About Us 


Celebrating the organ, its music and its players

Highlighting Ireland's heritage of fine instruments

Promoting and enabling Irish organists

From its beginnings in 1980 as the Dublin International Organ 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.


Since 1980 Pipeworks has mounted sixteen major festivals, centred on the International Organ Competition which attracts young virtuosi from every corner of the world. These festivals have secured Ireland a respected position in the international organ-playing scene and enhanced the appreciation of Irish audiences for the King of Instruments, its unique and thrilling repertoire and the extraordinary talent of its players.


In recent years Pipeworks has expanded its remit to explore Ireland’s organ heritage, and developed an education and outreach programme designed to introduce people to the organ, nurture young talent and help local communities in identifying and promoting their own instruments. Pipeworks has also presented ground-breaking series of complete works, including those 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.


Michael D. Higgins President of Ireland


Artistic Director:

David Leigh



Fiona Arnold

Board of Directors:
The Very Revd William Morton, Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral
Gerard Gillen

Michael Counahan

Gavin O Sullivan

Siobhán Kilkelly

Mark Duley

Kerry Houston

Kate Manning

Simon Stroughair
Deborah Kelleher


Executive Committee:

Tom Little

David Leigh

Carole O’Connor

Patrice Keegan

Isabelle Moore

David Grealy

David O'Shea

Andrew Johnstone

Pipeworks 2019 Patron
Leonora Dands

Pipeworks 2019 Gold Friends
Gerard Gillen
Kerry Houston
Simon Stroughair
Gavin O’Sullivan
Michael Counahan
Mark Duley

Pipeworks 2019 Friend
Rosemary Greenlee