It is our pleasure to welcome Sebastian Heindl to St John’s Cathedral for the final organ concert in our 2018 series. The performance will take place on Friday, 29th June at 7:30PM, and will last approximately an hour.

Sebastian won the Northern Ireland Organ Competition in 2017, and is doing a short organ recital tour of Ireland this summer, taking in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and St Michael’s Church, Dun Laoghaire as well as Limerick.

We are fortunate and privileged that he has fitted his recital at St John’s Cathedral into his busy schedule, and with tickets priced at just 5 euro, this is great value for an enjoyable evening of fine music. The recital will feature:

Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia (1561-1627)
Obra de 8° tono – “Ensalada”

Max Reger (1873-1916)
Toccata und Fuge in a-minor (from op. 80)

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Alleluia sereins d’un ame qui desire la ciel
Alleluia sur la trompette, Alleluia sur la Cymbal
(transcription of 2nd mvt: S. Heindl)

César Franck (1822-1890)
Choral No. 2 in b-minor 

Max Reger
Scherzo (from op. 65)

Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
Valse mignonne (from op. 142)
Rondo alla Campanella op. 156

Sebastian Heindl, born in 1997, received his fundamental musical education from the age of 5 as a piano student and later as a singer in St Thomas Boys’ Choir Leipzig. There he got organ lessons with University Organist Daniel Beilschmidt and had many performances as accompanist of the Choir in office of Praefectus Organus. In 2013 he contributed as an organ soloist to the BBC TV documentary “Bach: A Passionate Life” with Sir John Eliot Gardiner. He was just 15 at the time. His performance can be viewed on Youtube:

At the age of 17 he recorded his debut CD for Rondeau Production at the Great Schuke Organ at Magdeburg Cathedral including his own orchestral trancriptions. His playing on the recording was lauded by the press as “absolutely authentic, technically perfect, fiery, enthralling” (Organ_Journal für die Orgel). Sebastian performed as a soloist in many prestigious locations such as St Thomas Church Leipzig, Essen Cathedral, Altenburg Castle Chapel, Bach Church Arnstadt and the Gewandhaus Leipzig, where he gave his debut with the Poulenc organ concerto. In 2017 he won the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition giving him the opportunity to perform across the UK and in New York City in 2018. Currently he is studying church music at the University of Music in Leipzig with Prof. Martin Schmeding. He is a fellow of the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes” and the Richard Wagner Foundation.

The recital is presented by the Limerick Pipe Organ Festival, in association with St Mary’s Cathedral 850 – and we gratefully acknowledge the funding support of Limerick City and County Council/Arts Office.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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