Feast of choral and organ music

With only days to go until the iconic Charles Wood Festival begins in Armagh. A feast of choral and organ music is on offer!

International Organ Competition

The schedule for the Northern Ireland International Organ Competion Senior Competition Programmes 2019 on Monday 19 August Session 1 – from 2pm in St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh is –

1. Aaron Voderholzer (19)
University of Music and Performing Arts, Munich (Germany)

JS Bach (arr. Harald Feller): Sinfonia, Wir danken dir BWV 29
Schumann: No. 2 & 5 from Six Studies in Canon, Op 56
Jehan Alain: Scherzo from Suite pour orgue
Vierne: Toccata from Pièces de Fantaisie, Op 53

2. Alexander Finlayson-Brown (15)
Eton College (UK)

JS Bach: Fugue in E minor, BWV 548 “Wedge”
Duruflé: Mediation
Julius Reubke: Fugue from Organ
Sonata in C minor on the 94th Psalm

3. Eddie Zheng (19)
Julliard School (USA)

JS Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV543
Widor: Andante Sostenuto from Organ Symphony No.9, Op.70
Calvin Hamilton: Let Everyone
Dance, from Five Dances for Organ

4. Ivan-Bogdan Reincke (21)
Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest

JS Bach: Prelude in D Major, BWV 532
Schumann: No. 4 from Six Studies in Canon, Op 56
Vierne: Allegro vivace from Symphony No.1, Op 14
Messiaen: Transports de joie from

5. Jared Cook (21)
Baylor University, Texas (USA)

JS Bach: Prelude and Fugue in
G Major, BWV 541
Ad Wammes: Miroir
Vierne: Final from Symphony No 3
in F sharp minor, Op 28

BREAK (15 Minutes)

6. Alexander Wallace (18)
Glenalmond College, Perth (UK)

JS Bach: Fantasia in G minor, BWV 542
Norman Cocker: Tuba Tune
Percy Whitlock: Allegretto from 5 Short Pieces
Jean Langlais: Fête Op 51

7. Ilaria Centorrino (20)
Cosenza Conservatoire of Music (Italy)

Duruflé: Toccata from Suite for
Organ Op 5
JS Bach: Ach bleib bei uns, Herr
Jesu Christ, BWV 649
Brahms: O Welt, ich muss dich
lassen, Op 122
Jeanne Demessieux: Étude Op 5,
No.6 “Octaves”

8. James Anderson-Besant (20)
St. John’s College, Cambridge (UK)

Duruflé : Prélude sur le nom
d’Alain, Op.7
JS Bach: Prelude in E minor, BWV 548
Widor: Finale from Symphony No.6, Op.42 No.2

Session 2, 7pm

9.Joshua Hughes (20)
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (UK)

JS Bach: Fantasia in G minor, BWV 542
Reger: Invocation from Organ
Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op.60
Messiaen: Transports de joie from L’Ascension

10. Ondřej Smolík (21)
Pardubice Music Conservatory, Czech Republic

JS Bach: Prelude in G Major, BWV 541
George Thalben-Ball: Variations on a Theme by Paganini
Petr Eben: Chorale Fantasy ‘Amen, es werde wahr’

11. Julia Raasch (21)
Franz Liszt University of Music, Weimar (Germany)

Reger: Toccata in A minor from
Zwölf Stücke, Op. 80
JS Bach: Allegro from Trio Sonata
No.5 in C Major, BWV529
Bizet (arr. Julia Raasch): Prelude from L’Arlésienne Suite No.1
Jehan Alain: Litanies

BREAK (15 Minutes)

12. Kilian Homburg (18)
University of Music and Theatre, Leipzig (Germany)

JS Bach: Vivace from Sonata No.3 in D minor, BWV 527
Widor: Allegro vivace from Organ
Symphony No.5, Op. 42, No. 1
Jean Guillou: Hermes from Hyperion (The Rhetoric Of Fire) Op.45

13.Jonathan Lee (18)
ATC Organ School (Australia)

JS Bach: Allegro, Grave and Fugue from Concerto in D minor BWV 596
Ad Wammes: Miroir
Duruflé: Toccata from Suite for
Organ Op.5

Gaudeamus had a fantastic rehearsal weekend in St. Patrick’s College,Maynooth (lead photo above) and are looking forward to taking part in Charles Wood Festival in Armagh on August 21

‘Summer Music in Sandford’ continues next Friday at 1.10pm in Sandford parish church, Ranelagh, where there will be recital by soprano Katy Kelly.

 St Fin Barre’s organ recital – The new series of organ recitals continues in St Fin Barre’s cathedral, Cork, on Friday at 1.10pm when David Grealy, from St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin, will play music by Dupré, Bach, Reger, Franck and Cocker

Belfast Phoenix Choir will resume on September 10 with the start of the new term. Phoenix say, “No audition necessary and all are welcome. We are a mixed voice choir singing sacred and popular pieces. Come along and have a go!”