Fringe free lunchtime concerts
For the first time, St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral is opening its doors for the Fringe as a venue for lunchtime organ recitals. The Cathedral has recently undergone significant restoration work, including the installation of a Canadian-built 1927 Casavant Frères pipe organ. The instrument is unique to Australia, being the only example of an inter-war built organ from the American continent and has a different sound to English-style organs of that era. The lunchtime recitals are a unique opportunity to visit this beautiful place of worship and be inspired by some of the world’s best classical music being played on this magnificent pipe organ.
2017 Dates – Wednesdays Feb 22, Mar 8 and Mar 15. Time: 1pm to 1.30pm.
Wednesday February 22 – ANDREW GEORG
Andrew Georg is a versatile South Australian musician whose career encompasses Church music, opera, choral music, and accompanying. Andrew grew up in the Barossa Valley, surrounded by many fine pipe organs and a vibrant community music scene. He completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, and was Organ Scholar at St Peter’s Cathedral and Pilgrim Church, Adelaide. Since 2013, Andrew has been the Organist and Choir Director at Christ Church North Adelaide. He has given solo organ recitals in numerous venues, and frequently appears as a guest organist for choral concerts. Andrew also works as a Répétiteur for the State Opera of South Australia. In 2014 Andrew won the Geoffrey Parsons’ Award for accompanying, Australia’s most prestigious award for the collaborative pianist.
Wednesday March 8 – CHRISTOPHER TRIKILIS
One of Australia’s leading young organists, Christopher Trikilis is a Melbourne-based musician. Commencing piano lessons at a young age, he completed music studies at the University of Melbourne studying with John Mallinson (organ) and Mark McGee (piano) while also being Organ Scholar at St Patrick’s Cathedral Melbourne. Maintaining an active performance schedule both as soloist and accompanist, Chris has performed across Australia, Europe and North America. He is a former Vice-President of the Society of Organists Victoria, and was acting editor of nationwide ‘Organ Australia’ magazine in 2011. Christopher is responsible for pipe organs installed in recent years in St Anthony’s Alphington and St Joseph’s Chelsea. He has also featured on numerous recordings, including DVDs for the Organ Historical Trust of Australia, and the CD “Diapason” on the Move Records label. Currently, Christopher is Organist and Director of Music at St Patrick’s Church in Mentone (with its heritage-listed 1862 Nicholson organ), Music Tutor to Corpus Christi Seminary in Carlton, and on staff at St Kevin’s College in Toorak.
Wednesday March 15 – DAVID HEAH
David Heah has a long association with Church music. He commenced piano studies at age 5, sang with the St Peter's Cathedral Choir as a treble chorister from 2000-2004, and during these formative years he developed a strong passion and interest in both sacred choral repertoire and organ music. Under the tutelage of Dr David Swale OAM (Organist Emeritus), David returned to St Peter's Cathedral to become an Organ Scholar in 2012. He continued these studies under Dr Joshua van Konkelenberg from 2013. David accompanied the Cathedral Choir on their 2014-2015 tour of the United Kingdom and Paris as one of the tour organists. He is now the Sub Organist of St Peter's Cathedral and, when not playing, enjoys singing with the choir as a baritone. David completed the Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering and Mechanical Engineer at the University of Adelaide in 2014 and works as a professional engineer in the oil and gas industry.
St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral Restoration Appeal
St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral is the oldest Catholic Cathedral in Australia and the heart of Catholic life here in the Adelaide Archdiocese.
Situated in the centre of Victoria Square this iconic heritage listed building is considered a major Australian work of the Gothic Revival Style.
Over the course of 150 years a number of eminent designers and builders have been involved with its construction and thus the building itself reflects the economic and social history of our community.
As a sacred place for Catholics the Cathedral represents the spiritual origins of the Catholic Church in Adelaide. For hundreds of thousands of South Australians it is the place where they were baptised, married and mourned. A diverse mix of ages and cultures pass through its doors each day as they come to express their deep faith.
Whilst much effort has been put into upgrading the exterior in recent years the interior of this heritage listed building is in urgent need of renovation to transform it into a warm and welcoming place of worship.
As custodians of this beautiful Cathedral we are charged with responsibility of maintaining and preserving it for future generations.
Download brochure below to read more about the Cathedral Appeal and restoration work.
The Pipes are Calling
The St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral Restoration has begun with the first major work being the refurbishment and installation of the magnificent 1927 Casavant Frères pipe organ. The Pipes are Calling Campaign is an invitation to ‘donate a pipe’ and become a part of this unique time in our Cathedral’s history.
By purchasing pipes for our magnificent Casavant Frères Pipe Organ you will contribute to the restoration of the oldest Catholic Cathedral in Australia for the benefit of generations to come.
As part of our partnership with National Trust South Australia, all donations are tax deductible.
For further information on donations please contact Jane Juniper on P: 8210 8223 of by email E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Casavant Frères pipe organ finds new life Down Under
The Lead South Australia – September 8, 2015
AFTER more than a decade spent in storage and transit, the time has come for an exceptionally rare Canadian Casavant Frères pipe organ to sound its original voice on the other side of the world.
The extraordinary pipe organ was built in 1927 by the world-renowned Casavant brothers and was housed in the St Jean de la Croix Church in Montreal for 70 years before the church was converted into a luxury condominium complex in 2003.