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Brass & Organ

Dublin Brass Ensemble
Raymond O'Donnell, organ
Admission €15.00; concessions €12.00

Dublin Brass Ensemble is Ireland’s leading brass ensemble. Since its formation in 2005, the ensemble has performed on occasions ranging from charity concerts and church services to graduation ceremonies and in venues such as the National Concert Hall, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Croke Park. The size of the ensemble ranges from 1 to 15 players and is determined by the repertoire being performed. The players in the group have formidable experience on the concert platform, in recording studios and in theatres. Some of the groups that members of the ensemble have worked with include: Camarata Ireland, the Ulster Orchestra, the Irish Film Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, English National Opera, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra. Artists who members of the group have worked with include: Barry Manilow, Roger Daltry, Alice Cooper, The Corrs, Oasis, The Spice Girls, Shirley Bassey, Lesley Garrett and Luciano Pavarotti.

Raymond O'Donnell has been organist & Director of Music at Galway Cathedral since January 1994. A native of Dublin, he studied music and mathematical physics at Maynooth University, graduating in 1991 with a first-class honours Master's Degree in organ performance and interpretation. In addition to his work in the Cathedral, he has a busy performing career which has seen him give recitals across Europe; in recent years he has given concerts in Germany, Belgium, Poland, Finland, France, Italy, Spain and the UK. About 10 years ago he returned to Maynooth University as a part-time lecturer in counterpoint and a tutor in organ performance and keyboard skills.


Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), arr. Terry Kenny

March of the nobles

César Franck (1822-1890)

Pièce héroique

Tylman Susato (1500-1561), arr. John Iveson

Susato suite

- La mourisque

- Bransle quatre bransles

- Ronde

- Basse danse Bergeret.

- Ronde: Mon amy

- Pavane battaille

John Stanley (1712-1786)

Voluntary in A minor, op. 7 no. 8

Victor Ewald (1860-1935)

Symphony no. 1 for brass choir

i. Moderato

iii. Allegro moderato

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Prelude in G minor

Arr. Colin Asher

Three sea shanties

Drunken sailor


Fire in the galley

Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

Symphony no. 9 in G minor, op. 42 no.2

ii. Andante sostenuto

Eugène Gigout (1844-1925), arr. Paul Walton

Grand choeur dialogué