All Saints hosts organ concert
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 allsaintshowick.org.nz for further details on the performance and the concert series or visit johnwells.org.nz for more information.