David Simon will be giving a lunchtime recital at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 1:15PM this Wednesday, 18th May. Admission free.


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Fantasia Super Komm, Heiliger Geist, BWV 651
Komm, Heiliger Geist, BWV 652
Komm, Gott, Schopfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 667
Simon Preston (b.1938):
Rachel Laurin (b.1961):
Etude Heroique

David currently studies at Yale University with Professor Thomas Murray in pursuit of a Master of Music degree in organ performance. He is currently Director of Music of the Berkeley Divinity School and Organist for the Episcopal Church at Yale. This recital is part of a tour of Europe which includes solo recitals at the Cathedrals of Wells, Coventry, and St. Mary’s, Limerick, and accompaniment of the Yale Schola Cantorum at concerts in Estonia, Latvia, and Russia.

Many thanks to everyone who supported our festival launch yesterday, and especially to Daniel Battle for his beautiful recital.


Yesterday also saw the launch of our Fundit campaign; details are available at: http://fundit.ie/project/limerick-pipe-organ-festival-2016 We have until June 17th to raise €2000, and we would greatly appreciate your support.

In addition to our ongoing series of recitals by local players, we seek to increase the number of international artists for this year’s festival. A particularly interesting feature of the festival is the attention paid to the exciting art of organ improvisation, so we are delighted to feature a young, prizewinning organist, David Cassan, of Notre Dame, Paris in concert in the Sacred Heart Church (July 12th, 8pm). The finale of the festival will feature two exciting events by Martin Baker, Organist of Westminster Cathedral London; an Improvisation Masterclass on Thursday 29th September followed by a concert on Friday 30th September, both events in St John’s Cathedral on the historic Hill organ.

In 2014, we were fortunate to receive City of Culture funding. As this was one-off festival funding, we are now seeking to broaden our appeal. We are looking to our supporters to continue to present a quality festival which will bring our heritage of beautiful instruments and their music to a wider public. LPOF is supported by Limerick Arts Office and educational and commercial sponsors in Limerick.

We are aiming to raise €2000 to cover performers’ fees and hospitality. This will be a great help in covering the overall cost of the festival, which also includes publicity and promotion. Most of our historic venues receive very little public funding and so we intend to make donations to each venue.

Thank you very much in advance for your support, we really appreciate it.