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Norma's Big Birthday Bash

Ticket Information

  • Adult: $25.00 each
  • Concession: $20.00 each
  • Student: $10.00 each
  • Additional fees may apply


  • Sun 6 Oct 2019, 4:00pm–6:00pm


All Ages

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Norma – the Dunedin Town Hall organ – is 100 years old this year, and to celebrate she is having a spectacular musical birthday bash featuring music for organ, choir and cello ensemble.

Norma, the star of the show, will be joined by birthday guests Cellists of Otago – with at least fifteen cellists – and City Choir Dunedin. They will combine with the organ in performances of a wide variety of popular classical favourites, with a few exciting but less familiar pieces to add the icing on the cake, and Norma will share a few solo party-pieces too.

Highlights will include the Adagio from Saint-Saëns’ ‘Organ’ Symphony, the ‘Pilgrim’s Chorus’ from Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Albinoni’s Adagio, and excerpts from Fauré’s Requiem and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

Norma’s life began in the UK in 1919, as the ‘Bathurst Mammoth Cathedral Organ’, a travelling instrument. The organ was later installed in Wembley Stadium for the 1924-5 British Empire Exhibition, and was subsequently purchased for the new Dunedin Town Hall in 1929.

For her Big Birthday Bash Norma will be played by City Organist David Burchell, and Simon Mace, and the Cellists of Otago will be led by Director Heleen du Plessis, with City Choir Dunedin conducted by David Burchell and Mark Anderson.

Make sure you get your tickets in time to join this rare opportunity!

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