Pipeworks @ the NCH
Feb 28 2014
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National Concert Hall,, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Free Organ Recital linked to main evening RTÉ NSO orchestral concert
National Concert Hall, Dublin
Pipeworks & Culture Night
Mark Duley, organ
Free pre-concert organ recitals linked to main evening RTÉ NSO orchestral concert
Presented by Pipeworks in association with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the National Concert Hall.
The recitals are part-funded by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.
Guy Bovet (b.1942)
Hamburger Totentanz Op.136 No.3
César Franck (1822–90)
Grand Pièce Symphonique Op.17
The organ lends itself to gothic phantasmagoria: Bovet’s skeletal rattlings are every bit as convincing as those in Saint Saëns’ Danse macabre . The contribution to symphonic form made by Berlioz in his Symphonie fantastique is mirrored in Franck’s seminal work which paved the way for the great symphonies of Widor and Vierne.
Mark Duley was born in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, and studied at Auckland University, the North German Organ Academy and Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Conservatorium, where he was an organ pupil of Jacques van Oortmerssen.
Mark came to Ireland in 1992 and has held several major posts in the country, including organist and director of music at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, chorusmaster to the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and artistic director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra. As conductor and organist he has appeared with most of the major Irish ensembles, including RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the National Chamber Choir, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company, Orchestra of St Cecilia, and his own chamber choir Resurgam. He has performed at many of Ireland’s premiere festivals, including the Wexford Opera Festival, the Cork International Choral Festival, Pipeworks Festival, the Kilkenny Arts Festival and the East Cork Early Music Festival.
Mark is one of Ireland’s most well-known choral specialists, and has led workshops and masterclasses for choirs and conductors in Ireland, the UK, and continental Europe. Aside from a busy freelance career, Mark holds the posts of Pipeworks artistic director, organist of the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas, Galway, and founder-director of St Nicholas Schola Cantorum.