Other Organ Concerts in Limerick

Organ recitals take place on a regular basis in Glenstal Abbey as follows:

Simon Harden on Tuesday 21st October at 4:30pm

Simon Harden on Wednesday 22 October at 1:10pm

Peter Barley on Wednesday 5th November at 1:10pm

Click Read More to see the programmes and read about Simon and Peter.

Simon Harden on Tuesday 21st October at 4:30pm

Nicolaus Bruhns -Praeludium in e-minor

Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto in D minor BWV 596 (Arrangement: J. S. Bach)

Johann Sebastian Bach – Praeludium und Fuga in g-minor BWV 535

Robert Schumann – from: Sechs Studien in kanonischer Form Op. 56

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – Sonate  VI in d-minor Op 65 nr 6

François Clément Théodore Dubois – Toccata in G major

Simon Harden was born in Dublin and has lived and pursued his career as a musician in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Paris.  His studies were supported by German government scholarships at the Musikhochschulen in Berlin (Leo van Doeselaar) and Hamburg (Wolfgang Zerer) leading to a first-class Diplom.  Further studies in Paris (Eric Lebrun) gained him a ‘Premier Prix’ and a scholarship from the City of Hamburg enabled the completion of a post-graduate degree (Konzertexamen) in the organ soloist class.  He has served as a deputy organist in both Dublin Cathedrals and played regularly for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.  Prizes at international competitions include 1st prize and audience prize at the International Schnitger Organ Competition 2007 in Alkmaar, Holland  and 2nd prize at the Swiss Grand Prix Bach de Lausanne 2006.  Simon was selected from all the instrumental students at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in 2006 to receive the DAAD prize for ‘outstanding performance and intercultural involvement’.   Following several years as Kantor at a large parish in the north of Germany, Simon became Director of Music at the Church of Christ the King in Frankfurt in 2009. In addition, he has recently been appointed Organist at the Christuskirche in Bad Vilbel and has overseen the rebuild of the organ there by the Glatter-Götz organ company.  He teaches at the Frankfurt International School and is busy as a recitalist.  He is also a contributor to the international publication ‘Choir and Organ’.  Regular concert engagements have taken him to France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, Belarus, Bulgaria, and Japan.

 Regular organ recitals are held in St Mary’s Cathedral as part of the lunchtime concert series upcoming events include:

 Simon Harden on Wednesday 22 October at 1:10pm

In a different programme to Glenstal the previous day, Simon is playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (in an arrangement by Zuleger) and Mendelssohn’s Variations Serieuses (transcibed by Reitze Smits) completes the programme.


Peter Barley on Wednesday 5th November at 1:10pm

In aid of the Ard Scoil Mhuire Music Academy

Peter Barley is Organist of St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick.

A former Director of the Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy, Peter also spent six years as Chair of RSCM Ireland. As an organist, Peter has performed at such venues as St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, London and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. He has also played at most of the main Irish recital venues, and whilst living and working in Canada he played in all the regular ‘noon-hour’ organ recital series in Toronto. Since his return to Ireland last year he has worked with a number of Ireland’s leading national ensembles.  He was organ soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Kraemer on their Spring 2013 tour and has also worked as accompanist to the Irish Youth Choir and the Ulster Youth Choir. Earlier this year he conducted six performances of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde as part of Limerick’s City of Culture programme, and he is Chairman of the music sub-committee of City of Culture 2014.

Forthcoming recitals include one in the long-running international series at St Michael’s Church, Dun Laoghaire and two recitals in the Ulster Hall, Belfast. Peter is also a founding committee member of Limerick Pipe Organ Festival.


War March of the Priests – Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Arabesque – Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

The Widening Gyre – Eric Sweeney (b.1948)

Salut d’amour – Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Impetuoso – Bedrich Wiedermann (1883-1951)

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