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.



Sunday May 30 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Marcel Dupré, one of the most significant figures in twentieth century organ music.  A product of the great French organ tradition, his contribution to the organ world was immense as concert player, liturgical musician (as organist of the church of  Sulpice for much of his life, in succession to Widor), pedagogue and composer.  

Pipeworks marks this significant anniversary by presenting a day dedicated to Dupré’s music.  I will present a talk on Dupré’s life and music to start the day, which will then feature performances of his music from around Ireland (and, indeed, further afield).

I should like to invite all organists to collaborate with us by sending in a recording of a performance of a piece by Dupré to be included in this transmission.  

Pieces of all durations and for any instrument or combination of instruments will be welcome, although obviously it is likely that organ music will predominate!

The only other request is for as much variety as possible - please consider including less performed repertoire if you can.  In terms of recordings we welcome both video and audio: mp4, mov and mp3 - all ready to stream - no editing is possible once they reach us.  

Jeanne Demessieux, one of Dupré’s favourite pupils, also has an anniversary falling this year – she was born in 1921. Like her teacher, she enjoyed an international career as a recitalist until her life was tragically cut short by cancer at the age of 47, leaving a small but distinguished body of organ music, including the notorious Six Etudes, studies of prodigious technical demands which attest to her own virtuosity. To mark this significant aniversary we also invite submissions of performances of her works.  

Please send all recordings by 6pm on Sunday May 23rd to adminpipeworks@gmail.com either by wetransfer.com or via google drive. I hope that many of you will feel able to join us virtually in marking what is a most important anniversary in the organ world.

David Leigh,
Artistic Director


Photos left to right: Marcel Dupré, Marcel Dupré, Widor & Duprés and Jeanne Demessieux