William Lauder Memorial recital in St Patrick’s

LIAM Crangle will give the next William Lauder Memorial Organ Recital on Sunday, March 24 at 4.15pm in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh.

Liam is currently one of two organ scholars at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he is reading music.  While growing up in Armagh, Liam joined the cathedral choir at the age of eight and, in time, was made head chorister. He attended the Royal School, Armagh and then Methodist College, Belfast where he gained much experience in music accompaniment. He also acted as assistant organist at St. George’s Parish Church, Belfast.

Before going up to Cambridge, he was awarded an organ scholarship at Gloucester Cathedral, which culminated in a successful summer recital in June 2012. Last year Liam was one of several young local musicians who took part in BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Sounds Classical’ concert in the Cathedral, which gave them the opportunity to have their first broadcast performance.

Liam returns to his musical roots to support the Cathedral, the William Lauder Memorial Organ Recitals and the Archbishop of Armagh’s Choir Fund. His programme will include Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541 by J S Bach, Sonata in C Minor, Opus 65, No. 2 by Felix Mendelssohn and Suite, Opus 8 by Maurice Duruflé.

His former Master of the Choristers and organ teacher, Theo Saunders, said: “It will be great to hear Liam play in the cathedral again, and in particular, I look forward to hearing the Duruflé which I have yet to hear live here”.

Admission to the recital is free, with donations requested to help with the further endowment of the Archbishop of Armagh’s Choir Fund. To date the series of organ recitals has raised over £1,500.

Refreshments will be served after the recital in the Music Hall.