Concert: Organ Recital by Tom Healey

Sunday, July 12th, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Tom Holding the Organs webA recital in support of St. David’s Cathedral Foundation featuring works by Schumann, Mendelssohn, Rawsthorne, Vierne among others.

Cost $10

The programme is below.

Tom Healey (left) lives in Geelong and is an organist, choral conductor and singer. He started organ lessons in Year 9 at Scotch College, Melbourne, and played regularly for school services. He studied organ with John McCaughey, Sergio De Pieri and Douglas Lawrence and at the Organ Summer School in Haarlem, Netherlands. He also studied choral conducting at the Summer School of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, and choral conducting with Faye Dumont at Melbourne University. He has held organist positions at South Melbourne United Church, Trinity College (Melbourne University), and Ballarat Cathedral. He was also an assistant at All Saints Anglican Church Kooyong (in his last years at school), St Francis Catholic Church Lonsdale Street and Ormond College (Melbourne University). From 1981 he was Organist and Choir Director at Geelong Grammar School, and Director of Music from 1994 to 2005. He led the Choir of Geelong Grammar on two European tours, winning second place in the International Youth Music Competition in Vienna each time. During this time he also sang, recorded and broadcast with The Ensemble of the Fourteenth Century and Les Six in Melbourne, performed at the Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord and at the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival.

In 2006, Tom was appointed Director of Music at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Brighton, (where Lindsay O’Neill went from St John’s Launceston) where he directed the 40 voice choir, made up mostly of Choral Scholars from the neighbouring boys’ and girls’ schools, and played the mighty organ of 4 keyboards and 64 stops. He also taught at St Michael’s Grammar, St Kilda, and was organist for the St Michael’s Choir European tour, a highlight of which was playing the Choir Organ in Notre Dame Cathedral. He and his wife Helen Seymour have sung with the Australian Chamber Choir, including a European tour. He has conducted the choir of the Geelong Summer Music Camp on many occasions and is a former conductor of the Geelong Chorale. He is on the board of the Australian Youth Music Scholarship Trust. Since moving back to Geelong in 2014 he has continued to give organ concerts, sing and direct choirs in Geelong and Melbourne. One recent concert featured the recently re-discovered ‘Gallipoli Sonata’ for violin and piano, composed by Australian born Frederick Septimus Kelly in 1915 and edited by Richard Divall. Tom and his son, Philip, gave one of first modern performances of the sonata. Tom directs Vox Anglica, an ensemble of professional singers.

Fanfare for Nottingham
(Take My Life, And Let It Be Consecrated, Lord, To Thee)
Naji Hakim (b1955, France)
Canon No. 3
Robert Schumann (1810-1856, Germany)
Concerto in G Major (Allegro/ Grave/ Presto)
Prince Johann Ernst of Weimar (1696-1715), arr JS Bach (1685-1750)
Introduction and March (from the ‘Battle of Britain Suite’)
William Walton (1902-1983, UK), arr Robert Gower
March Funebre
Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944, France)
March Heroique
Christopher Luke (b 1972, Australia)
Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella
Emma Lou Diemer (b 1927, USA)
Sonata No. 1 (Allegro/Adagio/Allegro)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847, Germany)
Serenade for Organ
Derek Bourgeois (b1941, UK)
Variations on a Theme by Thomas Campbell
(And Can It Be)
Christopher Tambling (b1964, UK)
Danse des Papillons
Noel Rawsthorne (b1929, UK)
Carillon de Westminster
Louis Vierne (1870-1937, France)