World famous musicians to visit Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth to celebrate rebuilding of College Chapel Organ

22 Apr 2014

To celebrate the complete rebuilding of the Great Chapel Organ in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, a special international organ recital series will be held to mark this significant event.  The first recital will be given by the world famous Oliver Latry (Notre Dame, Paris) on Sunday, 27 April at 16:00 in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  The Great Chapel Organ was rebuilt by the Fratelli Ruffatti company of Padua, Italy.  Monsignor Hugh Connolly, President of Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth, said “All are welcome to attend”. 

Subsequent recitals will take place on:

–          Sunday, 4 May at 16:00, given by James O’Donnell (Westminster Abbey, London);

–          Sunday, 11 May at 20:00, given by John O’Keeffe (Director of Sacred Music, Maynooth) in association with University Chamber Choir and;

–          Sunday, 18 May at16:00 by Professor Gerard Gillen (Pro-Cathedral, Dublin and Emeritus Professor NUIM).

Commenting on the forthcoming recitals Monsignor Connolly, said, “It is truly a blessing to have reached the day where we can celebrate the fact that our College Chapel organ has at last been completely restored.  This magnificent instrument will feature at all the great liturgical events during the college year including the ordination to the diaconate, opening of the academic year Mass, Pontifical University graduation ceremonies and annual carol services and choral concerts.  It will also be played by the staff and seminarians of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, as well as their colleagues in National University of Ireland, Maynooth who are pursuing studies in Music.  I hope it brings joy and inspiration to many future generations of our Maynooth formation and educational community.”


Notes to Editors 

  • After 120 years of great service, the organ needed a total rebuild, as many of the 3,000 pipes were no longer playable.  It was dismantled in September 2011 and transported to Italy.  The rebuilt instrument returned in September 2013 and after extensive ‘voicing’ and ‘fine tuning’ is now fully ready for service.  The original organ of the College Chapel was built by the Stahlhuth firm of Aix-la-Chapelle, Belgium around 1890.  The organ has had two major rebuilds in its life, in the 1920′s and again in the 1970′s.  In addition, it has been regularly maintained, with several modifications.  The project was supervised by Professor Emeritus Gerard Gillen and Dr John O’Keefe, Director of Sacred Music.

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