Sunday 3 April 2016, 2:00pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall
FREE concert: no booking or tickets are required
- Christopher Herrick
- Concert Organist
- The programme will include music by Elgar, Verdi, Bach, Liszt and others
“Herrick is a musician with a powerful urge to communicate. And communicate he does, drawing on his enormous technical and intellectual resources to turn out performances which sometimes amaze, often astound, but never fail to stimulate.”
Christopher Herrick’s career as one of the world’s leading concert organists is based on firm foundations. As a boy he was a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, lucky to sing in the 1953 Coronation Choir and to take part in a 40-concert tour of North America later that year. He was Music Scholar at his senior school, Organ Scholar at Oxford University and Boult Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London. He was asked back as Assistant Organist to St Paul’s Cathedral and then spent ten years at Westminster Abbey, where he played for many Royal and State occasions, including the state funeral of Lord Mountbatten, the funeral service for Herbert Howells, and for both the 80th birthday concert and the funeral service for Sir William Walton.
Since 1979 his busy concert schedule has taken him all over the world, regularly to Europe and North America, as well as to Russia, Japan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand (inaugural concerts on the Rieger organ in Christchurch Town Hall) and Hong Kong. In his travels he has had the privilege and the pleasure of encountering innumerable organs of every conceivable style, from exciting larger instruments to delightful smaller ones, ranging from the historic to the brand new. Now in his 70s, he intends to continue to play in great cathedrals, leading concert halls and beautiful churches with fine organs as long as he has health and strength and as long as audiences continue to appreciate his particular brand of music making.
Admission to this concert is free of charge:
there is no provision for you to register or book or reserve seats.
Your donation to the work of the Trust at the conclusion of the concert will be much appreciated.
The concert starts at 2:00pm and there will be one interval.
Programmes will be on sale for $2.