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.

 

Join us in the beautiful setting of the Sacred Heart Church, Limerick at 5PM on the 14th of May for the launch of Limerick Pipe Organ Festival 2016 and an organ recital by Daniel Battle. Admission free; retiring collection.

Programme

Fanfare (La Péri) – Paul Dukas

Prelude and Fugue in G minor – Dietrich Buxtehude

A Voluntary for the Trumpet stop – John Stanley

Pièce d’Orgue (BWV 572) – J. S. Bach

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (BWV 715 and BWV 711) – J. S. Bach

Pièce Héroïque -Franck

SacredHeartChurch-Organ2  Organ at Sacred Heart Church.

Daniel Battle is the resident Organist in the Sacred Heart Church, Limerick, having previously been Organ Restoration Project co-ordinator and Director of the Scholæ Filiorum in Ss. Peter and Paul’s Church, Cork.

Daniel was first taught the organ at school in Surrey by Rosemary Nayyer. He furthered his studies at the University of Wales, Bangor, where he focused on Church Music and Liturgy. During this time he was Organ Scholar at Bangor Cathedral and recorded a CD entitled Mae’r Cyfan yn Gân (The whole song) with Hogia’r Ddwylan on the Welsh record label, Sain. Upon Graduating, Daniel was appointed Organ Scholar at Southwell Minster, the Anglican Cathedral in Nottinghamshire. After Southwell, Daniel was appointed Organist at All Saints Parish Church in Carshalton, Surrey. 

Daniel first came to Limerick in 2011 as the Associate Organist of St Mary’s Cathedral.

Daniel is in demand as a performer across Europe. He has performed in venues such as St Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Peterskirche, Vienna, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin and Gloucester Cathedral, as well as venues in the Czech Republic, Germany and Belgium. He has also appeared on Radio and Television both here and in the UK. Broadcasts include Services on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 4 and RTÉ Radio and Television.

An overview of some of our upcoming events:

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Festival Launch & Organ Recital

Sacred Heart Church

Saturday 14th May, 5pm

Daniel Battle Organist

 

Recital by David Cassan

(Organist Notre Dame Paris)

Tuesday 12th July, 8pm

Sacred Heart Church

 
Recital by Martin Baker

(Organist Westminster Cathedral London)

Friday 30th September, 7.30pm

St. John’s Cathedral

An overview of some of our upcoming events:

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Festival Launch & Organ Recital

Sacred Heart Church

Saturday 14th May, 5pm

Daniel Battle Organist

 

Recital by David Cassan

(Organist Notre Dame Paris)

Tuesday 12th July, 8pm

Sacred Heart Church
 

Recital by Martin Baker

(Organist Westminster Cathedral London)

Friday 30th September, 7.30pm

St. John’s Cathedral