An Australasian International Festival of Church Music

Streams

  • Practising for success
  • Playing piano reductions of major choral works on organ
  • Advanced organ masterclass
  • Busy feet: Pedals (how Swell!)
  • Accompanying and registration of Psalms in all styles
  • Piano to organ: changing your tune
  • Touch and articulation
  • Advanced improvisation
  • Yes! them hymns
  • French Classics masterclass
  • Life as a French organist
  • Teaching the organ
  • Worship songs: getting those chords and lead sheets going
  • Morningstar Publications: easier liturgical organ music
  • Forum: the place of the organ in the 21st century
  • Building a repertoire
  • Accompanying and registration of anthems, communion(mass) settings and canticles
  • June Nixon compositions
  • Lecture-recital: Neglected masterpieces and curiosities
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Sydney inSpires gratefully acknowledges the support and assistance of the Principal Organs, who are generously supplying digital organs and keyboards for use throughout many of the conference venues.  We are thrilled to be partnering with them to make Organ inSpires a great success. For more information, visit their website. 

Organists

Organists are a key part of Sydney Inspires, and have their own Academy – OrganinSpires – within the larger festival.

Throughout the week, individual and group lessons from Thomas, Anne and others, organ demonstrations, masterclasses, lectures, services, solo and joint recitals, and a huge range of opportunities for accompaniment opportunities will be on offer for organists of all ages and abilities.

Additionally all may join together with the Festival’s flash choirs, workshops, and concerts.

Recitals and activities will be held at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney Town Hall and many other of the city’s amazing churches and cathedrals, including the Sydney Opera House.

The City’s astonishing range of world-class instruments will be explored and available for individual practice and concerts during the week, from the five manuals of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall, to the historic and contemporary instruments in the all of churches and cathedrals and colleges.

  • Sing Evensong and A Festival of Lessons and Carols with John Rutter
  • Learn to accompany psalms like a master
  • Receive professional teacher’s accreditation from masterclasses with the world’s finest teachers
  • Learn the organ from scratch, or take it to diploma level

With daily organ recitals, a particular highlight is Thomas Ospital accompanying the great silent 1925 film The Phantom of the Opera during a showing at St Andrew’s Cathedral, as well as a recital at Sydney Town Hall.

A multi-streamed approach throughout the week centred around the University of Sydney and St Andrew’s Cathedral School will culminate in two exciting events in the City’s premiere venue, Sydney Town Hall:

Prom Praise with the Gospel Orchestra of Sydney and Festival Choir, conducted by Professor Noel Tredinnick, with Paris’ Thomas Ospital on the famous Sydney Town Hall Grand Organ.

Bach’s immortal St Matthew Passion – commonly regarded as the greatest piece of Sacred Music ever composed, with professional soloists and orchestra.

Organists enrolling on the Organ Stream will receive individual lessons throughout the week, as well as participating in and observing masterclasses and workshops.

Sydney inSpires gratefully acknowledges the support and assistance of the Organ Music Society of Sydney (OMSS). We are thrilled to be partnering with them to make Organ inSpires a great success. For more information, visit their website.