The Pulse Chamber Orchestra will perform music from Howells, Purcell, Handel, Russell, Russell, Mendelssohn and Whitlock alongside organ virtuoso Phillip Gearing . 


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PHILLIP GEARING is a freelance musician, formerly a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba (1992-2014). Phillip has wide experience as an organist, chamber musician, Lieder accompanist, orchestral keyboardist and choral director. He has performed throughout Australia and in Britain, France, Germany and Scandinavia, where he has been broadcast on radio. Previously organist of St George-the-Martyr, Queen Square London (1985), Director of Music, St Luke’s Toowoomba (2007-12) and Acting Organist, St John’s Cathedral Brisbane (2013-14), Phillip is currently Director of Music at St Mary’s Kangaroo Point, Organist at St John’s College University of Queensland, accompanist to St Peter’s (Lutheran College) Chorale, keyboardist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and organ tutor at the Anglican Church Grammar School, St Peters College and St Laurence’s College. Phillip is also a director of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia. In 2007 Phillip released his CD Celebrate to mark the centenary of the organ at St Luke's Toowoomba – one of a handful of solo recordings of a Queensland organ. Phillip has also enjoyed recent opportunities to devote more time to composition, mostly of sacred choral works. His seven-movement choral cycle Pro patria mori has been performed throughout Australia and recorded by the Winthrop Singers of the University of Western Australia; Only the light has been performed and recorded by Canticum Chamber Choir; and his Missa brevis was premiered at St Stephen’s Cathedral in 2017.


Program Notes

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Voluntary for Double Organ in D minor, Z 719


George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Organ Concerto No 14 in A major, HWV 296a (*with the Pulse Orchestra directed by Patrick Murphy)

Largo e staccato - Andante - Grave - Allegro


William Russell (1777-1813)

Voluntary X in G major

Largo maestoso - Fuga


Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Sonata IV in B-flat major, Op 65 /iv

Allegro con brio - Andante religioso - Allegretto - Allegro maestoso e vivace


Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)

Fidelis (from Four Extemporisations for Organ)


Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Two Pieces for Organ

Dalby's Fancy - Dalby's Toccata


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



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