Take a break from mowing spring lawns and give yourself a musical treat.

On October 9, Whanganui organist Leonard Cave will be giving an organ recital - the final of this year's fundraising concerts for the historic organ at St Stephen's Anglican Church in Marton.

"Brilliant Bach and elegant English" organ repertoire has been chosen to show off the warm tones of the 1910 Norman and Beard tracker organ. It will include music by Bach, Tallis, Wesley, Elgar and Darke.

Mr Cave was born in Whanganui and spent his childhood on the family farm up the Whanganui River. His early musical interests were stimulated by singing in the St George's School Chapel Choir, which led to his learning to play the organ and later graduating with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Auckland.


After winning a national organ competition, Mr Cave went to London for three years to study at the Guildhall under Nicholas Danby, where he also studied piano as second instrument under Terrance Beckles.

With various performing experiences in England and Germany under his belt, he returned to New Zealand and pursued a career in teaching, performing, conducting and adjudicating. He formed the Franklin Community Choir which he conducted for 13 years and which is still singing today. He also conducted the Waikato University Chamber Choir for several years.

Mr Cave has recently retired from being Director of Music at St Paul's Collegiate School in Hamilton and has returned to live in Whanganui, where he is involved in the musical life of the community. Mr Cave is a true organ enthusiast and has not just one but two chamber organs in his home.

Admission to the concert is $10, or $15 for two, which includes afternoon tea. Tickets are available at the door. The concert starts at 2.30pm.