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Sundays @ 3 pm
John O'Donnell - 21 April
Calvin Bowman - 21 July
Jennifer Chou - 20 October

In 2024, St Andrew’s, Brighton presents a special series of three organ recitals to celebrate the completion of major works on the 1964 War Memorial Grand Organ. The twin four manual consoles have been fully refurbished to include a sequencer and MIDI. Furthermore, cleaning and revoicing of various ranks of pipes has taken place, and new stops have been added.

This year’s recitals will feature a mixture of organ music specifically from France and Australia, and will amply demonstrate the capabilities of our eclectic instrument.

Although great strides have been taken, we still have work to do. If you feel inclined, please make a donation towards the ongoing refurbishment of the organ here.


Dr Calvin Bowman

Director of Music

St Andrew’s, Brighton

$30 per concert

Tickets on sale:

Calvin Bowman - 21 July
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Calvin Bowman studied organ with John O'Donnell at the University of Melbourne. He undertook further studies at Yale University with the assistance of a Fulbright scholarship. In 2001, he re-opened the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ by presenting the world première performance of Voices by Philip Glass. He is currently Director of Music at St Andrew's, Brighton.

PROGRAM - Australian organ works

Works by Sculthorpe, Mills, Schultz, Koehne and first performances of Blaze – Chris Healey, and Variations on ‘Wat zalmen op den Avond doen’ – Calvin Bowman

Jennifer Chou - 20 October
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Jennifer Chou, Associate Organist, Scots Church Melbourne, has appeared as recitalist in venues including the Notre-Dame (Paris), Westminster Abbey and capital city Town Halls in Australia. Jennifer studied with Wolfgang Rübsam at Northwestern University (USA), with further studies at Conservatoire National de Région de Rueil-Malmaison and the Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de Musique et Danse in Toulouse (specialising in French and German baroque).

PROGRAM French and Australian organ works

Works by Ampt, de Grigny, Alain and Franck

Past concert
John O'Donnell

John O’Donnell is Monash University Organist, Founder/Director of Ensemble Gombert, keyboard player of Capella Corelli, and Director of Music at All Saints’ Anglican Church East St Kilda. He has undertaken 21 concert tours of Europe and 12 of North America, principally as organist and choral conductor. In 2019 John was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of Monash University.

PROGRAM - French organ works

Part 1: Eastertide - Langlais, Messiaen, Demessieux, Tournemire

Part 2: In memory of Jehan Alain – Alain, Langlais, Duruflé

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