To inaugurate the Around the Organ series, living legend Dr Robert Boughen will perform on the exquisite Kenneth Tickell organ of the Chapel of St John’s College - undoubtedly the most significant organ installed in Brisbane in recent years. Dr Boughen will be joined by violinist James Tudball, organist James Goldrick and the UQ Chamber Singers conducted by Graeme Morton.

About the performers

Dr Robert Boughen OBE FRCO 

Robert Boughen was born in Brisbane in 1929 and attended the Church of England Grammar School (Anglican Church Grammar School). He later returned to his alma mater where he served as Chapel Organist and formed the Chapel Choir. In 1951, he married Christina an established musician, and they settled into raising their four children.   

Robert Boughen has achieved a long and diverse professional life. He was Organist and Choirmaster at Scots’ Church, Hobart (1949-1950), and in the 1960s, he was the Specialist Graduate Tutor at the University of Queensland (1967), Conductor of the Musical Society (1966-1969) and Conductor of the Queensland State and Municipal Choir (1965-1969). He began as a Lecturer at the University of Queensland in 1977, acted as the University Organist (1976-2003) and later became a Senior Lecturer (1985-1994). He has enjoyed a long-standing association with St. John’s Cathedral in Brisbane, as Organist and Master of Choristers (Director of Music) from 1960 to 2004.                           

Dr. Boughen’s performance experience is prodigious. He has performed the complete organ solo works of J.S. Bach (twice), Brahms, Buxtehude, Franck, Howells, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Messiaen. As the Brisbane City Organist, he presented hundreds of lunch-time organ recitals in Brisbane City Hall (1975-2010). 

A lifetime of service to the musical community has seen him attain many accolades and honorary positions. He was made a Churchill Fellow in 1977. In 1987, he was awarded an O.B.E. for his “distinguished contribution to the development of music in Australia”. He was a Senior Examiner for the AMEB and an instigator of the Organ Society of Queensland. Dr. Boughen is National Patron of The Australian Guild of Master Organ Builders and Patron of the Theatre Organ Society of Australia, Queensland division.  Since 2010, he has had the role as the Brisbane City Organist Emeritus. 

In 1995, he was created a Doctor of Music by the Archbishop of Canterbury and awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by the University of Queensland the following year. He was the first Australian to be elected a Fellow of The Royal School of Church Music for “distinguished service to Church Music”.

UQ Chamber Singers
Graeme Morton AM - Conductor

Now in their fifth year, the UQ Chamber Singers are one of Australia’s most vibrant young choral ensembles, drawing excellent singers from the School of Music and across the wider university. Under the direction of Graeme Morton AM, Choral Conducting Fellow at the School of Music and Director of Music at St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane, the ensembles focusses on the traditional and specialist choral
repertoire as well as contemporary art music.

James Goldrick - Organ

Born in Manchester in 1987, James Goldrick received a Bachelor of Music (Organ) from the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, studying with Philip Matthias. While studying he was Organ Scholar of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle, and Acting Conductor of The University of Newcastle Chamber Choir. On returning to Sydney, James commenced at St Mary’s Cathedral as Postgraduate Organ Scholar, and was later appointed Assistant Organist, accompanying and conducting the cathedral’s daily schedule of Vespers and Mass, as well as playing for large-scale liturgies, including the Dedication and Papal Blessing of Domus Australia in Rome by Pope Benedict XVI. During this time, he completed the Graduate Diploma in Education at the Australian Catholic University. James performs regularly with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Youth Orchestra.

James is currently Assistant Director of Music of St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Director of Music of St John’s College, University of Queensland.

James Tudball - Violin

James Tudball commenced tuition on the violin at the age of 6 and has since worked closely with distinguished Australian violin teachers including Stephen Chin, Peter Tanfield, Christopher Kimber, Michelle Walsh, and Alan Smith. Under Stephen Chins guidance James was awarded an A+ for AMEB Grade 8 violin in 2013 and later attained his AMus A diploma at the age of 14. In 2017 James moved to Brisbane to complete a Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree majoring in violin at the QLD Conservatorium, Griffith University. Since pursuing music at a tertiary level James has performed in Opera Australia’s production of Aida, Opera Queensland’s production of The Merry Widow, the 2017 Ashes opening ceremony, and worked with internationally renowned conductors Richard Gill and Johannes Fritzsch. In addition to violin, James has performed with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra chorus, the St John’s College choir, St John’s Cathedral choir and the St Stephens Cathedral choir. He has also performed in a service at the Vatican, conducts a male acapella ensemble, performed in a masterclass with the Australian String Quartet, recorded the music for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and will travel to France in April as an ambassador of Australia to perform at the Anzac centenary dawn service at Villers Brettoneux & Bullecort.

About 2018 Around the Organ Series

This new series in 2018 introduces the much-acclaimed Tickell pipe organ in St John’s College within The University of Queensland  to the university community and beyond. In collaboration with the UQ School of Music and St John’s College, organ recitalists will perform as soloists and in various accompanying and continuo roles with associate artists. Further details are available on the websites of the College and the School of Music.

The beautiful and intimate acoustic space of the St John’s College Chapel makes for a delightful concert experience. Join us for afternoon tea to follow the performance where you can meet the artists and chat with musical friends old and new.

Tickets will be available through approximately one month before each concert.
$25 General admission
$15 Seniors, pensioners, UQ Music and St John’s College alumni
$5 all university and school students

Around the Organ is presented in association with
St John's College within The University of Queensland


$25 General admission
$15 Seniors, pensioners, UQ Music and St John’s College alumni
$5 all university and school students


St John's College, College Rd, UQ St Lucia
The Chapel