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St James’ Organ Farewell
October 30, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
St James’ in King Street is farewelling its organ with The Last Hurrah: A Farewell Concert for the St James’ Organ featuring a stellar gathering of present and former organists who will perform on this instrument for the last time before it is replaced by a new Dobson organ. St James has long been a centre of excellence in training and nurturing the art of playing the organ with many Sydney’s organists having passed through its portals.
A Who’s Who of Sydney’s organists including Mark Benstead, David Drury, Peter Ellis, Titus Grenyer, Peter Jewkes, Callum Knox, Brett McKern, Alistair Nelson, and Marko Sever will share experiences of playing the instrument, which has limped along for far too many years.
The existing organ built by John Gray of London was originally installed in the west gallery and was played for the first time on 7 October, 1827. Probably the first organ in the colony, it was a two manual instrument of eleven stops. The instrument was placed in its current position on either side of the Choir in 1901. Further refurbishment was completed in 1971.
Entry is free, but tax-deductible donations to the St James’ Organ Appeal will be appreciated.