Pipeworks From The Organ Loft - David Adams
Although precluded from holding a physical festival in June, Pipeworks is pleased to present “Pipeworks from the Organ Loft”, a series of five streamed and recorded events which will air during the festival dates. The events were all to have taken place during the festival, and Pipeworks is most grateful to the participants for their cooperation in making this digital content possible.
David Adams, Organ
Jean Langlais (1907–1991) Fête, Op. 51
Jean Guillou (1930–2019) Toccata, Op. 9
César Franck (1822–1890) Choral III in A minor
Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992) Apparition de l'église éternelle
Sebastian Adams (b. 1991) 2019.7
Henri Mulet (1878–1967) Carillon-Sortie
This recital kicks off with Langlais' Fête, or Festival, composed in a burst of joy at the ending of WWII, followed by Jean Guillou's Toccata, a fitting homage to this great French organist/composer who sadly passed away last year. César Franck's Third Chorale is a staple of the organ repertoire, and bears a dedication to Augusta Holmès, a Parisian composer of Irish parentage and a pupil of Franck, who was responsible for the posthumous publishing of the Three Chorales. This is followed by Messiaen's Apparition de l'église éternelle depicting the appearance and fading away of the eternal church, under ongoing construction. Then comes an exciting recent piece, and internet premiere, by the young Irish composer Sebastian Adams, and the recital closes with the brilliance of Henri-Mulet's Carillon-Sortie.
A former organ scholar of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College Dublin, David Adams studied in Freiburg (with Ludwig Doerr) and Amsterdam (with Piet Kee and Ewald Kooiman), winning prizes at international competitions in Speyer, Lüneburg, Dublin and Bruges.
Since his début recital at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, at the age of 16, he has performed throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe, and is a regular guest at major international festivals. He regularly appears with all the Irish orchestras and is much in demand as an ensemble player in the fields of early and contemporary music.
As a conductor he has worked with the Ulster Orchestra, English Touring Opera, Opera Theatre Company, the Orchestra of St Cecilia and the Irish Baroque Orchestra. He has premièred many new works including numerous compositions written specially for him. In addition to solo organ CDs recorded on the organs of Trinity College and the National Concert Hall Dublin, he has recorded for Naxos, Black Box and Wergo.
David Adams has taught at conservatories in Freiburg, Berlin and The Hague, and at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and Trinity College Dublin, and now lectures at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He gives masterclasses and lectures at home and abroad, and has been a juror for many national and international competitions. In 2007 he was awarded a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam for his work on Max Reger and Karl Straube. David is organist of Christ Church Taney and St. Nahi’s in Dublin.