St Fin Barre’s Cathedral will be hosting a series of Lunchtime Organ Recitals each Friday in August at 1.10pm. This is the third year in which the cathedral has run such a series, and the second year in which it will be held under the strict health guidelines which churches are following. The capacity is limited to 50 people, seating is by social distancing, and masks are required.
The first recitalist (Friday 6 th August) is Andrew Johnstone, Assistant Director of Music at St Bartholomew’s Church, Dublin and also part-time Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity College, Dublin. His recital is based around the various musical forms of the Magnificat and will include Bach’s fugue on that theme, as well as music by Dutch composer Piet Post, and Rheinberger’s Fourth Organ Sonata.
Professor Gerard Gillen, Titular Organist Emeritus at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin will
perform on Friday 13 th August, and he will continue the Marian theme with music by Louis
Vierne, Naji Hakim’s Mariales and the Flor Peeters Toccata, Fugue and Hymn on ‘Ave maris
David Adams, one of Ireland leading organ tutors and Professor at the Royal Irish Academy
of Music, will give the third recital (Friday 20 th August). This will be his first visit to play the
organ in Cork, which is one of the largest in Ireland after its extensive rebuild in 2013 by
Trevor Crowe, one of Ireland’s leading organ builders.
Robbie Carroll will conclude the series on Friday 27 th August. Robbie has been Assistant
Director of Music at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral for two years, and he recently gave a recital on
the cathedral organ as part of the Cork International Choral Festival. He has also performed
recitals this summer in Galway Cathedral and in the Dún Laoghaire Organ Concerts.