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.
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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.