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Sunday, May 23, 2021


(Christopher Cockburn)

Master organist, Maestro Dr Christopher Cockburn, will be performing a solo afternoon concert on the magnificent newly-refurbished 116-year-old Henry Willis organ in St Thomas Church, Berea, on May 30, 2021, starting at 15h00, to celebrate the completion of the organ’s major restoration process.

The programme features a carefully-curated blend of famous and fabulous organ music – such as the perennial favourite Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by JS Bach, and the Toccata from Charles-Marie Widor’s fifth (of 10) organ symphonies. Interspersed with these two grand works will be pieces relevant to the organ’s illustrious past – almost a highlights package history of the instrument told through eclectic music.

Dr Christopher Cockburn is well-known throughout South Africa as an organ recitalist and accompanist. The organ is one of the best church pipe organs in South Africa. It is one of the few instruments in South Africa made by the world-renowned Henry Willis and Sons who have been making bespoke organs for more than five generations.

Tickets for the concert can be booked by contacting the church office in the mornings on phone 031 201 2204 and WhatsApp organist Mervyn Payne on 082 706 4619. Tickets R100 with concessions of R80 for pensioners and students and must be pre booked before the day. 

The programme will run at approximately one hour without interval. All monies raised will go towards the enormous costs of refurbishing the organ.

Covid protocols will be observed

Christopher Cockburn in Concert takes place at 15h00 on May 30, 2021. 

St Thomas Church is situated at 195 Musgrave Road, Durban. Entrance to parking - St Thomas Avenue, 190 Essenwood Road, Musgrave.