Internationally acclaimed organist David Briggs will give a concert in St. John’s Cathedral Limerick on Wednesday 21st May at 8pm celebrating the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of the Hill organ in St. John‘s Cathedral. David Briggs is currently Artist in Residence at St James Cathedral, Toronto. Prior to this he has held major cathedral appointments in England, including that of Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral.


Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 J S Bach (1685-1750
Three Pieces for Musical Clocks Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Variations on Greensleeves (2004) David Briggs (b.1962)
Pièce Héroique Cesar Franck (1822-1890)
Poème Symphonique: L’apprenti sorcier Paul Dukas (1865-1935)

Interval (20 minutes)

Improvisation: Symphony in Four Movements on themes submitted by the audience
Introduction and Allegro
Andante cantabile


David Briggs is renowned as a leading exponent of improvisation, and this recital will include organ improvisation. He has also built a significant reputation in the field of orchestral transcriptions – playing well known orchestral music on the organ, often in arrangements that he himself has made.

This is a concert not to be missed, as it is rare to hear three different strands in one programme – organ repertoire, orchestral repertoire played on the organ and improvisation.

Tickets can be purchased online and cost €15 (plus booking fee). 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

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