From its beginnings in 1980 as the Dublin International Organ & Choral Festival, Pipeworks has brought to Irish audiences a diverse programme of music-making with the organ at its centre, fully exploiting not only the wonderful range of instruments to be found in Ireland, but the splendid cathedrals, churches and concert halls which house them.
Pipeworks has expanded its remit to explore Ireland’s organ heritage. In non-festival years, Pipeworks presents recital series and has become known for its complete-works series, having presented the complete organ works of J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Dieterich Buxtehude and Olivier Messiaen, as well as the complete organ symphonies of Louis Vierne, all given by organists resident in Ireland.
Pipeworks Festival June 15 -19 2022
It is with great pleasure that we launch the programme for the pipeworks festival 2022, all the more so given the privations of the last two years. We are thrilled to be launching the festival with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, in a programme with organ soloist Peter Barley playing the magnificent Willis organ in St Patrick’s Cathedral. This concert also marks a significant musical anniversary, that of the 150th year since the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams: the programme includes the rarely performed cantata Willow Wood with leading young Irish baritone Eoghan Desmond. Finally Eoghan and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be joined by the Festival chorus for the Five Mystical Songs. This community-based group is brought together especially for the festival and is drawn from choirs all over Dublin.
The mediaeval surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral offer a perfect setting for the concert given by Stile Antico on Thursday 16 June. This group has a reputation for vocal excellence combined with innovative programming, and promises to be a memorable event. Their concert charts a musical course from twilight to sunrise, and features Allegri’s famous Miserere and Gentle Sleep by Nico Muhly, written especially for the group. We are also delighted to be collaborating with Sandford summer recitals in a concert given by Martina Smyth, formally organ scholar of St Patrick’s and Christ Church cathedrals, and a Dublin native. She is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and of the Royal College of Music in London. She plays a varied programme on the recently restored Benson organ in Sanford Church. We are thrilled to welcome Ben van Oosten to give a celebrity recital in the Pro Cathedral on the evening of Friday 17 June. Hailed as one of the leading organists of our time, he will play a programme honouring the contribution made to the organ repertoire by César Franck, the 200th anniversary of whose birth falls this year.