Upcoming recital

This Thursday, 22 February, Brett is playing the organ recital at St Andrew’s Cathedral Sydney 1.10-1.40pm. The programme is below. All welcome!

J.S. Bach Fugue a la Gigue
Sir George Thalben-Ball Elegy
Mendelssohn Prelude & Fugue Op.37, No.1
Brett McKern
   Meditation on In Paradisum
   Tuba Tune
   Verset No.1
Théodore Dubois Toccata


Succesful student

Congratulations are in order for one of Brett’s students who was recently awarded the Licentiate Diploma of Trinity College of Music, London (LTCL) in composition. This is a significant achievement. Well done!

Competition win!

Brett’s new choral work Joyful we Adore You (for SATB with piano or organ) has won the liturgical division of the Isobel Menton Composition Award 2017. This award his been run annually three times by the Australian Catholic University.

The work uses the hymn text made famous in the movie Sister Act and often sung to the famous tune from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Ode to Joy. Brett’s is a completely new setting and is tuneful and approachable by amatur choirs as well as those more capable.

The socre is under exclusive use for 12 months by the University choirs before being made available for general use under the conditions of the award.

Isabel Menton Award 2017

New CD


A new CD of organ music played by Kurt Ison at Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney on the Hill organ features Brett’s Voluntary on Tallis’ Canon. This piece won the inaugural RSCM ACT Composition Competition for a liturgical keyboard work, but is also appropriate for and has been used for recital. It has been played in recital at St Paul’s Cathedral, London and elsewhere.

The CD is available on ebay at https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/202154405376?ul_noapp=true for AUD$25.

The score may be purchased at: http://www.australiancomposers.com.au/authors/brett-m-mckern/voluntary-on-tallis-canon-score for AUD$12.


New Videos of organ compositions

Enjoy these new video montages of two of my organ compositions (on YouTube):

Voluntary on “Tallis’ Canon”. The score for this work can be bought from Wirripang at www.australiancomposers.com.au.

Passacaglia for the Epiphany from Epiphany Suite. The score for the Suite can be bought from Wirripang at www.australiancomposers.com.au.