Alan K. Gray at the Cawthron Organ
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Thomas Cawthron’s generous gift to the Nelson School of Music of the pipe organ built by Norman and Beard of England is now tonally restored to its original specification by the South Island Organ Company, who have provided a stunning new console, returned to its 1913 position within the casework. The organ was most likely conceived as both a choral accompanying instrument and as having the resources for concert recitals. These latter would have included orchestral transcriptions popular at the time, which partly accounts for the instrument’s stops such as orchestral clarinet, orchestral oboe, viole d’orchestre and vox humana. It is Nelson’s ‘town hall’ organ.
The character, voicing and dynamics of the organ are beautifully suited to the famed acoustic of the Nelson School of Music Auditorium and will hopefully inspire a renewed interest amongst Nelson’s young musicians to explore the organ repertoire in performance and appreciation. This would be a significant tribute to Nelson’s most philanthropic citizen.
Alan K. Gray trained at the Royal College of Music, London, studying piano, organ and conducting. His professional life has been spent in secondary education, both as Director of Music and as an Arts Faculty Head. In addition he has run a private teaching practice and, since his mid teens, given life-long service as a Church Musician. During his 10 years in Nelson, Alan has directed several local choirs as well as providing traditional choral and service music at Nelson Cathedral.
Alan will play music by Bach, Bossi and Boëllmann together with some improvisation.
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