Rare opportunity to see acclaimed organist

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THE Anglican Parish of Caloundra-Glasshouse Country will be presenting Handel By the Sea - a treat for classical musical lovers - at St Andrew's Church, Caloundra, on Saturday, November 4, at 3pm.

The second such concert presented this year will feature Christopher Wrench, an acclaimed Australian and international organist, and the Canticum Chamber Choir, from Brisbane, performing pieces from Handel's Messiah.

Born in Brisbane, Wrench gave his solo organ debut at St John's Cathedral in 1977, prior to undergraduate studies at the Queensland Conservatorium, where he majored in piano with the legendary Nancy Weir.

Prestigious scholarships, including the 1982 Robert Stolz Award (an Australia- wide competition for all instruments) enabled postgraduate organ study at the Vienna Conservatorium (Leopold Marksteiner) and the Vienna University of Music (Michael Radulescu).

European performances and prize-winning achievements at international competitions established Wrench's reputation as an artist of global renown.

He was organist and choirmaster at Christ Church Anglican Church, Vienna (1986-1990), before returning to Brisbane in 1991 to teach at the Queensland Conservatorium.

Wrench is in high demand as a soloist, choral accompanist and ensemble partner, and has won praise as principal organist and continuo player with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Badinerie Players and the Camerata of St John's.

This year he joined the teaching team of the ACT Organ School at the Wesley Music Centre in Canberra.