Portico Preludes

With three levels of keyboard to contend with, a bewildering plethora of knobs (or ‘stops’) and a rather austere legacy of composition by the likes of Bach, who would be brave enough to tackle composing for the pipe organ?

Step forward a tutti* of Northern Ireland’s leading composers, each bringing their own experience in different fields and genres of music, and each committing to compose a short piece (or ‘prelude’) on what Mozart famously called the ‘king of instruments’.Thanks to funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Renewal and Stability Fund, Portico is delighted to announce ‘The Portico Preludes’.

Taking inspiration from Bach’s ‘Little Organ Book’, Portico has commissioned ten pieces from a diverse range of composers: Scott Flanigan, Deirdre Gribbin, Piers Hellawell, Linley Hamilton, Philip Hammond, Brian Irvine, Ruth McGinley, Michael McHale, Matthew Owens and Stevie Scullion. Simon Johnston, Organist at St Paul’s Cathedral London, will act as Music Editor.

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