Skip to main content

Galway Cathedral Recitals

Raymond O'Donnell, organ

Performers
Raymond O'Donnell, organ
Concert date
Online video
Biographies

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. He founded Galway Cathedral Recitals in 1994, which presents a major series of organ concerts in the Cathedral every summer; and in 2006-2007 he oversaw the rebuilding of the Cathedral organ by Trevor Crowe, which saw it become one of the finest organs in the country. In addition to his work in the Cathedral, he has a busy performing career, and is in demand as soloist and accompanist in Ireland and across Europe. About 10 years ago he returned to Maynooth University as a part-time lecturer in harmony and counterpoint, and a tutor in organ performance and keyboard skills.

Programme

Hieronymus Praetorius (1560-1629)

Three verses on Victimae paschali laudes

Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)

Allegretto in B minor, op. 19

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Passacaglia in D minor

Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Psalm-prelude, op. 32 no. 2: "But the humble shall own the land and enjoy the fullness of peace." (ps. 37 v. 11)