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Organ & Harmonium

Robbie Carroll, chamber organ
Raymond O'Donnell, harmonium
Admission €15; concessions €12
Programme

Antonio Soler (1729-1783)

Concerto in A minor for two organs

Andante - Allegro

Tempo de minué

Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)

Fugue in F major

Fugue in C major

Fugue in A minor

Fugue in D major

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

From 24 pièces en style libre:

Lied

Berceuse

Pastorale

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)

From Petite Messe Solenelle:

Prélude religieux

Antonio Soler

Concerto in G major for two organs

Andantino

Minué

Biographies

Robbie Carroll has been Assistant Organist of Norwich Cathedral since October 2022. A native of Galway, his earliest musical training began as organ scholar of Galway Cathedral, under cathedral organist Ray O'Donnell. He then went on to study on the BMus degree at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, graduating in 2017 with a first-class Honours in organ performance. His organ tutors whilst studying included the late Una Russell, Colm Carey, Siobhán Kilkelly and Simon Harden. During this time, he was organ scholar of St Mary's Pro-Cathedral (Dublin), where he accompanied the choir on tours to the USA, Brussels and Rome. Upon completion of his Bachelor degree, Robbie pursued further studies in Germany, graduating in 2019 from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Cologne, with a first-class Honours in the Orgel-Solo Master degree. He was Assistant Director of Music of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, from 2019 until 2022, where he accompanied the Cathedral Choir and assisted in the running of a diocesan church music outreach programme. Robbie is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and also holds an Associate diploma in piano (ALCM).

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. He is an adjunct lecturer at Maynooth University in harmony and counterpoint, and a tutor in organ performance and keyboard skills.