Organ Recital

The great organ instrument of St Augustine’s – Hill & Son, previously installed in the concert hall in Pitt Street, was built in 1886. In 1907 it was moved to St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore, and then in 1912 was transported for the last time to St Augustine’s Balmain. The organ sits high up in the west galley, and speaks down the nave into a lively acoustic. This instrument was reconditioned by Arthur Jones in 1966. 

Only a small number of William Hill organs in original condition have survived in Australia. This famous English organ maker exported organs all around the world including the one in Sydney Town Hall.

The organ has three manuals (top called swell, middle called great, and lower called choir) and a full pedal board. The beautiful stenciling on the show pipes erupt in a blaze of colour when the sun shines. Perhaps the only organ in Australia to be decorated with the lotus blossom and other Egyptian motifs. The late 19th century saw a craze in all things from ancient Egypt which William Hill and Son extended to their organ decorations!

The excellent acoustics of the church make it a favoured place for concerts and recordings. The Sydney Consort made all their recordings at this church and its chapel.

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2018

The Organ Recital on Friday, 7 September 2018 at 8PM
at St Augustine’s Catholic Church Eaton Street BALMAIN

Musician - TBC

2017

The Organ Recital on Friday, 8 September 2017 at 8PM
at St Augustine’s Catholic Church Eaton Street BALMAIN

Amy Johansen UNITED STATES / AUSTRALIA

This is the Sydney Consort’s fourth annual Organ Recital. As is now a tradition, this concert is a fundraising event for the restoration of the 1886 William Hill heritage pipe organ at St Augustine’s Church.

Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Handel, Tomaso Vitali Felix Mendelsshon, Robert Ampt, Theodore Dubois

2016

The Organ Recital on Friday, 16 September 2016 at 8PM
at St Augustine’s Catholic Church Eaton Street BALMAIN

Wolfgang Kleber GERMANY

The Sydney Consort invites you to its third annual feature of its concert series: The Organ Recital, celebrating the English pipe organ in the beautiful setting of St Augustine’s.

This fundraising event for the restoration of the 1886 William Hill heritage pipe organ at St Augustine’s Church will feature German organist, Wolfgang Kleber from Darmstadt. Music by Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Sebastian Bach and Max Reger.

2015

The Organ Recital on Friday, 18 September 2015 at 8PM
at St Augustine’s Catholic Church Eaton Street BALMAIN

Chris Czerwinski POLAND

We welcome you to the second concert of the new series – The Organ Recital. This fundraising event for the restoration of the heritage William Hill 1886 pipe organ at St Augustine’s will feature an international guest organist - Krzysztof Czerwinski from Poland. Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, Leon Boellmann, Jurgen Rieger. 

2014

The Organ Recital on Friday, 19 September 2014 at 8PM
at St Augustine’s Catholic Church Eaton Street BALMAIN

Merethe Lammert Kohl Hansen  DENMARK

“There is nothing remarkable to playing the organ. You only have to hit the right notes at the right time and the instrument plays itself”.

Johann Sebastian Bach

We welcome you to the first concert of the new series – The Organ Recital. On this occasion our guest organist will be Merethe Lammert Køhl Hansen from Denmark, who will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, Gade & Lorentzen on the heritage William Hill 1886 pipe organ at St Augustine’s.