Cobh Carillon Bell Recitals
4th May 2014 (Sun) - 28th Sep 2014 (Sun) from 16:30 - 17:30
The 49-bell Carillon of St Colman's Cathedral in Cobh is the only such instrument in the Republic and 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. 2014 is the 87th 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 take place throughout the year but especially on most Sunday afternoons from 4.30 to 5.30 from May to September and are usually presented by the Cathedral Carillonneur, Adrian Gebruers, with occasional guest recitals by visiting performers from at home and abroad, which this year will include -
*Sunday June 29: 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 27: François Roten (Switzerland)
Carillonneur of the Abbey of St Maurice (Valais).
*Sunday August 3: Ludo Geloen (Belgium)
City Carillonneur of the War Memorial Carillon of Ieper.
*Sunday August 24: Monika Kazmierczak (Poland)
City Carillonneur of Gdansk.
*Sunday September 21: Treasa Edmonds (Ireland)
The recitals on Sundays August 24 and 31 will mark National Heritage Week.
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. However the Carillon is best heard from outside.
A compact disc of the Carillon of St Colman’s Cathedral is now available. This was produced in collaboration with University College
Presented by the Cobh Carillon Committee and grant aided by the Arts Council, the Cork County Council and the Cobh Town Council.
This event is part of the festival: Cobh Carillon Bell Recitals