2024 New Zealand Organ Festival - Dunedin - New Zealand Organ Association

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Matariki Weekend, 27th-30th June, 2024

Dunedin, New Zealand

Make your way to Dunedin at Matariki to enjoy some southern hospitality and a long weekend experiencing Dunedin’s organ and architectural heritage.

For full festival information visit the website

If you haven’t already registered, please take the opportunity to join us for the 2024 NZ Organ Festival. The
“early bird” special price of $375 is valid until 20th May but of course you can still register after that date
(until 15th June) with a registration fee of $400. (Thanks to those who have already registered).

Highlights of the programme

Jeremy Woodside, from Christchurch, will provide the organ accompaniment at a public concert “Visions of
Heaven” at St Paul’s Cathedral performed by City Choir Dunedin, conducted by David Burchell; the concert
will also include several organ solo items demonstrating the versatility of the Willis III / SIOC organ.

The concert at Iona Church, Port Chalmers on the Saturday afternoon, will feature Jeremy Woodside and
Dunedin’s City Organist, David Burchell, who will be joined by a string quartet. Several of the student
players will also play in this concert.

The Festival Dinner at the historic Knox College promises to be a special event. Entertainment during the
dinner will be performed by the Rare Byrds, a Dunedin based early music consort specialising in
Renaissance and early Baroque music and then we will adjourn to Ross Chapel for more music from the
Rare Byrds and the chapel organ, followed by supper.

Sunday’s grand finale will feature the Dunedin Town Hall organ ‘Norma’ played by David Burchell, with
contributions by two of New Zealand’s top student players, Micah Xiang and Max Toth.

These are just a few highlights from a very exciting programme.

We know that Dunedin can be a bit chilly in the middle of Winter, but you can be assured of a very warm
welcome – don’t forget to pack your woollies!

In answer to some queries, we will be providing transport on Saturday from St Josephs to the various
venues and will also ensure people have transport if required between venues on the Friday.
We are looking forward to meeting you at the end of June.

You are welcome to bring a partner (or guest) to any event/s – please contact Sue for details of costs

See also: Developing Organists’ Opportunity