All Saints hosts or­gan con­cert

Eastern Courier - - News - By STEPHANIE FAWCETT

How­ick’s All Saints Church will be filled with some of the world’s best or­gan mu­sic to­mor­row.

Auck­land city or­gan­ist John Wells will per­form a range of works in­clud­ing those by com­posers from Eng­land, France and Ger­many and he is look­ing for­ward to the evening.

‘‘The pro­gramme is called The Sen­ti­men­tal Dancer and I want to present the or­gan as an in­stru­ment that can be lively and rhyth­mic and carry a beau­ti­ful tune,’’ he says.

‘‘I’ve played at the church at least twice be­fore and the au­di­ences are very friendly. There’s a keen bunch of mu­sic lovers out there which is lovely.’’

Dr Wells is also or­gan­ist to the Univer­sity of Auck­land as well as be­ing the city or­gan­ist and play­ing an im­por­tant role in the re­fur­bish­ment of the town hall or­gan.

He has been play­ing since he was at school and says the or­gan at All Saints is a plea­sure to play.

‘‘The or­gan has been there since the 70s and it’s very in­ter­est­ing. It’s a mod­ern de­sign with open pipe work and it’s worth vis­it­ing just to look at it. Not ev­ery church is as proac­tive about pre­sent­ing good mu­sic as All Saints is and Peter Watts and his col­leagues have done a great job get­ting this con­cert se­ries off the ground.’’

Dr Wells per­forms a range of works span­ning cen­turies.

‘‘There’s a se­lec­tion of pieces rang­ing from the very mod­ern right back to the Baroque pe­riod. I’ve tried to make it as var­ied as pos­si­ble so ev­ery­one goes away lik­ing some­thing,’’ he says.

‘‘The old­est piece in the show is by Bach who is al­ways a great favourite and there will be a piece by Ed­win Le­mare who came out to New Zealand in 1911 and was one of the orig­i­nal ad­vis­ers on the town hall or­gan. And there’s a piece by Je­han Alain who was killed in World War II. It’s very orig­i­nal and very ex­cit­ing and colour­ful.’’

Dr Wells per­forms at All Saints Church, How­ick, on March 29 at 7pm.

Visit all­saintshow­ for fur­ther de­tails on the per­for­mance and the con­cert se­ries or visit john­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

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