Cathedral Organ Recital In St Patrick”s Cathedral, Armagh

St Patrick's cathedral, Armagh

Mr Alfred Casement will give the next organ recital in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh on Sunday 15 February 2015 at 4.15pm.

Alfred is based at Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church on the outskirts of Belfast, and while he has given a number of organ recitals, he reveals that, “This is actually the first time I have crossed the River Bann to play in Armagh, so I am looking forward to this particular recital, to have the opportunity to play and to enjoy what is generally regarded as one of the finest instruments in Ireland.”

The programme, compiled by Alfred, carries a theme of musical conversations, which explores how composers have looked at each other’s work and tried to interpret what they heard in their own style. He gives the following examples, “We will have Herbert Howells’ take on the work of Thomas Tallis, Petr Eben’s view of Buxtehude’s work, and we will blow the dust out of the organ loft at the end with Guilmant’s majestic setting of the theme from the chorus ‘Lift up your heads’ from Handel’s Messiah. Along the way there will be other examples of composers paying a musical tribute to each other and, in …read more

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