2020 marks the tenth anniversary of the Town Hall’s magnificent Klais organ. A celebration was planned for April but then came Covid 19 and many of the organ Trust’s plans for the year had to be cancelled. So, the celebration has been moved to August the 9th.
Many months ago Martin Setchell was sought as an ideal ‘birthday party’ organist but due to his extensive overseas engagements, wasn’t available – that was, until Covid spelt the end of his overseas tours. Our luck is that he can now be in Auckland to help us celebrate the organ’s tenth birthday.
Martin has long been curator of the Christchurch Town Hall organ, sadly silenced by the 2010/11 earthquakes, but last year he had the pleasure of again presiding over its keys following the restoration of the Town Hall and its Rieger organ.
Martin Setchell is an international concert organist who believes in promoting entertaining music to a wide audience. Recently called ‘New Zealand’s most widely travelled concert organist’ he has delighted audiences with his spirited playing, lively personality and entertaining repertoire.
Over the last 20 years he has given many concerts in New Zealand, Australia, America, Canada, Europe, the UK and the Far East. Highlights include the Spreckels organ in Balboa Park, San Diego, the Mormon Tabernacle Organ in Salt Lake City USA, the Hill organ in Sydney Town Hall, Australia, Oliwa Cathedral in Poland, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai, the Esplanade Concert Hall Singapore, Musashino Civic Cultural Hall Tokyo, Birmingham Town Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, the historic Gabler organ in Weingarten Abbey, Regensburg Cathedral, and the Bergen International Festival.
At 2pm on 9th August Martin Setchell will re visit the Auckland Town Hall to ensure the Klais organ’s tenth anniversary is celebrated in style. Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue, Reger’s take on God Save the Queen, Vierne’s salute to the chimes of Westminster and even Arthur Sullivan’s, The Lost Chord are among the birthday highlights in this concert. As cake and candle are produced you’ll be invited to sing happy birthday to the Klais organ.
Once again, New Zealand’s largest concert instrument welcomes you to an afternoon of memorable music presented by the Auckland Town Hall Auckland Trust and Auckland Live.
The concert is free, but donations always help us to present great artists on this world-class instrument.