Clogher Diocesan Celebration of Music in association with Enniskillen Festival. Funded by the Church of Ireland Priorities Fund.
Friday 5th October 2012
9.15am – 10.45am: Organ Masterclass in Portora Royal School, Enniskillen for organ students attending second level education
11.15am – 12.45pm: Vocal Masterclass in Portora Royal School, Enniskillen for singing students attending second level education
7.30pm: Organ Recital by Ian Keatley in St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen
Saturday 6th October 2012
10.00am – 12noon: Organist Workshop in St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen
3.30pm – 6.00pm: “Come and Sing” Singing Workshop in St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen
7.30pm: “Come and Sing” Evening with singing and organ pieces in St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen
This event , which will be free to all, has been organised by the Church of Ireland Diocese of Clogher.
The programme features Ian Keatley, a highly regarded organist in the UK and Ireland, whose Friday evening organ recital will be a key event. His music workshops which will take place at Portora Royal school, kindly granted, will be attended by second level pupils from the local area, and he will conduct an organ workshop at the Cathedral on Saturday morning. Members of the public are invited to a Saturday afternoon workshop session in preparation for the grand finale, a “Come and Sing” evening of choral and organ pieces.
In January 2012, Ian Keatley was appointed Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin where he is responsible for the direction of the Cathedral’s music, both at the daily choral services and the many diocesan and national occasions which take place there. He directs theChoir of Christ Church Cathedral in its programme of concerts, broadcasts, recordings and tours.
Born in Belfast, Ian was a pupil at Methodist College and a chorister at St. George’s church. He then became a choral scholar at Wells cathedral, where he studied singing with Ashley Stafford. From 2002 – 2004, while an organ scholar at Southwark Cathedral, Ian founded and directed the Cathedral Merbecke Choir which performed services, concerts and recitals for City of London Livery Companies. In 2004 he graduated from the Royal College of Music in London, a prize winner for his organ performance. This gained him a place as an organscholar at Westminster Abbey where he played on a number of Royal and Stateoccasions.
Ian became Deputy Master of Music at the Chapels Royal, Her Majesty’s Tower of London, before taking up a post as Director of Music at Westminster Abbey Choir School.
His reputation as an organist was enhanced with recitals at Westminster Abbey, WestminsterCathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral, St Alban’s Abbey and Truro Cathedral. In 2009, Ian performed an organ and bagpipe duet recital with Her Majesty The Queen’s Piper at Westminster Abbey, a first for the Abbey’s recital series.