St. Barrahane's Church Festival of Music

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Country and Region IrelandCork
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Castletownshend, County Cork, Ireland
Festival Contact Information

St. Barrahane's Church Festival of Music
St. Barahane’s Church
Castletownshend, County Cork
Phone: (353) 28-33752, or (353) 28-36193

Festival Description

First held in 1980, this is one of the longest running Festivals of classical music in Ireland. A great variety of music is offered over consecutive Thursdays in July and August. The festival is now widely known for the high standard or music and the stunning setting. The venue itself, the very picturesque Church of St. Barrahanes is worth a visit with its beautiful stained glass windows by, amongst others, Harry Clarke. The aim of the Festival is to raise funds for the upkeep of the church and its organ and for various charities.

Festival Dates July 18 - August 15, 2013
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Festival Events:

Programming Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 8.00pm:
  • Festival Opening by The Very Reverend C. L. Peters
    • Featuring
      Cork School of Music Baroque Ensemble
      Leader: Hugh Murray
      Conductors: Conor Palliser, Elaine Kelly
      Violins: Hugh Murray, Laure Giersch, Christine Kenny, Anne Manach, Brian Murray, Hugh Murray, Sarah Walsh
      Violas: David Kenny, Caitríona O’Mahony
      Cello: Maria O’Connor
      Double Bass: MacDara Lynch
      Harpsichord: Tom Ó Drisceol
  • Programme:
    • George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in G, Op.6 No.6
      Largo affettuoso; A tempo giusto; Musette - Larghetto; Allegro; Allegro
    • Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto in G (Soloist: David Kenny, viola) Largo; Allegro; Andante; Presto
    • Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in D [“Double”], BWV1043 (Soloists: Brian & Hugh Murray, violins)
    • Vivace; Largo ma non tanto; Allegro
    • Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in B, Op.3 No.10 (Soloists: Anne Manach, Laure Giersch, Sarah Walsh & Brian Murray)
      Allegro; Largo - Larghetto - Largo; Allegro
    • Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in a, BWV1041 (Soloist: Christine Kenny, violin)
      [Allegro]; Andante; Allegro assai
    • George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in A, Op.6 No.4
      Larghetto affettuoso; Allegro; Largo, e piano; Allegro
Programming Thursday, July 25, 2013, at 8.00pm:
  • The Westland Piano Trio
    • Featuring
      Róisín Walters - Violin, Paul Grennan - Cello, Fiachra Garvey - Piano
  • Programme:
    • Claude Debussy: Piano trio in G major
      Andante con molto allegro; Scherzo - Moderato con allegro;
      Intermezzo - Andante espressivo; Finale - appassionato
    • Gaspar Cassadó i Moreu: Piano trio in C major
      Allegro risoluto - Allegro ma non troppo; Tempo moderato e pesante - Allegro giusto - Tempo 1; Moderato ed appassionato - Rondo - Allegro Vivo
    • Johannes Brahms: Piano trio No.1 in B major, Op.8
      Allegro con brio; Scherzo; Adagio; Allegro
Programming Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 8.00pm:
  • Fiona Kelly - Flute, Jean Kelly - Harp
  • Programme:
    • Domenico Donizetti: Sonata for flute and harp
      I. Larghetto, II. Allegro Gallemberg
    • Toru Takemitsu: Toward the Sea
      I. The Night, II. Moby Dick, III. Cape Cod
    • Philippe Gaubert: Nocturne et allegro scherzando
      Jacques Ibert: Entr’acte
    • Allesandro Marcello: Adagio from oboe concerto in D minor
      Lowell Liebermann: Sonata for Flute and Harp Op.56
    • Maurice Ravel: Piece en Forme de Habanera
      Selection of works by T.C. Kelly: arr. Jean and Fiona Kelly
Programming Thursday, August 8,2013, at 8.00pm:
  • Nadene Fiorentini - Piano
  • Programme:
    • Johannens Brahms: Six Pieces for Piano, Op.118
      Claude Debussy: Images Book 2
    • Maurice Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
    • Enrique Granados: The Maiden and the Nightingale
    • Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor
Programming Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 8.00pm:
  • Keith Pascoe - Violin, Brian MacNamara - Piano
  • Programme: ‘Changing Perspectives’ (Programme No.5 in the Series of 7)
    • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata Op.30 No.1 in A major
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata KV378 in B flat major
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata KV379 in G major
    • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata Op.12 No.1 in D major


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Practical Info:

Tickets 2013:
  • Tickets €15.00, under 13 years free
  • Programme included in ticketprice
  • All concerts begin at 8.00pm
  • Doors open at 7.30pm
  • Reservations and Ticket Sales:
    • Mrs. Angela Eborall +353 028-36193
    • Mrs. Jacqueline Weij +353 028-33752
  • Ticket Sales only:
    • Thornhill Electrical, Skibbereen
    • Carol’s Coffee Shop, Union Hall
  • Cheques made payable to: St. Barrahane’s Festival of Music.
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