ORGAN CONCERT ROBERT EATHER

ORGANIST & MUSIC DIRECTOR CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, GRAFTON

Robert is an esteemed organist and has recently been awarded with a Fellowship of the Guild of Church Musicians.
He will present a specially selected program of organ compositions to showcase the possibilities of St Mary’s pipe-organ. This is a special occasion to hear the instrument in its best! 

DATE & TIME

SUNDAY, 28 April 3:00-4:30 PM


TICKETS

NORMAL $25 CONCESSION $20

Robert Eather studied organ with Phillip Matthias (former organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle) and harpsichord with Paul Dyer (currently director of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra) and the late Anthony Jennings at the Newcastle University Conservatorium of Music. 

Originally from the Hunter Valley, Robert also played flute and was keyboardist (organ and harpsichord) with the Maitland City Orchestra, performing various concerti for keyboard – harpsichord and organ. He also performed on organ with the Hunter Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for their performances of the Gloria in D by Vivaldi and the Requiemby Andrew Lloyd-Webber. During his time in the Hunter Valley Robert taught music at Raymond terrace high and lectured in Church Music at St John’s Theological College, Morpeth.

Robert has been Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton, since January 1999, becoming in 2017, the longest serving Organist of Grafton Cathedral and in 2024 celebrates 25 years as Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral. He has recently been awarded a Fellowship of the Guild of Church Musicians. He has also been on the teaching staff at Clarence Valley Anglican School from the same time. Between 2008 and 2020 Robert also taught at the Clarence Valley Conservatorium. 

In 2007 Robert recorded a CD of organ music in Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton. 

Robert is also an arranger and composer of music for both organ and choir. In 2001 he was commissioned to compose an anthem, I Will Open My Mouth in Parables for organ and choir for the International Festival of Philosophy, Science and Theology. His Fanfare Australia for organ was composed for and performed by Robert at the International Science Festival, at a concert in St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney UK along with a performance of I Will Open My Mouth in Parables

At Grafton Cathedral, Robert has featured in the lunchtime concert series playing organ, harpsichord, flute, cello and piano as well as performing the annual Jacaranda Organ Recital in the Cathedral as part of Grafton’s Jacaranda Festival. He has also performed recitals and conducted workshops in a number of other churches throughout the Grafton Diocese and beyond. 

PROGRAM

ALEXANDRE GUILMANT (1837-1911)

Grand Chorus, March in Gregorian Tonality, op.52, No.1 

DIETRICH BUXTEHUDE (1637-1707)  

Passacaglia in D-minor, BuxWV 161  

BERNARDO PASQUINI (1637-1710)

Partita sopra la Aria della Folia da Espagna

JOHANN PACHELBEL (1653-1706) 

Toccata in G-minor

Joh. Seb. Bach (1685-1750)

Chorale Prelude ‘Nun freut euch, lieben Christen G’mein’

DOMENICO CIMAROSA (1749-1801) 

Sonata per Organo in Sol maggiore   

SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912) 

Melody – from 3 Short Pieces for Organ (1898)

THEODORE DUBOIS (1837-1924)

In Paradise – from Douze Pieces Nouvelles

THEODORE DUBOIS

Grand Choeur