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Pipe Works 2008

Martin Rein (UK)

Thursday, 10 July 2008, 8 pm
Pre-concert talk on the music of Olivier Messiaen, 7.15 pm
Orchard Road Presbyterian Church, 3 Orchard Road [locate]

Martin Rein began his career with extensive studies in Choral Conducting and Sacred Music at the Berlin School of Music with Professor Martin Behrmann, one of Germany’s leading choral conductors. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree there in 1996. Between 1996 and 2001, he undertook further postgraduate studies at the Music Academy in Detmold, Germany from where he graduated in December 2000 with an Honours degree in Organ Performance and in June 2001 with a Master of Music, majoring in Choral and Orchestral conducting.

In his graduation recital in December 2000, he performed amongst other works, the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue op. 57 (Inferno) by Max Reger (1873-1916), one of the most challenging compositions within the organ repertoire. After moving to Australia, Martin Rein completed a further degree in Education at the University of Western Australia in November 2002.

In Europe, he studied organ performance with Professor Gerhard Weinberger (Munich-Wurzburg) and Dr Ewald Kooimann (Amsterdam) as well as organ improvisation with Professor Renate Zimmermann (Berlin-Frankfurt-Heidelberg). He undertook further masterclasses with Professor Heinz Wunderlich (Hamburg), Joerg-Andreas Boetticher (Basel) and also with the Director of Music at St Thomas, Professor Georg-Christoph Biller in Leipzig. During 2006 he studied further with Dame Gillian Weir in England.

Martin Rein was appointed Director of Music at the Stiftskirche St John’s in Berlin-Spandau/Germany in 1995 and continued 1998 in the same position at St. Mary‘s Monastery Berlin-Lehnin/Germany. Between 1999 and 2001 he has held the position of Director of Music at the Alte Kirche in Essen/Germany. Within these posts, he served as the Organist and Choirmaster as well as Artistic Director of the annual Concert Series.

In Australia, Martin Rein was appointed as conductor of the Australian Chamber Singers in Perth in 2003, an ensemble within the Australian Youth Choir with whom he has performed and recorded several times during 2004. He is currently Director of Music in London, United Kingdom at St John-the-Evangelist, Notting Hill as well as Organist at Bearwood College in Reading.

As an organist, Martin Rein has performed in Australia, many European countries and the USA in venues such as Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral in London, UK, both Cathedrals of Berlin in Germany, the Great Hall at Sydney University in Australia, King’s Chapel Boston, St Mark’s Baltimore, Gloria Dei in Philadelphia and Carthage College in the USA. In Australia, his recital at Sydney University has been broadcasted by 2MBS-FM ‘Colours of the King’ in July 2005.

His special interest in historic organs, many of which he has performed on, is compiled in his book on Baroque Organ builders in Germany, such as Gottfried Silbermann, Heinrich Gottfried Trost and Joachim Wagner. Initiated by his Masters-thesis, the book shows comprehensive research on these Organ builders and their contemporaries.

Pipe Works 2008: Martin Rein


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Toccata and Fugue in F (BWV540)

Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780)
Two chorale preludes on Nun freut Euch liebe Christen g’mein (‘Rejoice ye all Christians’)
- Organ pleno
- a 2 claviers e pedale

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Sonata No. 1 in E flat major (BWV525)

Martin Rein
Improvisation on a given theme

Olivier Messiaen (1909-1992)
Le Banquet Celeste (‘The eternal Eucharist’); organ meditation to the Gospel of St John 6:5

Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
Andante from Deuxieme Symphonie pour orgue

Marcel Dupre (1886-1971)
Resurrection (from Symphonie passion op. 23)