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16 July 2024
Cape Town Experience

Grant Brásler (organ of St George's Cathedral, Cape Town)

The organ in St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town came from St Margaret’s, Westminster (the “MPs’ Church” next to Westminster Abbey) in 1909.  Parts of this instrument date from 1675, and has undergone several rebuilds, extensions and work up until 1988.

The first solo recording of the William Hill instrument gives listeners a timely record of one of the city’s great musical treasures.  This great English organ provides a perfect, authentic sound world for the music of Elgar and Whitlock, as well as being remarkably versatile in other styles and period.


Percy Whitlock: Organ Sonata in C minor I. Grave - Animato

Henk Temmingh: Three Pieces for Organ I. Intrada II. Cantilena III. Toccata

César Franck: Choral No.2 in B minor, FWV39

Edward Elgar: Organ Sonata in G major, Op.28 I. Allegro maestoso II. Allegretto

III. Andante espressivo IV. Presto (commodo)


Recorded in St George's Cathedral, Cape Town, South Africa on 9th to 11th May 2014
Booklet Design: Willowhayne Records
Recording Engineering: Mark Hartt-Palmer & John Balsdon
Recording Production: John Balsdon & Mark Hartt-Palmer
Total Time: 63.57
Release Date: December 2016

Grant Bräsler (organ)Grant Bräsler started organ lessons at the age of 14 with Garmon Ashby and continued his music studies with Dr Barry Smith at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he completed his B.Mus (Hons) in 1998.  He has also taken lessons with Professor Wim Viljoen and was awarded the Claude Brown Organ Scholarship at the Diocesan College, Cape Town(Bishops) in 1993 and was Organ Scholar and later Assistant Organist at St George's Cathedral.  He was the overall winner of the Adcock Ingram Music Competition at the University of Cape Town in 1996 and the Stephanus Zondagh Overseas Organ Scholarship from UNISA in 2000.  As an organ and harpsichord continuo player, Grant has been involved with various orchestras (including the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra) and as an organ accompanist he has performed with many Cape Town choirs, including overseas tours with the St George's Singers and the Philharmonia Choir.  He has performed Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.5, the D minor Harpsichord Concerto and Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and is also a founder member of the Camerata Tinta Barocco.

Grant has been Organist & Master of the Choristers at St George's Cathedral, Cape Town since 2013 and also continues his busy career as a school music teacher, organ lecturer at the South African College of Music (UCT), organ and harpsichord soloist and accompanist.

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