The William Lauder Memorial Organ Recital
26 May 2013 - 26 May 2013
The Revd. Adrian McLaughlin will give this month’s organ recital on Sunday 26 May 2013 at 4.15pm in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh.
Adrian McLaughlin started playing and composing for the piano from the age of 5 and has been mainly self-taught. He explains, “I fell in love with the pipe organ at the age of 16, after accidentally listening to a tape of Bach organ music, and from then on I took up all things ‘organic’! I gained experience both in playing the organ and with its inner workings whilst at Methodist College, Belfast, and took several posts helping out churches as organist”.
Adrian has had a varied career path, involving pyrotechnics, chemistry, teaching, organ building and theological studies. He was appointed Curate of Bangor Abbey over five years ago, and is presently on sabbatical to build a house in Islandmagee. Currently he is Chairman of the Pipe Organ Preservation Trust, which has awarded over £150,000 to churches and schools throughout the UK to enable them to afford a pipe organ.
Adrian’s great interest in the French Romantic Period of organ building and composition will be reflected in his programme for the recital, which will be made up entirely of his own compositions. He says, “Although being worked upon and edited, many of these pieces have been born out of a passion for this period of French music”.
As with all the organ recitals, admission is free, with a retiring collection requested for the further endowment of the Archbishop of Armagh’s Choir Fund. As there are no expenses, the donations of previous audiences and the use of Gift Aid have raised approximately £1,700 to date.