St Georges Parktown to welcome Royal Organist.

Organist Christian Wilson will be visiting South Africa in September, and will be giving a recital at St. George’s Anglican Church, Parktown, on Friday 11th September at 7.30pm.

He will also be directing a half day choral course at the same church on Saturday 12th September, under the auspices of the Royal School of Church Music.

An innovator amongst musicians, Christian Wilson has forged a unique path in the organ world, showcasing trailblazing virtuosity and profound musicianship through inspired and unorthodox programming. His performances celebrate both the historic roots and central repertoire of the instrument whilst also engaging audiences through original juxtapositions with transcriptions, jazz, and other alternative genres.

Christians performances have met with acclaim at major concert venues across Europe, Australia, Russia and the USA. Organist of the Chapels Royal, HM the Tower of London, and Assistant Organist at Christ Church Oxford, he is also busy as a pianist, chamber musician, musicologist and teacher with a recent recording of English works for viola and piano with Sarah-Jane Bradley. In 2012, he became the eighth person in the world to perform Francis Potts epic Organ Symphony Christus (sometimes considered the Everest of organ repertory) with performances in Germany and the UK. His numerous celebrated transcriptions range from works by Bach and Mendelssohn to Piazzolla and Frank Zappa.

Christians musical career began at Westminster Abbey, where he was head chorister. He spent a year as Sub-Organist at Perth Cathedral (Western Australia) before taking up the Organ Scholarship at Christ Church, Oxford. Following a research degree (investigating the pre-Reformation English organ), Christian was awarded various prizes and scholarships to study for the solo postgraduate diploma at the Musikhochschule, Stuttgart with Jon Laukvik and Ludger Lohmann.

If you would like to attend please put your details on the Church Notice Board List, or phone St Georges (011) 482-1606/7.Tickets are R150 each, pay at the door.

Cheese and Wine will be served in the Hall after the Recital.