On Wednesday 6 March this year our iconic Town Hall pipe organ was officially reopened by Mayor
Lianne Dalziel after an 8-year silence while the building was being restored. Our Town Hall organist
Martin Setchell then played two entertaining concerts to enthusiastic full houses.
Now you can also look forward to two further celebrity concerts in the International Organ Series
presented by the Friends of the Christchurch Town Hall Organ Trust. These will be held on Sunday
afternoons at 3pm finishing at approximately 4.30pm.
On Sunday 9 June the celebrated titular organist of Dijon Cathedral, France, Maurice Clerc, will play
a programme of French music including César Franck's famous Chorale in A minor, works by Mouret,
Louis Vierne and Gabriel Fauré and end with an improvisation on a theme given to him only just before he plays! Impromptu creation of music is a tour de force for which French organists are renowned.
Monsieur Clerc has travelled to four continents over his long and distinguished 40-year career. Then on Sunday 18 August we welcome one of Great Britain’s brightest young organists, Benjamin Sheen, now Associate Organist at Saint Thomas Church in New York City. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the Juilliard School, is a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and the 2011 recipient of the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal.
His contrasting programme features English music by Walton, Smart, Whitlock, a Concert Fantasy on
themes by Gershwin, an exuberant Toccata alla Rumba, and music by Mozart, and Bossi.
We anticipate large attendances at both these concerts and recommend advance booking (door saleswill be available from 1pm (if tickets are still available).