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  • I'm doing some work with this Festival in June, which is bringing some amazing musicians to Ireland.

    KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival
    June 12-17, 2012

    “For over 40 years this Festival has brought a wealth of extraordinary musical talent to Ireland”
    Ciara Higgins, Artistic Director

    The KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival brings some of the finest chamber musicians in the world to Ireland, and gives audiences an opportunity to see them perform in less formal surroundings.

    With recession friendly prices for the times that we live in, half of the world-class concerts will have tickets available at €20 or less.

    Highlights of the extraordinary musical talent programmed by Artistic Director Ciara Higgins for the 2012 Festival include:

    • Two twentieth century landmark works at the core of the 2012 Festival.
    The Irish premiere of Steve Reich’s powerful Drumming, with a début appearance by the exhilarating percussion ensemble, The Colin Currie Group, will mark the the Festival’s first performance ever in the National Concert Hall on June 17th.

    Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, written in a prisoner of war camp in World War II will be performed on June 13th. The recent major transformation of Smock Alley in Temple Bar provides a dramatic setting for Finghin Collins, Carol McGonnell, Catherine Leonard and British cellist Guy Johnston to perform this extraordinary work.

    • Opening the Festival this year is Rathfarnham Castle, which exemplifies the magnificent restoration work of the OPW, is the British Doric Quartet on June 12th. As well as quartets by Haydn and Schubert, these exciting musicians will perform Korngold’s Third Quartet, their recording of which has garnered international critical acclaim.

    • While Ireland has a big international football match on June 14th in Euro 2012, music is not forgotten as guitarist Xuefei Yang pays her own musical salute to Spain and Ireland in a pre-match performance at the Little Museum of Dublin on Stephen’s Green.

    • Following their début as a trio in Paris in 2010, three of our most creative musicians Dermot Dunne (accordion), Katherine Hunka (violin) and Carol McGonnell (clarinet) collaborate in an evocative programme of Dermot’s own brilliant musical arrangements on June 15th at the Royal College of Surgeons.

    • The Elias Quartet, performing music by Beethoven and Schubert, makes the first of two Festival appearances on June 16th in Dublin’s Mansion House. On June 17th they partner guitarist-extraordinaire Xuefei Yang in a programme of Rodrigo, Bach, Boccherini and Dvořák in the Festival’s spiritual home, Castletown House.

    • The brilliant young Irish mezzo-soprano, Tara Erraught will perform in the perennial Festival favourite Killruddery House in Co. Wicklow on June 16th. Dundalk-born Tara has had a meteoric career rise since her last Festival appearance in 2009. She is the youngest ever principal with the Vienna State Opera and will make her much-anticipated North American début during the 2012/2013 season.

  • Co-Orch and Operation Smile Ireland will be hosting "Music to make a smile" at 8pm on Thursday, June 21st at The Village, 26 Wexford St., Dublin 2. Tickets are E20 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.


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    John Zorn The Holy Visions
    featuring the Irish Debut of iconic composer and instrumentalist John Zorn.
    Thursday 4 October and Friday 5 October Dundalk, Louth Ireland
    Mr. Zorn is a towering pillar of a new-music universe he has worked tirelessly to foster and enrich. The New York Times
    Louth Contemporary Music Society celebrates the first Irish visit of New York based iconic composer and instrumentalist John Zorn in a mini-festival entitled John Zorn The Holy Visions on 4 and 5 October 2012. The Holy Visions features three performances including two world premieres of Zorn’s music.

    John Zorn is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. Drawing on his experience in a variety of genres including jazz, rock, classical, klezmer, film, cartoon, popular and improvised music, John Zorn has created an influential body of work that defies academic categories.

    "My musical world is like a little prism. You look through it and it goes off in a million different directions. Since every genre is the same, all musicians should be equally respected. It doesn't matter if it's jazz, blues, or classical. They're all the same." John Zorn.

    Zorn’s long time collaborator, the world-renowned Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and his group Banquet of the Spirits, will perform music from their latest cd Caym: The Book of Angels which interprets Zorn’s sublime Masada songbook dedicated to the Jewish diaspora with a Brazilian and middle eastern twist. Banquet of the Spirits’ concert takes place on Thursday 4 October 2012 at 8pm in An Tain Theatre Dundalk.

    The following evening, Friday 5 October 2012, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart will perform an astonishingly beautiful new Zorn vocal work The Holy Visions —a mystery play in eleven strophes — concerning the life, work and philosophy of Hildegard von Bingen for five female voices (2012) in St.Nicholas’ Church of Ireland Dundalk. The EQ Ensemble conducted by Gavin Moloney will open Friday’s concert with a world premiere performance of Zorn’s work Missa Sine Voces (2012), a beautiful instrumental miniature for five players written in the form of a Requiem Mass.
    Performed as an encore to the Holy Visions concert earlier in the evening ( Friday 5 October 2012), Zorn returns to his first instrument for a very rare event—his first solo organ concert in Ireland when he will bring his compositional mind and improvisation skills to the beautiful Willis organ at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dundalk. The organ recital will take place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dundalk at 10.00 pm on Friday 5 October 2012. The organ recital is FREE to those who have purchased tickets for either the 4 or 5 October 2012 concerts.

    John Zorn The Holy Visions is presented by Louth Contemporary Music Society. Louth Contemporary Music Society is financially supported by the Arts Council and Create Louth.


    Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits plays John Zorn’s Book of Angels

    8pm on Thursday 4 October 2012
    An Tain Theatre, The Town Hall, Dundalk
    Tickets: €20/Concessions €15
    Tel: 00 353 42 939 2919.
    Email: [email protected]

    The Holy Visions
    Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
    EQ Ensemble
    8pm on Friday 5 October 2012
    St. Nicholas Church of Ireland Dundalk
    Tickets €20/Concessions €15
    ROI: 0818 205 205

    UK: 0870 850 2896
    Also available from An Tain Theatre Box Office: 00 353 42 9392919

    Solo Organ Recital
    John Zorn
    10pm on Friday 5 October 2012
    St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dundalk
    The organ recital is FREE to those who have purchased tickets for either of the previous Zorn concerts on 4 or 5 October 2012. Tickets for the organ recital are only available by emailing [email protected]

    Cyro Baptista will also give a percussion workshop for Music Generation Louth on Friday 5 October 2012. Details of Cyro Baptista’s workshop are available soon from


    Greystones RFC are pleased to announce the East Coast event of the summer, on the 30th June 2012 in Dr Hickey Park, Greystones, with gates open from 12 noon. “Voices by the Sea” is a day of music celebration, hosting many interesting styles of choirs and music of the highest calibre, performing for us, from many parts of Ireland. Our first choir will be taking the “North Beach Stage” at 12.30, while on our 2nd ”South Beach Stage”, entertainment will be provided by a mix of eclectic vocal and instrumental entertainers, both stages in tandem. As well as being a very important community event for the beautifully picturesque town of Greystones, nestling under the backdrop of the Co Wicklow hills, and overlooking two, quite glorious beaches, VBTS offers a wide variety of entertaining activity for locals and visitors alike, and for all family groups. Along with this high standard of performers, there will also be a vast array of amusements, demonstrations, and very many attractions on offer for the day. There will be a host of local sport clubs on hand to introduce you to the pleasures of what it is that they do, with showcases, demonstrations and fun challenges, so you never know, you may become their next sporting legend. It is envisaged that this event will attract numerous visitors to Greystones for their first time, giving them the opportunity to sample and enjoy this fabulous event, and we look forward to welcoming new friends to our town centre.
    Access is so easy! With our train and DART services arriving straight into the town centre station, there will be a shuttle service to and from the ground for the day, or perhaps you might like the 8/10 minute walk. Covered seating will be available on-site.
    The N11 dual carriageway (exit 11) enters Greystones adjacent to the Rugby Club, and there will be ample car parking facilities provided around the venue.
    We are pleased to announce that the following are some of the amazing choirs and musicians who are performing across our two stages on the day, with more being added,
    Hallelujah Gospel Choir Frank Kelly Family Chorale
    Ireland Unlimited Pat Coldrick
    Galway Tribal Choir Dublin Gospel Choir
    Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir Bray Gospel Choir
    Cantóirí Ranelagh Singers
    Third Day Chorale The Blown Identity
    In the field, it will be a day for all the family as, combined with the choirs, there will be a full range a activities for all, featuring Human Table Foosball, Bungee Run, Basketball Challenge, Gladiator Jousting and Rodeo Bull, plus lots lots more.
    Bring your pooch down to join in the dog show and see who will be crowned cutest mutt in Greystones. (Dogs must be kept on leads at all times, and good hygiene is essential!)
    Relive a bygone era of motoring with a vintage car display featuring over forty vehicles from Rolls Royce to DeLorean
    Enjoy the spectacle of “The Travel Department” Hot Air Baloon.
    Full catering will be provided on-site to cater for all tastes.
    Tickets are €10 per adult and €5 per child and are available from Greystones RFC and Ticketmaster & on the day at the gate.

    For up to the minute news: -
    For further information and enquiries
    Peter McParland
    e: [email protected] m: 086 8116971

  • Hilltown New Music Festival

    Hilltown New Music Festival will feature the new contemporary music group Kirkos Ensemble, playing in a John Cage concert on Friday night and a concert of works by young Irish composers on Saturday afternoon.

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  • Opera Antiqua presents a production of Arne's comic opera 'Thomas and Sally' featuring a cast of young Irish singers.

    Friday October 26th, 8pm: St Philip's Church, Temple Road, Dartry, Dublin 6 (near Milltown Luas stop).
    Tickets €15 (€12 concessions).

    Saturday October 27th, 3.30pm: All Saints Church Grangegorman, Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7.
    Matinee performance. Tickets €12 (€10 concessions).

    Saturday October 27th, 8pm: St Andrew's Church, Church Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin.
    Tickets €15 (€12 concessions).

    Numbers are limited: Tickets can be reserved by emailing [email protected].

    For more details please check out

  • Reformation and Music 2012

    Luther hymns with audience participation
    Saturday, 3 November 2012 2.00 pm
    St Finian’s Lutheran Church,
    Adelaide Road, Dublin 2
    (opposite the Royal Eye & Ear Hospital)

    Prof Werner Blau, Trinity College Dublin
    The Reformation: Historical Aspects

    Dr Helga Robinson-Hammerstein, Trinity College Dublin
    The Reformation: Musicological Aspects

    Dr Wolfgang Marx, University College Dublin
    Ein neues Lied wir heben an

    Choral variations for Soprano and woodwind by Johann Sebastian Bach set to texts by Martin Luther

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    Saturday, 17 November 2012 8.00 pm
    Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8

    Music by Andreas Hantke (1956– )

    Three Miniatures (1990)
    for violin and orchestra

    “Sozusagen grundlos vergnügt” (2007)
    for baritone and orchestra

    “Stufen” (2011)
    for mixed choir, a capella

    Blues in F (1993)
    for orchestra

    St. John’s Blessing (2005)
    for choir and orchestra

    “Luther” (1997)
    An oratorio for soloists, choir and instruments
    Kantatenchor München (Cantata Choir, Munich)
    Die Münchner Streicher (Munich String Ensemble)
    Thomas Gropper Baritone
    Konrad Wipp Speaker
    Andreas Hantke Conductor

  • Messiah in Drogheda, December 8th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

  • The Culwick Choral Society ( presents:

    George Frideric Handel.

    Helen Hassett, soprano;
    Stephen Wallace, countertenor;
    Julian Hubbard, tenor;
    Gavan Ring, bass.

    Orchestra (Brona Fitzgerald, leader).

    Bernie Sherlock, conductor.


    Wednesday 21st November 2012, 8pm.
    Thursday. 22nd November 2012, 8pm.
    Doors open 7pm.

    Proceeds in aid of MS Ireland.

    Supported by RTÉ lyric fm.

    This Messiah takes audiences back to the origin of Handel's first performance, as he rehearsed it in St Patrick's Cathedral Dublin in 1742. The Culwick Choral Society is proud to present their 23rd annual charity performances of Handel's Messiah on Wed. 21st and Thurs. 22nd November 2012. The Choir of over one hundred voices will be joined by four wonderful soloists in the glorious medieval St. Patrick's Cathedral, a mere stone's throw from Fishamble Street, site of the first performance of Messiah in 1742, proceeds from which were donated to local charities. The Culwick Choral Society continues that great tradition by donating proceeds from their annual Messiah performances to selected Irish charities. This year's charity is MS Ireland ([EMAIL=""][/EMAIL]) the only national organisation providing information, support and advocacy services to the MS community.

    Tickets: Euro 27.50

    Available from:

    Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland,
    80 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4.
    Tel.: 01-6781609;
    email: [email protected]; web:
    No booking fee.
    Tickets can be bought/collected from MS office, or posted for fee of €1.50.

    St. Patrick's Cathedral
    Tel.: 01-4539472
    Telephone bookings only.

    Tel.: 0818-719300;


    George Frideric Handel

    The 2012 Culwick Choral Society MESSIAH performances at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin will take place on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd November 2012 at 8pm. All proceeds from the event will be donated to MS Ireland

    Helen Hassett, soprano
    Stephen Wallace, countertenor
    Julian Hubbard, tenor
    Gavan Ring, bass

    Orchestra (Brona Fitzgerald, leader)
    Bernie Sherlock, conductor


    Wednesday 21st November 2012, 8pm
    Thursday. 22nd November 2012, 8pm
    Doors open 7pm

    Proceeds in aid of MS Ireland

    Supported by RTÉ lyric fm.

    This Messiah takes audiences back to the origin of Handel's first performance, as he rehearsed it in St Patrick's Cathedral Dublin in 1742. The Culwick Choral Society is proud to present their 23rd annual charity performances of Handel's Messiah on Wed. 21st and Thurs. 22nd November 2012. The Choir of over one hundred voices will be joined by four wonderful soloists in the glorious medieval St. Patrick's Cathedral, a mere stone's throw from Fishamble Street, site of the first performance of Messiah in 1742, proceeds from which were donated to local charities. The Culwick Choral Society continues that great tradition by donating proceeds from their annual Messiah performances to selected Irish charities. This year's charity is MS Ireland ( the only national organisation providing information, support and advocacy services to the MS community.

    Tickets: Euro 27.50

    Available from:

    Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland,
    80 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4.
    Tel.: 01-6781609;
    email: [email protected];
    No booking fee.
    Tickets can be bought/collected from MS office, or posted for fee of €1.50.

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  • The Dublin Bach Singers and the Palestrina Choir announce an exciting concert series. The first concert is this coming Sunday, November 25th at 3:30 pm.


    The Culwick lets loose the fantasy of Christmastime with the much loved Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams. It’s the centrepiece of an unforgettable celebration of the season with music, songs and carols, and featuring the bright, glowing sound of brass quintet Vox Merus and the youthful fresh voices of the renowned St. Brigid’s N.S. Choir Castleknock in Christmas music from across the ages.

    Presented by the Culwick Choral Society .

    In association with the Italian Institute of Culture .


    The Culwick Choral Society.

    Padraic Rowan baritone.

    Vox Merus brass quintet,

    St. Brigid’s N.S. Choir Castleknock (director Niamh Williams).

    David Leigh accompanist.

    Doireann Ní Bhriain compère.

    Bernie Sherlock Conductor.

    Ralph Vaughan Williams:

    Fantasia on Christmas Carols.

    Giovanni Gabrieli:

    Angelus ad pastores ait.


    Hodie Christus natus est.




    National Concert Hall,

    Thursday 6 December 2012, 8pm.

    Tickets: €15, €20, €25 (Choir Balcony €10).

    Concessions:10% senior citizens, unwaged, students, groups; 50% children.

    Available from:

    National Concert Hall, Box Office Tel. 01-417 0000;

    online at .

    No booking fee.


  • Louth Contemporary Music Society presents the world premiere performance of a fantastic new spiritual work MONK’S MUSIC by the Russian Composer ALEXANDER RASKATOV. Monk’s Music will be performed by the Carducci Quartet and Gordon Jones of the Hilliard Ensemble.The performance will take place on Friday 8 February 2013 in St. Nicholas’ Church of Ireland Dundalk (The Green Church).

    Raskatov’s composition Monks Music is based on seven brief texts by the Russian Orthodox monk Elder (“Starets”) Silouan, who was described by Thomas Merton as the “most authentic monk of the 20th century”, and declared a saint in 1987. Loosely modelled on Hadyn’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, Raskatov has scored the work, by turns mystical and dramatic, for solo bass and string quartet. It was written in memoriam Alfred Schnittke.

    Monk’s Music will be the first time the music of Alexander Raskatov has been presented in Ireland. The composer, fresh from his success with the opera A Dog’s Heart, a De Nederlandse Opera/ENO production, which will be presented in La Scala del Milano in March 2013 conducted by Valerie Gergiev, will come to Ireland for the premiere of his beautiful mystical work Monk’s Music.

    Raskatov whom Alfred Schnittke once called “one of the most interesting composers of his generation” has received commissions for new works from Gidon Kremer, the Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Hilliard Ensemble and the Schoenberg Ensemble, among others. He received the composition prize of the Salzburg Easter Festival in 1998. Raskatov was born in Moscow in 1953 and finished his studies at Moscow Conservatory in 1978. In 1990 he joined the Russian Contemporary Music Association. His interests centre especially on vocal and instrumental chamber music and symphonic sonorities.

    THE CARDUCCI QUARTET is recognised as one of today’s most successful young string quartets. Based in the UK, the quartet holds residencies at Cardiff University and Dean Close School and is visiting quartet in residence at Trinity Laban in London, Repton School and the Cork School of Music in Ireland. Regulars at London’s Wigmore Hall, they perform throughout the UK, including their own festival in Highnam, Glos.

    Gordon Jones is a baritone, best known as a member of the world-class Hilliard Ensemble. As such he has divided his energies between the Medieval and Renaissance vocal masterworks – such as those of Ockeghem, Gesualdo, Frye, Perotin, Dufay, Lassus, Palestrina, Victoria, and Brumel – and the works of contemporary composers, as represented by Arvo Pärt, Gavin Bryars, Heinz Holliger, James MacMillan and Ivan Moody.

    Monk’s Music is funded by the Arts Council and financially supported by Create Louth.

    St. Nicholas Church of Ireland Dundalk Friday 8 February 2013
    8.00pm | €10 (includes a glass of wine in the Wellington Hall) Tickets – 0818 205 205 |

    Monk’s Music has been funded by the Arts Council and financially supported by Create Louth.

    Further Information & listings see below or log onto:

    St. Nicholas Church of Ireland Dundalk
    Friday 8 February 2013 | 8.00pm | €10(includes a glass of wine in the Wellington Hall)
    Tickets – 0818 205 205 |

  • The Irish Baroque Orchestra will perform Mozart's Masterworks

    A week of intimate, hour-long concerts directed by
    Monica Huggett.

    21/22/24/25 January 2013

    St Finian's Lutheran Church
    Adelaide Road
    Dublin 2

    Tickets €15/12

    Fans of classical music are invited to immerse themselves in a week of exceptional music presented by the Irish Baroque Orchestra in the
    historic St Finian's Lutheran Church in Adelaide Road.This year's IBO
    Masterworks series is devoted to a selection of Mozart's chamber
    works. This is music to be relished by audiences and musicians alike;
    technically extremely demanding yet gorgeously sumptuous on the ear.

    Over four concerts the IBO will give Irish audiences a rare
    opportunity to hear this spectacular music as Mozart intended it to be
    heard. All of these delightful compositions will be played exclusively
    on instruments dating from the 1700s some of which are rarely used in Ireland.

    This includes the historical clarinet (special guest Eric Hoeprich)
    and the very unusual fortepiano (IBO principal Malcom Proud). Also participating in
    this uniquely formatted concert series will be Katy Bircher (flute)
    and IBO principals IBO principals Andreas Helm (oboe) and Anneke Scott
    (natural horn).

    Programme: All concerts are an hour in duration and are without an interval.

    Mon 21 Jan
    Clarinet Quintet in A major, KV581
    Kegelstadt Trio KV498
    Violin Sonata No 21 in E minor, K304

    Tues 22 Jan
    String Quintet in C major KV515
    Oboe Quartet in F, KV370
    Rondo in D major K.485 (Allegro)

    Thurs 24 Jan
    Divertimento in D major, KV251
    Horn quintet in E flat major, KV407
    Piano trio in G major K496

    Fri 25 Jan
    String Quintet in G minor KV516
    Flute quartet in D major KV285
    Piano Trio in C major KV548

  • Velocities with Alex Petcu

    Marimba and Vibraphone recital

    Friday 22nd of February, 8 p.m.
    Cork School of Music



    Internationally acclaimed percussionist, Alex Petcu, will perform a recital that features two of the main instruments from the percussion family, which are the marimba and vibraphone. The concert will feature music by composers ranging from Bach to some of the latest names in New Music.

    Some of the pieces include:
    Sonata No. 1 for solo violin by J. S. Bach (transcribed for marimba)
    Loops II by Philippe Hurel (vibraphone)
    Velocities by Joseph Schwantner (marimba)
    A Little Prayer by Evelyn Glennie (marimba)
    and more ...

    Alex Petcu, an Irish musician of Romanian origin, has received both national and international recognition; he reached the semi-finals on two occasions at the Tromp International Percussion Competition, Holland, one of the world's most prestigious percussion competitions. In recent years he has performed many solo recitals featuring a wide range of repertoire, for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Crawford Summer Lunchtime Concert series and in Gryon, Switzerland. He has also regularly performs with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble and for productions in the Cork Opera House.

    He frequently collaborates with composers to develop new repertoire for percussion. He recently set up the Cork New Music Ensemble with the main objective of performing new works by Irish composers, has worked with the Irish Composers Collective to create several new solo works and recently performed new music by John Zorn as a member of the EQ Ensemble for the Louth Contemporary Music Society.

    In addition to his performing activities, Alex is also an educator and is committed to developing an awareness and appreciation of percussion in young people. As well as teaching his own private students, he recently directed a series of 20 workshops for West Cork Music's "Tuning Up" programme with fellow percussionist, Clare O'Keeffe.

    Alex acknowledges support from Music Network through the Music Capital Scheme 2012.

  • Just to let anyone who wants to know there is a concert taking place in Dun Laoghaire Presbyterian Church on Saturday Night on 23rd of March

    All are welcome
    Tickets are 15 euro 10 for students and kids

    More info of the poster below

  • Richard Clayderman plays the INEC Killarney on April 20th.

    Tickets €37.70 available from the box office on 064 6671555 or from

  • Trio Mediaeval
    Presented by Music Network. Promoted by Louth Contemporary Music Society.
    St. Nicholas Church of Ireland Dundalk
    Friday 12 April 2013 at 8pm.
    “If you could bottle the joie de vivre that comes from the members of Trio Mediaeval you could probably sell it not just as a pick-me-up, but as some form of basic life-force.” Michael Dervan, The Irish Times

    Join vocal ensemble Trio Mediaeval as they take us on a journey from spine-tingling 13th-century singing/melodies and Scandinavian folk songs to contemporary works in the beautiful surroundings OF ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH OF IRELAND ( THE GREEN CHURCH), DUNDALK ON FRIDAY 12TH APRIL. Tickets priced €10 are available by calling 0818 205205 or online at Don’t miss these musicians whose extraordinary sound has been described as “beguiling”, “intoxicating” and “mesmerizing”. Ahead of the performance, Trio Mediaeval will also give a school’s workshop in St.Vincent’s Secondary School Dundalk.

    Trio Mediaeval is a Norwegian ensemble that has captivated audiences worldwide with a songbook spanning medieval music, traditional Norwegian ballads and contemporary works. The three unique voices blend together with seamless and unnerving accuracy, but for all the hauntingly pure harmonies and vocal finesse, the trio deliver songs from a bygone era with a tenderness that melts away the centuries. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Singing doesn’t get more unnervingly beautiful…to hear the group’s note-perfect counterpoint – as pristine and inviting as clean, white linens – is to be astonished at what the human voice is capable of.”

    Founded in Oslo in 1997, the group’s first album, Words of the Angel, immediately reached Billboard’s Top 10 Bestseller list, while Folk Songs, an intimate collection of Norwegian folk songs, won a Grammy nomination in 2008. Trio Mediaeval’s latest recording, A Worcester Ladymass, was elected as one of the Best of New Releases 2011 by the German Record Critic’s Award (Preis der Deutchen Schallplattenkritik). While spreading the a capella gospel, the ensemble has performed in cathedrals, monasteries, farms, and industrial spaces as well as prestigious halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

    This concert is promoted by Music Network and Louth Contemporary Music Society. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices in venues around Ireland. This tour is presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm and the Norwegian Embassy. Music Network is funded by the Arts Council. Further information from (01) 671 9429 or Louth Contemporary Music Society is financially supported by the Arts Council and Create Louth.

    For more information go to
    Anon. Worcester, England C13/14 / Norwegian and Swedish folk songs
    Salve Mater Miscericordie
    Benedicta / Virgo dei genitrix
    CREDO (2008) * – Gavin Bryars (b. 1943)
    Felix namque
    Benedicamus Domino (2008)* – Gavin Bryars
    Det lisle bånet – Trad. Norway. Arr Tone Krohn
    Huldremarsj fra Rivedal / Two trad. Norwegian fiddletunes. Arr. Friman/Opheim
    Hullaslag fra Bjerkreim
    Springdans – Trad. Norway. Tone Krohn
    Lewis bridal song – Celtic folk song. Arr. Friman/King
    Greensleeves – Trad. England. Arr. Friman/Opheim/King
    Sven svane – Trad. Norway. Arr. Friman/Opheim
    Brureslått – Trad. Norway. Arr. Berit Opheim
    Om ödet skulle skicka mig Three Swedish folk songs Arr. Anna Maria Friman
    Ja, dina ögon mig dårat
    Jag haver ingen kärare
    Solbønn – Trad. Norway
    Lova Line – Trad. Norway. Arr. Linn Andrea Fuglseth
    * composed for Trio Mediaeval
    Full details at

    For Listings Editors

    Music Network and Louth Contemporary Music Society presents Trio Mediaeval (Norway)

    Anna Maria Friman, voice
    Berit Opheim, voice
    Catherine King, voice

    Friday 12th April, Dundalk
    St. Nicholas Church of Ireland, Church Street, 8pm
    Tickets €10
    Booking Tel. 0818 205205 or or on the door on the night
    Promoted by Louth Contemporary Music Society

  • The Hibernian Muse welcome you to an evening of Irish Music including all your favourites such as Eileen Aroon and the Coulin and Turlogh O'Carolan, interspersed with stories and anecdotes from the life and loves of Ireland's celebrated Bard of The Music will be performed on Baroque flute, Harpsichord and Baroque cello echoing just one of the ways it would have been performed in the 18th century.
    The concert will take place at 8p.m.on the 24th of June in the Cork School of Music.Tickets are 10/15 Euros.
    We look forward to seeing you there!

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  • St. Nicholas Church, Adare, co. Limerick. November 8, 8PM.

    Owen Gilhooly, baritone
    Helen Houlihan, soprano
    Stefan Kaiser, trumpet
    Sybren Oggel, trumpet
    Irina Dernova, piano
    Children's choir of St. Nicholas school

    Tickets 10 Euro, proceeds to the aid of St, Nicholas School.
    The church is to your right as you enter Adare from the Limerick side, right after the bridge.

  • Galway Choral Association presents its Winter Concert in St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galwayat 8pm. on Saturday January 25th.

    The concert is suppporting the work of Croí in the area of Heart Disease & Stroke.

    Featuring Mozart’s “Credo” Mass in C Major. Directed by Norman Duffy, organist David Grealy. Soloists: Sarah Skerritt, soprano, Judith Lyons, alto, Eoin Hynes, tenor and Brian Kelly, bass. Opened by The Acapella Knights, a recently formed Galway based male singing group.

    Other works include the "Funeral Ikos” by Sir John Tavener and the beautiful “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Gabriel Fauré.

    Tickets €15 (€12 concessions) and are available from Opus II, 4 High Street, Galway, the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, from Association members or at the door on the night.


  • Any more events coming up? im particularly looking to see larger groups to feed my new classical habit, im keeping an eye on the site. Are there any groups who meet up to go to concerts, otherwise i may have to go alone!

  • Gheadphone wrote: »
    Any more events coming up? im particularly looking to see larger groups to feed my new classical habit, im keeping an eye on the site. Are there any groups who meet up to go to concerts, otherwise i may have to go alone!

    Try this group:

  • Brilliant thanks!

  • The Song of Songs
    features the world premiere of new works by David Lang and Betty Olivero
    Performed by Trio Mediaeval and Garth Knox’s Saltarello Trio

    Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth–for thy love is better than wine. The Song of Songs 1:2

    The Song of Songs features the world premiere performances of two incredible new works by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang and renowned composer Betty Olivero centred around the ancient text The Song of Songs or The Song of Solomon.

    The brilliant Norwegian Trio Mediaeval collaborate with Garth Knox’s stunning Saltarello Trio for the first time in Drogheda Louth to perform the new compositions.

    The new compositions, Lang’s just (after the song of songs) and Olivero’s En La Mar Hai Una Torre (In the sea there is a lighthouse) are lyrical yet beautiful contemporary spiritual works that are breathtaking from start to finish. The concert will also feature Garth Knox performing Berio’s Naturale which is apt considering Berio was one of Olivero’s most important teachers.This is one concert not to miss.

    Friday 24 October 2014 at 8pm
    St. Peter’s Church of Ireland Drogheda
    Tickets €10 available from eventbrite or on the door on the night

    Funded by the Arts Council and financially supported by Create Louth

  • Carmen in Letterkenny

    Come join us for Letterkenny's first opera as North West Opera presents their October production of Carmen by Georges Bizet in An Grianan Theatre on October 17th and 18th.

    Carmen, with its instantly recognizable tunes, is one of the most popular operas of all time. The story of a fiery, seductive Gypsy woman who callously causes the downfall of Soldier ‘Don Jose’, Carmen features a string of smash hit numbers – ‘Toreador’, the famous seductive tango ‘Habanera’, the lusty Factory girls with their teasing ‘Smoke Song’; rousing Flamenco dancing, fortune-telling gypsies, smugglers and murder!

    Sharing the stage with Irish Soprano Ann Jennings are Soprano Diana Bryan-Mc Laughlin (USA), who performs the role of Michaela and a chorus of 60 local adults and children.

    Under the expert Baton of world-renowned Maestro, Nader Abbassi, the chorus of North West Opera and soloists will be accompanied by the professional musicians of Cairo’s Opera House.

    With members of the Cairo Opera Orchestra and international soloists from Britain, America and Germany, under the expert baton of conductor Nader Abbassi, this is the North West Opera’s follow up to their highly successful La Boheme.

    Sung in English with English dialogue.

  • ** LIMERICK **

    Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 4pm.
    St Michael's (Church of Ireland), Pery Square
    as part of the Limerick Pipe Organ Festival

    IRINA DERNOVA, organ
    music by J.S. Bach, J. Finzi, A. Fletcher, G. Thalben-Ball

    Admission is free.

  • Cór Cois Abhann presents Benjamin Britten's 'A Ceremony of Carols', with Christmas Works of Peter Warlock and a selection of Seasonal Favourites.
    Wed 17th December at 8pm, Saint Peter and Paul's Church, Cork City Centre,
    Featuring Brian Davis on Harp, Soprano Zofia Scheiling, and Organist Colin Nicholls, under the direction of Ian Sexton.
    Tickets €10/€8 concessions available from Promusica, Opus II, The Parish Office.
    We hope to see you there!

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  • The Dublin Bach Singers will give their annual performance of Handel's Messiah at 8pm on Monday December 15th, at the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin.
    The choir and the Orchestra of Saint Cecilia will be conducted by Blanaid Murphy.
    Soloists will be Sharon Lyons (soprano), Chris Murphy (alto), Jacek Wislocki (tenor) and David Scott (bass).
    Tickets €20 are available from the Parish Office (01-874 5441) and at the door.