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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1890 Hill at Sydney Town Hall]
1890 Hill at Sydney Town Hall.

At the Sydney Town Hall

…resident musician Robert Ampt introduces us to the most famous historic organ in the southern hemisphere.

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

G. F. HANDEL: Overture to the Occasional OratorioRobert Ampt (1890 Hill/Sydney Town Hall) Move 3148

JOHANN HUMMEL: Prelude & Fugue in c. JOSEPH BONNET: Concert Variations, Op. 1 –Robert Ampt (1890 Hill/Sydney Town Hall) Priory 6012

WILLIAM LOVELOCK: Sinfonia Concertante for Organ and Orchestra –Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Patrick Thomas, conductor; Robert Boughen (1890 Hill/Sydney Town Hall) ABC Classics 442 365

Hour 2

LEO SOWERBYA Joyous MarchWillibald Guggenmos (1890 Hill/Sydney Town Hall) Motette 12591

PERCY WHITLOCK:  Canzona, fr Sonata in cALFRED HOLLINSA Trumpet MinuetDavid Drury (Sydney Town Hall) ABC Classics 438 881

JEAN LANGLAISConcerto No. 3 for Organ, Strings and Timpani (Réaction) -- Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Patrick Thomas, conductor; Michael Dudman (1890 Hill/Sydney Town Hall) ABC Classics 442 365

GEORGE THALBEN-BALLPoeme & Toccata BeormaJane Watts (1891 Hill/Sydney Town Hall) Priory 515


A special Pipedreams 35th Anniversary Tour will visit Los Angeles, Melbourne and Sydney (October 30-November 13, 2017), and you’re invited to join us during the spring season ‘down under’. More information here.

Sydney Town Hall organist Robert Ampt reflects on ‘his’ instrument and the Australian organ scene:

Some Background on the Hill organ.
The organ scene in Sydney.
Robert'sPersonal Musical Background.

Click here for a demonstration of the Sydney Town Hall’s renowned 64-foot Contra Trombone.

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