Many thanks to Martin Baker for a truly magnificent recital on Friday night, especially for his fabulous improvisation! Thanks also to Trevor Crowe for a fascinating and insightful lecture on organ building and maintenance on Saturday afternoon. These beautiful events were a wonderful finale to Limerick Pipe Organ Festival. Our sincerest thanks to all of our supporters & sponsors, crowdfunders, performers, participants, observers, audience members, venues, and to everyone who supported us in any way. Without your help, the festival would not have been possible.

Photos from Friday night and Saturday afternoon soon to follow in our gallery!

Today’s improvisation workshop with Martin Baker was a wonderful success – many thanks to Martin, our participants, our observers, and St. John’s Cathedral. Photos soon to follow in our gallery!

Martin Baker Improvisation Workshop - 29th September 2016

Improvisation Workshop with Martin Baker

We’re really looking forward to tomorrow night’s concert at St. John’s Cathedral at 7:30PM, the highlight of which will surely be the 12 minutes improvisation on a theme to be given to Martin Baker on the night:

·       Buxtehude, Dietrich – Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

·       Franck, César – Choral No.1 in E major

·       Reger, Max – Fantasie über den Choral “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern”

·       Baker, Martin – Improvisation

·       Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) – Passacaglia (BWV 582)

 Admission €10 at the door (concession €8)

We hope to see you there for what promises to be a magnificent concert! 

Thanks very much to Peter Barley for his beautiful recital today!

There are just three events left before the end of our 2016 festival: a masterclass in improvisation with renowned organist Martin Baker tomorrow (an application form to participate or observe can be found in a separate post below below); a recital by Martin Baker on Friday night, and a workshop in organ building and maintenance by Trevor Crowe on Saturday afternoon.

We hope to see you there, please spread the word!


Limerick Pipe Organ - Martin Baker


We’re looking forward to a lunchtime recital by Mr. Peter Barley tomorrow, Wednesday 28th September at 13:15 in St. Mary’s Cathedral. It promises to be a very enjoyable performance, with pieces including:


Toccata in F (BWV 540)                                                                  J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Choral No. 2 in B minor                                                                  Cesar Franck (1822-1890)

Cantabile and Finale (6th Symphony)                                       C-M Widor (1844-1937)


Admission is FREE. There will be a retiring collection for the Companions of St Mary’s Cathedral Music. Thank you for your support.

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!