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Galway Cathedral Recitals

Rónán Murray, organ

Rónán Murray, organ (Dublin)
Admission €15; concessions €10
Biographies

A native of Dublin, Rónán Murray was born into a musical family and is a third generation organist. Having studied organ under Peter Sweeney at the DIT Conservatory of Music, he was awarded associateships of the Royal College of Organists and Trinity College London. Rónán is titular organist of St Joseph's church, Glasthule, Co. Dublin, where he presides over one of the country's finest instruments. Past performances include engagements in such venues as St Sulpice, Paris, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, St John's Cathedral, Newfoundland, and Lodz Cathedral. Rónán is very active as a freelance organist, pianist and accompanist, and writes and performs his own music. He has also worked in musical theatre. With an especial love for improvisation, he plays music in almost any genre and has in recent years created improvised scores to accompany silent movies, including the Murnau classic Nosferatu. Rónán has also advised on a number of organ building projects, notably Trevor Crowe’s tonal expansion of the Kenneth Jones organ in the chapel of Blackrock College, and his recent tonal additions to the 1896 George Benson organ in Glasthule.

Programme

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Fantasia & fugue in G minor, BWV 542

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659

François Couperin (1668-1733)

Messe pour les Paroisses

Offertoire sur les Grands Jeux

Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

From Symphonie no. 1, op. 13

Méditation

César Franck (1822-1890)

Choral no. 2 in B minor

Joseph Bonnet (1884-1944)

from 12 Pièces, Op. 7

No. 11: Elfes

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

from Pièces de Fantaisie, Suite 1, Op. 51

No. 2: Andantino

Rónán Murray

Improvisation on submitted theme(s)