Peter Barley


Peter Barley

Peter Barley is Organist and Choir Director of St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick. Peter was previously Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, from where he holds the title of Organist Emeritus. Peter began his professional career in London, where he was Director of Music at St Marylebone Church.

A former Director of the Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy, Peter also spent six years as Chair of RSCM Ireland.

The foundations for his interest in organ and church music were laid through studies at King’s College, Cambridge (where he was an organ scholar) and as a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, London.  During this time he was fortunate to study the organ with Nicolas Kynaston, Peter Hurford and the late Nicholas Danby.

As an organist, Peter has performed at such venues as St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, London and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. He has also played at most of the main Irish recital venues, and whilst living and working in Canada he played in all the regular ‘noon-hour’ organ recital series in Toronto.

Since his return to Ireland in 2013 he has worked with a number of Ireland’s leading national ensembles.  He was organ soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Kraemer on their Spring 2013 tour and has also worked as accompanist to the Irish Youth Choir and the Ulster Youth Choir and as resident repetiteur for the annual International Choral Conducting Summer School run by the Association of Irish Choirs.

Recent and forthcoming appearances as an organ recitalist include the Ulster Hall,  St Michael's Churches, Enniskillen and Dun Laoghaire, St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin and Queen's College, Oxford.