Organ recital this Sunday

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The May organ recital in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh will be given by Mr Geoffrey McConnell on Sunday at 4.15pm.

A music graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, Geoffrey has given various organ recitals, most recently in June last year in the Ulster Hall. He studied for his MA with Professor Desmond Hunter on the subject of Stanford’s Organ Sonatas.

Geoffrey is a music tutor and an active member of the Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters. He was previously organist of St. John’s Parish Church, Newcastle before moving to St Martin’s Church in Belfast and is currently organist of Ballymacarrett Parish Church.

The recital programme for the Armagh recital is based on the English organ repertoire from the early music of Orlando Gibbons through to the present day, including the work of Peter Hurford. Geoffrey explained his choice of programme, “The pieces show the development of compositional style with the colours of the cathedral organ used to create mood and texture.”

The Very Revd Gregory Dunstan, Dean of Armagh, said, “We are delighted to welcome a pupil of Desmond Hunter, who gave a recital in March. Like all our recitalists, Geoffrey McConnell has prepared a programme that reflects his particular interests in the organ repertoire. We look forward to his interpretation of it on the wide range of the Cathedral organ.”

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. The final recital will be held on Sunday, June 14, after which there will be a summer break and a new recital series will start in September.