Free Pipe Organ Concert
Douglas Lawrence (Australia)
7 July 2012 (Saturday)
"a fantastic organ virtuoso"
Fellbacher Orgeltage, Stuttgart, Germany
"...lucid and measured playing, sensitive in phrasing and pace ...Lawrence is always an exciting player to hear live because of his energy and idiosyncratic touches; a great performer indeed."
The Age, Melbourne, Australia
After completing a Master's Degree in performance at the Melbourne University, Douglas Lawrence furthered his studies at the Vienna Academy and during that time began a concert career which has since taken him throughout most of the western world. His first important concert was in 1972 on the world's oldest playable organ in Sion Switzerland which was built in about 1420. He performs each year internationally earning enthusiastic praises from critics. Amongst several organ inaugurals including the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Concert Hall, Lawrence played the first concert on a new 68-stop organ from the famous Austrian builder Rieger in Scots' Church in Melbourne. This instrument of his own design is regarded by many eminent European, American and Australasian organists as the finest organ to ever come to Australia. He has given over 2 000 concerts as organist, harpsichordist or conductor and released over 40 commercial recordings.
Lawrence has appeared as soloist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation concert series, and as soloist with the orchestras on television and radio. As organist or conductor, he has given over 70 first performances, and is much sought after as a judge for organ and choral competitions. His opinion is highly regarded in the field of organ design for churches and concert halls. Lawrence is Director of Music to the Scots' Church in Melbourne. He founded the Choir of Ormond College, the Australian Baroque Ensemble and the Australian Chamber Choir. Currently teaching organ at the Melbourne University and the Australian Catholic University and was a sessional lecturer to the United Faculty of Theology. Lawrence was awarded an Order of Australia for services to music in 1992.
F. Couperin (1668-1733)
Messe des Paroisses
i. Plein chant du premier Kyrie, en Taille
ii. Fugue sur les jeux d'anches
iii. Récit de Chromhorne
iv. Dialogue sur la Trompette et le Chromhorne
vi. Plein Jeu
xi. Tierce en Taille
G. Pierné (1863-1937)
Prélude in E flat Major
M. Fournier (1899-1963)
A. Boëly (1785-1858)
Fantasie et Fugue in B flat Major
J. Alain (1911-1940)
Choral dorien, JA 67 (AWV 75)
G. Ligeti (1923-2006)
Organ Study No. 1 "Harmonies" (1967)
C. Brumby (b. 1933)
Captain Logan's Fancy
i. Convict Song
ii. Toccata: From bondage we are liberated
Free tickets are distributed at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Enquiry Counter (9am to 9pm daily) from 15 June onwards. Each patron may get a maximum of 4 tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Audiences aged 6 and above are welcome. Running time of the concert is about 40 minutes without intermission. Members of the audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually. Latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break.
The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme without prior notice should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.
Programme Enquiries: 2734 2009 / 2734 2819