Craig answers call of the pipes

WHEN commercial lawyer Craig Doherty was considering moving from Hobart last year, one of the big factors that influenced his decision to practise in Warrnambool was it’s plethora of piped organs.

Warrnambool Organ Festival chairman, and pipe organ enthusiast, Craig Doherty in St John’s Presbyterian Church, one of the venues to be used. 140808RG18 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Apart from his legal work, Mr Doherty was also director of music and organist at the Hobart’s St David’s Anglican Cathedral and regularly gave its large three-bay organ a robust workout.

Mr Doherty, 45, has been a church organist since he was a teenager and said he was drawn to the pipe organ by its power, grandeur and variety of sounds.

Mr Doherty will show his talent with the instrument when he performs with other local organists and international performer and tutor Brendon Lukin of Geelong as part of Warrnambool’s inaugural organ festival in October.

The festival will highlight not only the growing local interest in the pipe organ but showcase the different instruments Warrnambool has, with concerts in St Joseph’s, St John’s and Christ Church.

Mr Doherty will be among those to play at St John’s on the night of Friday, October 17, and at an afternoon concert at Christ Church on Saturday, October 18.

He said the Christ Church organ lent itself to baroque and classical music and the concert there would will include a piece by Mozart for both organ and strings and work by Johann Sebastian Bach, a favourite of Mr Doherty’s.

A concert at St Joseph’s with its mighty organ on the evening of Saturday, October 18, will round out the festival.

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