Summer concerts for Tullamore

One of mid-Ireland’s “most interesting and appropriate music events” enters its fourteenth year with a sustained achievement in attracting leading performers from across the world.

One of mid-Ireland’s “most interesting and appropriate music events” enters its fourteenth year with a sustained achievement in attracting leading performers from across the world.

That’s according to the organisers of the Tullamore International Summer Organ Series (TISOS) whose 2012 programme features organists from four countries, as well as a leading local ensemble. “The series is now well and truly established as part of the national summer cultural calendar,” says series artistic director, former Maynooth Professor of Music Gerard Gillen.

The 2012 schedule uses the Frobenius organ at the Church of the Assumption in Tullamore. Professor Gillen has brought together a combination of established and new talent in the 2012 programme – from the young Dublin-based organist and teacher Aleksandr Nisse to the major international figures John Kitchen (Edinburgh) and Ignace Michiels (Bruges).

An innovation this year will be a final concert featuring four young performers drawn from schola in Mullingar, Roscommon, Sligo and Dublin. The full range of almost forty pieces to be performed during the series covers the entire spectrum of church and secular music, from early exponents like Buxtehude, Praetorius and Prachelbel to modern composers such as Durufle and Dupre.

The series, which is supported by The Arts Council and Offaly County Council runs on Tuesday evenings with performances on July 24, August 21 and September 25. The entire programme, together with some background information is available at www.tisos.org.