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 from the Organ Loft #2


Streamed on YouTube & Facebook

Charles Tournemire (1870–1939) L'Orgue Mystique
DAVID GREALY, Pipeworks Associate Artist and Organist of St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, presents a complete cycle from Tournemire’s magnum opus, a huge collection of works based on the chant for each and every Sunday of the church’s year. He is joined by a Schola formed from the gentlemen of the Palestrina choir, who intersperse the music with appropriate gregorian chant.

Organist: David Grealy
Cantors: Shane Barriscale, Nathan Phipps-O’Neill, Conor Prendiville
Video and sound: Shane Barriscale
Assistant video: Pierce Cullen

Recorded and film with the kind permission of St Mary's Pro-Cathedral.

"In composing L’Orgue Mystique, Charles Tournemire sought to do for Catholic liturgy what J.S. Bach had done for Lutheran worship – to compose a cycle of music for every Sunday. But more than this, Tournemire saw the Church’s corpus of Gregorian chant as a gateway to a new musical idiom – its modality, rhythmic freedom and inner spirituality providing a link between the ancient and the modern. This approach was to have a major influence on later composers, such as Duruflé, Langlais and Messiaen.
The performance consists of a series of Gregorian chants for the last Sunday of the Church year, followed by organ meditations based on the preceding chants. Beginning with a short excerpt from the Lamentations and concluding with an organ fantaisie on the Te Deum, the great hymn of thanksgiving, we embark on a musical and spiritual journey from darkness to light, as we move with optimism from the old year into the new"
David Grealy

Streamed on YouTube & Facebook on Thursday December 10th, 7pm


On Thursday, October 8th, Pipeworks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Louis Vierne, one of the most significant composers of organ music. 
Throughout the day Pipeworks streamed music by Vierne on our social media channels and website, mostly (though not exclusively) for organ.


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22nd, 7pm: online event
Organist, scholar, and Pipeworks Associate Artist Dr David O’Shea will present an illustrated talk on Vierne’s organ music, its structures and forms, and its place in the canon of the great French organ tradition.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 29th, 7pm online concert

Artistic Director David Leigh performs Vierne’s monumental 5th Symphony for organ, recorded especially on the organ of St Patrick’s Cathedral.  At nearly 50 minutes this is the longest, and in many ways most demanding of the organ symphonies.  Its use of cyclic themes, its pushing the boundaries of tonality, and by the sheer virtuosity and colour of its writing make it a compelling piece, all too rarely performed.

© 2016 Pipeworks 

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