Toorak Uniting Church

Organ Concerts in 2015

Toorak Spring

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

3 May
 Andrew Byrne

Bach and Weiss on the Lute with Andrew Byrne

Sunday, 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.

J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750)
Partita in D minor BWV 1004 - Allemanda, Corrente, Sarabanda, Giga, Ciaconna (lute arrangements A. Byrne).
Prelude in C minor BWV 999.
Fuga in G minor (Intabulation by A. Byrne after BWV 1000, 539 and 1001).

Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687 - 1750)
Sonata 11 in D minor - Fantasia, Allemande, Courante, Bouree, Sarabande, Menuet, Giga.
Fantasia and Fuga in C major.
Presented by the Australian Bach Society - 0425 802 046.

Tickets: $35 and $25 concession - Bookings:

21 March
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Free Organ Concert – Happy 330th Birthday Mr Bach

Free Admission.
Donations are welcome to support the Church Music Scholarship program benefiting our own TUC organ scholar and the TUC-St Catherine's organ scholarship.

Dietrich Buxtehude:
Ciacona in C minorBuxWV 159
Simon Preston:
Drei Stücke
Nicholas De Grigny:
Récit de Tierce en taille from Livre d'Orgue
Louis Marchand:
Plein Jeu from Pièces d'Orhue
J.S. Bach:
Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Piè d'Orgue
Wenn wir in hösten Nöten sein
Vivace from Sonata in G major
Passacaglia in C minor
BWV 565
BWV 572
BWV 641
BWV 530
BWV 582
Franz Liszt:
Prelude and Fugue on the name B-A-C-H
J.S. Bach / Antonio Vivaldi:
Allegro from Concert in A minorBWV 593 / RV 522

8 April
 Roland Voit

Sound Exhibition – from Bach to Mussorgsky

Acclaimed German Organist Roland Voit is returning to Melbourne with a colourful and inspirational program of works by JS Bach, Franz Liszt and Modest Mussorgsky, augmented by visual projection of great paintings including Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.

Presented by the Australian Bach Society

Tickets: $35 and $25 (concession) – Online Bookings:
18 October
 Dong-ill Shin

Dong-ill Shin – Lady White Organ Recital

Winner 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.

Eugène Gigout:
Grand chœur dialogué
J.P. Sweelinck:
Mein junges Leben hat ein End
Johannes Brahms:
Three Choral Preludes from 11 Choral Preludes. Op. 122
Jehan Alain:
Variations sur un thème de Clément Jannequin
W.A. Mozart:
Andante. K 616
J.S. Bach:
Toccata and Fugue in F. BWV 540

Tickets: $30 and $25 concession - Free admission for children under 16

8 November
 Peter Sheridan

Love Birds Flute Duo – Lisa-Maree Amos & Peter Sheridan
with Jennifer Chou (Organ)

Peter Sheridan has collaborated with some of the world's leading composers, commissioning more than fifty works for the various flutes. He is a frequent performer at the National Flute Association, Australian Flute Festival and British Flute Society conventions, as well as festivals worldwide. Peter is an active faculty member of Monash University, directing the flute ensemble (recent Move Records recording) and teaches at Mazenod College and Donvale Christian College.

 Lisa-Maree Amos Lisa-Maree Amos is Principal Flute of Orchestra Victoria, on the teaching staff of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University, has been the facilitator of the Flute Audition Masterclass. She has held positions including Guest Principal Flute with the BBC Symphony and the Boston Symphony, working with legendary conductors Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, and Bernard Haitink. Her performances in major international Festivals including the London Proms, LA Bach Festival, and the Colorado Music Festival have received critical acclaim.

Jennifer Chou is Director of Music at Toorak Uniting Church. As a concert organist, she performs regularly both within Australia and overseas. Jennifer studied the organ in the USA and in France. While studying as a graduate student at Northwestern University, she enrolled in the piano accompanying class of Laurence Davis, and performed with singers and instrumentalists of the Bienen School of Music at the university. She started accompanying solo singers concerts when she was twelve years old, and was one of the accompanists for the children's choir which she herself was a member.

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 Music Fund

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.

Past Concert Series

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 Peter Collins organ

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.



Wood Gedact8
Viol da Gamba8
Rohr Flute8
Hohl Flute4
Koppel Flute4
Wide Octave4
Wald Flute2

I / Pedal

II / Pedal

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

Elspeth White Bequest

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.

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