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St. Colman's Cathedral

80 Years
of Recitals


WCF 2002










91st Carillon Recital Season

Welcome to St.Colman's Carillon website

St. Colman's Cathedral

The carillon is located in the magnificent St. Colman's Cathedral overlooking Cobh town and Cork Harbour. This beautiful setting is appropriate for an instrument that is considered one of the best examples of its genre. The 49-bell Carillon of St. Colman's Cathedral in Cobh is the only such instrument in this country and is the largest in Ireland and Britain. It also includes Ireland's largest bell, named St. Colman (3.6 tons). The carillon is played from a console within the belfry, consisting of a keyboard and a pedalboard. The action is completely mechanical and there is no artificial assist.


91st Summer Recital Season 2018

Free hour-long recitals will take place on Sundays at 4.30 p.m. from May to September and are usually given by Adrian Gebruers KSG, Cathedral Carillonneur.

As always, there will also be a number of guest recitals presented by leading international carillonneurs, as follows:-

  • Sunday June 10th: Treasa Edmonds (Ireland)
  • Sunday July 15th: Peter Langberg (Denmark)
  • Sunday July 22nd: Arsham Makarian (Armenia/Belgium)
  • Sunday July 29th: Olesya Rostovskaya (Russia)
  • Sunday August 19th: Julie Zhu (U.S.A.)
  • Sunday September 9th: Frank Steijns (The Netherlands)
  • Sunday September 16th: Treasa Edmonds (Ireland)
  • Sunday September 23rd: Eddy MariĆ«n (Belgium)

    The recitals on Sundays 19th and 26th August will mark National Heritage Week; the recital on Sunday 30th September will mark the 150th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Cathedral.

    Full programme details available at the Cathedral at time of recitals. A closed-circuit system is in operation showing the carillonneur playing the instrument. This can be viewed inside the Cathedral at the base of the tower - turn right as you enter through the main door.

    Grant aided by The Arts Council and Cork County Council.

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    Guided tours of the Cathedral take place on Sunday afternoons and at other times by arrangement. Please call 021-4813222 during office hours for details.


    Technical comments/enquiries to the webmaster. Copyright Cormac Gebruers, May 2017.