Organ course with Ansgar Wallenhorst August 11th-13th

The Ansgar Wallenhorst Course: August 11th-13th 2014

Models of Creativity in Liturgy and  Concert

Following his highly successful workshops on organ improvisation here in recent years, we are delighted to welcome Ansgar Wallenhorst to Glenstal for our sixth summer workshop. He has studied improvisation with Professor Günther Kaunzinger, Thierry Escaich, Olivier Latry and Jean Guillou. A winner in the 3ème Concours d’orgue de la ville de Paris and laureate of theGrand Prix of the 43rd international improvisation competition in Haarlem, the Netherlands in 2000, he has toured extensively in Europe, the United States and Australia. For more details, see

This workshop is open to organists at every level of ability who wish to develop their own creativity in improvisation either in the context of liturgical services or in concert performance.  With a combination of group work in the mornings (9.00-12.00) and individual lessons in the afternoon (15.00-17.45), the workshop will be adapted to the abilities, tastes and preferences of the individual participants.  Participants are invited to bring music which they already play or are learning as an indication and basis for developing according to their own level and stylistic preferences.  Evening sessions will include, on Monday, an exploration of improvisational style in Irish traditional music Cas Amhrán Cráifeach – a poetics of religious and secular song from the Irish sean-nós tradition with Nóirín Ní Riain PhD, and a short recital on Tuesday.

Organists of all standards are welcome to apply, either as active participants or as auditors. Auditors who are beginners at improvisation may also request individual tuition from Columba McCann (time and cost to be agreed according to individual needs).

Cost & Enrolment

Participation in the workshop costs €225.

A deposit may be required to secure a place.

Non-participant observer €50 per day.

For more information please contact Fr Columba at