Portico Preludes: a tribute to David McElderry

Portico Preludes: a tribute to David McElderry

Saturday, 4 December 2021, 2.00pm

A glorious tribute to David McElderry and the launch of the Portico Preludes.

In memory of the late David McElderry, who built Portico’s magnificent organ, and with the support of the ACNI and ANDBC, Portico has commissioned 10 chorale preludes for organ from 10 of Ulster’s leading musicians.

During this event, Dr Joe McKee will pay tribute to the enormous contribution that David McElderry made to the world of organ building and music.

This event will be delivered both as a livestream and an in person event. To be crystal clear, that means if you buy a ticket it can be used to either come in person or to watch the event live via our YouTube channel. Nearer the time of the concert we will send ticket holders a link to provide access to the YouTube event.

Diverse Composers

The diverse range of ten composers include Scott Flanigan, Deirdre Gribben, Philip Hammond, Linley Hamilton, Piers Hellawell, Ruth McGinley, Michael McHale, Una Monaghan, Matthew Owens and Stevie Scullion.

Each prelude will be introduced by its composer before either Matthew Owens (Director of Music at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast) or Simon Johnson gives it its first public airing. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet the composers and hear the story of their compositions.

Simon Johnson, Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral and music editor for the series, has also composed a prelude.

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Simon Johnson performs Oortmerssen at Portico

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