The Grand Organ at Christ Church Cathedral has been described as the most significant new Irish cathedral organ in history.
It has gained an impressive international reputation particularly through its central role in the Dublin International Choral and Organ Festival.
The organ was commissioned to complement the major restoration of the building, completed in 1982. It was designed and installed in 1984 by Kenneth Jones and Associates of Bray, county Wicklow, Ireland.
The organ’s flexibility and comprehensive specification enable the performance of a wide range of repertoire as well as the fulfilment of an active role within the cathedral liturgy.
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Tom began his early musical education as a chorister at York Minster and a music scholar at Ampleforth College. Not knowing whether to pursue a career as an organist or singer, he decided to do both. After a year studying at the regional conservatoire in Angers, Tom moved to Truro Cathedral, first as a choral scholar and then as Organ Scholar.
In 2006, Tom won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music, London. He received tuition from some of the finest organists including Margaret Philips, Dame Gillian Weir and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin (St Sulpice, Paris). Alongside his studies, he held positions at several London churches including King’s College London and Southwark Cathedral.
For the last nine years, Tom enjoyed a busy freelance career in London whilst holding the positions of Assistant Director of Music at Croydon Minster, Organ Tutor at The London Oratory School and Visiting Specialist to Whitgift School. As an organist, Tom has performed at major concert halls and cathedrals across the UK including the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. He has featured on numerous recordings and also broadcasts for BBC TV and Radio. Tom is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
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Before moving to Christ Church in September 2018, Jack held positions in St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, St German’s Cathedral, Isle of Man, Croydon Minster, and St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
Jack graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 2015 and completed his MPhil in Composition at Trinity College, Dublin, in 2018. A prize-winning composer, he has written many works for orchestra, choir, organ, piano, synthesiser and various other chamber ensembles. His music has been performed in many venues across the British Isles, France and the USA, including Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, and King’s College, Cambridge, and his choral setting of O Most Merciful was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He was the winner of two composition competitions (The Charles Wood 150th Anniversary Competition 2016, and the Buckfast Abbey Millennium Composition Competition 2018) and his setting of Blessed is the Lord, a piece for Community Choir, has been published by the Chichester Music Press.
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Arthur began playing the organ at the age of sixteen having already played the piano for many years. He moved to Dublin from his native Kildare in 2015 to read music in Trinity College Dublin. He specialised in composition. He held the title of organ scholar to the college for three consecutive years from 2017 – 2020, working under the director of chapel music, Dr. Kerry Heuston.
He competed in the Feis Ceoil numerous times during his undergraduate degree and, in 2018, was awarded the Catherine McAuley Perpetual cup, awarded to the most promising organ player across all the organ categories.
In 2019, he went to study full time in the Royal Irish Academy of Music completing a Masters in performance under Dr. David Adams. He continued to study composition and also took up the harpsichord during this time. He completed his studies in 2021 and was awarded an overall distinction.
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