About the Event
In a career spanning over forty years, Desmond Hunter has achieved international distinction as an organ recitalist. The recipient of organ-playing awards at conservatoire, national and international levels, he has given solo concerts in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, the UK and Ireland and in the USA and Canada. As an academic, he was the first musician in higher education in the UK to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. He is Emeritus Professor of Music, Ulster University.
A former student of the celebrated Belgian organist and composer Flor Peeters, he has performed in international festivals, appeared as concerto soloist with major orchestras and given recitals in cathedrals and concert halls throughout Europe (including the Royal Festival Hall and Westminster Cathedral, London, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, Antwerp cathedral, de Grote of St Bavokerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands, and Koszalin Cathedral, Poland). His broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 include a performance of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and Saint-Saëns ‘Organ’ Symphony with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, first broadcast performances of works by Raymond Warren and Flor Peeters and two programmes of early keyboard music (on the oldest playable organ in the world) in the Cathedral of Valère, Sion, Switzerland. His two-CD set of the organ sonatas of C.V.Stanford, the first complete recording of these works (recorded in the Guildhall, Londonderry), was hailed as ‘an important and valuable release’ (Gramophone).
Caritas , a mixed-voice choir of 40 members, formed in 2014 featuring local singers from the Enniskillen area. They rehearse in Fermanagh House on Friday evenings. The group members have all previously worked with Helen, who directs Caritas: family members, friends, some from previous choirs, past school pupils, members of musical theatre groups. Within Caritas, in addition to the choral performances, the choir are happy to feature the talents of some traditional musicians, brass players and many capable vocal soloists from within the group.
The group have a wide repertoire of choral works which would now enable them to perform in any context. The current, very broad repertoire encompasses Classical, Religious, Easy listening, Musical Theatre and Traditional Irish Vocal Music. John Anderson on BBC, describing Caritas says “it is impossible not to be genuinely impressed with the infectious atmosphere and the love that they have for the choir, and for what they do”.
They have been broadcast on BBC radio, performed recently for Fermanagh Trust , at several weddings and welcome invitations to perform.