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Newly Restored Royal Albert Hall Organ

by admin, June 2004

We thought you’d be interested to know that the Royal Albert Hall will mark the completion of the great Organ’s first major refurbishment for 70 years by holding a Celebration Weekend in June and commissioning a new work for organ by leading British composer Howard Goodall for the occasion. The Royal Albert Hall’s Willis Organ was originally built to be one of the finest, largest and tonally most comprehensive instruments in the world. In fact, following the refurbishment, the Organ can now re-claim its position as the largest in the UK, boasting 9,999 pipes. The recent refurbishment began in 2001, at a cost of £1,700,000. The work has been carried out by Mander Organs as part of the Hall’s eight-year Building Development Programme. The enormous project has restored the magnificent instrument to a condition that will ensure its reliability for generations to come. To celebrate the completion of the restoration, we’re holding a weekend of concerts. On Saturday 26 June 2004at 7.30pm there’s the Inaugural Organ Concert. Discover the magnificent power, versatility and richness of expression of the instrument as three renowned organists, David Briggs, John Scott and Thomas Trotter perform a programme of virtuoso works by Bach, Poulenc, Barber, Liszt and Copland. Then we’re pulling out all the stops with Pipe Up at the Royal Albert Hall!, a concert suitable for all the family on Sunday 27 June 2004 at 3.30pm. Join us for the world premiere of Jason and the Argonauts, a Royal Albert Hall commission by leading British composer Howard Goodall, based on the famous story from Greek mythology and performed by Thomas Trotter. The piece features text by the Irish Poet, Theo Dorgan and uses the ‘voices’ of the Organ to tell the tale. This is preceded by Saint-Saëns’ glorious zoological fantasy, Carnival of the Animals. Families can also extend their afternoon even further and come along to our free family workshops! Fun and informal, these will take place in the Royal Albert Hall and are based on the music that will be performed at the concert. Discover how an organ is built and create some sounds of your own, or join in with the Carnival of the Animals workshop. Tickets for the workshop are free when you buy your concert tickets, available on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to availability. Information and an application pack will be sent with the tickets. For further details about the concerts or to book, please call the Royal Albert Hall Box Office on 020 7838 3106 or book online at www.royalalberthall.com. Tickets are priced from £10 – £27.50 for the Inaugural Organ Concert and £5 – £15 for Pipe Up at the Royal Albert Hall! Come and experience the power and majesty of the Royal Albert Hall’s great ‘Willis’ Organ as it returns to the world’s stage. We’d be grateful if you’d help us spread the word and look forward to welcoming you to the Royal Albert Hall for this exciting and historic...

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Iveta Apkalna, Award Winner

by admin, Februrary 2004

July 2005 P R E S S R E L E A S E Iveta Apkalna, concert organist from Riga/Latvia has just been awarded with one of the most prestigious prizes for classical music in Europe and the world, the Germany-based “ECHO-Klassik”.Iveta Apkalna is receiving the award in the category “Instrumentalist of the Year” together with a.o. Anne Sophie Mutter (violin) and Helene Grimaud (piano).Since its foundation in 1994 the “ECHO-Klassik, Instrumentalist of the Year” had never gone to an organist.Iveta, who was as a 16-year-old officially nominated organist during pope John Paul II’s visit to Latvia in 1993 and accompanied the Pope’s mass in Anglona is nowadays trying to free the organ from being considered a church instrument only. She is striving for a renaissance of the “Queen of Instruments” and wants a broad public to perceive organ also as a normal concert instrument in concert halls and philharmonies.As Naji Hakim says: ” A noble popular intention is in the heart of this admirable and most respectable artist of the organ scene.” (The Gramophone, March 2005). Iveta Apkalna is awarded the “ECHO” for her latest CD with the title “Himmel & Hoelle” (Edition Hera, HER2117), recorded on the Rieger-organ of St. Martin´s church in Wangen/Allgau, Germany. The awarding will be live-broadcast on German TV channel “ZDF”, October 16th, 2005. More Info: Winners of the ECHO award (in German) Lukas Pollack, Germany, concert management and public relations Iveta Apkalna lpollack@gmx.net November 2004 Samples (MP3): Aivars Kalejs: Toccata über den Choral von J. S. Bach “Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr” Franz Liszt: Legende Nr. 1: Die Vogelpredigt des Hl.Franziskus von Assisi, Transkr. G. Berger  Petr Eben: Walpurgisnacht, VIII aus dem Faust – Zyklus Sergej Prokofjew: Toccata, op. 11, Transkr. von Jean Guillou  Sergej Prokofjew: Marsch aus der Oper “Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen” op. 33, Transkr. von Jean Guillou Seventy-two minutes of sacred & sorcery pieces are presented on Iveta Apkalna’s latest CD “Himmel und Hölle” (Heaven & Hell) produced by the German label “Edition Hera”, recorded on the splendid German/French romantic Rieger organ of St. Martin’s church in Wangen/Allgäu (Germany) from 1987. This production is marking due to the outstanding quality of the performing artist and due to the exceptional capacity of its sound engineer and producer Ralph Kulling a fixed star in the universe of organ CDs. Iveta Apkalna presents pieces that have hardly or never been performed (3 world premier recordings) displaying and mastering a repertoire on this CD in total which is setting a new scale for performers on the “Queen of Instruments” worldwide.Two of the most tricky and demanding pieces in organ literature, Reger’s transcription of Liszt’s second piano legend “St. Francis of Paula walking on the waves” and Sergej Prokfjew’s legendary “Toccata op. 11” transcribed by Jean Guillou are included and realized by Apkalna with stunning skill. Even more astounding and breathtaking are the Latvian star-organist’s interpretations of two mere pedal pieces, Hakim’s “Quatre Etudes-Caprices” and Thalben-Ball’s “Variations on a theme of Paganini”. As a consequence of this, one of Germany’s most observed printed publications in classical music, the “Klassikmagazin Crescendo” did not hesitate to draw public attention towards the organ’s most remarkable shooting star in ages by making Iveta Apkalna the cover-story of their actual December/Christmas issue. Iveta’s CDs are distributed in the US by Albany Music Distributors 915 Broadway Albany, NY 12207 tel: 518-436-8814 fax: 518-436-0643 and can be purchased here: ArkivMusic LLC – The Source for Classical Recordings 360 W 55 ST New York NY 10019 212 586 1504 518 692 1133 Lukas Pollack, Germany, concert management and public relations Iveta Apkalna lpollack@gmx.net July...

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The First Israeli Organ Festival

by admin, November 2003

The First Israeli Organ Festival will take place simultaneously in Tel-Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem between the 17th and the 20th of November 2003. The First Israeli Organ Festival is organised by the Israel Organ Society. 22 Itshar Street, Jerusalem, Israel In Tel-Aviv the Festival will be held at the Clairmont Recital Hall in the Tel-Aviv University campus. The 39 stops, three keyboard organ was built in 2002 by the German organ builder Hermann Eule. In Haifa: in the Hecht Museum Auditorium of the Haifa University. The organ was built in 1998 by the Israeli organ-builder, Gideon Shamir. It has 32 stops, and two keyboards. In Jerusalem: at the Brigham Young University Center for Middle-Eastern Studies on Mount Scopus. The organ is 1983 Marcussen with three keyboards and 38 stops. The program is composed of 18 two-hour-long organ concerts. It covers most of the classical repertoire and several modern pieces which will be heard in Israel for the first time. The organists taking part of this event are: Francois Espinasse, titular of Saint-Severin church in Paris Vincent Warnier, titular of Saint-Etienne du Mont church in Paris Sabin Levi, organ-player and composer, residing currently in the USA Istvan Ella, well-knowned Hungarian organ player from Budapest Elisabeth Roloff, German organist residing in Jerusalem Roman Krasnovsky, organ-player and composer residing in Israel Yuval Rabin, organ-player and composer residing currently in Switzerland. More Information: Sabin Levi, sabin*XNOSPAMX*mail.ku.edu (replace *XNOSPAM* with @ to send mail) The Israeli Organists’ and Organ lovers’...

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Brighton Dome’s famous 1936 organ to be re-installed in September 2003

by admin, September 2003

The Brighton Dome organ returns to the Concert Hall Sunday 28th September, 2.45pm. BRIGHTON DOME Dome Concert Hall Corn Exchange Pavilion TheatreThe Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra opens its 79th concert season with a spectacular concert, which includes the chance to hear Brighton Dome’s famous pipe organ for the first time since its reconstruction. Michael Maine will performSaint-Saëns‘ fabulous Organ Symphony, which provides a fantastic showcase for the instrument, with the BPO conducted by Principal Conductor Barry Wordsworth. Coincidentally the last organ performance by the Brighton Philharmonic was the same Saint-Saëns work performed by Stephen Hicks on 27th March 1994. The Brighton Dome are also programming several dedicated organ concerts for the Spring/Summer season (2004) with such luminaries as Thomas Trotter, Carlos Curley and Wayne Marshall. Whilst next year’s Brighton Festival programme will feature one or two orchestral pieces which make full use of the organ’s fantastic versatility.Brighton Dome was built in l803 as the stables adjoining the Prince Regent’s (George IV) oriental extravaganza, The Royal Pavilion. In 1850 the Dome was converted into a Concert Hall which included a 4 manual Father Willis organ, which when the building was re-designed in l935 was taken out. When the l930s art deco interior was introduced the present Norman, Hill & Beard dual-purpose concert organ was installed in l936, it was tailor-made to suit the many uses of the Concert Hall during that period and therefore built to be played as either a cinema or classical organ. It was designed by Dr Stanley Roper (Organist of HM Chapel Royal, London), Quentin MacLean (famous cinema organist of the Trocadero, Elephant and Castle), and Brighton Borough Organist at the time, Dr Alfred Abdey. The instrument became famous through the many broadcasts of Douglas Reeve in the heyday of the BBC Light Programme’s 10am theatre organ programmes. His twice-weekly summer series of Pack up Your Troubles organ concerts attracted capacity audiences. He also inaugurated, just after the 2nd World War, the weekly Tuesday Night at the Dome variety shows, which made the Guinness Book of Records as the longest running seaside variety show in the world (1600)! Brighton Dome’s Concert Hall re-opened in March 2002 after three years of extensive restoration and re-building after years of neglect. The job of restoring the organ was given to David Wells (Organ Builders) of Liverpool, who are one of the best of only 10 organ builders in the country. Although the Concert Hall re-opened over a year ago, it has taken far longer to install the organ, largely due to the fact that it is now a working venue and the organ needs to be installed in a dust-free environment. Although the chambers were installed some time ago, the final components will finally be put in place in August when the venue closes for routine maintenance. The wonderful acoustics of the Concert Hall’s new Carmen system means that the organ will be heard in prime condition. All press enquiries: Caroll Pinkham, Press Officer, Brighton Dome 01273 260 826 or email:caroll.pinkham@brighton-dome.org.uk Brighton Dome official website Organ of Brighton...

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Thomas Murray recital on the E.M. Skinner organ at St. Ann & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

by admin, September 2003

Thomas Murray & E.M. Skinner, Opus 524 (1925, V/80) A Concert to Celebrate Stage I Restoration of an American Masterpiece – The Solo Stops Speak Again! Come join us! Sunday, September 28, 2003 – 8:00 pm Suggested Donation $15.00, Students/Seniors $10.00 St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 157 Montague Street (Corner of Clinton St.) Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201 (718) 875-6960...

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The Chicago International Organ Festival 2001

by admin, February 2001

February 18-20 2001 The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago 126 East Chestnut Street Chicago, Illinois 60611-2094 312.787.2729, ext. 252 1971 Aeolian Skinner Organ, Opus 1516 4 manuals 126 ranks “Self-Portraits: The Composer as Performer”This year’s festival will feature international artists performing their own compositions in concert. Pre-Festival Concert Saturday, 17 February 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of organ music as Chicago composers perform their own compositions. Frank Ferko, assisted by Jeremy Ruthrauff, saxophone Aaron David Miller Richard Webster, assisted by Kevin Hartman, trumpet A free-will offering will be received. Sunday, 18 February 3:00 p.m. Dan Locklair : Premiere of Commissioned Work Monday, 19 February 7:30 p.m. Jean Guillou : Improvisation Tuesday, 20 February 7:30 p.m. John Weaver assisted by Marianne Weaver, flute : Premiere of Commissioned Work Suggested Donations: Individual Concerts: $15 / $12 (students and seniors) All Three Concerts: $35 / $25 (students and seniors) A reception will follow each concert. Recordings and printed scores by all artists will be available for purchase. To order tickets, contact Wannida Scott by e-mail: wscott@fourthchurch.org. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Fourth Presbyterian Church Department of Music and Arts John W. W. Sherer, jsherer@fourthchurch.org Organist and Director of Music Mary Theresa Reed, mtreed@fourthchurch.org Director of Children’s and Youth Choirs C. Carroll Cole, ccole@fourthchurch.org Arts Administrator Wannida Scott, wscott@fourthchurch.org Administrative Assistant C. Carroll Cole Arts Administrator Fourth Presbyterian Church 126 East Chestnut Street Chicago, IL 60611-2094 312.787.2729, ext. 252 facsimile: 312.787.4584 ccole@fourthchurch.org...

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