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.