Organ at St John’s hits right note for festival

first_img#SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Print NewsLocal NewsOrgan at St John’s hits right note for festivalBy Alan Jacques – March 14, 2014 1277 New Music: 40Hurtz Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Email Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick TAGSLimerick DioceseLimerick Pipe Organ FestivalMusic LimerickProfessor Gerard GillenSt John’s Cathedral Linkedin Previous articleSearches continue for missing studentsNext articleLimerick set to benefit from €68 million local authority investment Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie LIMERICK takes centre-stage for a celebration of organ music this week, heralding a significant milestone for St John’ Cathedral and its 150 year old pipe organ.The Limerick Pipe Organ Festival, organised by Limerick Diocese as part of the year-long City of Culture programme, kicks off at St John’s this Friday, March 14 at 8pm. The festival takes place throughout the city and county with a programme of 16 events.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up One of the key aims is to raise awareness of the rich heritage of pipe organs in Limerick. From mighty Cathedral organs to delightful smaller and more intimate instruments, Limerick churches are amply supplied with organs, some dating back to the nineteenth century.The inaugural concert promises to be a special one. Taking place at St John’s Cathedral, it celebrates the 150th anniversary of its iconic Hill organ with a recital from internationally acclaimed organist Professor Gerard Gillen.The performance will include music spanning several centuries in a programme designed to show off the outstanding range of the organ at St John’s. Speaking ahead of the recital, Professor Gillen, described the Hill organ at St John’s as “one of Ireland’s finest”.“There are magnificent organs throughout the country, pretty much in every large town in Ireland and the St John’s organ is as good example of this as there is. Built 150 years ago and restored a number of times since, it is a quality, craft-built instrument with outstanding workmanship”.“It has brilliantly stood the test of time and has as much national significance now as it had 150 years ago. The only concession to modern technology is the use of electricity so when people hear the St John’s organ, they hear a wonderful sound straight from the 1800s,” he said.According to Professor Gillen, one of the key strengths of the St John’s organ is the outstanding acoustics of the Cathedral itself.“Acoustics are terribly important for any instrument, not least the organ,” he said.The ecumenical Limerick Pipe Organ Festival runs through to the closing concert in November and details for all the events are available at www.lpof.ie and www.limerickdiocese.org. Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch WhatsApplast_img read more

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Warriors Looking Forward: DeMarcus Cousins expected to return this week

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *The Golden State Warriors visit the Denver Nuggets early this week but all the attention will be on the Friday-night matchup versus the Los Angeles Clippers. DeMarcus Cousins is expected to make his return to the court after recovering from an Achilles injury. With the return of Cousins, the Warriors will boast a starting lineup constructed of former all-stars …last_img

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Haryana journalist slapped with FIR for report on rotting grain

first_imgThe Haryana police have booked a journalist based in Hisar for trespassing and defamation after he reported about stacks of foodgrain allegedly rotting at a warehouse of the State Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department.The FIR was registered against Anoop Kundu, a journalist with the STV Haryana News — a television news channel — on September 8 at Uklana in Hisar. The FIR has been filed under the Sections 451, 465 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code, based on the complaint of Sandeep Chahal, Assistant Food and Supplies Officer, Hisar.The complaint states that the department officials came to know about the news being aired on July 18, and claimed that the footage shown was fake and not of the Uklana warehouse, aired with an intent to discredit and defame the department. The complaint also stated that the same day a team of officials went to inspect the warehouse and found that the grains were adequately covered with polythene and no stacks damaged due to rain water.Stands by storyMr. Kundu, however, stands by his story. He said that on July 17, after receiving a tip-off, he went to the Uklana warehouse. “I spoke to the security guard and sought his permission and then made the video, which showed the wet and spoilt wheat at the warehouse. The footage is not fake,” he claimed.“On July 18, a 21-minute story was run on the channel. Following this, the concerned Minister, Karan Dev Kamboj, spoke to the channel and promised action against the officials. On the same day, the Minister even suggested an inquiry into the issue. However, later in the evening when I, along with some local BJP leaders and department officials, went to inspect the warehouse, the damaged grain bags were replaced with dry ones in a cover-up attempt. A few spoilt grain bags though were still there,” claimed Mr. Kundu.Mr. Kundu added that an official of the civil supplies department had even threatened him with dire consequences, following which he submitted a complaint with the Deputy Commissioner, Hisar, on July 25. “While nothing has been done about my complaint, a case has been registered against instead. Also, an official inquiry was conducted into the incident and the probe completed within a day. I was not even called to record my statement,” alleged Mr. Kundu.Several journalists in Hisar recently held a meeting and expressed their anguish against the registration of FIR against Mr. Kundu.last_img read more

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