Cultural events will be taking place nationwide this Friday night, 22nd September, to celebrate Culture Night 2017. LPOF is delighted to be involved again this year, and has organised two recitals for the occasion.

The first recital will take place at St. John’s Cathedral from 7PM to 7:30PM. Cathedral organist, Bernadette Kiely, will perform some organ favourites, including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Widor’s Toccata from Symphony no. 5. This concert will be preceded by a talk on the Cathedral’s stained glass windows at 6:30PM. Admission free, all welcome!

 

 

The second recital will take place at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street from 8:30PM – 9PM. Peter Barley, Cathedral Organist, will perform music by French composers César Franck and Jehan Alain, both renowned for their organ music. St. Mary’s will celebrate its 850th birthday in 2018, so do come along to see what both this Limerick landmark building and Limerick Pipe Organ Festival have to offer!

Hope to see you there!

Thanks to all of our performers and participants for making this year’s Pedal Power such an enjoyable experience. Thanks also to Limerick Smarter Travel and to the host churches and cathedrals who so kindly facilitated us.

 

Below are some pictures from today’s Pedal Power tour. Our next LPOF event will be recitals by Bernadette Kiely and Peter Barley on Culture Night, Friday 22nd September. More details to follow. Looking forward to seeing you then!

 

In advance of the tour at the Redemptorists.

 

Organ at the Redemptorists.

 

Organ at the Redemptorists.

 

Peter Barley, Fr. Seamus Enright, C.Ss.R., Anne Guiltenane.

 

Peter Barley, Fr. Seamus Enright, C.Ss.R., Anne Guiltenane.

 

Sacred Heart Church in advance of the tour.

 

Mr. Peter Barley playing at the Sacred Heart Church.

 

Mary and Janet Heffernan at the Sacred Heart Church.

 

Peter Barley playing at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

 

Bernadette Kiely playing at St. John’s Cathedral.

 

Fr. Columba McCann, OSB, before his recital in the Sacred Heart Church.

 

Organ in the Redemptorists.

 

Fr. Columba McCann, OSB and Canon Wulfran Lebocq in advance of the recital at the Sacred Heart Church.

 

Outside the Sacred Heart Church.

 

Bernadette Kiely playing at St. John’s Cathedral.

 

Some of the participants in the tour of St. Mary’s Cathedral.

LPOF is delighted to be participating in National Heritage Week (19th-27th August) again this year, in collaboration with Limerick Smarter Travel. Our event, “Pedal Power”, invites participants to follow a riverside trail of churches and organs around Limerick by bike.

This is a family friendly tour with a difference. You can use the City (Coca Cola) Bike Scheme, join the trail on foot, bring your own bike or travel by other means. Visit some of Limerick’s great churches along the way and hear the historic organs. Each instrument is unique to the building that houses it. See the city like you’ve possibly never seen it before!

Pedal Power 2016

Tours will take place across several venues from the 24th of August to the 27th August:

Thursday 24th, 5:30PM – 7:30PM: This tour will begin in St Mary’s Cathedral, featuring organist Peter Barley, and will continue on to St John’s Cathedral, featuring organist Bernadette Kiely.

Friday 25th, 2PM – 4PM: This tour will start in Sacred Heart Church and will continue on to Mount St Alphonsus, with both churches featuring visiting organist Fr Columba Mc Cann of Glenstal.

The tour on Saturday 26th is the same as on Thursday 24th with a different starting time: 1:30PM – 3:30PM.

Sunday 27th, 3PM-5PM This tour will start in Sacred Heart Church and continue on to Mount St Alphonsus, featuring Peter Barley and visiting organist Ríona Ní Churtáin of Abbeyfeale.

Pedal Power 2016

Admission & Booking, & further information

Admission Free

To book, please contact 061-407501 or info@lpof.ie

Pedal Power 2016

Access & Parking

Suitable for Children under 12

Wheelchair Access (Partial)

No Car Parking Available

 

This event is supported by Limerick Smarter Travel, Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council and Limerick Pipe Organ Festival.

Many thanks to Trevor Selby for his wonderful recital in the Sacred Heart Church on March 25th. Trevor had chosen a beautiful programme that certainly showed off this fine romantic instrument to best advantage.

It was particularly good to hear three contrasting settings of the Chorale ‘Vater unser im Himmelreich’ by J. S. Bach. In these, Trevor was able to feature the bright chorus work of the Telford organ, and these preludes were stylishly performed. French music by Alain and Vierne was also a great treat in the suitably atmospheric setting and rolling acoustic of the Sacred Heart Church, and provided amongst the most inspirational moments of this most enjoyable recital.

We hope to hear Trevor play again on this instrument before too long.

 

Organ at the Sacred Heart Church.
(Photo: Aoife Daly)

 

(Photo: Aoife Daly)

As part of Sacred Music week, organist Trevor Selby will give a recital in the Sacred Heart Church on March 25th from 5PM to 6PM. We hope you’ll come and join us for what promises to be a beautiful recital!