Sunday 15 September
Martin Setchell – Organ
International concert organist Martin Setchell was born and educated in England, where he gained Honours degrees in Music and French, and earned a Fellowship from the Royal College of Organists. After emigrating to New Zealand, he spent more than 40 years on the staff of the University of Canterbury School of Music before resigning to freelance as a concert organist. He has given many concerts in New Zealand, Australia, America, Canada, Europe, the UK and the Far East, and is also active as a conductor, writer, editor and speaker. He retains his Christchurch connection as organist of the Christchurch Town Hall.
Programme highlights will include standard traditional Baroque works by Bach and Handel, and later compositions by French composers Alexandre Guilmant and Gabriel Fauré. This entertaining programme will continue with arrangements by Martin Setchell and a wide variety of appealing and well-known music from opera, film and other sources.
For those with a special interest in organs, or who remember Martin’s last organ recital, this concert will be performed on a different organ – a Johannes Vivaldi 370 with three manuals and pedal.