Douglas Lawrence



Melbourne-based musician, Douglas Lawrence has a Masters degree in music from the UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE and was a member of the Concert Class at the VIENNA ACADEMY.  He was Master Of The Chapel Music at ORMOND COLLEGE, Melbourne until 2006, has been a Teacher Of Organ at the UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE and is currently conductor and director of the AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER CHOIR and Director Of Music to THE SCOTS CHURCH, Collins Street, Melbourne. 

In addition, Douglas Lawrence enjoys an international reputation as a solo organist. 

In Great Britain he has performed recitals of solo organ music in ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL in London, LINCOLN CATHEDRAL, CHRISTCHURCH CATHEDRAL, Oxford and ST. DAVID’S HALL, Cardiff.  In France and Switzerland he has presented concerts in NOTRE DAME, Paris, in SION CATHEDRAL, Valais, in the church of ST. PIERRE, Geneva and LEONHARDSKIRCHE in Basel.  In Germany his performances have included recitals on the organs of KAISER FRIEDRICH and KAISER WILHELM, Berlin and in Italy, SAN MARCO and SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE,  and the BASILICA DEI FRARI in Venice, has presented his performances.  He has played in Austria, on the instruments of the HEILIGGEISTKIRCHE in Heidelberg and both the AUGUSTINERKIRCHE and STEPHANSDOM in Vienna.   

His bi-annual touring, over the past twenty-five years, regularly has included some sixty performances in Britain and Europe. 

Douglas Lawrence played the inaugural concert on the organ of the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE and in 1982 the first solo recital on the organ of the MELBOURNE CONCERT HALL.   

He has appeared regularly, over many years, in the program of the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ORGAN & HARPSICHORD including giving performances of JS Bach’s epic ART OF FUGUE,  has appeared in the COLLINS STREET GRAND MUSIC PROMENADE, the PORT FAIRY SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL, in the MELBOURNE TOWN HALL’s solo recital series and lunchtime series and in the program of the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL. 

In New Zealand he has played recitals in cathedrals and town halls in Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Nelson and Dunedin. 

His recordings include commercial releases of the music of Pachelbel, Buxtehude and contemporary Australian music including REVERBERATIONS I and II, the latter for organ, didgeridoo, choir and electronics, and SEQUENZA by Ian Bonighton.  Other titles include THE BAMBOO ORGAN OF MANILA and FANDANGO and BOLERO, both featuring Elizabeth Anderson, in music for four-hands at the organ and organ and harpsichord.  Of his 1995 recording entitled PACHELBEL, HIS CANON, AND MUCH MORE the SUNDAY HERALD SUN said: Lawrence plays with consummate musicianship… Load and fire the cannons in salute of a superlative CD of Pachelbel’s canon… and much, much more.   

Of his other performances, THE AGE has written, On Saturday night at the Concert Hall, the (Victorian) Arts Centre and Musica Viva presented organist Douglas Lawrence in the Great Performer series.  There is no doubt that Lawrence merits a place in this series… lucid and measure playing, sensitive in phrasing and pace… Lawrence is always an exciting player to hear live because of his energy and idiosyncratic touches; a great performer indeed. 

Recent performances have included a recital in HOBART TOWN HALL as part of the 2013 program of MONA/FOMA, and the MELBOURNE TOWN HALL’s 2013 lunchtime series and ANZAC/WWI commemorative events during 2014. 

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