Jazz Vespers June 2016

Jazz Vespers June 2016

Jazz Vespers is a new take on an old church service. Vespers was held in the evening, as part of the traditional daily services of the church, and served to bring the day to a spiritual end with music, prayer and repose. Such a service, but using the jazz musical genre, will be taking place on Sunday 19 June, at 7.00 pm in the Takapuna Methodist Church, and all are welcome.

Key to the service is the music, and this will be led on piano and organ by Barry Brinson, a well-known jazz pianist and organist. There is to be a specially formed small jazz choir, and contributions from the two excellent singing groups from Takapuna Grammar School, Skat-a-Tak and Bop-De-Wop. These young people will be fresh from singing their hearts out at the NZ Choral Federation’s “Big Sing” Festival in Auckland.

The service itself will comprise well known jazz standards, arranged for the choir by Barry, and intermingled with poetry, prayer and thoughts for the day. The choice of pieces reflects the spirituality available in jazz. There will also be opportunities for the congregation to swing along with the musicians, and Barry will be playing some of his own jazz compositions and arrangements on the big TMC pipe organ.

A collection will be taken to cover costs, and to contribute to the Church’s social service programme.

The use of the jazz style in church services is not new. The United Church of Canada, St Andrew’s Wesley Church has a Jazz Vespers every week, and the Baptist Churches of the southern United States and elsewhere where African Americans gather, are well known for this form of musical worship. Come and join in.

Organ & Clarinet Recital March 2016

‘Return of the Russian’

Andreï Freïdine, the brilliant Franco-Russian Clarinettist and Christopher Hainsworth on Organ

 Sunday 6th March 2016  At 4:00pm at the Takapuna Methodist ChurchAF+CH

The combination of clarinet and organ is unusual but surprisingly successful. They will be  performing a deliciously varied programme for clarinet and organ  chosen from Mozart’s Concerto  and « Quintet », LaTraviata Fantasy, virtuoso Variations by Beethoven and Rossini, and «  Se  Canto » (the ‘National Anthem’ of the South of France), Jazz  (Bechet, Goodman…) and especially exciting Klezmer highlights.

The 2014 NZ tour was such a success, with audiences alternately moved by the beauty of Andrei’s playing, staggered by his virtuosity and excited by his very lively performance of popular music, he has returned for another season.

This is an opportunity not to be missed. There may not be another chance.

For a taste see:




Admission by $20 donation. Proceeds to Organ Refurbishment Fund

Duration about 75 mins.

Put this date in your diary and come and support this very talented duo. Watch this space for more information in due course.

About the Artists

Christopher HAINSWORTH, distinguished New Zealand organist and long-term resident of the south of France, is known for his imaginative and entertaining programming.  Formerly Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Music in Waikato University now Organist of Beziers Cathedral, has been free-lancing in Europe for 30 years.   More here>.

Andreï FREÏDINE studied in Russia before moving to France, where he obtained his Premier Prix (1993) and Prix d’Excellence (1994) at the Versailles Conservatoire. He has performed in Germany, Austria, Bulgaria and Russia. Andrei now teaches clarinet and Computer Music Studies at the Beziers Conservatoire. He also records a variety of artists in his studio and works on acoustic projects for Eurocontrole.  More here>.

Further details from Brian Ellis email: brellis@theiet.org


Pipes in Springtime October 2016

International Concert Organist
Martin Setchell  –  Entertains on the Organ at Takapuna

This event took place on:
Sunday 11th October 2015 at 4pm.   Takapuna Methodist Church

Spring Pipes

Martin, the Christchurch City Organist, is an international recitalist who believes in promoting entertaining organ music to a wide audience has just returned from a European concert tour. He has delighted audiences the world over with his spirited playing, lively personality and entertaining repertoire.

The concert was ccs_logo_auckland_councilsupported by the Auckland Council Creative Communities NZ.

All music-lovers are welcome and encouraged to come and enjoy a programme of Surprises.

Admission by program. A donation ($20) requested to support the refurbishment and maintenance of the Organ.

Children & students free.

Contact: Brian Ellis 418 2494, or Norman Firth 418 4245

What the Critics say:

“The globetrotting Setchell’s digestible programme and playing are highly tasteful. He both entertains and educates.” (Ian Dando, New Zealand Listener, August 9, 2014)

“real artistry . . . it’s fun listening to such splendid playing, meticulous and flawless . . .”
Bruce Steele, review of Cardboard Capers CD, Organ Australia, Winter 2014

“. . . he is an impeccable stylist, with nimble fingers (and feet) and is clearly having a jolly good time as well”

To view previous events go to Events Past


‘Vocal Colours’ Variety Concert August 2015

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Sunday 2nd August 2015, 4pm. Takapuna Methodist Church

This variety concert, entitled ‘Vocal Colours’, was presented by mezzo-sopranos Lynne Anderson and Margo Knightbridge, accompanied by pianist Warwick Gibbs, and will also included an organ solo given by David Findlay an upcoming young organ student.

For this concert of vocal and keyboard variety, the singers performed a programme of solos and duets, covering music from the sacred repertoire, folk song arrangements, parlour ballads and popular song.

Lynne Anderson and Margo Knightbridge are experienced performers with many years of involvement in choirs, opera and musical theatre. Margo is a co-founder of Orlando Singers and both are members of the vocal trio Three Mezzos and also perform as independent soloists.

Warwick Gibbs is a teacher of the piano, an accomplished pianist and accompanist and works with singers, string players and choirs.

Proceeds were applied to the Organ Refurbishment Fund.

Organ Recital – Christopher Hainsworth March 2015


Christopher Hainsworth
the Entertainer
Organist of Beziers Cathedral, France

Christopher Hainsworth

This recital took place on
Sunday 29th March 2015 at 4:00 pm

at Takapuna Methodist Church 427-429 Lake Rd Takapuna
Admission by programme at door: Proceeds to the Organ Fund.

About Christopher Hainsworth

Based in France, Christopher has become a regular visitor back to his home country of New Zealand, performing concerts with outstanding skill and showmanship.

Chris studied organ with Ernest Jamieson (St. Mark’s Church, Wellington), Maxwell Fernie (Westminster Cathedral, Victoria University and St. Mary of the Angels, Wellington) and subsequently with Jean Ferrard (Professor at the Conservatoire of Brussels). After specialized studies of French Classical organ and harpsichord music (the latter with Paule van den Driessche and Scott Ross), the symphonic organ repertoire and the fortepiano, Chris has been free-lancing in France and around Europe for 30 years, often travelling with his fortepiano or harpsichord. In 2004 he was the Recitalist at the NZ Organ Congress.

Chris has also been Associate Professor of Music at Waikato University, Director of Beziers Conservatoire (France), Director of Music at Hamilton Cathedral and Organist of Beziers Cathedral (his current position).

Chris is also keen on popular music and accompanying silent movies. He has twice performed at the Saint Tropez Antipodean Film Festival and in 2008, following successful performances in London, Paris and around New Zealand, he was invited to accompany a New Zealand silent film at the Wroclaw International Film Festival.