Organist and Director of Music
Ian Keatley is Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral. He is responsible for the direction of the Cathedral’s music, both at the daily choral services and the many diocesan and national occasions which take place there. He directs the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral in its programme of concerts, broadcasts, recordings and tours.
Before moving to Dublin in January 2012, Ian was Director of Music at Westminster Abbey Choir School and was previously Deputy Master of Music at the Chapels Royal, Her Majesty’s Tower of London. From 2004 – 2006 he was Organ Scholar at Westminster Abbey where he played at a number of Royal and State Occasions. Whilst Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral from 2002 – 2004, Ian founded and directed the Cathedral Merbecke Choir which performed services, concerts and recitals for City of London Livery Companies. In 2004 he graduated from the Royal College of Music where he was a prize winner for Organ Performance.
Before moving to London, Ian was a Choral Scholar at Wells Cathedral and studied singing with Ashley Stafford. Recently Ian has performed organ recitals at Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral, St Alban’s Abbey and Truro Cathedral. In 2009, Ian performed an organ and bagpipe duet recital with Her Majesty The Queen’s Piper at Westminster Abbey, a first for the recital series at the Abbey.
Mr David Bremner, Assistant Organist
David Bremner is an organist, composer and pianist based in Dublin. Originally from West Cumbria, UK, he moved to Ireland in 1999 following an Organ Scholarship at Keble College, Oxford. He first took up the instrument while a chorister at Durham Cathedral. He has studied organ with David Sanger and Mark Duley, and piano with Mary Lennon, and has participated in masterclasses with Rolf Hind, Helen Yorke, and Ben van Oosten. He was Organ Scholar at both Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral in 2002-2003. From 2003 to 2010 he was Organist and Director of Music at Sandford Parish Church and St Philip's Milltown, during which time he has become in demand as a recitalist and accompanist on organ and piano, and has performed for concert and broadcast with many of Dublin’s leading ensembles, including the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and Crash Ensemble.
He presents recitals which often feature works by living Irish composers (including his own work), combined imaginatively with music from the past. In January 2010 he performed an all-contemporary song-recital programme with Elizabeth Hilliard in the National Concert Hall as part of the Irish Composers' Collective series, and in Spring 2010 accompanied Imelda Drumm and Julian Hubbard in a critically-acclaimed tour by Opera Theatre Company, The Schumann Story. With Elizabeth Hilliard he has set up a music company, Béal, whose projects include a festival of new music and text in Dublin. Solo recital engagements include St Michael's Church, Dun Laoghaire, St Patrick's Cathedral, St Bartholomew's Clyde Rd and the National Concert Hall.