The King of Instruments will be celebrated this June 18 - 27 in the nationwide Pipeworks International Organ Festival and Competition. The organ will be the centre of attention in Dublin, Maynooth, Dundalk, Armagh and Belfast with top-class performers in spectacular locations.

This year, there is a strong choral aspect in the festival programme. Chamber Choir Ireland, the Mornington Singers and Dublin's three cathedral choirs will all feature, as will The Hilliard Ensemble, who will perform twice as part of their year-long swansong.

A record number of hopefuls from all over the world applied for the 2014 Pipeworks competition and 16 quarterfinalists have been chosen, including one Irish competitor, David Grealy, from Galway City. The new 2013 Ruffati organ in the chapel of St Patrick's College, Maynooth and the 1900 Willis organ in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dundalk will be the instruments used in the competition and there will be concerto finals in the Ulster Hall with the Ulster Orchestra.

June will be a glorious time for beautiful music, see the festival website for more information,