Concert this Wednesday (29 June 2016)

This Wednesday 29 June 2016 at 1.30pm, Brett is playing an organ recital for the Roseville Music Club at St Luke’s Church, 28 Lord Street, Roseville.

Repertoire includes music by Campra, Guilmant, Bach, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, and Brett’s own Voluntary on ‘Tallis’ Canon’ as well as an improvisation.

Entry $20/15.

Voluntary on Tallis’ Canon performance THIS THURSDAY

This Thursday June 2, at 1.10pm, Kurt Ison is playing the Organ Recital at St Andrew’s Cathedral, George Street, Sydney.

Mr Ison will play Brett’s Voluntary on ‘Tallis’ Canon’ (opus 118).

Other works on the programme are:

  • César Franck: Choral no 2 in B minor
  • Henry Purcell: ‘Chaconne’ (King Arthur)
  • Charles V Stanford: ‘The Bluebird’ (opus 119, no.3) arranged by John Keene

Entry is by donation.

New compositions published

There are multiple new McKern works recently published by Wirripang. Some are for choir, some for organ. They can be seen on the Wirripang website:

Or on the new library acquisitions list of the Australian Music Centre:

Or on the list of McKern works at the Australian Music Centre:

Organ work to be performed at Washington National Cathedral

Sarabande for the Epiphany (part of the Epiphany Suite) is to be played by organist Kurt Ison at Washington National Cathedral in an organ recital at 5.15pm on Sunday 12 April, 2015.

Kurt Ison commissioned Sarabande for the Epiphany for a recital he played at Westminster Abbey on the Feast of the Epiphany in 2013. Here is is being performed at another famous international venue. It has also been performed at cathedrals in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The Washington National Cathedral Great Organ has 10650 pipes, 4 manuals, and 189 ranks!

The Cathedral advises that the suggested donation for attending the recital is US$10.

New ‘Scherzo’ for piano in AMEB syllabus and book

Brett’s ‘Scherzo’ for solo piano for beginners is now on the AMEB Preliminary syllabus in List A.

Here are some YouTube performances of it:

Thank you for playing my piece!

You can also buy it in the new AMEB series 17 piano book:

Concert 21 September

Dr Brett McKern (organ) and Dr Geoffery Gartner (‘cello) are giving a recital on Sunday 21 September at 2.30pm at St Mark’s Church, corner of Darling Point Road and Greenoaks Avenue, Darling Point in Sydney. Tickets at the door. All welcome!

Repertoire to include unaccompanied Bach cello music, organ and cello music by Frescobaldi and Saint-Saens, and organ music by Vierne and McKern.

The Winter 2014 issue of the Sydney Organ Journal (p.7) carried this short notice written by Peter Meyer:

New Australian organ music. It is usually interesting to hear the first performance of new music, especially new Australian compositions for organ. The Thursday lunchtime recitals at St Andrew’s Cathedral is perhaps the Sydney venue where such music is most likely to be performed. On 27 March Kurt Ison played Verset No.1 and Tierce en Taille, both composed earlier this year by Brett McKern. Both sounded accessible to listeners and good players alike and, as their titles suggest, are well suited to liturgical use.

Thank you Peter, Kurt, and the SOJ!

These two works are from a collection called Sunday Voluntaries which will eventually be of 50 short organ solos designed for liturgical use. It will be published by Wirripang. I am very proud to be a Wirripang composer.