Organ Recital by Dr Stephen Timpany at St Patrick”s Cathedral, Armagh, 12 October

Armagh CoI Cathedral

Dr Stephen Timpany will give the second organ recital in this year’s series on Sunday 12 October 2014 at 4.15pm in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh when he will play works by J S Bach, Pachelbel, Franck and Whitlock.

Stephen continues to support organ music in Armagh through his role as Acting Master of the Choristers for the Cathedral choir, and as President of the Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters (USOC). Last month he arranged a visit to Armagh for the members of USOC, who visited St Malachy’s Church and Armagh Public Library and who ended their day by attending Choral Evensong in the Cathedral.

Stephen will play Johann Pachelbel’s Chorale Partita ‘Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele’, Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, Cesar Franck’s Choral in B minor and two pieces by Percy Whitlock, the Fidelis and the Fanfare from Four Extemporizations for Organ.

He explains his choice of programme as follows: ‘I will begin the recital with a Pachelbel Chorale Partita and variations. This piece is immediately attractive to player and listener alike and consists of a set of variations on a German hymn tune. I will follow this with J S Bach’s Passacaglia and Franck’s Choral Number 2. Both pieces are composed over a repeated bass line and are major cornerstones of the organ repertoire. I will finish the recital with two pieces by Whitlock. In addition to his work as a church organist and composer, Whitlock was a cinema organist so the music owes something to that popular style.’

The Dean of Armagh, the Very Revd Gregory Dunstan, said, ‘You know a real musician when, between engagements, he slips into the Cathedral to practice. I cannot speak highly enough of Stephen’s contribution to our music. We look forward to his exchanging the conductor’s stand for some characteristically thoughtful and sensitive playing.’

As with all the recitals in this series, admission is free, with a retiring collection towards the further endowment of the Cathedral choir through the Archbishop’s Choir Fund.

For further information, please contact:

St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral: Tel. 028 37523142

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