Organ Festival has concerts, workshops and a guided tour until Sunday

This week's schedule starts on Thursday.

There are concerts, including one in an “unsuspecting” church, but also workshops and an unprecedented visit inside the pipe organs of churches in Tavira. O Algarve International Organ Festival there is a lot to see and do until the end of the week, with activities starting on thursday the 17th and until sunday the 20th.

On Thursday, at 10:00 am, the Igreja da Sé de Faro will stage a pedagogical concert, aimed at school-aged children, where, «through the adventures of several characters and with André Ferreira on the organ, the history of more than 300 years of the Grand Organ of the Cathedral of Faro», according to the Música XXI association, which organizes the event.

On the same day, in Tavira, a guided tour by the master organ maker Dinarte Machado takes place inside the pipe organs of different churches in this city. The visit starts at 16 pm at the Igreja da Misericórdia, passes by the Igreja de Santiago, stops at the Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Ondas and ends at the Igreja do Carmo.

Those interested in participating should do so through the email [email protected] or the number 916 782 780.


Tiago Simas Freire


On Friday, November 18th, the guest musical instrument for this edition of the festival will be on stage: the historic cornet.

Organist João Vaz joins Tiago Simas Freire (historic cornet and flute) at the Parish Church of Boliqueime, to present an instrumental chamber music concert, under the theme “Danceries – Dance in European music around 1600”.

On the same day, at the Misericórdia Church in Tavira, the Italian organist Matteo Cordioli and Michele Tomaz (singing) present a program on the figure of Mary through the centuries, that is, the Ave Maria seen and written by various composers.


Matteo Cordioli


On Saturday, at 10:00 am, two workshops will take place in Loulé, one on organ, at the Igreja Matriz Louletana, with João Vaz, and another on Historical Horn and Flute, by Tiago Simas Freire, at the Conservatório de Música de Loulé – Francisco Rosado.

Entries must be made through the number 289 245 656 or email [email protected].

On the night of the 19th, at Igreja do Carmo, in Faro, organist João Vaz and Tiago Simas Freire come together again to present a new program of instrumental chamber music, this time under the theme “Flowers of music – Cornetto and organ in Europe in the XNUMXs”.

On Sunday, at 18 pm, the sound of the pipe organ will echo in the Mother Church of Loulé, thanks to a positive organ, a portable musical instrument.

In this concert, starring the Ensemble Mvsica Antiqva Porto, consisting of Mariña Buso and Rogério Monteiro on violins, Fabiana Magalhães on soprano voice and Rui Soares on organ and direction, it will be possible to have «a taste of what could be a future organ of the Igreja Matriz de Loulé", according to revealed to Sul Informação Patricia Neto Martins, from the organization of the festival.

The concerts are free of charge and do not require prior reservation.


Ensemble Mvsica Antiqva Porto


Until the 20th of November, anyone can participate in the photography contest, carried out in partnership with the ALFA Association and with the support of FNAC and the Hotel Faro.

Those interested can send photographs of the pipe organs in the Algarve to the email [email protected].

«There is a jury that will evaluate the works and the announcement of the winners will take place at the end of the closing concert, in Faro🇧🇷 Even before the show, the photographs will be running on a screen for anyone who wants to see them», revealed Patrícia Neto Martins.

The 2022 Algarve Organ Festival, which ends on the 26th of November, has the support of the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve and the Municipalities of Faro, Loulé, Portimão and Tavira, with support for the dissemination of the Algarve Tourism Region, with communication partners Antena 2, Sul Informação and Rua FM and with the Hotel accommodation partner Faro. It also has a partnership with the Diocese of the Algarve, the Cabido da Sé de Faro, of the Order of Carmo of Faro and the parishes of Portimão, Boliqueime and Tavira.