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Clive Driskill-Smith Rededication Performance





As part of their Sounds in the Sanctuary series, Friends of Casavant 3062 and Emmanuel Episcopal Church present internationally acclaimed organist, Clive Driskill-Smith. This performance is a re-dedication of the Casavant 3062 pipe organ which, since March of this year has gone through a complete and thorough restoration.

This webcast performance will take place on Saturday, January 30 @ 7:30 PM from Emmanuel Episcopal Church in West Suburban La Grange. The webcast is free and the link can be accessed from the parish website:

Mr. Driskill-Smith will perform a spirited program featuring the organ works of Bach, Mozart, Widor, Willan, Sowerby, Mulet and Dupre among others. Clive will return on Sunday, January 31 at 3pm to give a webcasted workshop on preparing new organ works. This workshop is sponsored by the Fox Valley and Southwest Suburban chapters of the American Guild of Organists.

About Clive Driskill-Smith
British organist Clive Driskill-Smith has taken the classical music world by storm, enthralling audiences from Beijing to Boston to Budapest with his extraordinary playing and fearless programming. Critics have praised his “blazing technique and unbelievable virtuosity” (Chiff Chat, American Guild of Organists) and described his performances as “intensely moving and truly breathtaking” (Organo Pleno, Australia). His solo recitals, and duo performances with Grammy Award–winning percussionist Joseph Gramley, bring audiences to their feet across the world.

Mr. Driskill-Smith is the Organist and Choirmaster at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, Texas, a post that he combines with an international concert career. During the last few years, he has performed at the National Cathedral in Washington DC, Melbourne Town Hall, Westminster Abbey, the Grand Philharmonic Hall in Perm (Russia), and the National Performing Arts Center in Taipei. He plays frequently at Festivals – such as the BBC Proms, the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival, and National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists – and he has worked with numerous conductors, including Sir Stephen Cleobury, Klaus Tennstedt, and Sir Colin Davis. His performances have been broadcast on the BBC (UK), NHK (Japan), Pipedreams (USA), and on radio and television throughout the world. His CDs have received critical acclaim, and he has recorded albums with Peter Gabriel on Virgin Records, and with Howard Goodall on EMI Classics.

Mr. Driskill-Smith was educated at Eton College and Oxford University, where he read Music at Christ Church. He graduated in 1999 with a Double First (First Class Honors in both examinations), and with the MPhil (Master of Philosophy) degree in 2001.

During his teens, he played the bassoon in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and he performed piano concertos by Rachmaninov, Mozart, Shostakovich, and Beethoven. He was awarded the ARCM (Associate of the Royal College of Music) diploma in Piano Performance in 1996, and the FRCO (Fellow of the Royal College of Organists) diploma in 1998. He studied the organ with David Sanger and won several international competitions, including the Performer of the Year competition in 2000 and the Calgary International Organ Competition in 2002.

From 2001 to 2018, Mr. Driskill-Smith was the organist at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, where he worked with Dr. Stephen Darlington, director of the world-famous choir. He was also a Trustee of the Royal College of Organists, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians (one of the ancient Livery Companies which evolved from London’s medieval guilds), and Professor of Organ at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

The Calgary Herald reports, “For sheer colour and finesse in every facet of organ playing, Driskill-Smith will be hard to beat, his mastery of the mechanics of the instrument the best of all of the competitors (in the Calgary International Organ Competition). Elegant and suave in everything he played...”

Clive Driskill-Smith is represented in North America exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.

Renovation of the Casavant 3062

Casavant Op 3062 was designed by renowned mid-century organ builder, Lawrence Phelps, and installed in 1970. The organ underwent a complete and thorough restoration in 2020 through the combined efforts of Casavant Frères of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec and Jeff Weiler & Associates of Chicago. The scope of the work cost roughly $450,000 and was raised through donations from church congregants as well as the community at large. 

This large-scale restoration and up-grade of the electronics now brings this historic instrument into the digital age. The bellows were re-leathered and each of the 3,156 pipes were removed and cleaned by the original builder. The unfortunate quality of zinc used in organ pipes during the Viet Nam era led, over time, to some collapsing pipework. These pipes were repaired and protected from collapsing in the future. The work also included extensive console renovation. Beyond refinished keys, contacts and new power supplies, the original electro-pneumatic coupling/switching system on the console was replaced with a new solid-state technology. What was originally a single level combination system is now a new solid-state combination system with 100 levels of memory as well as an Integrated Organ Recorder. The pipe chamber itself, was cleaned of efflorescence, repainted and prepared for the refurbished pipes.

The Sanctuary
Emmanuel Episcopal Church was built in 1925-26 following a fire on December 1, 1924 that destroyed the 1893 church and parish house. The architect for the present building was John “Jack” N. Tilton, Jr. of Marshall and Fox Architects, Chicago. Jack Tilton lived in La Grange and was a member of the parish. Bertram Goodhue and Associates of New York City, experts in Gothic architecture, were consulting architects. The first service in the new sanctuary was Easter Day, 1926. The building was added to the National Historic Register in 2017.

Friends of Casavant 3062

Friends of Casavant 3062 (FOC), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, was formed in 2017 to kick off Emmanuel’s Pipe Organ Restoration Project (POP). FOC’s mission is to preserve this pipe organ and increase its public awareness through a series of concerts.

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This program is made possible with funds from Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts