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.

Article on new AMEB piano books (including a new McKern work)

A recent issue of Resonate Magazine of the Australian Music Centre includes an article on the new AMEB Series 17 Piano books. Preliminary grade includes a new McKern work called Scherzo.
http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/article/ameb-series-17-piano-celebrating-australian-composition-past-and-present

The books can be bought at the AMEB Online Shop.

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:

http://www.australiancomposers.com.au/authors/brett-m-mckern

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

http://awscdn.australianmusiccentre.com.au/documents/acc01_15.pdf

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

http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/artist/mckern-brett

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.

http://www.nationalcathedral.org/events/OR20150412.shtml#.VI5eOskposL