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One of the greatest, Charles-Marie Widor, was organist at the famous Parisian church of St Sulpice for 64 years from 1870. French organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, who revived the art of organ building, was a friend of the Widor family, and St Sulpice houses the largest of Cavaillé-Coll’s organs.

No wonder that St Sulpice – the biggest church in France after Notre Dame – is the Mecca for organists worldwide, and to record on the famous instrument was a great thrill for English-born Australian resident, Joseph Nolan.

“I was lucky enough to spend two nights recording on Widor’s own organ while Paris slept,” said Joseph. “The ghosts of the greatest French organists were extremely palpable, and I really felt their presence in the organ loft of the exquisite St Sulpice church.”

The Cavaillé-Coll is the Rolls Royce of organs, and the St Sulpice instrument is not only the largest of its kind, but also the largest parish church organ in the whole of Europe.

“Its sound is shattering, and its smoothness unparalleled,” said Joseph. “It is capable of an infinite array of colour, and the tutti has overwhelming grandeur that is unmatched by any other instrument I have experienced.”

At the St George’s Cathedral recital, French Fireworks, the launch of The Organ of St Sulpice will be celebrated with a distinctly French flavor in honour of the experience that gave rise to it.

Tickets are available from BOCS.

One of the greatest, Charles-Marie Widor, was organist at the famous Parisian church of St Sulpice for 64 years from 1870. French organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, who revived the art of organ building, was a friend of the Widor family, and St Sulpice houses the largest of Cavaillé-Coll’s organs.

No wonder that St Sulpice – the biggest church in France after Notre Dame – is the Mecca for organists worldwide, and to record on the famous instrument was a great thrill for English-born Australian resident, Joseph Nolan.

“I was lucky enough to spend two nights recording on Widor’s own organ while Paris slept,” said Joseph. “The ghosts of the greatest French organists were extremely palpable, and I really felt their presence in the organ loft of the exquisite St Sulpice church.”

The Cavaillé-Coll is the Rolls Royce of organs, and the St Sulpice instrument is not only the largest of its kind, but also the largest parish church organ in the whole of Europe.

“Its sound is shattering, and its smoothness unparalleled,” said Joseph. “It is capable of an infinite array of colour, and the tutti has overwhelming grandeur that is unmatched by any other instrument I have experienced.”

At the St George’s Cathedral recital, French Fireworks, the launch of The Organ of St Sulpice will be celebrated with a distinctly French flavor in honour of the experience that gave rise to it.

Tickets are available from BOCS.