Pipe Organ Festival has been the emphasis on improvisation.  The 150th anniversary concert in May, given by David Briggs, and the July and August concerts given by Cyprian Love and Columba Mc Cann in Glenstal all featured extensive improvisation.  For an insight into what improvisation actually  is click here to read a fascinating article by Cyprian Love.

Thank you to David Briggs for a most enjoyable and informative masterclass. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and all attendees left having benefitted greatly from David’s masterclass. See below for a small selection of photos from the event.

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The third concert of the Limerick Pipe Organ Festival takes place on Wednesday 14th May @ 7pm in St. Mary’s Church, Athlunkard St, Limerick. Entrance is free.

The concert will feature two organists (Daniel Battle & Michael O’Brien), two vocal soloists (Séan O’Shea & Andrea McMahon), a flautist (Derek Mulcahy) and the choir of Ard Scoil Mhuire, Corbally under the direction of Cecilia Madden in an eclectic mix of sacred and secular music.

A full programme will be available on the night and will include highlights ranging from “War March of the Priests” (Mendelssohn) to “An Irish Tune from County Derry” (Grainger) and finishing with an organ improvisation.

Tickets for the concert to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Hill organ in St. John‘s Cathedral Limerick are now on sale online. Tickets are priced at €15 (plus a booking fee). Internationally acclaimed organist David Briggs will give the concert in St. John’s Cathedral on Wednesday 21st May 2014 at 8pm. For more information about the concert click here.

Tickets are now also available at the following locations:

FSV, Mulgrave St, Limerick

Abbey Bookshop, Augustinian Church, O’Connell St, Limerick

Limerick Diocesan Office, Social Services Centre, Henry St, Limerick

Diocesan Patoral Centre, Denmark St, Limerick