The COBH CARILLON COMMITTEE has announced details of the 86th Summer Recital Season that will take place in 2013 on Sundays from 4.30 to 5.30 p.m.
Recitals take place on Sundays from May to September and are usually given by Adrian Gebruers KSG, Cathedral Carillonneur. As always, there will also be a number of guest recitals presented by leading international carillonneurs.
*Sunday July 7: Treasa Edmonds (Ireland) UCC graduate, first recipient of the Staf Gebruers Memorial Award, currently pursuing further studies at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen (Belgium)
*Sunday July 14: Pascaline Flamme (Belgium) Carillonneur of the Cathedral of Tournai (Belgium)
*Sunday July 21: John Ridgeway-Wood (England) Carillonneur of the new Carillon of York Minster (England)
*Sunday August 4: Anne Kroeze (The Netherlands) Prize-winning Carillonneur of Emmeloord, Leeuwarden and Epe (The Netherlands)
*Sunday September 15: Treasa Edmonds (Ireland)
2013 is the 86th year of the Cobh Summer Carillon Recitals, making this one of the longest running annual musical events in the region. Full programme details are available at the Cathedral at time of recitals. There is no admission charge. Recitals are preceded by a guided tour of the Cathedral – meet at the main door at 3.30 p.m.
The season of recitals is rrant aided by the Arts Council, Cork County Council and the Cobh Town Council.
The 49-bell Carillon of St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh is the only such instrument in this country and is the largest in Ireland and Britain. It also includes Ireland’s largest bell, named St Colman (3.6 tons). The carillon is played from a console within the belfry, consisting of a keyboard and a pedalboard. The action is completely mechanical and there is no artificial assist.
A closed-circuit system is in operation showing the carillonneur playing the instrument. This can be viewed inside the Cathedral at the base of the tower – turn right as you enter through the main door.
A compact disc of the Carillon of St Colman’s Cathedral is now available from the Cathedral shop. This was produced in collaboration with University College Cork.