100% Funded


Target: €2000


€2,017 Raised


45 Funders

Limerick Pipe Organ Festival 2016

By Limerick Pipe Organ Festival


This is a really exciting time for Limerick. Fresh from the success of being Ireland’s first National City of Culture in 2014, Limerick is now on the shortlist for European Capital of Culture 2020. The inaugural Limerick Pipe Organ Festival was held during 2014 and this year we need your help to develop and broaden the festival as we look towards 2020 and beyond. In addition to our ongoing series of recitals by local players, we seek to increase the number of international artists for the 2016 festival. A particularly interesting feature of the festival is the attention paid to the exciting art of organ improvisation, so we are delighted to feature a young, prizewinning organist, David Cassan, of Notre Dame, Paris in concert in the Sacred Heart Church (July 12th, 8pm). The finale of the festival will feature two exciting events by Martin Baker, Organist of Westminster Cathedral London; an Improvisation Masterclass on Thursday 29th September followed by a concert on Friday 30th September, both events in St John's Cathedral on the historic Hill organ. Both concerts will feature improvisations on themes submitted by you! (see rewards)

We are a committed group of six volunteers who are passionate about organs and organ music. In 2014, we held 16 events across 9 venues in the Limerick region and we were one of 109 ‘Made in Limerick’ projects during Limerick’s year as National City of Culture. The committee membership covers a variety of areas of expertise, including accountancy and financial management, organ and choral music, organisation of music festivals, music education, music administration, IT and social media.

In 2014, we were fortunate to receive City of Culture funding. As this was one-off festival funding, we are now seeking to broaden our appeal. We are looking to our supporters to continue to present a quality festival which will bring our heritage of beautiful instruments and their music to a wider public. LPOF is supported by Limerick Arts Office and educational and commercial sponsors in Limerick.

We are aiming to raise €2000 to cover performers’ fees and hospitality. This will be a great help in covering the overall cost of the festival, which also includes publicity and promotion. Most of our historic venues receive very little public funding and so we intend to make donations to each venue.

While organising a festival is challenging, with our proven track record and the recent addition of new committee members we are confident that the 2016 festival, with your help, will be entertaining and appealing, with some innovative touches.

Thank you for reading about us!
We look forward to meeting all our supporters at our 2016 festival. For information on all festival events, see www.lpof.ie or like our Facebook page.



Nearly there!

We are now in the closing hours of our month-long Fundit campaign. We are very grateful to all the generous people out there who have pledged money to help support this year's exciting programme for the second Limerick Pipe Organ Festival. High spots of the Festival will surely be David Cassan's free recital on Tuesday 12th July, 8pm at the Sacred Heart Church and the two day visit of Martin Baker for a masterclass on Thursday 29th September at 2pm and a recital on Friday 30th September, 7.30pm, both at St John's Cathedral. However there's plenty more in addition between those two highlights, and most of our events are free of charge, so do come and enjoy the fruits not just of the hard-working voluntary committee but also of all your generosity. Thank you from all of us on the committee and have a happy and organ-music-filled summer! Peter Barley Artistic Director, LPOF

Two weeks to go!

Only two weeks left - massive thanks to all our funders so far!! Here's a brief update from one of our founding committee members to let you know a little more about the festival: Thank you so much for all your donations, we really appreciate it as we are a voluntary group and we need all the help we can get! I think the best thing about the festival is how it is connecting (and reconnecting) organ music enthusiasts and bringing organ music to new audiences too. Those of us who are passionate about the organ really enjoy introducing it to new audiences and doing our bit to raise awareness not just of the music but of the many diverse unique instruments in our midst. If you think it's entertaining to listen to, you should try playing it – it's like conducting and playing a whole orchestra on your own! Whether you’re playing or listening, we’re looking forward to meeting you at some stage during the festival which has already started and will continue until October 1st! Bernadette Kiely Artistic Director, LPOF

15% funded!

Hello funders! We are now 15% funded - thank you to everyone who has pledged, we really appreciate it - we still have a way to go, but we are so grateful for the support so far! If you know of anyone that might be interested in the project, feel free to share and spread the word! Thank you!!

funders (45)

There are 39 public funders of this project

There are 6 anonymous funders of this project