King of Instruments

A 2019 Concert Series
Celebrating 40 Years
of the Peter Collins Organ
at Toorak Uniting Church



The present pipe organ was built by the English organ builder Peter Collins during 1978-1979.
Most recently in late 2012 to 2013, Hargraves Pipe Organs Ltd cleaned and overhauled the whole organ and installed a new 4-foot Schalmey for the pedal division. The work also included extensive revoicing and tonal finishing, pipework and mechanical action have all been adjusted and regulated, and solid state technology was installed for the new capture system.

The overhaul was made possible largely by a most generous bequest by Lady Elspeth White, a lover of music and the pipe organ.


Virginia Davey served as an elder and Deaconess at Toorak Uniting Church for many years. Two of her great loves were music and young people. A financial contribution from Virginia was the genesis of a fund now promoting beautiful music at Toorak.

Nordic Wind Dorthe Zielke and Søren Johannsen Sunday 20 January
Sacred to the Sublime TUC Soloists Postponed
Dancing Feet Anna Duan and Jennifer Chou Sunday 31 March
Silky voice from the New World Stephen Ng and Pam Christie Sunday 5 May
King of Instruments John O'Donnell Sunday 20 October



For our free or entry-by-donation concerts - Nordic Wind – Sacred to the Sublime – Dancing Feet, please book online at

For Silky voice from the New World and King of Instruments, please book online at
Concert Prices: $30 Adult, $25 Concession
All prices include GST and all profits will be used to support The Virginia Davey Music Fund.

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Enquires: 9829 0300



Toorak Uniting Church, 603 Toorak Road, Toorak 3142
By train: Heyington (Glen Waverley line)
By tram: Route 58, Stop 136


Søren and Dorthe

Søren and Dorthe

Nordic Wind
Free Concert following the 10:15am Church Service
Sunday 20 January 2019

We are thrilled to have Dorthe Zielke – trumpet and Søren Johannsen – organ, both from Denmark, play for us as part of the 10:15am Family Service.

A 30 minute concert will commence immediately after the Service and this will be followed by morning tea.

Highlights Prelude from Saul & David (Nielsen),
Ouverture from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner)
Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky)
The artists are sponsored by The Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Foundation,
Augustinus Foundation,
Jorck’s Foundation,
The Danish Soloist Foundation
The Danish Arts Foundation 


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Concert by Toorak Uniting Church’s Soloists
Due to unforeseen circumstances, is now postponed until further notice.
Entry By Donation

Catriona DeVere soprano
Ursula Paez mezzo-soprano
Stephen Carolane tenor
Andrew Long baritone
Justin Jacobs piano


   Highlights “Bella figlia dell’amore” from Rigoletto,
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord” from Elijah
“Soave sia il vento”, “Ah guarda, sorella” from Così fan tutte,
Duet from "Eugene Onegin" by Tchaikovsky 

The TUC Soloists lead the Choir on Sunday mornings and each have performed with major opera companies.
In recent years they have sung Vivald’s Gloria, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Faure’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D minor.

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2:00pm, Sunday 31 March 2019
Free Concert

Anna Duan – TUC Organ Scholar, Jennifer Chou, TUC Director of Music

Featuring The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns

The TUC Organ Scholarship is sponsored by the Virginia Davey Music Fund.

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2:00pm, 5 May 2019
Tickets $30/$25 Concession

Stephen Ng –  tenor, USA
Pam Christie –  Piano
Highlights Gounod’s breath taking “O divine Redeemer”,
The enchanting “L’invitation au voyage” by Duparc,
“Sure on this Shining Night” by Samiel Barber,
Old American Songs by Aaron Copland

powerfully expressive voice” – Washington Post,
glorious in this feat of vocal gymnastics and interpretation” – The Gazette, Cedar Rapids,
... with a soaring voice in the extreme registers that could be simply described as amazing” – New York Concert Review

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Stephen Ng

Stephen Ng


John O'Donnell

John O'Donnell

Lady White Memorial Organ Recital
2:00pm, 20 October 2019
Tickets $30/$25 Concession

John O'Donnell, Organ

Since performing the complete organ works of Bach in 1974 John has enjoyed an international reputation as an organist and harpsichordist. In 1985 he became the first person ever to perform Bach's total keyboard output (29 recitals!)

Highlights The monumental Variations on “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen” by Franz Liszt
The latest rediscovered Johann Sebastian Bach, Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält (BWV 1128)

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Past Concerts


Toorak Uniting Church, Sunday 11 November 2018, 2:00pm "Notable women of the keyboard"

Clara Schumann was considered one of the most distinguished pianists of her time. As a composer, she created a substantial body of work. She wrote: "composing gives me great pleasure... there is nothing that surpasses the joy of creation, if only because through it one wins hours of self-forgetfulness, when one lives in a world of sound".
Myfanwy McIndoe


Myfanwy McIndoe will perform a program with Marian melodies* used in compositions by J.S. Bach and Nicolas de Grigny, as well keyboard works by notable female composers.

McIndoe completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Melbourne, studying organ with Douglas Lawrence and harpsichord with Elizabeth Anderson. In 2015, she gained her Master in Organ Performance with distinction at the Conservatorium of Music Würzburg, Germany with Prof. Christopher Bossert, as well as an exchange program to the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where she studied organ with Prof Wolfgang Capek. Myfanwy is currently Director of Music at St Patrick’s and the Holy Angel and St John Vianney’s Mentone-Parkdale. *Marian hymns are used in services, commonly in Christian traditions.
The Magnificat is one of the eight most ancient Christian hymns.

Tickets at the door: $20 / $15 (student) / U18 free
603 Toorak Road, Toorak 3142 | | 9829 0300
Train to Heyington Stn (Glen Waverley line) Tram 58 to Stop 136


TUC, Sunday 21 October 2018, 2:00pm: Illustrious Women from Around the World

Elizabeth-Anne Nixon
Join us with organist Elizabeth-Anne Nixon for a program dedicated to five illustrious women composers including Nadia Boulanger and Libby Larsen.

Ms Nixon is Director of Music at St George’s Anglican Church, Malvern. After completing her Bachelor of Music degree in Brisbane, she undertook extended studies with John O’Donnell (Melbourne) and Lorenzo Ghielmi (Italy), Daniel Roth (France) and David Sanger (England). Elizabeth-Anne has divided her time principally between teaching, accompanying and organ performance.

French composer Nadia Boulanger was notable for having taught and influenced many of the leading composers and musicians of the 20th century such as Aaron Copland, Astor Piazzolla, Virgil Thomason, and Daniel Barenboim. She taught in the most famous institutions around the world, and from her apartment in Paris, until her death at the age of 92.
Grammy award-winner Libby Larsen is one of America’s most performed living composers. With over 500 works spanning virtually every genre, she is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world. She is a vigorous, articulate advocate for the music and musicians of our time.

Tickets at the door: $20 / $15 (student) / U18 free
603 Toorak Road, Toorak 3142 | | 9829 0300
Train to Heyington Stn (Glen Waverley line) Tram 58 to Stop 136





Lady White Recital - Sunday, 21st May 2017 2pm

"The Imaginary Space - Cultural Connections"

Andrew Blackburn Organ and Electronics
Jean Penny Flutes

Music by Malaysian and European composers, performed by Australian musicians of the Western tradition.  Framed by two solo organ works from the standard repertoire, Andrew Blackburn (organ & electronics) and Jean Penny (flutes) will present the Australian premieres of works commissioned as part of their intercultural research in Malaysia. Mostly premiered in collaboration with the composers, performances took place in various venues in Malaysia and also in Cambridge, England including in Churchill College in the University of Cambridge.   The ideas behind the research and pieces will be explained during the concert.


Included in the program:    
Enrico Bossi - Scherzo in G minor   for solo organ
Robert Casteels - Transliterations   for organ based on Malaysian folk songs
Affendi Ramli - The Screaming Serunai   for flute and electronics
Valerie Ross - Rasa of Time   for flute and organ
Valerie Ross - Synergies of Breath I   for flute and electronics
Jeremy Thurlow - Luce si vivace   for flute and organ
Enrico Bossi - Etude Symphonique   for solo organ


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Paul Dean

Paul Dean

Lady White Organ Recital Sunday 14th August 2016, 2pm

An all J.S. Bach recital by Paul Dean

BWV 542 - Fantasia & Fugue in G minor
BWV 655 - “Herr Jesu Christ, dich uns zu wend”
BWV 659 - “O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß” 
BWV 529 - Trio Sonata V
BWV 662 - “Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr”
BWV 548 - Prelude & Fugue in E minor “The Wedge”

Tickets: $35.00 and $25.00 Concession (plus $0.30 booking fee).
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Music Service - 17 July 2016, 10:15am

Bach Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82 by J.S. Bach

Guest Soloists: Allegra Giagu (Mezzo-Soprano), Anne Gilby (Oboe)


Aria: Ich habe genug
Recitative: Ich habe genug
Aria: Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen
Recitative: Mein Gott! wenn kömmt das schöne: Nun!
Aria: Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod

Bach composed the cantata in his fourth year in Leipzig for the feast Purification of Mary. The readings for the feast day were from Malachi 3:1-4, "the Lord will come to his temple", and from the Gospel of Luke, the purification of Mary and the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, including the Nunc Dimittis (Luke 2:22-32), on which the libretto is based. In previous years Bach had composed two cantatas concentrating on the Nunc Dimittis. More than in the earlier works, an anonymous poet stresses the desire to escape earthly misery and be united with Jesus.

Allegra Giagu

made her Sydney Opera House début as a soloist for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra at an early age. As a young performer, Allegra was the chosen soloist for The Edinburgh Military Tattoo – Salute to Australia 2005, performed over six nights to an audience of 160 000. Awards include The Helen Myers Vocal Scholarship from the Sydney Conservatorium and full-scholarships for studies abroad, completed at the Royal College of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Allegra was also the recipient of a Wiener Meisterkurse Scholarship for studies in Austria. She is a current Studio Young Artist and Gertrude Johnson Fellow at Gertrude Opera [The Opera Studio].


Anne Gilby

has held the positions of Principal Oboist with the Bremerhaven Orchestra, the Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra. She has played as guest principal oboist with all major Australian Orchestras. A sought after performer, Anne performs on the modern, classical and baroque oboes. Following appointments as Lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth and Head of Woodwind at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, she is Lecturer in Ensemble Studies at Monash University's School of Music-Conservatorium.


Peter Collins Memorial Organ Concert Sunday 15th May 2016 2pm

On 24th October 2015, Peter Collins – the organ builder who built the TUC pipe organ, died.

Peter Collins was an English organ builder based in Leicestershire. He founded his company in 1964. The company has built pipe organs in many countries, various counties in Europe, in the UK, in North America, in South Korea, and in Australia.

Between 1977 and 1980, Collins built 10 instruments from 3 stops box organs to 34 stops pipe organs for Australia. The pipe organ in Toorak Uniting Church is the largest among the 10 Collins instruments in Australia.

To honour Collin's work in Australia, especially at TUC, our Director of Music Jennifer Chou will be giving an organ concert on Sunday 15th May on the Peter Collins organ. Together with her colleague Colin Andrews, they will perform organ works for solo and for 4 hands.

Born in Bristol, England, multiple award winning Colin Andrews is an active teacher and lecturer. He has performed as a soloist worldwide in all the continents except Antarctica! He also has served as a jury member for many international organ competitions around the world. He was on the Faculty of Organ and Sacred Music Studies at Indiana University until 2015.   It will be a great privilege and opportunity for everyone in Melbourne to hear Colin in May.

Program includes:  
J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue in G Major BWV 550
Sir Arthur Bliss Three Royal Fanfares
Joseph Bonnet Variations de Concert Op.1
Nicolaus Bruhns Praeludium in G Major
Aram Khatchatourian Sabre Dance
Paul Patterson Toccata “Fluorescence” Op. 22 (1973)
John Rutter Variations on an Easter theme
Tchaikovsky 2 excerpts from "The Nutcracker Suite"
Thomas Tomkins A Fancy for Two to Play

Tickets: $35.00 and $25.00 Concession (plus $0.30 booking fee).
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Colin Andrews

Colin Andrews

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