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Stanford Celebrated

Judit Máté, organ
Gyula Nagy, baritone
Admission €15.00; concessions €12.00

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

Sonata no. 4, op. 153, "Sonata Celtica"

Allegro molto moderato

Tema con variazioni

St Patrick's Breastplate (Allegro maestoso)

Six Bible Songs, op. 113, no. 1-3

A Song of Freedom: "When the Lord turned again" (psalm 116)

A Song of Trust: "I will lift mine eyes" (psalm 124)

A Song of Hope: "Out of the deep" (psalm 130)

Allegro (on a theme of Orlando Gibbons), op. 105 no. 2

Six Bible Songs, op. 113, no. 4-5

A Song of Peace: "And there shall come a rod" (Isaiah 11)

A Song of Battle: "If the Lord himself" (psalm 124)

At Eventide, op. 182, no. 6

Six Bible Songs, op. 113, no. 6

A Song of Wisdom: "I came forth" (Ecclesiasticus 24)


Judit Máté is a Hungarian-born organist, church musician and choral conductor living in Ireland since 2008. Judit grew up studying music through the Kodály method and started learning to play the organ at the age of fourteen from local organist and music teacher, Edit Sabján. Judit gained her BA degree in Music Education and Church Music in 2006 in Hungary and she completed her Master’s Degree in Organ Performance in 2016 at TU Conservatoire, Dublin. Her organ tutors in Ireland have been Simon Harden, Siobhan Kilkelly, Colm Carey and Dr David Adams. Judit has participated in masterclasses with Douglas Hollick, Dame Gillian Wier, Pier Damiano Peretti, Malcolm Proud, Prof. Henry Fairs and Szilárd Kovács. In 2011 Judit founded the St Jude’s Chamber Orchestra and Concert Choir. This project-based amateur group has premiered in Ireland various works by Hungarian composers and has performed works by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Mozart and Rheinberger. Since 2022 Judit has been the conductor of the Trim-based Credo Vocal Ensemble. Judit has been the organist of St Michael’s Church, Dún Laoghaire, since 2023 and Divine Word Church of Marley Grange, Dublin, since 2014. As a recital organist Judit has played in Hungary, Ireland and France.

Gyula Nagy is a Hungarian baritone based in Ireland. He trained at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with teacher Philip O’Reilly and at the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. He appeared in the title role in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria for Opera Collective Ireland, as the Gypsy in Mussorgsky’s The Fair at Sorochyntsi for Komische Oper Berlin, as Schaunard in La Bohéme for the ROH Covent Garden, and as Pizarro in Beethoven’s Fidelio for Lyric Opera, Dublin. Recently he sang Escamillo in Carmen for Opera North, made his role debut in the title role of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid, appeared as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for the ROH Covent Garden, sang Lescaut in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut for Dorset Opera Festival, the title role of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell for Irish National Opera, Urok in Paderewski’s Manru for Opéra National de Lorraine and Valentin in Faust for Irish National Opera. Gyula has worked with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and with many Irish and UK ensembles. He often performs with organist Judit Máté; their programmes have included pieces by Bach, Stanford, Esterhazy, Liszt, Kodály and Mendelssohn.