St. Barrahane’s Church Festival of Music

St. Barrahane’s Church of Ireland


(8km from Skibbereen)

Co. Cork, P81 AH51


+353 86 226 4797 (Jacqueline Weij)

Anne-Marie Papin Labazordière – Harp, Sokol Koka – Cello

July 20, 2023

8:00 pm

St. Barrahane’s Church, Castletownshend, P81 AH51

Tickets €20
online, at the door, at Thornhill Electrical Skibbereen
or text/call 086 2264797



Programme will definitely include

– Nocturne by Bellini

– Improvviso Drammatico by Tedeschi

– Pièce en forme de Habanera by Ravel

– Le cygne by Saint-Saëns

– Beau soir by Debussy

– Café 1930 by Piazzolla

– Les larmes de Jacqueline by Offenbach

– Promenade d’automne by Tournier

– 2nd mvmt of g minor Sonata by Bach

– O du mein holder abenstern by Wagner

Anne-Marie Papin Labazordière started the harp when she was 9. After obtaining a Premier Prix de la ville de Paris in Harp performance at 17, she decided to focus on language studies in university, choosing English and Russian.

It is when she started playing with the Choeur et Orchestre des Grandes Ecoles in Paris, that

she decided to concentrate solely on music. She attended the Royal College of Music in London and after a Postgraduate Diploma in Harp Performance, won a scholarship to start a Masters in Harp Performance.

Anne-Marie moved to Ireland in 2007 and has since performed with different orchestras such as Cork Opera House Orchestra, RTE Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, and Ulster Orchestra. She teaches the harp in Cork School of Music.

Sokol Koka. Born in Durrës, Albania, Sokol Koka began studying cello in the music school of his city where he graduated with the highest honor in 1990. He continued his studies in the High School of Fine Arts of Tirana for two years before joining the cello class of Professor Rocco Filippini in the Conservatory “G.Verdi” of Milan, Italy where he graduated in 1995. Later he got a Masterclass Diploma in chamber music from Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, München. He was the recipient of Rheinland-Pfalz-Foundation for chamber music “Villa Musica” and joined also the masterclasses of Georgy Kurtag in Prussia Cove. Apart his chamber music activity, Mr.Koka has been from 1997 to 2008 member of the Symphony Orchestra of Milan “G.Verdi”. In 2009 he won the audition of RTE National Symphony Orchestra and moved to Dublin.Currently, Mr.Koka is a freelance chamber music and orchestra musician with RTE Concert Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra.