will be at the Lutheran Church on March 11 at 7 pm. The Wartburg organ was built by Johannes Lauterbach and has been declared a Heritage Object as the first pipe organ to be built in South Africa. The Wartburg School choir will be taking part in this concert. Further details from: Pastor Schiele 033 503 1021.

Stewart was born in Dundee and studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music, where he was awarded a Performers Diploma with distinction and the Geneva Conservatoire where he won a Premier Prix de Virtuosité. For 15 years he worked in cathedral music, first at Manchester and then at Blackburn, and has since established himself as one of the UK’s busiest recitalists.

He is organist of Huddersfield Town Hall and has played concerts 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. Stewart is a regular conductor of BBC’s Songs of Praise and Daily Service.

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