Organist Robert Ampt says the organ is the king of instruments and ‘‘when the king whispers, everybody listens’’.
Ampt, the official City of Sydney organist, will show his talents on Wollongong Town Hall’s pipe organ at 5.30pm on Thursday.
It will be the first of two recitals to help celebrate the Town Hall organ, which some say has been neglected.
Ampt said Bach would feature heavily on his playlist but there would be other recognisable songs such as Chopsticks.
‘‘I’ll be playing Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, which a lot of people would know,’’ he says.
‘‘The organ sounds terrific, you can be really powerful, magnificent and earth-shattering but you can also be really quiet.
‘‘This is a really beautiful organ, it’s built by a Sydney organ builder Ron Sharp, he’s the builder of the magnificent organ in the Sydney Opera House.’’
The second recital will be held on November 21 at 5.30pm and will feature Wollongong organist Peter Nickolas and Titus Grenyer, who received an organ scholarship from the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.
Tickets cost $16 for adults and $8 for students and are available from the Town Hall.