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Thomas Heywood • Melbourne Town Hall Grand Concert Organ (MP4 Film)

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Thomas Heywood • Melbourne Town Hall Grand Concert Organ (MP4 Film)

Grand Concert Organ • Melbourne Town Hall 

The Largest Musical Instrument in the Southern Hemisphere

Opening Solo Concert

Thomas Heywood’s Opening Solo Concert on the world-famous Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ - the largest musical instrument in the southern hemisphere - remains an historic musical event of international significance. 

This spectacular presentation includes the complete concert program (with three encores) performed live to a capacity audience of over 2,000 people - including Heywood’s record-breaking world-premiere performance of his transcription of Beethoven’s complete Fifth Symphony for Concert Organ solo. 

This amazing pipe organ is four storeys high with a greater floor space than five average homes. It even has a bathroom and toilet within the organ chamber! 

Although the entire concert program is included, the presentation also features the incredible variety of organ pipes behind the organ case – some of the 10,000 organ pipes are over three storeys high. 

Program highlights include: 

Beethoven’s complete Fifth Symphony 
Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville 
Concert Fantasia on ‘Carmen’ 
Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto 
And much more! 

Full Program: 

The Australian National Anthem 

Gioachino Rossini, transcribed by Thomas Heywood 
Overture to The Barber of Seville 

Franz Joseph Haydn, trans. Thomas Heywood 
Trumpet Concerto in E flat 

Johann Sebastian Bach 
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 

Sergei Rachmaninoff, trans. Arthur Eaglefield Hull 
Prélude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2 

Edwin H. Lemare 
Concert Fantasia on Bizet’s Carmen 

History of the Grand Organs in the Melbourne Town Hall 

Sir Edward Elgar, trans. Sir George Martin 
Imperial March, Op. 32 

Ludwig van Beethoven, trans. Thomas Heywood 
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, trans. Dr Frederick Hohman 
Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a No. 3 

Philip Charles Plaisted, trans. Thomas Heywood 
Grand March 
[composed for the opening of the Melbourne Town Hall organ, August 1872] 

Johann Sebastian Bach, edited by Thomas Heywood 
Toccata from Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565