Matthew Owens organ recital portaferry
Sun 26 Jan

MusicOrgan recital with Matthew Owens

We are delighted to welcome the new Director of Music at Belfast Cathedral to Portico for an organ recital. His programme combines pieces by modern composers with more traditional repertoire.

About Matthew Owens

Matthew Owens is Director of Music at Belfast Cathedral, having held similar positions at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, and Wells Cathedral. He is also the founder and Music Director of The Ulster Consort, Northern Ireland’s newest professional vocal ensemble. He was educated at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester; The Queen’s College, Oxford; the Royal Northern College of Music; and the Amsterdam Conservatorium. 
He has guest conducted, among others, the London Mozart Players, Scottish Ensemble, and the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra. He has directed choral workshops and summer schools throughout the UK and abroad – including Australia, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, New Zealand, and the USA. As a conductor he has made over 30 CDs with major labels. As an organist, Matthew has given recitals in Australia, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, the USA, and throughout the UK.
He has championed new music, particularly of British composers, conducting over 200 world premieres, including works by composers ranging from Jools Holland to Sir James MacMillan. As a composer himself, Matthew is published by Oxford University Press, Novello, and the Royal School of Church Music.


Präludium und Fuge Es-dur, BWV 552                     J.S. Bach (1685-1750)                         [14’30]
Thema mit variationen D-dur                                     Felix Mendelssohn (1805-1847)         [6’30]
Sonata in B flat, Op 65, iv                                          Felix Mendelssohn                             [15’00]
Allegro con brio
Andante religioso
Allegro maestoso e vivace
Marche sur un thème de Hændel, Op. 15 No 2          Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)      [7’00]
Mariales pour orgue                                                    Naji Hakim (b. 1955)                          [8’00]
Incantation (Mater admirabilis)
Pastorale (Regina cœli)
Antienne (Salve Regina)
Hymne (Virgo Dei genitrix)
Danse (Ave maris stella)
Variations on a Hebridean Theme (2011)                  Matthew Owens (b. 1971)                  [8’00]  
Carillon de Westminster, Op. 54/vi                            Louis Vierne (1870-1937)                    [7’00]


Event Details

Sun 26 Jan
15:00 to 16:30



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  • The Lobster Pot

How to get here

Portico is easy to find in Portaferry. You can also get detailed driving directions or check out the ferry timetable for crossing from Strangford.