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22 November 2009

Concert by Emma Gibbins


Following our concert at St Bride's on November 7, Melanie Johnston's accompanist, Dr. Emma Gibbins gave an organ recital in St George's Parish Church in Belfast on Saturday, 21 November.
Emma is currently the Director of Music at St George's, which has a long tradition of choral excellence. The purpose of her concert was to begin a fund raising campaign to allow St George's to continue this tradition.
"Singing with the choir at St George's provides boys between the ages of 7 and 14 with a unique opportunity to develop their musical skills. As trebles, the boys receive a first rate musical training for free, learn to work together as a team and Develop Their self confidence in a fun and disciplined environment. St George's welcomes any boy who enjoys singing and is willing to try their best ... ... ... ...
Many boys go on to the men's section of the choir once their voices have broken, and we believe that the love of music that started at St George's will be with them for the rest of their lives. "

Emma gave an enchanting performance which demonstrated the wonderful versatility of the instrument. She played nine pieces ranging from works composed by Georg Boehn and JS Bach in the 16th and 17th Centuries to modern day contemporary composers such as Zsolt Gárdonyi and Hans Martin Kiefer who are still living and working today.

Attached is a podcast of part of her opening piece by Boehn, Praeludium in C


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