Friday 18th Opening Concert
8 pm Church of St. John the Baptist, Knightstown

Ireland and her Baroque Composers

Fishamble Sinfonia with Darragh Morgan (violin), Keith Pascoe (violin), Francesco Dillon (cello) and joined by Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes). This programme explores the fascinating orchestral music of composers in Ireland in the 18th century plus arrangements of Carolan tunes for uilleann pipes and strings. Fishamble Sinfonia is an orchestra of young players based in Dublin who are passionate about the neglected music of the 18th century. This promises to be a concert full of fireworks and revelations!

Thomas Arne – Overture

William Boyce – Symphony No. 4 in F

Pietro Castrucci – Concerto Grosso Op. 12 No. 3 in D

Francesco Geminiani – Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No 4 in D minor

Matthew Dubourg – Minuet (arr. Morgan/Collins)

Carolan Suite (arr. Morgan)

Georg Handel – Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 5 in D

Suite for uilleann pipes and strings (arr. Morgan)

Lament for Limerick – uilleann pipes and strings

6 – 7 pm Prelude Performance at Atlantic Villa

Young Voices from Iveragh, Gearóid Riordan and Francesca O’Connor, accompanied by Mary Dullea 

Pre-concert interview with featured composer, Sebastian Adams in advance of the opening concert at 8 pm

This event has limited capacity so please email to reserve a seat

Saturday 19th
11 am The Lighthouse
Family Concert

This year’s Family Concert takes inspiration from the very appropriate theme of the ‘Water Music’

3 pm RNLI Station, Knightstown

Traditional Irish Music Captured on Camera

Join photographer Stephen Power for a showing of photos of some of the most recognisable figures in Irish traditional music (including artists in this year’s Festival, featured in the book ‘Traditional Notes) and a talk (Free admission)

7:30 pm Glanleam House Reception and Chamber Music Recital

Always an evening to remember in the wonderful drawing room of Glanleam House, this year’s programme continues the exploration of Kerry resident Moeran with his fascinating and virtuosic Sonata for Two Violins, gems of the strings and piano repertoire a la Chopin and Brahms and a beautifully meditative recent work for cello and piano by Sebastian Adams.

Darragh Morgan (violin), Keith Pascoe (violin), Francesco Dillon (cello), Mary Dullea (piano)

Ernest Moeran Sonata for Two Violins

Sebastian Adams (composer in residence) Harry Patch (cello and piano)

Chopin Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 65

Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor Op. 60

Sunday 20th
5 pm The Ring Lyne, Chapeltown

Cillian Vallely – uilleann pipes
Patrick Doocey – guitar
A performance by one of Ireland’s leading pipers who we are delighted to welcome to Valentia, along with star guitarist Patrick Doocey

8 pm Closing Concert
Church of the Immaculate Conception, Knightstown
Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin – The Carolan Celebration (Irish premiere)

This is the much anticipated Irish premiere of this suite which Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin first performed at London’s Wigmore Hall London, April 2016. Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin is noted for his development of a uniquely Irish traditional piano style. The suite for solo piano is edited from the eighteenth century Irish harp music of Turlough O’Carolan. The music of this nomadic blind traditional harper, known simply as Carolan to his Anglo-Irish patrons, represents a sonic encodement of a rapidly changing Ireland

Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738)

Luke Dillon

Mrs Bermingham (First Air)

Mrs Bermingham (Second Air)

Lady Blayney

James Betagh

Planxty Irwin

John O’Connor

Michael O’Connor (Second Air)

Carolan’s Receipt

Hugh O’Donnell

John Dury (First Air)

Charles O’Connor

Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór

Fanny Power

The Faerie Queen

Carolan’s Farewell to Music

Carolan’s Concerto