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Pipeworks International Organ and Choral Festival 19 - 23 June 2024



Study Day on French Classical Organ Music, with Dr David Ponsford
Saturday 11th May

Pipeworks Education & Outreach looks forward to welcoming renowned expert in French Classical organ music, Dr David Ponsford, to Dublin for a day of workshops and events on Saturday 11th May. 



Franciscan Church of the Immaculate Conception, Merchant's Quay ('Adam and Eve's')

Organ masterclass, focusing on the works of Couperin, Marchand, de Grigny, Clérambault, and their contemporaries, followed by an illustrated talk on the music of Nicolas de Grigny. Organists of all levels of experience are invited to come to this masterclass, as players or observers. To book a place, please contact

Dr David Ponsford - Pipeworks May 11 2024


Whitefriar Street Church

Plainchant workshop for singers, in preparation for a complete performance of the Couperin Messe pour les Paroisses that evening at 7pm. Choral singers and organists are most welcome to participate in this workshop and performance: please contact to book a place.



Whitefriar Street Church

A complete performance, by David Ponsford and participants in the plainchant workshop, of Francois Couperin's Messe pour les Paroisses . This is a rare opportunity to hear a complete performance of this monumental work—not to be missed! Admission to this event is free, but donations will be most welcome.


SUNDAY 12th MAY, 7pm

David Ponsford will perform a recital as part of the Whitefriar Street summer organ recital series.



To celebrate J. S. Bach's birthday and Early Music Day, which falls on 21st March, Pipeworks Education and Outreach Officer, David O'Shea, will perform a series of recitals of some of Bach's most popular works in a number of churches in suburban Dublin.


These short programmes are an ideal introduction to the organ for anyone who has never before attended a recital.

2024 Organ Workshops with Pipeworks at NCH


20 February 2024 - David Adams
12 March 2024 - David Leigh

5.30 - 7.30pm

Numbers are limited, and so early booking is advised.
To reserve a place, please contact

20th February: Renaissance and Baroque Performance with David Adams Well-known recitalist and teacher David Adams, Professor of Organ at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, will present a workshop on music composed between 1500 and 1800. The workshop will focus on questions of articulation, registration and general interpretation, and participants will benefit from David's expertise in the performance of early music. Organists of all levels are invited to participate, and are welcome to bring along copies of scores as samples for discussion, or simply to observe.  

12th March: Romantic and 20th-century Music Performance with David Leigh - David Leigh, Pipeworks Artistic Director, will present a workshop on organ music composed between 1800 and the present day. As a renowned exponent of the works of Reger, Vierne, Messiaen and many others from this period, David will offer valuable advice on stylistic issues and questions of registration. Organists of all levels are invited to participate, and are welcome to bring along copies of scores as samples for discussion. This is an informal workshop, and so participants are welcome either to play short excerpts or to observe.  

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