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Oliver Brett Organ/Piano

feat. David Elton on Trumpet/ Flugel Horn
Thomas Wilson on Organ

The last Friday recital (next friday 14th November @ 7pm) in our current series will feature Oliver Brett, the Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music playing both the organ and the piano.  In the first half, he will perform Duruflé’s popular Suite for organ and will also be joined by David Elton, principal trumpeter of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.  They will perform an arrangement of the beautiful Elegy by Thalben Ball for fugal horn and organ as well as an intriguing piece entitled ‘The Mysteries Remain’ by contemporary American composer David Sampson.  In the second half of the concert, Oliver will switch to the piano, on which he will play one of the most loved piano concertos of all time, Rachmaninov’s second concerto in C minor.  For this, he will be joined by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, Thomas Wilson, who will play the orchestra part on the Cathedral organ.

Please join us for what promises to be an evening full of glorious music.  The concert starts at 7pm and admission is free.  Wine will be served afterwards.

Oliver Brett is assistant director of music of St. Mary’s Cathedral.  He is responsible for the organ playing in the Cathedral, as well as the direction of the Cathedral Scholars, the St Mary’s Singers and assisting in the training and direction of the Cathedral choir of men and boys.  He studied music at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was organ scholar to the world famous choir.  He has also held positions at Westminster Cathedral and Durham Cathedral.  His organ teachers have included Sarah Baldock, Thomas Trotter, David Briggs and Dame Gillian Weir.  He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists before leaving school.
Oliver has performed both as a soloist and accompanist in major venues across five continents.  Highlights have included solo recitals in Washington National Cathedral, St. Thomas’, Fifth Avenue, New York, three recitals in Ecuador as part of the 2009 Festival of Sacred Music and in 2008 a performance in King’s College Chapel of Messiaen’s Livre d’Orgue to mark the composer’s centenary.  He has performed with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, the Britten Sinfonia and the Academy of Ancient Music.  He appears on several recordings and has played on television and radio throughout the world.  Increasingly in demand as a teacher, Oliver has taught on courses in England and Australia; notably the first Sydney Organ Academy and the RCO’s Organ Scholar Experience course earlier this year.

David Elton joined the Sydney Symphony as Principal Trumpet in 2012, having previously held the same position with the West Australian and Adelaide symphony orchestras. He is a founding member of the Australian Brass Quintet, which tours nationally and internationally. David has performed as soloist with orchestras around Australia, including the world premiere, with West Australian Symphony Orchestra, of James Ledger’s Trumpet Concerto, a work written specially for him. David toured nationally with the ACO and pianist Stephen Osborne performing the Shostakovich Concerto for Piano and Trumpet. He has been a featured artist at the Sydney International Brass Festival. David is a member of the Australian World Orchestra and has toured as a guest artist with the Seraphim Trio. He also regularly records for film and television soundtracks.
Thomas Wilson moved to Sydney to take up the position of Director of Music at St Mary’s Cathedral in February 2010. This follows five years at Westminster Cathedral in London, firstly as Assistant Organist, and more recently as Precentor. He is the Artistic Director of the London International Choral Festival. Since taking up his appointment at St Mary’s Cathedral Thomas has established a regular pattern of daily choral services. In 2010 the Cathedral Choir recorded a service of Christmas Carols for television broadcast by the ABC. In October 2011 the Choir went on tour to Rome, singing for the opening of Domus Australia in the presence of His Holiness Pope Benedict.
In 2013 Thomas was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. 

Friday 17th November
St Mary's Cathedral Sydney
Free Admission

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