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APO Celebrates 100 Years of the Auckland Town Hall Organ

APO Celebrates 100 Years of the Auckland Town Hall Organ
April 26, 2011
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The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra has celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Auckland Town Hall organ in the fourth of this year's APN News & Media Premier Series concerts.

The recently restored organ was the featured instrument in Guilmant's Organ Symphony No.1. Although less well known today, Felix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911) was a superstar organist and composer in his native France as well as the rest of Europe and America, performing to crowds numbering in the tens of thousands.

The 14th April concert featured organist Robert Costin who, in the mid-1990s held organist posts at St Paul's Cathedral Wellington and Auckland Holy Trinity Cathedral.

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