David McElderry tribute for Portico organ preludes
Sat 04 Dec

MusicPortico Preludes: a tribute to David McElderry

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 (pictured) 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 Johnston gives it its first public airing. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet the composers and hear the story of their compositions.

This event will also be live streamed

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

Please note that this event will be filmed live for livestreaming. Buy a ticket in the usual way and you will have the option to watch live via youtube or attend in person. 


50% discount to Simon Johnson recital Friday 3 December

If you have bought a ticket for Portico Preludes on Sat 4 December then you qualify for a half price ticket for the Simon Johnson organ recital on Friday 3 December. Please note that for both events you can either attend in person or watch from home via our YouTube channel. Everyone who buys a ticket will be sent a link to watch the shows shortly before the concerts.


Event Details

Sat 04 Dec
14:00 to 15:30

£15 / Under 25s £5


  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Joe's Hot Spot
  • Salthouse Restaurant
  • The Cuan
  • Fiddler's Green

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.