FROM its beginnings in 1980 as the Dublin International Organ & Choral Festival, Pipeworks has brought to Irish audiences a diverse programme of music-making with the organ at its centre, fully exploiting not only the wonderful range of instruments to be found in Ireland, but the splendid cathedrals, churches and concert halls which house them.
Pipeworks mounts a triennial ten-day festival centred on the Dublin International Organ Competition which attracts young virtuosi from every corner of the world and which has secured Ireland a respected position in the international organ-playing scene. The competition features a jury of the world's finest players and interpreters, and links Ireland to prestigious venues and institutions throughout the world through the recital engagements it can now offer to the first prize winner.
Under the artistic directorship of Mark Duley, Pipeworks has expanded its remit to explore Ireland's organ heritage. In June 2007 he gave twenty recitals on organs in twenty cathedrals around Ireland and in November 2007 Pipeworks in association with the Heritage Council and the Ricecar label, recorded a CD with distinguished Belgian organist Joris Verdin on the superb Father Willis in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dundalk.
In non-festival years, Pipeworks presents recital series and has become known for its complete-works series, having presented the complete organ works of J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Dieterich Buxtehude and Olivier Messiaen, as well as the complete organ symphonies of Louis Vierne, all given by organists resident in Ireland.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Mark Duley
Heritage & Education Sub-Committee
|PIPEWORKS FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
Mark Duley was born in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, and studied at Auckland University, the North German Organ Academy and Amsterdam's Sweelinck Conservatorium, where he was an organ pupil of Jacques van Oortmerssen. He came to Ireland in 1992 as organist and director of music at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, a post he held for eleven years. For ten years he was also artistic director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra: he co-founded the ensemble with Thérèse Timoney in 1996, and over the ensuing period ensured its establishment as Ireland's flagship baroque ensemble.
Mark now pursues a busy freelance career both in Ireland and further afield. As conductor and organist he has appeared with most of the major Irish ensembles, including RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the National Chamber Choir, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company, and his own chamber choir Resurgam. He has performed at many of Ireland's premiere festivals, including the Wexford Opera Festival, the Cork International Choral Festival, the Kilkenny Arts Festival and the East Cork Early Music Festival.
Mark is one of Ireland's most well-known choral specialists, and has led workshops and masterclasses for choirs and conductors in Ireland, the UK, and continental Europe. He has acted as adjudicator at all the major Irish competitions and festivals. He has given organ recitals in many venues around the world from Ireland to his native New Zealand.
Mark also acts as an organ adviser and consultant, and was responsible for the recent commissioning of the much-acclaimed Henk van Eeken instrument in Crosshaven, Co Cork—Ireland's first organ built according to historic eighteenth century methodology. Mark holds the posts of chorusmaster to the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and festival director of Pipeworks, and is organist of the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas, Galway.
Kate Manning is an archivist at UCD Archives. She studied English literature and music at UCD and later qualified as an archivist there. She took up a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh to study the management and preservation of electronic records in 2000 and has taught courses on this issue to postgraduate students at UCD. She has given papers at conferences in Ireland on electronic records as archives, archival appraisal and issues concerning our broader cultural patrimony. She has served on the committees of the Society of Archivists (now the Archives & Records Association) and the Irish Society for Archives and was the reviews editor of the Journal of the Society of Archivists from 2001–2007. She studied the organ with Una Russell and Kerry Houston and participated in organ masterclasses with Ben van Oosten and David Adams.