"Not since Gillian Weir have we had somebody with so many accolades at so young an age" - Kerry Stevens, Chairman of the Auckland Town Hall Organ Trust, on young New Zealand organist Thomas Gaynor.

Organist Thomas Gaynor

Organist Thomas Gaynor Photo: Supplied

Thomas Gaynor is a young New Zealander who is making quite an impact around the world already.

He was born in Wellington and was the Richard Prothero Organ Scholar at Wellington Cathedral for several years. He left New Zealand to study at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he’s now a Doctoral student.

In 2017 he was awarded the First Prize in Organ Interpretation and the Audience Prize at the St Albans International Organ Competition and he’s been a prize-winner – often first – at several other competitions around the world.

This concert was presented by Auckland Live and the Auckland Town Hall Organ Trust.

 

 

3.00pm Auckland Town Hall Organ: Thomas Gaynor (Part 1)

Alfred Hollins: Concert Overture No 1 in C minor
Johann Pachelbel: Chaconne in F minor
Charles-Marie Widor: 3rd movement, Intermezzo, and 4th movement, Cantabile, from Symphony No 6
Felix Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata No 2 in C minor

Recorded in Auckland Town Hall, 19 August 2018
Producer, Engineer: Tim Dodd

8.00pm Auckland Chamber Orchestra with John Chen

VASKS: Viatore;

SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No 1;

COPLAND: Quiet City;

BRITTEN: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

John Chen (piano), Auckland Chamber Orchestra/Peter Scholes

Recorded in Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Auckland by RNZ