This year the Virginia Davey Concert Series offers 2 concerts at Toorak Uniting Church (603 Toorak Road, Toorak 3142) by renowned international performers.
The concerts start at 2pm and are followed by complimentary afternoon tea when the audience can meet with the artists.
Past Concerts in 2015
Bach and Weiss on the Lute with Andrew ByrneSunday, 3 May 3pm (Pre-concert talk 2.00pm)
Meet Sylvius Leopold Weiss, the most prolific composer of lute music in history who challenged J.S. Bach at improvising fantasies and fugues.
Renowned lutentist Andrew Byrne (Sydney) will play a 13 course German Baroque Lute at Dresden court pitch.
Tickets: $35 and $25 concession - Bookings: www.trybooking.com/GTLB
Free Organ Concert – Happy 330th Birthday Mr Bach
Sound Exhibition – from Bach to Mussorgsky
Dong-ill Shin – Lady White Organ RecitalWinner of the 20th Grand Prix de Chartres International Organ Competition (France), Dong-ill Shin has been hailed as "one of the world's most promising talents of his generation". He also is a prize winner of the Musashino-Tokyo International Organ Competition (Japan), Ciurlionis International Piano and Organ Competition (Lithuania), Prague Spring International Music Festival and Competition (Czech Republic), and the St. Albans International Organ Competition (UK).
Dong-ill served as Adjunct Professor of Organ at Texas Wesleyan University. Recently he moved back to his native South Korea to take up the position of Professor of Organ at Yonsei University, Seoul.
Tickets: $30 and $25 concession - Free admission for children under 16
Love Birds Flute Duo – Lisa-Maree Amos & Peter Sheridan
|Antonio Vivaldi:||Allegro (Sonata RV 80)|
|Caesar Giovanni:||"Theme for a quiet day" for two flutes|
|Bernard Sanders:||Drei Stücke|
I. Dialog II. Elegie III. Cavatine
|Jean Francaix:||Le Colloque des deux Perruches|
(The Conversation of Two Parakeets)
Allegrissimo - Larghetto - Scherzando - Larghetto - Presto
|Pablo Bruna:||Tiento de falsas de segundo tono|
|J.S. Bach:||Trio in D minor (BWV 1036)|
|Hans-Ola Ericsson:||Vocalise for Nico from Church Opera "Höga visan"|
|Jane Hammond:||Song Without Words|
|Gary Schocker:||Le Ballet Russe from French Toast Suite|
|Jared Ferguson:||Overload (for two flutes)|
Virginia Davey served as an elder and Deaconess at Toorak Uniting Church (TUC) for many years. Two of her great loves were music and young people. A financial contribution from Virginia was the genesis of a fund now promoting beautiful music at Toorak, much of it performed by young artists participating in its worship services and at concerts.
7 April 2013 Organ and Pasta Plus! - Sergio de Pieri OAM 5 May 2013 World Organ Day 2013 - Jennifer Chou 16 June 2013 Organ Reinauguration Concert - Douglas and Jacob Lawrence 14 July 2013 Rising Stars Showcase - Concert by Suzuki organ students from NSW 18 May 2014 Let there be Wind - Organ and Trombone Duo - Jennifer Chou and Joseph Yu 7 September 2014 Lady White Memorial Organ Recital
A feast of 300 years of Danish music and music by J.S. Bach - Merethe Hansen (Organ)
9 November 2014 TUC Gala Concert
Catriona DeVere, Ursula Paez, Stephen Carolane, Andrew Long with David Ross-Smith (Piano)
13 December 2014 St Lucia Concert - Celebration of Light - Camilla Hellgren, Director and Organist
The present pipe organ was built by the English organ builder Peter Collins in 1979, and was opened in 1980. After having served TUC well for over 30 years, the instrument needed attention to fit it for future decades.
In September 2012, the TUC Church Council commissioned Hargraves Pipe Organs Ltd to clean and overhaul the organ, to install a new 4-foot reed stop for the pedal division to replace a 2-foot flute stop dating from the 1990s, to carry out extensive revoicing and tonal finishing, and to install an electronic registration capture system.
In late October 2012, Campbell Hargraves and team started this work. It has seen the first major cleaning of the whole organ since its opening. All pipework has been regulated, the mechanical action has been adjusted and worn and broken parts replaced, the wooden keyboards have been beautifully refurbished, the new pedal stop is more in keeping with the style of the instrument, and a modern registration capture system, complete with sequencer and additional pistons, will assist musicians to bring out the best from this fine instrument well into the future.
GREAT SWELL PEDAL Bourdon 16 Wood Gedact 8 Principal 16 Principal 8 Viol da Gamba 8 Subbass 16 Rohr Flute 8 Celeste 8 Octave 8 Octave 4 Principal 4 Pommer 8 Hohl Flute 4 Koppel Flute 4 Wide Octave 4 Quint 2-2/3 Octave 2 Mixture IV Octave 2 Octave 1 Fagot 32 Wald Flute 2 Scharf III Pasaune 16 Tierce 1-3/5 Sesquialtera II Trumpet 8 Mixture IV Basson 16 Schalmey 4 Cymbal II Schalmey 8 Trumpet 8 Krumhorn 8 I / Pedal II / Pedal Tremulant II Octave / Pedal II / I Great Pistons to Pedal Compass: 58/30 Electric stop action Swell Pistons to Pedal Mechanical key action Electronic capture system
The overhaul was made possible by the allocation of a most generous bequest by Lady White, a lover of music and of the pipe organ.