Organist to give concert





Christchurch Town Hall organist and international concert performer Martin Setchell will be performing at St Luke’s Church this weekend. He was born and educated in England where he was awarded his fellowship of the Royal College of Organists, winning both the Limpus and Shinn prizes. After serving for more than 40 years on the staff of the University of Canterbury School of Music, he resigned as associate professor of music in 2014 to freelance as a performer - guest conductor and concert organist - writer, music editor, speaker and teacher. Over the last 20 years he has given many concerts in New Zealand, Australia, America, Canada, Europe, the UK and the Far East. Martin has served Christchurch as the city’s town hall organist since the Rieger organ was opened in 1997, when he was appointed organ curator by the city council. He oversaw the organ’s preservation and restoration as part of the overall town hall rebuild, and gave the reopening concerts in March 2019 when the organ was officially reopened by the mayor. He has recorded six CDS on the town hall organ, which are regularly heard on Radio New Zealand Concert FM. In 2008 he was honoured by the City of Christchurch, receiving a Civic Award for services to music in the community and the Town Hall organ in particular. John Ellis, St Luke’s Church organist and close acquaintance of Martin, says it will be a great concert as Martin has got a lot of flair.