Just to inform you of the upcoming Young Ireland – Rebels and Loyalists exhibition
The Exhibition will be open every day from 9.30am until 1.00pm and 2.00pm until 5.00pm (Monday to Friday) From 10.00am until 6.00pm (Saturday and Sunday).
Entrance to the Exhibition, the Musical evening and Writers’ evening is free – Donations gratefully accepted.
It is advised to book you seats in advance for both the Musical Evening and the Writers’ Evening.
The Exhibition coincides with the birthday of Thomas D’Arcy McGee (born 13th April 1825) and also the 143rd anniversary of his assassination in Ottawa, Canada on the 7th April 1868 just six days shy of his 43rd birthday.
Musical Evening – Details on our Concerts page Here and below
Writers Evening – Thomas D’Arcy McGee Lecture with guest speakers and Question Time – How did Darcy Magee end up as a founding father of Canada and a fierce opponent of the Fenians?
Details on our Concerts page
8th April at 8.00pm (Doors open at 7.30pm)
‘Rebels and Loyalists’ – A Musical Evening
Siubhán Ó Dubháin
Páid Ó Dubháin
On Friday April 8th at 8pm in the Carlingford Heritage Centre Paidi O’Dubhain, his mother Siubhan, Elish Farrell and guests will take the audience on a musical journey following the tagic peregrinations of D’Arcy McGee and John and Jenny Mitchel.
Fellow pilgrims on this journey will be Sean Trainor, who will read several poems (including the ‘Ballad of John Mitchel’), David Hanna, David Lowry and Anita Lowry. The two Davies and Anita will provide a wonderful version of the Confedarate Anthem, the ‘Bonnie Blue Flag’. This will be typical of an evening where Siubhan’s musical planning will explore the ethnicity, changing politics and diverse geography of Young Ireland, after 1848. The audience in the Carlingford Heritage centre will enjoy Paidi singing many of Moore’s melodies. The old walls of the centre will resound to his impressive ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’. This will be a night not to be missed!
Siubhán Ó Dubháin, composed her first children’s ceoldrama, An Lochnannach in 1991 and went on to write three more national award-winning works in the same genre for teenagers and young adults, Samhradh na gCruitirí, An Iarlais and Mozart in Éirinn.. Two of the works were subsequently performed in Monaco, Madrid, Edinburgh, and Malta. A founder member of Dundalk Institute of Technology’s Music Department in 2003, Siubhán has produced Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, The Gondoliers, Évita, La Belle Hélène and her own work An Iarlais in Dundalk Institute of Technology. Her historical novels under her pen name Kathleen O’Farrell are published by Brandon Press.
Eibhlís Farrell’s works have been widely performed and broadcast and she has represented Ireland on the UNESCO sponsored International Composers’ Rostrum. Dr Farrell is Head of Music and Creative Media and Director of the Centre for Research in Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology.
She is currently seconded to An Foras Feasa, the Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions, a research partnership between Dundalk Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland Maynooth, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and Dublin City University, funded by PRTLI4. She is also a Member of Council of Camerata Ireland. This month she is honoured to be awarded the Rutgers University Distinguished Alumnus Award 2011 for Distinction in the Humanities in Music and Music Education.
Páidí Ó Dubháin a past pupil of St. Colman’s College, Newry, graduated in Music from Ceol Oirghialla, Dundalk Institute of Technology’s Department of Music in 2008, specialising in Classical Performance. He has since worked as an actor singer in Dunguaire Castle, Galway, one of the Shannon Heritage castles and has taught music at Colaiste Bhríde, Rann na Feirste, Donegal.
Páidí has adjudicated in the Irish music section of Newry Feis and has travelled extensively with the group Anúna, of Riverdance fame, under the direction of the Michael McGlynn. He recently won a much sought –after place on London’s Guildhall Masters in Opera and Vocal Studies course, which he commenced in September.
It is advised to book you seats in advance for both the Musical Evening and the Writers’ Evening.
Call the Carlingford Heritage Centre on +353 (0)42 9373454/888 or contact us through our Facebook page Here
Monica Huggett (violin) and the Irish Baroque Orchestra Chamber Soloists (Claire Duff – violin, Pablo de Pedro – viola, Sarah McMahon & Jonny Byers – cellos) will play Schubert’s great string Quintet on Friday 15 April at 8pm. I hope that you can come. Vere
Monica Huggett is the Artistic Director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Historical Performance Program at the Juilliard School in the Lincoln Centre, New York. She is world-renowned for her expressive and impassioned performances and, to quote the Juilliard, has achieved something like Rock Star status in the early music world.
The String Quintet in C major was composed by Schubert in 1828 (two months before his death) using two violins, a viola and two cellos. The Quintet represents “a high point in the entire chamber repertoir and is regarded as deeply sublime, with moments of unique transcendental beauty”
The musicians will be playing on period instruments so you will hear the quintet as it would have sounded if it had been played during the composer’s lifetime.
The concert will last for one hour without an interval. You are welcome to stay for supper with the musicians after the performance.
For tickets (e20, students e5, supper e15) please ring 042 9380836 or email email@example.com You pay at the door but please book in advance.
Future Concerts at Anaverna
- Sat 14 May – Locrian Ensemble (Rita Manning – violin, Justin Pearson – cello, Cathy Rockhill – Piano) There will also be a children’s concert and a master class during this week end.
- Sat 18 June – Finghin Collins – Beethoven’s piano Sonata in E flat Op. 31 No.3 and Debussy Images (Books I and II)
Download the press release here
INA BOYLE BIOGRAPHY
Ina Boyle (1889-1967) lived all her life in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow. She was a major Irish composer of the early 20th century, yet she has been almost completely forgotten. She is the only female composer included in the Carnegie Collection of British Music and studied with Vaughan Williams, but she often had to struggle to get her music performed or published. She lived out her final years alone in the large house in Enniskerry, an increasingly eccentric figure, still determined to follow the path she had chosen as a composer.
Selina (Ina) Adelaide Philippa Boyle was born on 8 March 1889. She was the daughter of Church of Ireland clergyman Reverend William Boyle, who was a curate at the church in Enniskerry for over 60 years. He made violins as a hobby and gave Ina her love of music.
Ina’s mother, Philippa, was from a wealthy family, and they owned Bushey Park, the large house in Enniskerry where Ina lived all her life.Her mother, Philippa, died in 1932 and her only sister, Phyllis, died in 1938 at the age of 48. Ina then cared for her father until he died in 1951 at the age of 91. She never married.
After her father’s death, Ina lived on in the house for 16 years, surrounded by antiques, yet often short of money and living an abstemious life. In 1963, she wrote, ‘I love this dear house so much that I never mind about lack of musical success, though of course it would have been very welcome, and as long as I can stay here I am well content.’ In recent years, the house has been restored by its current owners, Chris de Burgh and Diane Davison.
She seems to have become rather eccentric in her later years, and composer Nicola Le Fanu remembers being brought as a child by her mother to visit Ina: ‘I remember her as wearing usually a rather old mackintosh and a rather flat hat and she had a most lovely smile, so that it didn’t bother me that her clothes were so drab because she had such an engaging face.’ Nicola’s cousin, Catherine Porteous, remembers Ina bringing the old waterproof coat that she used to feed the hens in to attend Catherine’s wedding.
Ina, her father and sister are buried in a plot with a simple cross in the graveyard of the Church of Ireland, Enniskerry. Her mother is buried nearby in a grave with a much more elaborate headstone, surrounded by her wealthy relatives.
Ina Boyle was a prolific composer. She wrote many songs, including solo and choral works, often inspired by poetry. Despite a seemingly difficult relationship with her mother, she was in the habit of writing a song for her mother to commemorate her birthdays and Christmas.
She also wrote many instrumental works, including music for orchestra. Patrick Zuk of the Music Department of the University of Durham, says of her that, ‘ She was virtually the only composer of significance writing large-scale works in Ireland in the 1920s.’
She achieved some major sucesses early in her career and is the only female composer included in the Carnegie Collection of British Music for her composition ‘The Magic Harp’. At the time, the adjudicators predicted a distinguished career, and when the piece was later performed in Dublin, the Irish Times review said that the work ‘exhibited abundant beauty of theme and of instrumental treatment’. (Irish Times, 18 March 1929). She also studied privately with British composer Vaughan Williams, who regarded her highly. But in the following years, she often had to struggle to get her music performed or published and some of it has never been heard.Despite this, she never gave up composing, and just three weeks before she died she wrote to her friend Elizabth Maconchy about a new work she was planning to write. Her papers, including published and handwritten manuscripts and scores, reviews and family photos, are kept in the Manuscripts Department of Trinity College Dublin. The papers include a black notebook where she kept notes of all her compositions, who she sent them to, and if they were performed, published or rejected.
REVIVAL OF INTEREST
A revival of interest in the work of Ina Boyle is underway. A radio documentary on her life and music, From the Darkness, was broadcast on Lyric FM in June 2010. In August 2010, Irish violinist Catherine Leonard performed her Violin Concerto with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. A biography by Dr Ita Beausang is due for publication by Field Day in 2011.
Elisaveta Blumina (piano), Gregor Witt (oboe), and Mathias Baier (bassoon) will be playing music by André Previn, Jean Francaix, Robert Schumann & Francis Poulenc. Elisaveta is a Russian pianist with an impressive internationmal career currently living in Dublin. Her photo is below and you can hear her on You tube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVXzTCvY_vk. Gregor Witt and Mathias Baier both play in Daniel Barenboim’s Staaskapelle Orchestra in Berlin.
For tickets (e20, students e5) ring 042 9371490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you arrive between 6.30 and 7 pm you can have supper (e15) cooked by my son Thomas with much of the food from the garden here or the wild. You pay at the door but please book in advance.
Saturday 18th December at 7.30pm
Booking: tel: 041 9838791 (leave contact details and we’ll get back to you); email: Shirley
For Irish audiences the Irish Baroque Orchestra is synonymous with superb performances of baroque music and Handel’s oratorio Messiah in particular. This year the orchestra is thrilled to be including a Drogheda performance in its itinerary, and St Peters Church of Ireland is one the finest settings imaginable in which to enjoy Handel’s masterpiece.
The fresh invigorating vitality of period instruments and chamber forces reveal this much-loved work in all its original colour and splendour. Previous press comments include “Some of the lightest, nimblest, clearest choral renditions of Messiah that it’s been my pleasure to witness in Dublin” (The Irish Times), and “…a Messiah to relish” (Irish Independent).
Under the direction of conductor Robert Howarth, this year’s four soloists are: soprano Roisin O’Grady, mezzo soprano Bridget Knowles, tenor Stuart Kinsella. Gavan Ring, bass.
Guest director Robert Howarth enjoys a growing reputation as director and conductor of early repertoire. He currently holds the posts of joint Artistic Director of The Avison Ensemble, Assistant Director of English Voices and Co-Principal keyboard player of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. To date Howarth has conducted the operas of Monteverdi for Welsh National Opera, English National Opera and The Birmingham Opera Company as well as Handel in Hamburg and for English Touring Opera. Concert engagements have included appearances with prestigious ensembles such as The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the St James Baroque Players and Northern Sinfonia.
Resurgam was established in 2003 by Mark Duley, and is a project-based ensemble of up to 24 voices comprising some of Ireland’s finest choral singers. A particular feature of the choir’s work is the presentation of the great sacred repertoire of the renaissance and baroque periods, frequently in partnership with the country’s premiere period instrumentalists. Resurgam has performed in many venues throughout Ireland and also in the UK, and has featured in several major Irish festivals, including the Cork International Choral Festival, Ardee Baroque and the Galway Early Music Festival.
The Irish Baroque Orchestra and Resurgam bring a Christmas treat not to be missed!
Presented in association with St Peters Church of Ireland, Drogheda and supported by Louth County Council Arts Office.
Fr.McNally Chamber Orchestra and Clermont Chorale
ST NICHOLAS’ Church of Ireland – the Green Church
Church Street, Dundalk
SUNDAY 5TH DECEMBER 2010 at 4PM
TICKETS: €12 (Concessions €10) – available on the door
IN AID OF THE WELLINGTON HALL PROJECT
Héloîse Geoghegan and Michael Joyce
Friday 19th November at 8.00pm
Tickets €15 (includes complimentary interval refreshments)
Booking: tel: 041 9838791; email: Shirley
Héloîse Geoghegan began violin at age 6 and won many national competitions both within and outside her age group. At 16, she recorded the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No.3 with the RTE Concert Orchestra for the ‘Rising Young Star’ series. She won a scholarship to study in Florence at the renowned Scuola di Musica di Fiesole where she had intense chamber music training with the critically acclaimed Trio di Milano. Héloîse continued her studies with Prof. Mariana Sirbu at the Felix Mendelssohn Hochschule, Leipzig and later was awarded a place in the Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzg. At the Hochschule Héloîse completed both her BMus and Masters degrees with distinction. She has taken masterclasses with Franco Gulli, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Stefan Gheorghiu and Menahem Pressler.
In 2004, Héloîse made her debut as soloist with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra with a performance of Chausson’s Poème. She returned in 2006 to perform the Bruch Violin Concerto and this year to perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Héloîse has given recitals in Italy, Finland, Sicily and Florence and performed at West Cork Chamber Music, Kilkenny Arts and Ponte de Lima festivals. In chamber music she has collaborated with Mariana Sirbu, Phillip Moll, Tatjana Masurenko and Massimo Paris.
2009 highlights include performances with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, l’Orchestra del’Instituto Bellini in Sicily and recitals in Mendelssohn Haus and Die Alte Boerse in Leipzig as well as Portugal and Spain.
Michael Joyce began his piano studies at the Cork School of Music with the late Bridget Doolan and Jan Cap. He continued his studies with Nerine Barrett and Renate Kretschmar-Fischer at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany, graduating with a first class honours BMus degree. After completing his studies in Germany, Michael worked as a teaching assistant at Yale University while pursing a Master of Music degree with Peter Frankl.
Michael has performed in recital with singers Pauline Tinsley and Edel O’Brien, violist Nobuko Imai, violinists Héloîse Geoghegan, David Stewart, Keith Pascoe, Catherine Leonard, and cellist Pavel Gomziakov.
In 2006 Héloîse and Michael founded the Bellatrix Piano Trio with cellist Gerald Peregrine with whom they were artists in residence at the University of Limerick. The Trio reached the semi-finals of the 2006 Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition, in Florence Italy and has performed recitals in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland.
Michael and Héloîse perform regularly as a duo. Recent performances as a duo include the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence; the Felix Mendelssohn Hochschule for Music and Theatre, Leipzig; the Ponte de Lima opera and chamber music festival in Portugal and the Fundação António de Almeida and Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis in Porto, Portugal and the University of Limerick, Ireland.
Héloîse and Michael’s tour of Ireland, the UK and Germany this year will culminate in their Wigmore Hall debut this December.