On Saturday 30 June 2018, Peter Stapleton, one of AISHK’s music teachers, was invited to perform a recital on the organ at St James’ Cathedral in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. The organ is one of only a handful in Queensland and is certainly the only true pipe organ in Townsville itself. It is a large instrument with 4 keyboards and 53 speaking stops. Peter’s recital was given to demonstrate the huge range of colours available from the organ and featured repertoire that represented music internationally, from the Germanic traditions of JS Bach to delicate French orchestrations and an electrifying symphonic toccata by Henry Mulet.
Peter also used the opportunity to perform the toccata for organ by Australian composer Colin Brumby. The toccata was written in 1999 and is a good example of modern day compositions emerging from Australia. Our students are also expected to perform works written in the last 25 years as part of their programming for HSC Music 2 examinations. The recital was hailed as a great success and raised about 1000 Australian dollars for the Townsville Street Chaplains. The Street Chaplains provide valuable assistance and guidance in helping those in need or at risk in Townsville’s nightclub district every Friday and Saturday night. Their website can be found below. It was also a wonderful opportunity to introduce an instrument that many may have never seen or heard. Some video links have also been included below.