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The 2007 – 2012 concerts

THE 2012 CONCERTS
  12 JULY
OLGA SOLOVIEVA – PIANO, WITH THE RTE VANBRUGH STRING QUARTET
  19 JULY
THE WEST CORK CHORAL SINGERS, MUSICAL DIRECTOR DIANA LLEWELLYN
EMMA NASH – SOPRANO, ILSE DE ZIAH – CELLO, KATY SALVIDGE – RECORDER, ANABELL ADAMS – ACCOMPANIST
  26 JULY
FINGHIN COLLINS – PIANO
  2 AUGUST
THE GATO AZUL: FRANCESCO TURRISI – ACCORDION & PERCUSSION, LUCAS GONZALES – GUITAR, MICHAEL COADY – DOUBLE BASS
  9 AUGUST
MIRIAM ROYCROFT – CELLO, RÉAMONN KEARY – PIANO

THE 2011 CONCERTS

  21 JULY
THE PUIJO CHAMBER CHOIR FROM FINLAND
  28 JULY
THE DEGANI ENSEMBLE WITH CARA O’SULLIVAN, SOPRANO
  5 AUGUST
REBECCA ČÁPOVA, PIANO
  11 AUGUST
THE LISTENERS WITH LASAIRFHIONA NI CHONAOLA, SINGER FROM THE ARAN ISLANDS
  18 AUGUST
SYLVIA O’BRIEN, SOPRANO AND HANNA SHYBAYEVA, PIANO

THE 2010 CONCERTS

  22 JULY
CHRISTOPHER MARWOOD, CELLO AND JAN ČÁP, PIANO
  29 JULY
CATHERINE LEONARD, VIOLIN AND HUGH TINNEY, PIANO
  5 AUGUST
FIACHRA GARVEY, PIANO
  12 AUGUST
FIDIL, AIDAN O’DONNELL, CIARÁN Ó MAONAIGH, DAMIEN MCGEEHAN
  19 AUGUST
THE THREE IRISH TENORS: DEREK MOLONEY, CIARAN NAGLE, DOMINIC MCGORIAN

THE 2009 CONCERTS

  23 JULY
THE SYRIUS TRIO: ELIZABETH COONEY – VIOLIN, JANE CORDS-O’HARA – CELLO, DOMENICO CODISPOTI – PIANO
  30 JULY
ANÚNA, MICHAEL MCGLINN – CONDUCTOR
  6 AUGUST
ELIZABETH COONEY – VIOLIN, REDMOND O’TOOLE – GUITAR
  13 AUGUST
TRIOCCA: RÍONA Ó DUINNIN – FLUTE, GERALDINE O’DOHERTY – HARP, NANCY JOHNSON – VIOLA
  20 AUGUST
FINGHIN COLLINS – PIANO

THE 2008 CONCERTS

  24 JULY
ENSEMBLE AVALON: IOANA PETCU-COLAN – VIOLIN, GERALD PEREGRINE – CELLO, MICHAEL MCHALE – PIANO
  31 JULY
‘IN THE ROMANTIC TRADITION’: PHILIP MARTIN – PIANO, PART OF HIS SPECIAL 60TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION TOUR
  7 AUGUST
TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC NIGHT: GARRY WALSH – FLUTE, WIHSTLE, VOCALS, NIAMH NI CHARRA – FIDDLE, DONNACHA MOYNIHAN – GUITAR
  14 AUGUST
‘MUSIC FROM THE 17TH CENTURY’
THE EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE ‘BEYOND THE PALE’: JAMES TAYLOR – HARPSICHORD, MARJA TUHKANEN – BAROQUE VIOLIN, ILSE DE ZIAH – BAROQUE CELLO, CONOR O’CONNELL – RECORDERS
  21 AUGUST
SEBASTIAN MILLETT – CELLO, CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR – PIANO

THE 2007 CONCERTS
  19 JULY IRISH MUSIC NIGHT
IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC INSTITUTE, MUSICAL DIRECTOR DEIRDRE O’BRIEN VAUGHAN, TOGETHER WITH , CRAN, MASTERS OF IRISH MUSIC AND SONG
  26 JULY
THE CARDUCCI QUARTET: MATTHEW DENTON – VIOLIN, MICHELLE FLEMMING – VIOLIN, EOIN SCHMIDT-MARTIN – VIOLA, EMMA DENTON – CELLO
  2 AUGUST
REBECCA ČÁPOVA – PIANO, EMMET BYRNE – OBOE
  9 AUGUST
‘BEYOND THE PALE’, THE EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE: JAMES TAYLOR – HARPSICHORD & ORGAN, MARJA TUHKANEN – BAROQUE VIOLIN, ILSE DEZIAH – BAROQUE CELLO
  16 AUGUST
DOLCE DIVAS: DEIRDRE MOYNIHAN – SOPRANO, PAULINE FRIZELLE – MEZZO-SOPRANO, BEBHINN NI MHEARA – PIANO
  29 SEPTEMBER EXTRA CONCERT IN ABBEYSTREWRY CHURCH, SKIBBEREEN, 8.00 PM
CALLINO QUARTET: SARAH SEXTON & MICHAELA GIRARDI – VIOLIN, REBECCA JONES – VIOLA, SARAH MCMAHON – CELLO

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Festival History

PURPOSE AND HISTORY OF THE FESTIVAL


Purpose of the Festival:
1. promoting high quality classical music, old and new
2. giving enjoyment to locals and tourist
3. providing a stage for artists, established as well as aspiring ones, especially from the Cork School of Music


History:
The Festival of Classical Music was started in 1980 by Michael Sokolov-Grant with the help of Angela Eborall in the historic St. Barrahane’s Church, Castletownshend, Co. Cork with the purpose of providing music on summer evenings, and has taken place annually ever since.
The Church was built in 1826, on land donated by the Townshend family.
From street level to the door it has 52 steps, one for each Sunday of the year. The seating capacity is around 200.The Church has three wonderful stained glass windows by the renowned Irish artist Harry Clarke (1889 – 1931).


The writer Edith Somerville, who played the organ for seventy years, is buried in the graveyard alongside her cousin Violet Martin, with whom she formed the literary partnership of “Somerville & Ross”, writing such works as The Irish RM.

Many distinguished musicians have played at the Festival over the years, including:


David Agnew, Anúna, Benjamin Apple, The Carducci Quartet, Kenneth Edge, The Callino Quartet, Finghin Collins, The Contempo Quartet, Elizabeth Cooney, The Crawford Piano Trio, Thérèse Fahy, John Finucane, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Gerard Gillen, Evelyn Grant, Camilla Griesel, Ivan Ilic, The Irish Guitar Quartet, Brigid Knowles, Catherine Leonard, Philip Martin, Mel Mercier, Natalia Milstein, The Máirtίn O’Connor Trio, John O’Conor, Geraldine O’Grady, Micheál O’Suilleabhain, Cara O’Sullivan, Redmond O’Toole, Gerald Peregrine, Ioana Petcu-Colan, Alex Petcu, Maurice Seezer, Peter Sweeney, Hugh Tinney, The RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet…

Students from the Cork School of Music who have also played a significant role in developing the concerts include:
Aoife Burke, Elizabeth Cooney, Sophie Creaner, Ed Creedon, Cian Ducrot, Eoin Ducrot, Jonathan Freeman-Atwood, Brendan Garde, Elaine Kelly, Christine Kenny, David Kenny, Catherine Leonard, Tríona Milne, Siún Milne, Hugh Murray, Tom O Drisceoil, Conor Palliser, Caoimhe De Paor, Ioana Petcu-Colan, Nicky Sweeney…

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Sponsorship 2019

2019 SPONSORS OF ST. BARRAHANE’S CHURCH FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND THE BARRAHANE MUSIC SERIES
Union Hall Smoked Fish
Wolfe & Co., Solicitors, Skibbereen
Field’s SuperValu, Skibbereen
The West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen
West Cork Music, Bantry
Clona Decorators Ltd. Clonakilty
SPONSORSHIP SCHEMEOur summer Festival in the past comprised six concerts during July and August at St. Barrahane’s Church, Castletownshend but last year, however, we made a big change by adding seven extra concerts as the Barrahane Music Series, and using the additional venues of Abbeystrewry Church and Christ Church, Glandore.

This turned out to be a great success that we endeavor to continue this year but staging quality concerts of classical and Irish traditional music is expensive. The money is raised mainly by ticket sales and grants when available. The average attendance is 70 -100 people but the profits, if any, are small after paying the musicians’ fees ranging from €600-2500 and all other expenses such as advertising posters and signage, piano hire, printing of programmes, hiring of porta-loos and so forth.

The programme for this year will start with a special project:  The Dawn of Romanticism.
It is a series of 3 different concerts by the pianist Fionnuala Moynihan and colleagues on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of May.

Another very special concert will be on Saturday 8th June. John O’Conor will give a solo piano recital in Memory of Mrs. Angela Eborall, who sadly passed away last year. She was one of the founders of this Festival and the one who over many years made it such a success.
In July there will be a performance by the rising star, violinist Patrick Rafter in Glandore.
Pianist Thérèse Fahy and The Prism Ensemble (all members of the National Concert Orchestra) will perform in Castletownshend at the beginning of August and on the 15th of August there will be a lively concert by the Cork based Musica Orchestra. A full programme schedule is be available on our website.

The purpose of the St. Barrahane’s Church Music Festival is:
• promoting high quality classical music, old and new
• giving enjoyment to locals and tourist
• providing a stage for artists, established as well as aspiring ones, especially from the Cork School of Music.

To help with these expenses, last year we introduced two schemes, a SPONSORSHIP Scheme, which is the reason for this letter, and also a FRIENDS Scheme. For the Sponsorship Scheme, we are seeking a donation of €250 in support from local enterprises to cover the six summer season concerts in July and August.

This entitles a sponsor to:
•The Company logo/name displayed prominently at the concert venue.
•The Company logo/name on all our publications and brief message if available.
•A full page on our website and/or links to yours.
•Verbal acknowledgement before commencement of all the concert.
•Invitation to a Sponsors/Friends Reception during the Season.
•Reserved seats (but not free) if attending any concert – 24 hour notification required.
The Future: The costs of staging concerts continue to increase. We have a constant battle to keep down our admission price while at the same time maintaining the high quality of performers and concerts. If we are to remain viable, your support would be invaluable and very much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Reverend John Ardis,
Hon. Chairperson