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The first Guildhall Organ Festival will showcase the hall’s recently restored Hill, Norman & Beard organ in a wide variety of events aimed at organists and the general public. In particular, we will introduce this important part of the city’s cultural heritage to large numbers of school pupils, with events aimed at primary and secondary children.
The festival is supported by the Royal College of Organists in association with Derry City & Strabane District Council, The Honourable the Irish Society and Viscount Organs. Featuring Artistic Director, Catherine Ennis, and guest soloist Daniel Moult.
Download the full festival programme, including booking details for public events here
Thursday 19 October
Primary schools presentation—a large scale, audio-visual show for a large audience
Lunchtime recital by Donal McCann in St Columb's Cathedral
Evening recital by Catherine Ennis and Stewart Smith
Friday 20 October
Secondary schools workshops—smaller scale sessions aimed at keyboard players
Lunchtime recital by Matthew Breen and Thomas Maxwell
Gala evening concert: Battle of the Organs featuring Catherine Ennis, Daniel Moult and Sir Roger Gifford
Saturday 21 October
Morning: organ masterclass, open to all comers, covering technique, hymn-playing and music for Advent and Christmas.
Afternoon: recital (by workshop participants) followed by Mayoral reception
Evening: gala concert featuring Catherine Ennis, Neil Martin and Paddy Glackin. Music for organ, uileann pipes, cello, tin whistle and fiddle.