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Pipeworks From the Organ Loft 2.0 | June 16 - 20 2021

Five Digital events featuring Tom Little, Carole O'Connor, David O'Shea, David Leigh, Alan Smale and Evan Lawrence, presenting a diverse programme of music and informative talks filmed at Christ Church Cathedral, the Dublin Unitarian Church and Sandford Parish Church.


Dupré & Demessieux Day | May 30 2021

Sunday May 30 marked 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 Saint Sulpice for much of his life, in succession to Widor), pedagogue and composer.  Pipeworks honoured the event with a feast of Dupré’s music, sent in by organists from all over Ireland and further afield. We also celebrated the centenary of the birth of Jeanne Demessieux, one of Dupré’s most celebrated pupils.
Contributions were shared on our social media channels throughout the day. 



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

In Memoriam | February 21 2021

In memory of those we have lost in the pandemic, and in gratitude to Ireland’s front line workers.

Filmed and recorded in Saint Patrick's Cathedral, the event will be streamed next Sunday February 21st 2021at 7pm and will be available to view on demand for 7 days afterwards.

Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)   
Concerto for Organ, String Orchestra and Timpani Op 58 (1970)
Lament - Toccata - Chorale and Variations
Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)  
Requiem Mass Op 48 performed in the composer’s reduced-orchestrated version for organ and strings
Introit - Kyrie - Offertorium - Sanctus and Benedictus - Agnus Dei - Lux Aeterna - Libera me - In paradisum

Pipeworks Festival Orchestra (Leader Therese Timony) and Consort of Voices Tristan Russcher, Organ David Leigh, Conductor Ruairí Conaty, Steadicam John O'Neill, Camera and Video Production Brian McIvor, Camera and Audio Production

This programme showcases Maurice Duruflé’s hauntingly beautiful Requiem Mass, performed in the composer’s reduced-orchestrated version for organ and strings.  Duruflé’s music is suffused with the influence of the chants of the Requiem Mass, to such an extent that it is sometimes difficult to decide where composition ends and quotation begins.  

The first of the programme comes from the other side of the channel. Kenneth Leighton was a distinguished composer who held posts at Oxford and Edinburgh universities, and produced a large body of work in various styles. The Organ Concerto is a seldom performed but masterful, exciting and expressive work dating from 1970; it fulls exploits the full resources of both solo instrument and orchestra. 

Pipeworks is delighted to welcome Tristan Russcher as concerto soloist. Tristan has a long association with us, being a former prizewinner (in 2005), and has participated in several subsequent festivals.  He was sometime organ scholar of Dublin’s two Anglican cathedrals, and subsequently Assistant Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral.  He is now Director of Music in St Bartholomew’s Church, Clyde Road.  The Pipeworks Festival Orchestra and Consort have been assembled especially for this event, and are drawn from Dublin’s finest professional musicians.