Tonight (Wednesday 23rd October) the Inaugural Recital in celebration of the restoration of the restored Cathedral Organ at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork takes place at 8.00pm. The special guest organist is Colm Carey, Master of Music of the Chapels Royal, Tower of London, Belfast City Organist, co-founder and Artistic Director of the London Organ Summer Course and Professor of Organ at London’s Trinity College of Music.
Colm is son of the late Very Revd Maurice Carey, former Dean of Cork. His musical life began as a boy chorister in the Cathedral under former Cathedral organists Andrew Padmore and Colin Nicholls. He spent many happy hours playing the Cathedral organ and this inspired him to pursue serious study of the instrument at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève. Winning top performing awards with distinction at both institutions, his numerous appearances, both live and recorded, in the UK and Ireland formed strong foundations for his subsequent solo performances in Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA.
Speaking before practicing in the Cathedral this morning Colm said:
It is very exciting for me to be back in Cork, and to be able to spend time in the most beautiful cathedral in the country, playing what must surely be one of the best organs in the country, and I am very much looking forward to performing tonight in celebration of the restoration of this magnificent instrument. Trevor Crowe has done a fabulous job in restoring the organ in St Fin Barre’s, and it is an instrument that everyone throughout the city can be proud of, and one that will enhance and enrich the liturgy in the cathedral for many years to come.
Tickets €10 – available from the Cathedral Shop and at the door.