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Music for Flute & Organ

Ciarán O’Connell, flute
Siobhán Kilkelly, organ

Ciarán O’Connell is a lecturer in flute performance at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where he has taught since 1988. His early flute studies were with William Dowdall at the innovative wind band programme at CBS Westland Row. He later participated in masterclasses and had private lessons with Geoffrey Gilbert. Ciarán has performed with the NSO, RTÉCO, ICO, and has played for many theatre and opera productions. Recent performances include the Kilkenny Arts Festival, St. Stephens Church, the Peppercanister and at the St Patricks’s Festival, Sigoyer, France. A keen chamber musician Ciarn has a special interest in the repertoire for wind quintet; flute and guitar, and more recently flute and organ. His is in demand as a flute specialist and has tutored the flute sections of the JNYO, DYO, IYWE and given masterclasses for among the National Band Association. He is in regularly invited to adjudicate and examine at music festivals and schools. In 2003 Ciarán was awarded an M Phil for his research into the influences on Flute Performance and Pedagogy, 1950 – 2000. Recent performances include the Raymond Deane 60th birthday performances in St Ann’s Church in Dublin and flute and organ concerts in Dun Laoghaire, Limerick, Galway Cathedral and St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin.

A graduate of UCD, Siobhán Kilkelly’s early organ career developed as organ scholar in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin and subsequently in Trinity College. Following studies with John Dexter in St Patrick’s Cathedral and Peter Sweeney in the College of Music, Siobhán has given many recitals in Ireland and UK while also working regularly as an accompanist on both piano and organ. Today she combines her post as lecturer in piano in DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with that of freelance organist, having resigned in 2008 from a post as organist and choir director in Monkstown Parish Church after many years. In 2006 she graduated with an MMus (Performance) from DIT specializing in nineteenth-century French organ music, studying with Dutch organist Ben van Oosten. Recent concerts have explored duo repertoire both with Irish harpists Grainne Hambly and Anne-Marie O Farrell and most recently flute and organ repertoire with flautist Ciarán O Connell which has been a feature of recent concerts in Dún Laoghaire, Limerick Cathedral, Galway Cathedral and St Mary’s Pro- Cathedral, Dublin.


Jehan Alain (1911-1940)

Invention pour Flûte et Orgue

Trois Mouvements pour Flûte et Orgue


Allegro con grazia

Allegro vivace

Lowell Liebermann (b. 1961)

Air for Flute and Organ, opus106

Jean Langlais (1907-1991)

From Sept Chorals:

No 2 Allegro

No 3 Allegro

No 4 Allegro

No 7 Allegro vivo

Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)

March on a theme of Handel op 15

Cantilène Pastorale

Theodore Dubois (1837-1924)

Cantilène Nuptiale

John Weaver (b. 1967)

Rhapsody for Flute and Organ

Performer photo
Ciarán O’Connell
Siobhán Kilkelly