Tuesday 12 December 2017

Pipeworks Festival comes to Dundalk

Once again Dundalk is one of the venues for this year's Pipeworks Festival of organ music which runs from June 18th to 27th.

Concerts, masterclasses, workshops and the Semi-Finals of the competition will take place in Dundalk on June 23 and 24.

The concert programme in Dundalk includes a perormance by Sophie-Véronique Caucherfer Choplin in St Patrick's Cathedral on MondayJune 23rd at 8pm. This will feature great French symphonic works, including music by Gigout, Franck, Mulet and Grunenwald, and including an improvisation on a submitted theme.

The following evening the accliamed Hilliard Ensemble will give a concert in St Nicholas Church of Ireland (Green Church) with a programme stretching over more than eight centuries and demonstrating the ensemble's preeminence in the field of early polyphony.

Tickets for both concerts will be available at the door. The semi-finalists of the 2014 Pipeworks International Organ Competition will be playing the famous Willis Organ in St Patrick's Cathedral on Tuesday afternoon, commencing at 2.45pm. A composer's workshop entitled 'Space nd Resonance: The Romantic Organ: Electronic' with Jon Laukvik, Pier Damiano Peretti, Dame Gillian Weir, Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer Choplin takes place in St Patrick's on Wednesday morning at 10.30am.

That afternoon there will be a masterclass in the French Symphonic repertoire (19th and 20th century) at 1.30pm. Organists who wish to participate in the masterclasses should contact

Observers are welcome. Please contact to reserve a place. A fee of €10/£10 will be charged and will be payable at the door. Pipeworks in Dundalk is supported by the Arts Council and Create Louth, for more information go to

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