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The Organist Entertains

The Organist Entertains

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  • Sun 24 Sep ’17, 3:00pm – 4:00pm


St James' Anglican Church, 71 Woburn Rd, Lower Hutt


All Ages

Martin Setchell - St James' Organ Recital Series 2017.

International organist, Martin Setchell, will play a programme including music by Souse, Bach and a composition of his own.

After the concert Martin’s CDs, recorded on the Rieger organ of Christchurch Town Hall, the Rodgers digital organ in the Christchurch Transition Cathedral (NZ) and St Laurence Church organ, Ludlow, will be on sale. Jenny Setchell’s best-selling book of organ anecdotes will also be on sale. Martin and Jenny look forward to meeting you, and will be pleased to sign and dedicate your copy.

Martin Setchell, organist of Christchurch city New Zealand, is an international concert organist who believes in promoting entertaining organ music to a wide audience. Born and educated in England, he also studied  at various times with Pierre Cochereau, Marie-Claire Alain, Piet Kee, and Peter Hurford. He is curator of the Rieger organ in the Christchurch Town Hall for the Performing Arts, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and University Organist at the University of Canterbury.

He regularly performs in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Japan. He has just returned from a tour of 16 concerts in Australia, Hong Kong, Sweden, Germany and the Czech Republic.

His CDs include A Taste of Shropshire, (Quantum) recorded at Ludlow Parish church in England, the highly successful Bonbons for Organ series and Pink and White, an anthology of New Zealand organ music (Atoll) and Great Australasian Organs VII featuring the Rieger organ of Christchurch Town Hall (Priory 1031, UK). His most recent recording is Cardboard Cathedral Organ Capers recorded on the Rodgers Infinity organ of the Transitional Anglican Cathedral.

Martin is heard on BBC radio’s The Organist Entertains, the USA’s Pipe Dreams, and Radio New Zealand’s concert programme.

He has arranged Fauré, Bizet, and Sousa (published by Kevin Mayhew Music), and edited organ albums of music by Saint-Saëns, Purcell and Bach for Oxford University Press. 2008 he was  honoured by the City of Christchurch, receiving a Civic Award for services to music in the community and the Town Hall organ in particular.

Website: www.organist.co.nz

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