Dr Stephen Timpany will lead by giving the first recital in the new organ recital series on Sunday 10 September 2017 at 4.15pm in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh.

As Director of Music at Armagh Cathedral, Stephen has invited organists to take part in the new recital series. Some will make welcome return visits while others will give recitals for the first time on the Cathedral organ.

Speaking about his own programme, Stephen said, “My recital will consist entirely of French composers, from the majestic pieces by Vierne and Renaud to more meditative works by Massenet and Journeau, written between the late 1600s and 1993. I very much enjoy French music of all periods and wanted to present a recital, my first occasion to do so, which does not feature music by the great Romantic composer, Franck. The programme should also demonstrate the full range of sounds of the cathedral organ.”

The Dean of Armagh, the Very Revd Gregory Dunstan, said, “Those of us who hear Stephen playing on Sunday mornings will recognize how well he knows the organ, and the enjoyment that he gives in playing it. This is an opportunity for a wider audience to appreciate the skill and care that he brings to all that he does at the Cathedral.”

Admission to the recital is free with a retiring collection most welcome towards the further endowment of the Cathedral choir through the Archbishop’s Choir Fund.

The next two recitals will be given by Revd Dr Peter Thompson on Sunday 22nd October 2017, and by Mr NykkŐ-Mickaël Grégoire on Sunday 26 November 2017.