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World Class Organist to give concert at St Matthew's - Friday 18th May 2012

Olivier Latry, organist at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris and considered one of the finest concert organists in the world today, is to give a one off, 90 minute recital at St Matthew-in-the-City on Saturday, June 9.

The concert marks the inaugural recital of the church’s new Father Willis Organ, a purpose built organ which includes remnants from the original St Matthews Father Willis organ, and parts from Father Willis organs from England and Scotland.

“The organ is the finest Father Willis instrument  in the country and this solo performance of classical organ music will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for the public to hear this famous musician play in the beautiful surrounds  of St Matthews,” said Rev. Glynn Cardy, Vicar of St Matthews.  “It will be a magical evening.

“The restoration of our organ completed a 15-year, multi-million dollar project to refurbish the interior and exterior of St Mathews, regarded as one the country’s finest Gothic churches.

“The organ was consecrated on St Matthews feast day last September, and this will be the first of what we hope will be many recitals by visiting organists.”

Attendance at St Matthews will be limited to 400 people. The ticket price is $45. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT TICKETEK .

When   Saturday, June 9

Where St Matthews-in-the-City, Hobson Street

Time     8:00 pm.


Marcel DUPRÉ  (1886 – 1971) :

                   Cortège et litanie

                   César FRANCK  (1822 – 1890) :

                                      2ème Choral, en Si mineur

                   Charles TOURNEMIRE (1870 – 1939) :

                                      Petite Rhapsodie improvisée (Improvisation retranscrite par Maurice DURUFLÉ)

Charles-Marie WIDOR  (1844 – 1937) :

                   Allegro vivace, extrait de la 5ème Symphonie

                   Louis VIERNE  (1870 – 1937) :

                                      Feux follets

                                      Clair de lune

                                      Carillon de Westminster

Olivier LATRY :




Olivier Latry (born 22 February 1962) is a French organistimproviser and Professor of Organ in the Conservatoire de Paris.

Latry was born in Boulogne-sur-MerFrance. After having begun his musical studies in Boulogne-sur-Mer, in 1978 he enrolled in the organ class under Gaston Litaize at the Academy of Saint-Maur, and took composition classes with Jean-Claude Raynaud at the Paris Academy. After becoming Professor of organ in the Catholic Institute of Paris in 1983 and subsequently at the Academy of Rheims, he succeeded Gaston Litaize at the Academy of Saint-Maur in 1990. In 1995, Latry was named professor of organ in the Academy of Paris, a post held jointly with Michel Bouvard.

In 1985, at 23 years of age, Latry was awarded the post of one of four titulaires des grands orgue of Notre-DameParisalongside Yves Devernay, Philippe Lefèbvre and Jean-Pierre Leguay, following the death of Pierre Cochereau.

In addition to this role and his teaching positions, Latry carries out an active career as concert performer: he has played in over forty countries across five continents, in particular in the United States, where he made his first tour in 1986, becoming one of the most popular French organists in that country.

Latry did not want to specialize in music of a specific time period, but has gained a reputation for performing music by his contemporaries. He is renowned for his performances of the works of Olivier Messiaen and has recorded the complete organ works of Messiaen for Deutsche Grammophon. Latry is also considered to be a distinguished improviser, in the tradition of an exceptional French line that runs from Charles Tournemire through to Pierre  Cochereau.

An example of his work on YouTube




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