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Lunchtime Organ: Darius Battiwalla

Lunchtime Organ: Darius Battiwalla

Mon 26 March
Main Auditorium

Concert begins at 13.05pm

Darius Battiwalla - City Organist

Walton Coronation March: Orb & Sceptre
Bach Pastorale
Liszt Variations on Weinen, klagen, sorgen, zagen
Lemare Andantino 
Whitlock Scherzetto from Sonata in C minor
Lemare Carmen Fantasy

Joy, reflection, drama and humour are present in about equal measure in this grand finale to the 2017/18 programmes here at the Town Hall. Sir William McKie’s demanding arrangement of the 1953 Coronation March Orb and Sceptre reminds us of his days as a virtuoso City Organist in Melbourne, Australia in the 1930s. Lighter fare comes in the form of Whitlock’s Scherzetto with its delicious rhythmic shifts and 1930s harmony and Edwin H Lemare’s Andantino in D flat [famous as the basis of the popular song Moonlight and Roses with lyrics by Daniel O’Donnell and a song that received something of a rejuvenation from and after Jim Reeves’ 1964 recording]. The centre-piece of this final recital of the season is much more serious stuff! Liszt’s Variations on Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen treat the chorale featured in the Crucifixus of Bach’s Mass in B minor and as the basis for his Cantata 12. The season comes to a close with Edwin Lemare’s sure-footed medley of well known themes from Bizet’s opera Carmen [1875]; the scoring, especially of the exotic and sensual Habanera, is masterly throughout and, important in a medley, each tune is nicely etched within the whole – with none outstaying its welcome and each subject afforded due honour.



Free admission, no booking required

Tickets & Times

  • Mon 26 Mar , 1:05 PM