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In association with Pipeworks Festival

Matthew Owens is in demand internationally as a conductor, composer, and organist. He is Music Director of the Ulster Consort, Northern Ireland’s newest professional vocal and instrumental ensemble, Conductor of the Belfast City Chorus and Associate Director of the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys, in Michigan, USA.

He has received international acclaim for his work as director of music at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh, Wells Cathedral, and Belfast Cathedral. As a conductor and organist his career has taken him throughout Europe and to Australia, China, Kenya, New Zealand and throughout the USA.

He has guest conducted, among others, the London Mozart Players, Ulster Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Nash Ensemble, and the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra. As a conductor he has made over 30 CDs with major labels, and now records exclusively for the award-winning label, Resonus Classics.

Matthew has championed new music, conducting over 200 world premieres, in works from Jools Holland to Sir James MacMillan. As a composer himself, Matthew is published by Oxford University Press and Novello.

Howard Skempton (b. 1947)

50 Preludes and Fugues for Organ, Book 1

Numbers 1-25

(Republic of Ireland premiere)