Organ Recital (Prof Martin Setchell)

Thursday 5th July 2018 at 19:00

Part of the 2018 Exeter Cathedral Organ Recital Series. Programme to be announced.

Ticket information

Tickets £7 adults, £5 students, under 18s FREE. Available from 01392 285983 (Monday to Friday) and online.

About Martin Setchell

Martin Setchell, organist of Christchurch city New Zealand, is an international concert performer who believes in promoting entertaining organ music to a wide audience.

Born and educated in England where he was awarded his Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists, he studied at various times with Pierre Cochereau, Marie-Claire Alain, Piet Kee, and Peter Hurford. He is curator of the Rieger pipe organ in the Christchurch Town Hall for the Performing Arts (city organist), and University of Canterbury organist.

He regularly performs in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Japan. This year, 2018, he will perform concerts in Australia, Germany, France, the UK and Switzerland, as well as throughout New Zealand.

His  CDs include A Taste of Shropshire, (Quantum) recorded at Ludlow Parish church in England, the highly successful Bonbons for Organ series and Pink and White, an anthology of New Zealand organ music (Atoll) and Great Australasian Organs VII featuring the Rieger organ of Christchurch Town Hall (Priory 1031, UK). His most recent recording is Cardboard Cathedral Organ Capers recorded on the Rodgers Infinity organ of the Transitional Anglican Cathedral.

Martin is heard on BBC radio’s The Organist Entertains, the USA’s Pipe Dreams, and Radio New Zealand’s concert programme.

He has arranged Fauré, Bizet, and Sousa (published by Kevin Mayhew Music), and edited organ albums of music by Saint-Saëns, Purcell and Bach for Oxford University Press. In 2008 he was honoured by the City of Christchurch, receiving a Civic Award for services to music in the community and the Town Hall organ in particular.

About the organ

In 1665 local organ builder John Loosemore created what has become one of the most distinctive and striking organ cases ever built.

In over three hundred years the organ has been expanded and updated to meet the ever changing musical demands of a living Cathedral, from the expansion and raising of Loosemore’s case and the moving of the impressive 32’ pipes to the South Transept, to the creation of an entirely new section of the organ in the Minstrels’ Gallery.

Containing over 4000 pipes, the organ is played from a console of four manuals and pedals which is situated on the central ‘pulpitum’ screen.

 

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