Rare organ recital a highlight of festival

TO aficionados, the Barkly Street organ is a particularly rare and special example of the instrument.

So it will come as a treat to hear it played by Queensland and Vienna Conservatoria graduate Christopher Wrench today, in one of this week’s highlights of the 19th annual Organs of the 

Ballarat Goldfields festival.

Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields treasurer Voi Williams said unlike other Fincham organs, the Barkly Street Uniting Church instrument remained essentially in

its original condition.

“Other early Fincham organs have been changed in various ways,” she said.

This evening will see another high point of the festival program with Elisabetta Ghebbioni on harp and Anthony Halliday on organ at Loreto 

College.

Mrs Williams said Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields moved to the Daylesford Uniting Church on Thursday with another special recital by Wrench featuring the works of

Bach.

“In the evening we change pace when we have a sitar ensemble in the Daylesford Town Hall,” Mrs Williams said.

“That program is extremely popular and demonstrates that Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields is more than organ music,” she 

said.

Baroque violinist Davide Monti plays at the Christian Fellowship Church in Ballarat on Friday. 

This will be followed by two programs at the Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts Saturday. 

These include a piano recital of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier by 

Halliday.

For more information, visit ballarat.com/organs/

rachel.afflick@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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