Classical organist inspires

Last updated 14:06 30/01/2013

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He has been described as New Zealand's most entertaining classical organist, mixing high and low-brow music with witty and informative presentations.

Christopher Hainsworth's upcoming organ recital promises to inspire, amuse and entertain. A former Wellingtonian, he has been freelancing in Europe for 30 years and is now the organist of Beziers Cathedral in France. He returns to Kaikoura in February with his lively musical connection to life's realities - eating, drinking, living and dying - and at times theatrical performances.

Having toured New Zealand on many occasions he is well-known on the music scene with his flamboyant approach to each and every recital. His wide and varied repertoire includes many undeservedly neglected pieces which will satisfy a broad range of audiences, from classical music lovers to those with a more limited musical knowledge.

Hainsworth says with this year's programme he is aiming at variety and will be trying to provide something for everyone, serious and less serious, entertaining but thought-provoking.

His organ proms tour comes to St Paul's Presbyterian Church on Tuesday February 26. Tickets $20, student concessions apply.

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- Kaikoura Star

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