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 Winter 2022
THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBER 5:15pm @ Trinity College Chapel
Trinity College Dublin Anglican Chaplaincy in association with Pipeworks presents a special service of Choral Evensong to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of composer and organist, Prof. George H. P. Hewson (1881–1972). The service will be sung by the Trinity College Chapel Choir, and will feature music by Prof. Hewson, with short talks on his life and work by Dr Kerry Houston and Dr David O'Shea. Dr Andrew Johnstone will play the organ voluntary.
SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER 10:30am – 4:30pm @ St Bartholomew's Church, Clyde Road
On Saturday 10th December in St Bartholomew's Church, Clyde Road, Dublin 4, Pipeworks will present 'Franck Day', in commemoration of the 200th birthday of the great organist-composer, César Franck (1822–1890).
During the day, Franck's twelve major organ works will be performed by Pipeworks's Associate Artists in four short recitals:
10.30am (Six Pièces Nos. 1 and 2)
11.30am (Six Pièces Nos. 3–6)
2.30pm (Trois Pièces)
3.30pm (Trois Chorals)
At 12.30pm, Professor Gerard Gillen will present a lecture on Franck's legacy entitled: 'Franck, Tournemire, Peeters: An Apostolic Succession?'
Performers: Peter Barley, David Leigh, Charles Marshall, Andrew Johnstone, Simon Harden, David Adams, Siobhán Kilkelly, David O’Shea, Aleksander Nisse, Simon Stroughair, Rónán Murray.
Admission is free to both these events; donations will be very welcome
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.