Pilgrim Organists

Peter Kelsall
Peter Kelsall

Peter Kelsall completed his Bachelor of Music degree in 1989 at Adelaide University studying piano with Zelda Bock. He commenced organ studies with Christa Rumsey in 1987 and completed a Graduate Diploma in Performance on the instrument in 1993. In 1998 he completed his Masters Degree in Music Theory. He also holds a Certificate in Church Music from the Flinders Street School of Music TAFE and has undertaken studies in choral conducting with Carl Crossin.

As an organist Peter has given recitals in the Adelaide Town Hall, St. Peter‘s Cathedral, Pilgrim Church and at various locations for the Organ Music Society of Adelaide for which he was a committee member for a number of years. He has played with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on many occasions, including performances of Saint Saens‘ Organ‘ Symphony, Holst‘s Planets, Handel‘s Messiah, Mahler‘s Symphony no. 2 and the 2010 Adelaide Festival performances of Ligeti‘s opera Le Grande Macabre and Mahler‘s Symphony no. 8. He has also played on a number of occasions with the Adelaide Art Orchestra.

Peter has performed with many Adelaide choirs, including the Adelaide Chamber Singers, Syntony, Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus, Graduate Singers, Corinthian Singers, Elder Conservatorium Chorale and the Adelaide and Flinders Universities Choral Societies.

In 1995 he was appointed Organist and Choir Director at Pilgrim Uniting Church in the city where he continues to build on this church‘s strong musical tradition. Pilgrim has recently developed a tradition of importing‘ some of the world‘s best organists to Adelaide to play for services and to give recitals on the church‘s organ (South Australia‘s largest). As a result of this initiative Peter has had the opportunity in recent years to work with highly distinguished organists including Thomas Trotter, David Goode, Benjamin Bayl, Clive Driskill-Smith, Simon Preston, John Scott and Daniel Roth.

An honorary life member of the Adelaide University Choral Society, he has been their Musical Director since 1997. With AUCS he has conducted a wide range of repertoire, from Palestrina to Pink Floyd and most things in between.

Peter is in demand as an accompanist and has been associated with a number of choirs in this capacity. He is also a piano, organ and music theory teacher and works as an accompanist and music tutor at Walford School. He has a particular interest in the music of J.S. Bach as well as organ and choral music from 20th century England and France.

Christopher Bridge
Chris Bridge

Christopher Bridge studied organ with Ashleigh Tobin from 1982 to 1988, and from 1989 with Christa Rumsey as principal instrument for a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, which was awarded in 1994. Between October 1992 and June 1994 he studied with Jean-Claude Zehnder at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, a renowned centre for the study of early music in Basel, Switzerland, on a Swiss Government Scholarship. He has given solo recitals at the Adelaide Town Hall, Elder Hall and Leonhardskirche, Basel, as well as accompanied numerous Adelaide choirs in concert. Between 1988 and 1992 Christopher was Director of Music at Clayton-Wesley Uniting Church. On his return from Switzerland in 1994 he was appointed an assistant organist at Pilgrim Uniting Church, a post he has held ever since, despite a number of long absences.


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