Musicians to organ-ise city

SARAH MCCARTHY
Last updated 05:00 15/05/2014
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NOTE-WORTHY EVENT: Organist Sherry Shelton, Director of Music at First Church, Invercargill, has organised the New Zealand Association of Organists’ annual conference in the city at Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

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The city will be alive with the sound of music at Queen's Birthday Weekend when the New Zealand Association of Organists converges for its annual conference.

Organiser Sherry Shelton said this would be the first time the conference had been held in Invercargill, and up to 60 musicians and experts were expected to visit.

The public were invited to attend the events, which included lectures and performances in Invercargill and Bluff.

The concerts would be approachable, but classical, Shelton said.

Lectures included an afternoon with Czech organist Pavel Kohout in Bluff on May 31.

"He's one of the best in Europe. To have him lecture here is really a coup for us."

A lecture on Invercargill organs by Dr Raymond White at St Mary's Basilica on June 1 would include a presentation of an Historical Organ certificate for the church's chamber organ.

Shelton believed the organ at All Saints would also receive a certificate from the Historical Organ Association.

Director of Music at First Church in Invercargill, Shelton moved from Auckland to Bluff three years ago and was struck by how beautiful the city was.

"I thought, 'Why don't they do the conference here'."

The conference runs from Friday, May 30 until Monday, June 2.

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