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Félicien Brut – accordion Christian-Pierre La Marca – cello, a Music Network Tour

Saturday 12 November 2022, 3 pm, Myross Wood House, Leap

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Christian-Pierre La Marca cello

Félicien Brut accordion

How many things are unlikely about a cello and accordion duo? At first sight, it seems that some musical world has been turned upside-down. You might think of an otherworldly violin sonata instrumentation with treble and bass flipped—or that the poor misfit accordion, side-lined from the classical canon, was paired with one of the orchestra’s popular crowd. But despite any superficial assumptions about this improbable pair, once you hear the combination, few things are as captivating as the sound of a cello and an accordion together. It is a shared reedy richness, mellow and smooth, enriched by the distinctive phrasings of bellow and bow-stroke. These are highly complementary instruments which produce an ever-varying tapestry of sound. Both La Marca and Brut share a love of innovative programming, a curiosity for a wide range of repertoires and styles, and a support of new works for their respective instruments. In the case of Félicien Brut, this new-music quest truly expands the canon and enriches the number of modern classical works for the accordion. This stunning classical duo of new generation French virtuosos brings Music Network’s Autumn 2022 Season to a fantastic finish with a genre-busting programme World Songs spanning the Baroque to the modern day, including a not-to-be-missed premiere of a new Music Network commission by Irish composer Judith Ring.


World Songs – including music by Bach, Rameau, Paganini, Gershwin, Galliano and more.

Christian-Pierre La Marca is a master of his instrument…and a musician of lyrical elegance” (Gramophone Magazine)

Félicien Brut’s sensitivity…was fascinating in its clarity, agility, and timbre” (Diapason Magazine)

Tender and intelligent music that makes you want to dream as much as to dance” (France Info [on Brut])

A wonderful nuanced performance with Schubert’s sparkling melodies shining through” (The Telegraph [on La Marca])

Leaving the audience spiritually uplifted and crying for more” (The Herald [on La Marca])

[A] new ambassador of the accordion in the classical world” (Le Figaro [on Brut])


Marin Marais: La Folia – Christian-Pierre La Marca

Félicien Brut et Thibaut Garcia – Astor Piazzolla: Zita

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Ailbhe McDonagh – cello, John O’Conor – piano

Wednesday 12 October 2022, 8 pm, Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen

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Beethoven: Op. 5 No. 1

Beethoven: Op 69


Faurè: Sicilienne

Faurè: Apres un Reve

Faurè: Elegie

McDonagh: Skellig

McDonagh: Fandango

McDonagh: Valencia (tour world premiere)

Popper: Hungarian rhapsody

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Arthur Greene – Organ Kevin Meehan – Violin

Friday 2 September 2022, 8 pm, St. Barrahane’s Church, Castletownshend
Arthur Greene – organ & Kevin Meehan – violin

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Toccata in F major BuxWV157         Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)


Sonata in D major J. H. Schmeltzer (?-1680)

   Violin and organ

Chaccone in F minor Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)


Passacaglia in G minor Heinrich Biber (1644-1704)


Chaccone in C minor          Buxtehude


Short break

Chaccone in E minor               Dietrich Buxtehude



   Violin and organ

Chaccone in D minor                Johann Pachelbel


Sonata no. 2 in D major from the ‘Frankfurter Sonatas’

                  G.P Telemann (1681-1767)

   Violin and organ

Kevin Meehan is currently taking the Bachelors in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, where he studies baroque and modern violin with Claire Duff and Mia Cooper respectively.

Kevin has a special interest in baroque music, and is a member of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra. He is the former leader of Waterford Symphony Orchestra, and amongst other groups, he has also performed with Wexford Sinfonia and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Philharmonia. He has participated in masterclasses with Bróna Cahill and David Edmonds.

Kevin has performed many public concerts with chamber ensembles and quartets around Ireland, and has lead multiple baroque chamber groups at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

This month, Kevin will fly to Croatia with the other members of the Irish Youth Barroque Orchestra to play in a baroque festival in Varaždin.

Arthur Greene began playing the organ at the age of sixteen having already played the piano for many years. In 2015 he moved to Dublin from his native Kildare to read music at Trinity College Dublin. He held the title of organ scholar to the college for three consecutive years from 2017 – 2020, working under the director of chapel music, Dr. Kerry Heuston.

In 2019 he went to study full time in the Royal Irish Academy of Music completing a Masters in performance under Dr. David Adams. He continued to study composition and also took up the harpsichord during this time. He completed his studies in 2021 and was awarded an overall distinction. Although his main focus during his masters was in the baroque music of the 17th and early 18th century he enjoys performing across many genres including jazz and free improvisation.

He is the current organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. Alongside this he works as a teacher, performer and composer.

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The Moynihans in Concert

Thursday 18 August 2022, 8 pm, St. Barrahane’s Church, Castletownshend
The Famous Moynihan Family
Diarmuid Moynihan – uilleann pipes, Donncha Moynihan – guitar, Deirdre Moynihan – soprano & fiddle, Kieran Moynihan – flute, Fionnuala Moynihan – piano
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West Cork Choral Singers

Thursday 11 August 2022, 8 pm, St. Barrahane’s Church, Castletownshend

Director Susan Nares.

Soloists Orlaith Horan – soprano, Michael Krauss – baritone.

Colin Nicholls – organ and piano, Nora Killeen – violin, Diana Llewellyn – cello, Kevin Lewis – choir accompanist, Double Bass – Aisling Creedon, Harp – Ann-Marie Papin Labazordiere. Tickets €20, online, at the door, at Thornhill Electrical, Skibbereen or text/call 086 226 4797

The Choir gratefully acknowledges the support from the Cork County Council through the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme


‘Dirait-on’ by Morten Lauridsen

‘Plaisirs d’Amour’ by Jean-Paul Martini (arr. King’s SInger’s)

À Chloris’ by Reynaldo Hahn

Après un Reve’ by Fauré

‘La Source’ Opus 44, by Alphonse Hasselmans

‘Pleurs D’Or’ op.72 by Fauré

Meditation’ from Thais, by Jules Massenet

Entr’acte’ by Jacques Ibert

‘Caro nome che il mio cor’ by Verdi


Requiem’ by Gabriel Fauré

Programme Notes

Two Songs

‘Dirait-on, by Morten Lauridsen

So they say’.This piece comes from a set of 5 lyrical pieces called ‘Les Chanson des Roses’ composed in 1993. Lauridsen was inspired by Rilke’s 1927 poems, Les Roses, that lovingly and elegantly explore the beautiful rose. In this movement, the lyrics reflect on the way the rose’s delicate petals enfold each other so lovingly. Complete unto itself, unlike Narcissus, it is redeemed.

‘Plaisirs d’Amour’ by Jean-Paul Martini (arr. King’s SInger’s)

The pleasure of Love’. A cautionary tale on the fleeting quality of love of a faithless lover and the enduring pain that can follow. This setting of the poem Célestine by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian was composed in 1784.

Sung by the choir, Accompaniment by Kevin Lewis

À Chloris by Reynaldo Hahn

Baritone Michael Krauss, Accompanist Colin Nicholls

Hahn set this poem by the 17th Century poet Théophile de Viau in 1916. It is based on love for the beautiful Chloris, a nymph associated with Spring, flowers and new growth. The joys of reciprocal love makes the young lover feel like a king! The Accompaniment is based on Bach’s ‘Air on a G string’

Après un Reve by Fauré

Soprano Orlaith Horan, Accompanist Colin Nicholls

‘After a dream’, composed from 1870 to 77, is an example of the lyricism of Fauré’s early works. There have been many arrangements of this beautiful music. The lyrics describe a dream of romantic flight away from the earth ‘towards the light’. Wakefulness threatens the dream state and the singer pleads for the night to return.

‘La Source’ Opus 44 by Alphonse Hasselmans

Harp Solo Ann-Marie Papin Labazordiere

Hasselmans taught harp at the Paris Conservatoire and did much to promote the popularity of modern harp playing. This piece, composed in 1898, is evocative of a fresh Spring scene, with bubbling water, green grass and fresh flowers.

‘Pleurs DOr’ op.72 by Fauré

Soprano Orlaith Horan, Baritone Michael Krauss, Accompanist Susan Nares

The lyrics of this delicious duet are based on a text by Albert Victor Samain entitled “Larmes”, (Tears) from Au jardin de l’Infante, first published 1893. Fauré’s setting changed the title to “Pleurs d’or” was published in1897. The music and text weave a tapestry evocative of water, bells, starlight and love.

Meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet

Nora Killeen solo violin, Accompanist Susan Nares

This piece was written as an intermezzo between the first and second acts of Massenet’s opera Thaïs in 1894. Here, the heroine, tries to meditate and align herself to spiritual belief and service. She attempts to revoke her previous life of parties and courtly pleasures. We hear and feel her struggles in this exquisite piece of romantic writing.

Entr’acte by Jacques Ibert

Flute Susan Nares, Ann-Marie Papin Labazordiere

In 1935 Ibert wrote incidental music for a French production of Pedro Calderon’s ‘El médico de su honra’. A tragic tale of jealous love and revenge. The music is unmistakably inspired by Andalusian music, moving between restrained passion and breathless dancing.

Caro nome che il mio cor by Verdi

Soprano Orlaith Horan, Accompanied by ‘The Ensemble’

This well-loved aria written for coloratura soprano, from the first act of Verdi’s opera Rigoletto portrays the heroine’s innocent naivety. The aria is a breathtaking portrayal of young love. Here, our heroine is unaware of the dark dealings, trickery and jealousy going on in the background. The libretto is based on a play by Victor Hugo called ‘Le roi s’amuse’.


Requiem by Gabriel Fauré

Soprano soloist Orlaith Horan, Baritone Soloist Michael Krauss, Accompaniment: Colin Nicholls – organ and ‘The Ensemble’

So many composers have been inspired to compose settings of the Requiem Mass. Fauré’s requiem of 1888 stands apart in its gentle intensity. He wanted to create something that was consoling and helpful, in which people can rest in peace at the end of their lives. This amazing work depicts the timelessness of human existence, the procession of generations, human longings, profound sorrow, fear of the unknown, as well as light, hope, the ultimate joys of heaven, and, above all, peace.

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Gemma Magner – soprano, Caitríona O Mahony – baroque violin, James Taylor – organ and harpsichord

Thursday 4 August 2022, 8 pm, St. Barrahane’s Church, Castletownshend
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A joyful programme of 16th/17th century Italian music and Irish arrangements.
Programme booklet with texts and translation included.

For the duration of the Festival there will be toilets available at the church.


Se l’aura spira tutta vezzosa (1630)           Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)
                           Gemma, Caitríona, James
L’Amante Segreto (1651) Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677)
                           Gemma, Caitríona, James
Augellin che’l tuo Amor (1620)    Stefano Landi (1587-1639)
                           Gemma, James
Sonata Representativa        Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)
                          Caitríona, James
Ohimè, ch’io cado     Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
                          Gemma, James
Holländsche Nachtigall        Johann Adam Reincken (1643-1722)
My Lagan Love                        Traditional
                       Gemma, James
Táimse im’ chodladh         Traditional, the Hibernian Muse (ca. 1770)
O’Rourke’s Feast      Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738)
                                  with divisions & bass by L. Bocchi (fl. 1720)
                     Caitríona, James
Eibhlín a Rún   Traditional with variations by M. Dubourg (1703-1767)
                    Gemma, Caitríona, James
The Lark in the Clear Air         Traditional
                     Gemma, Caitríona
Zefiro Torna (1632)   Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
                    Gemma, Caitríona, JamesThe Cork County Harpsichord

The Cork County Harpsichord was made by the renowned English instrument maker Michael Johnson and purchased by Cork County Council in 2000 with assistance from the Arts Council.

The harpsichord is a copy of a mid-eighteenth century Franco-Flemish double manual instrument.  The original, a Goermans/Taskin harpsichord c.1764-83, is in the Russell Collection in Edinburgh.  It was chosen especially for its versatility.  As a solo instrument it has the range and capacity to enable the performance of virtually the entire harpsichord repertoire.  The harpsichord can be easily transposed to modern concert pitch or baroque pitch enabling it to be used in ensemble with either modern of period instruments.

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Sharon Carthy – Mezzo Soprano | Jonathan Ware – Piano

Thursday 28 July 2022, 8 pm, St. Barrahane’s Church, Castletownshend

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A programme full of beautiful songs by Schubert, taken from their CD Schubert’s ‘Four Seasons’.   Viola
Die Sommernacht

An den Mond in einer Herbstnacht
An den Mond
Der Winterabend
Am Meer
Des Fischers Liebesglück
Die junge Nonne  and more

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Jerry Creedon & Friends

Thursday 21 July 2022, 8 pm, St. Barrahane’s Church, Castletownshend
Jerry Creedon and Friends
Jerry Creedon – guitar, Eilis O’Sullivan – flute, Hugh McCarthy – cello

Tickets €20, online, at the door, at Thornhill Electrical, Skibbereen or text/call 086 226 4797


1. Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

Two Preludes

Nr. 1 in E minor – Homage to the Brazilian Countryside

Nr. 4 in E minor – Homage to the Brazilian Indians

2. Andrew York (b. 1958)

Transilience for guitar, flute, and cello

Allegro – Largo – Allegro

3. Solfa Carlile (b. 1985)


4. Jaime M. Zenamon (b. 1953)

Reflexóes No. 6 for cello and guitar

Fluido – Doloroso – Vivissimo

5. Turlough O’Carolan (1670 – 1738)

(a) Planxty Sudley

(b) Farewell to Music

(c) Carolan’s Concerto


6. Isaac Albeniz (1864 – 1909)

Asturias from Suite Espagnole for piano, op. 47

7. Jacques Ibert (1890 – 1962)


8. J.S. Bach (1685 -1750)

Prelude from Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012

9. Theolonius Monk (1917 – 1958)

Round Midnight

arr. Jim Pennell

10. Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)

(a) Bordel 1900 from Histoire Du Tango

(b) Libertango

arr. Jerry Creedon

11. Trad. Argentinian

Bailecito de Procesion

arr. Trevor Wye

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St. Barrahane’s Church, Castletownshend

St. Barrahane’s Church, Castletownshend, Co. Cork, Ireland.

In the Parish of Castlehaven.


This parish first appears in the decretal epistle of Pope Innocent III (1199) as Glenberchin.

In the visitation book of 1615 it is called Glenbarahan.

The patron saint has been identified with Berehan, son of Man of Sil Ludach Laidhe.

The eastern gable of the original Church still stands in the old graveyard at Castlehaven, at the south-western end of the harbour.

Owing to a movement of the Protestant population eastwards to the village then forming, now called Castletownshend, a petition was sent in 1756 to the Lord Lieutenant and his Majesty’s Privy Council of Ireland asking permission to build a church more in the centre of the parish “owing to the danger of shipwreck suffered by the devout on their way to church in winter”.

This petition was granted the same year by the Lords Justice and Council of Ireland and a church was built on the existing site in 1761. An acre of land for the church and graveyard was sold to the parish by Richard Townsend for the nominal price of five shillings.

This Church cannot have been well built or maintained as there is an entry in the minute book of the Select Vestry, dated 19th April, 1824, which reads: “Resolved that from the ruinous state of the present Church it is absolutely expedient that a new one be built.” The present church was therefor built on the same site, in 1826, at a cost of £1,384. 12s3¾d.

On December 16th 1976 a service of thanksgiving was held for the 150 years of use of the present Church. At this sesquicentenary service, the sermon was preached by the then Primate of all Ireland, the Most Reverend Dr. G. O. Simms. There was a large congregation of many denominations.


The ancient patrons of the living were the chiefs of the O’Driscoll Clan. After the rebellion in1601 and subsequent flight to Spain it was granted alternately to the Bishop of Ross and the British Crown. This arrangement continued until the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland in 1870.


The architect was James Pain, Provincial Architect.

The Church is built of stone from Horse Island. This is the larger island at the mouth of the harbour. For some unknown reason it was most clearly stated in the specification that no American timber was to be used anywhere in the Church. Originally it had the high box pews, each with its own door, that were normal at the period. These were replaced by the present pews in 1889.

Church Approaches.

There are fifty-two steps up to the Church, one for every Sunday of the year. The iron arches and handrail are of local craftsmanship, the former in the memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Chavasse and the latter in memory of the Vice-Admiral Boyle Somerville, C.M.G. and Mrs. Somerville of the Point House.

Church Doors.

The outer Church doors, erected in 1950 and made of teak, are in memory of the Very Reverend Harry Becher, late Dean of Ross and Mrs. Becher. He was Rector of this Parish from 1891-1914. The inner doors erected in 1948 are of oak and are in memory of Major Henry Chavasse of Seafield.

The Porch.

Here is an oar from a ship’s boat of “SS Lusitania” sunk by enemy action in 1915, not far from the harbour. It stands here in memory of the many drowned passengers and crew who were brought into the harbour.


The East Window:

This represents the Blessed Virgin and the Child Christ. On their right are the Three Kings with their gifts of gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. On the left are the Shepherds with St. Joseph in the background. The three Saints in the headlights are St. Brigid, one of the patron saints of Ireland, St. Fachtna, founder of the diocese of Ross, and St. Barrahane, patron saint of this parish. The window is by Harry Clarke of Dublin (1889-1931) one of the greatest glass craftsmen of modern times. It was substituted (by permission) for an earlier window that was erected in 1872 by Thomas Somerville, D.L. of Drishane House, in this parish, in memory of his wife, Henrietta Townsend of Castletownshend. The present window was given in the year 1915 by the grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Somerville to the memory of their grandparents.

Window in the South Wall of the Chancel:

Here is a small window of exceptional beauty also by Harry Clarke. It is in memory of Sir Egerton Coghill, Bart., of Glenbarrahane, himself a painter, and represents St. Luke the Apostle, patron of painters. Note the head of the Blessed Virgin sketched on the palette in the Saint’s hand. Round the central figure in miniature are the figures of St. John, St. Fidelis (name-day saint of Sir Egerton), St. Barrahane holding the Church and St. Cecilia seated at her organ.

The Eastern Window on the North Side:

This is a memorial to LT. Col. Thomas henry Somerville Drishane. It represents Archangels Gabriel ad Michael (the Messenger of the Lord and Captain of the Heavenly hosts respectively). The details of the wings, armour and vestments are worthy of note, especially the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The window is by Powell of London.

The Eastern Most window on the South Side

Is in memory of the Colonel’s wife Adelaide, born Coghill. It represents Hope and Charity and is also by Powell.

Second Window on the South Side:

This is a memorial to Sir Joscelyn Coghill, Bart., and to his eldest son, Lieu. Neville Coghill, V.C., who died saving the colours of his regiment, the first Battalion of the 24th Foot (which later became the South Wales Borderers), at the battle of Isandlwhana against the Zulu’s. The two figures are those of St. Patrick and St. George. Between them may be seen the Irish Sea. This is another Powell window.

Third Window on the South Side is in memory of Colonel Kendall Coghill, C.B. a veteran of the Indian Mutiny. On the left can be seen St. Louis (Louis IX, King of France), an ancestor of Colonel Coghill. Over the head of the Saint are the poor men who used to fed at his table and, in the headlight is the ship in which he sailed to the east to fight the infidels, and the angels who guarded his ship. On the right is St. Martin of Tours, patron of soldiers. He was met by a poor beggar asking for clothing. St. Martin promptly cut his cloak I two with his sword, giving half to the beggar who kneels in the foreground. In the headlight can be seen the flaming sword of St. Martin. The window is also by Harry Clarke.

The bronze chandeliers, also the stone tablet on the North Wall are in memory of Dr. E. Œ. Somerville, Litt. D. The latter was designed by W.H. Sharpington. Both were subscribed for by the Doctor’s many American admirers.

Dr. Somerville is buried on the bank at the east end of the Church. Her grave is marked by a rough country stone, which she had chosen herself. Her lifelong friend and collaborator, Violet Martin (Martin Ross) lies beside her.

A symposium of the life and work of Somerville and Ross was organised by the parish in 1984.

The Chancel.

The holy table is of oak and very ancient, the greater part being worked with an adze and not a plane. The reredos will repay examination. On the right are the soldiers sleeping outside the empty tomb. Below the retable are two men in prayer.

The Holy Table and reredos had previously been in the hall of Shanacourt, a house in the village. Their earlier history is unknown but some believe they came from the original Parish Church. The whole is of great antiquity and was presented to the Church in memory of Violet Martin, by her friend and cousin, Dr. E. Œ. Somerville.

The Cross on the Holy Table was presented in 1964 in memory of Capt. Henry Owen Dabridgecourt Becher. It was made by Egan of Cork. Previously Canon 36 of the Church of Ireland forbade a Cross in this position.

The Floor Mosaic was designed by Dr. E. Œ. Somerville. It is based on Celtic symbols and decorations and includes the fish (the primitive symbol of the holy name), and two representations of the Ardagh Chalice. It was laid in 1925 by Rust & Co. of England. Most of the gold mosaic had to be replaced in 1964.

The Baptistery.

This is on the north side of the Church. It was originally the private pew of the Townshends of the Castle and the present Vestry was their anteroom. The font cover is in memory of Mrs. Judith Isabel Chavasse of Seafield. It is a copy, made in Rosscarbery, of an ancient font cover in St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal. Around the baptistery are stalls, which bear the arms of some incumbents of the parish. Two boards bearing their names hang in the baptistery. The cushions were made by the ladies of the parish. The large marble memorial on the west wall is a history of the Townshend family. It was erected in 1903 by Mrs. Geraldine Henrietta Townshend Mundy. (N.B.  Since 1870 some branches of the Townsend family have spelt their name Townshend.)

The Organ Loft.

The Organ, which was built by Foster & Andrews of Hull in 1872 and installed at a cost of £168.0.6d., carries a plaque stating that Dr. E. Œ. Somerville acted as organist for seventy years, from 1875 to 1945. It was restored in 1957 in memory of Jane Townsend of the Red House.

June 1996.