Castletownsend prepares for St Barrahane’s Church Festival of Music

Posted on: 7th July, 2014

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Since 1980, St Barrahane’s Church in the village of Castletownshend has hosted a music festival, which draws distinguished musicians from around the world. This summer, each Thursday evening from July 17 to August 14, will find well-respected artists from Italy, France, USA and Ireland playing classical music in this intimate setting. St Barrahane’s Church contains stained glass windows by Harry Clark of Dublin, and boasts exceptional acoustics, making it a very special musical venue. Proceeds from the concert series help contribute to the upkeep of this historic church.

The season begins at 8pm on Thursday, July 17 with a programme of works by Beethoven, Debussy and Rachmaninov, performed by Christopher Marwood on cello and Alexander Bernstein on piano. Christopher Marwood is a member of the RTE Vanbrugh Quartet and teaches at Cork School of Music. Alexander Bernstein, a native of San Francisco, is currently studying at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He has performed with orchestras and as a solo artist throughout the US and Europe.

On July 24, the concert will feature the Ducrot family: Sabine on piano and flute, Eoin on violin and Cian on flute, with a programme of music by Bach, Brahms Szymanowski and Reinecke. On July 31, pianist John O’Connor will play works by Beethoven, Schubert and Field, and the August 7 event will highlight soprano Anna Devin singing music by Grieg, Wolf, Rosini and Handel. On August 14, Italian singer and guitarist Federico Marincola will present a programme of Italian songs from 1575 to 1936 entitled ‘Stories of Love, Wine and Knives.’

Tickets are available at Thornhill Electrical in Skibbereen, at The Coffee Shop in Union Hall, or by contacting Nuala Gibbons at 087 637 1531 or Jacqueline Weij at 028 33752. Check the full programme of concerts at the website: www.barrahanemusic.ie.

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SuperValu and AsIAm host unique exhibition in Clonakilty

SuperValu and AsIAm.ie will host a unique exhibition which will enable the entire town of Clonakilty to experience what it is like for people with autism to deal with the world around them. The exhibition, which is free to visit, will be hosted in the Clonakilty Parish Hall from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 27th September. The exhibition represents the final part of the four month journey the town has been on to becoming Ireland’s first ever fully accredited Autism Friendly Town and guests are invited to join on a ‘pop-in’ basis.

The exhibition uses an engaging “questions and answers” format as well as a series of activities to answer people’s questions and enable visitors to step into the shoes of those with the condition. This includes using sound, smells, touch and sight experiments to bring neurotypical (those without Autism) people into the world of those with the condition.

“People with autism often experience a sense of being overwhelmed and confused by what others see as normal life, and this exhibition will allow those attending to understand this more than they have done before,” according to the CEO of AsIAm Adam Harris. “Through visiting this exhibition we believe people will be much better equipped to engage with people with autism who they meet regularly in their day-to-day lives.”

Visitors are given an MP3 player which gives them an audio guide through 15 stages which allow them experience different aspects of life with autism.

Under SuperValu and AsIAm’s guidance, the town of Clonakilty has undertaken a commitment to become fully Autism Friendly – a first for anywhere in Ireland. Over the last four months Adam Harris, founder of AsIAm, and his team have been working with the entire community to receive official Autism Friendly Accreditation.

To do this the town as a whole must deliver:

Engagement and training 25% of businesses and voluntary organisations
Engagement and training of 50% of public services
Engagement and training of 50% of school communities
Engagement and training of 50% of healthcare professionals
Engagement of 3 employers
Reaching 25% of the town’s population
The town has almost reached these targets with this exhibition representing the last piece of the journey reaching and educating as many of the community as possible.

The exhibition was developed by the AsIAm Youth Leadership Team, a group of young people with Autism who act as advocates for the organisation. It is part of a larger campaign to engage young people in Autism issues which includes a social media campaign and a website, youthhub.asiam.ie

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