Dundalk to host Pipeworks 2011

DUNDALK is one of three locations around Ireland which will host the 2011 Pipeworks Festival later this month.

DUNDALK is one of three locations around Ireland which will host the 2011 Pipeworks Festival later this month.

Supported by CreateLouth, the central portion of the festival, which is running from June 17-25, will be in Dundalk from June 20-22.

It will feature the Willis organ of St Patrick’s Cathedral, one of the finest organs of its type in the world, which is attracting international competitors and recitalists to Dundalk.

Pipeworks is bringing the English vocal ensemble Stile Antico to Ireland for the first time this year. Described by The New York Times as “an ensemble of breathtaking freshness, vitality and balance”, they sing without a conductor, and specialize in music from the renaissance and early baroque eras.

Stile Antico will perform in St Nicholas’ Church (The Green Church) on Monday, June 20 at 8.15pm. Tickets cost e20/e15.

The Dublin International Organ Competition is at the core of every Pipeworks Festival. This year 14 quarterfinalists, comprising ten different nationalities, have been selected from the highest number of entries ever.

The quarterfinal B round is taking place in Dundalk, bringing players from all over the globe to the town, along with the members of the international jury. The free event is taking place at Patrick’s Cathedral on Monday, June 20 at 10.40am and 2.25pm.

The award-winning Dundalk ensemble Clermont Chorale, under the direction of Ronan Dennedy, will also make an appearance in the festival.

The free lunchtime recital offering a wide range of music from ancient to modern, sacred and secular will take place at St Nicholas Church (The Green Church) on Tuesday, June 21 at 1.15pm.

Jury member, Jon Laukvik from Norway will both give a recital and a masterclass in St Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday, June 21 at 8pm. Tickets cost e15/e10.

Laukvik is Professor of Organ at the Musik Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, and also at Oslo’s Norges Musikkhøgskole.

In the course of his career, he has won many major international competitions, and now gives recitals and serves on competition juries all over the world.

Masterclasses for Ireland’s finest young organ students will be given by two jury members in St Patrick’s Cathedral. Places for participants are awarded as scholarships. For more details email directorpipeworks@gmail.com.