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.
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.
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 at individual lessons throughout the week.