Thanks to Bernadette Kiely for her beautiful recital on Culture Night, and to everyone who came to support it!

Next week will be the last week of Limerick Pipe Organ Festival 2016, and we hope you will join us for our closing events:

  • Wednesday, 28th September, 1:15PM – Lunchtime Organ Recital by Peter Barley, St. Mary’s Cathedral. Admission free.

Enjoy an extra-special lunch-break with Peter Barley’s organ recital next Wednesday! We will post further details of the programme on our website shortly.

  • Thursday, 29th September, 2-6PM – Martin Baker Improvisation Masterclass, St. John’s Cathedral Admission: €5.

A masterclass not to be missed! A taster of Martin Baker’s wonderful talent can be viewed at: If you would like to participate, please save this blank form, fill in your answers, save changes and e-mail to


More information about the art of improvisation can be found in Cyprian Love’s article: What is Musical Improvisation?

  • Friday, 30th September, 7:30PM – St. John’s Cathedral, Martin Baker, Organist. Admission: €10, Concession: €8.

We are delighted to welcome Martin Baker, Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, to St. John’s Cathedral for what promises to be an incredible concert!

  • Saturday, 1st October, 2PM – Organ Building and Maintenance demonstration lecture with Trevor Crowe, Mary Immaculate College. Admission: €5.

Throughout the festival, we have heard the beautiful music that pipe organs can create – but how do they create it? Trevor Crowe will explain exactly that in what promises to be a fascinating lecture. This lecture is open to all, musicians and non-musicians alike!


We hope to see you there! Please spread the word!

We’re really looking forward to Culture Night this Friday, 16th September! Come join us in St. John’s Cathedral at 8:30PM for a short recital by cathedral organist Bernadette Kiely featuring some organ favourites and a surprise (or two)!

Bernadette has been organist at St. John’s Cathedral since 2001 and choir director since 2008. As a founding member of Limerick Pipe Organ Festival, Bernadette continues to promote ‘all things organ’.

We hope to see you there!

BKIELY at StJohnsCathedralHillOrgan1.142551

Limerick Pipe Organ Festival, in close collaboration with Limerick Smarter Travel, is launching a new venture for Heritage Week called Pedal Power. Two separate tours will visit Limerick’s two cathedrals and in addition six other churches across the city – all venues being chosen because they have pipe organs. Local organists will play a short recital, alongside a historical snippet and story or two from speakers including Canon O’Malley and Noreen Ellerker.

There is also an in-built bit of exercise! You can choose your preferred mode of transport – we suggest bicycle, but walking or shared car for instance are also fine. Those who successfully complete the tour will be rewarded with free ice cream!  Fine buildings, good music and free ice cream – what more could anyone want?!

Also on and

Limerick Pipe Organ Festival is delighted and privileged to welcome the Carice Singers to St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick. The Carice Singers, an ensemble comprised of some of the UK’s finest young professional singers, will perform on Saturday, 13th of August at 5PM. Admission is FREE, with a retiring collection. Directed by George Parris, their programme explores romantic choral music from the fringes of Europe, and includes music by Sibelius, Bantock, Delius, Kuula, and Grieg. A taster of the ensemble’s wonderful talent is available at:

Come along and enjoy this free recital in the beautiful and peaceful ambience of Limerick’s iconic St Mary’s Cathedral.

The Carice Singers

The Carice Singers are an ensemble comprised of some of the UK’s finest young professional singers, noted for their “freshness of tone” and “careful musicality” (Gramophone). Named after the daughter of Sir Edward Elgar, the choir aims to bring an imaginative approach to choral music of the Romantic period and beyond, frequently drawing upon the latest academic research to produce original and insightful programmes. Since their foundation in 2011, they have given over 30 performances across the UK and Ireland, and have made several critically acclaimed recordings for the Naxos label. Their most recent recording, of music by John Ireland and E.J. Moeran (who was Irish by descent) was recently launched at a concert in London.


George Parris, Director

George Parris is a singer, conductor, and student of earlytwentiethcentury Anglo Irish music. His commitment to this repertoire has been recognised by, among others, the Peter Warlock Society, the John Ireland Charitable Trust, and the Elgar Society, who awarded him with a Certificate of Merit in 2011. In the same year, he founded The Carice Singers, and has since directed the choir in a number of concerts and recordings, many of which have received excellent reviews. He has recently completed a Master’s degree at the University of Oxford, in which he focussed on the ‘Irish’ music of Sir Arnold Bax.