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Organ recital featuring baroque music Pukeahu National War Memorial Sunday 11 September

World class musician Timothy Hurd QSM will play the St Lazarus Memorial Organ in a recital at the National War Memorial as part of the Winter Concert series at 4.00pm this Sunday 11 September.

In a programme entitled: 1616-2016 – the Froberger Connection, Timothy Hurd will feature work by pivotal composers in the development of stylus phantasticus of the Baroque era, including Cornet, Frescobaldi, Froberger, Weckmann and Buxtehude.

Timothy Hurd QSM performing at the Smarano [Italy] International Organ Academy 2016 in August.

“The chosen works showcase the power and tonal subtleties of the St Lazarus Organ,” Timothy Hurd says.

“Built in 1850 by New Yorker Henry Erben, the organ was a gift presented by the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the National War Memorial in 2007.

“The organ came to us from St Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Ellsworth, Maine USA. With 312 pipes, the original hand pumping system is still operational and the casework is textured faux-oak grain over Georgia pine,” Timothy Hurd said.

Awarded the QSM in 1994 for his services to music, Timothy Hurd has been National Carillonist since 1984. He studied composition with Krzysztof Penderecki and Jacob Druckman at Yale University and organ performance with Leonard Raver, Leo van Doeselaar and Lorenzo Ghielmi. More recent studies include historical musical instrument research and design through the Edward James Foundation, UK, and masterclasses at the Smarano International Organ Academy in Italy.

Timothy Hurd is also active worldwide as carillon architect, consultant, composer and musicologist. He sings bass with the Choir of Wellington Cathedral as well as with the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble, The Tudor Consort.

As the organ is situated on the mezzanine floor, above the main entrance to the carillon, the audience will hear the recital from their seats in the Hall of Memories.

Updated on 12th September 2016