Sir Francis Burt Memorial Organ Concert

Sir Francis Burt Memorial Organ Concert

Sir Francis Burt Memorial Organ Concert

St George's Cathedral

Organist Thomas Wilson

Thomas Wilson of St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney flies in to play our magnificent West Organ.

The program includes Louis Vierne, Frank Martin, Edward C Bairstow and Henri Mulet. Such big, bold, exciting works, performed by a very fine player, perfectly match the size and scope of the Cathedral space and organ.

Large screens add vision to sound for this heart-pumping experience.


Symphony No. 3 (Op. 28) – Louis Vierne (1870–1937)

  • Allegro maestoso
  • Cantilène
  • Intermezzo
  • Adagio
  • Final

INTERVAL ~ Refreshments will be served

Passacaille – Frank Martin (1890–1974)

Sonata in E flat – Edward C Bairstow (1874–1946)

  • Andante serioso, ma con moto
  • Allegro giocoso
  • Maestoso

Tu es petra (Esquisses Byzantines, X) – Henri Mulet (1878–1967)

Thomas Wilson describes the program

The organ in St George’s Cathedral is such an exciting, expressive, and vibrant instrument, that it inspired a program that will demonstrate its many fine qualities.

Louis Vierne’s Third Symphony provides a musical feast of textures, colours and forms, across this inventive, substantial work.

The phantasmagorical sound world of Frank Martin’s arresting Passacaille offers a profound contrast, whilst demonstrating the incisive tone clarity of the keenly voiced pipework of the St George’s organ.

It feels only natural to play an emblematically English work in a Cathedral dedicated to St George, and I look forward to bringing the singing melodies, as well as the fizzing fireworks, of Bairstow’s Sonata to life on an instrument that speaks with such a distinguished accent!

And Henri Mulet’s sizzling toccata ‘Tu es petra’ is sure to evoke visceral excitement in audience and player alike!

St George’s Cathedral is at 38 St Georges Terrace, Perth. Go to this link for information on parking and accessibility.


DATE: Thursday 11 August 2022

TIME: 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM with interval

VENUE: St George's Cathedral, Perth

TICKETS:: $40 Standard, $30 Concession, $20 Under-18s (ID required)