viernes, 8 de mayo de 2015


The 2nd DONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL is taking place in the beautiful setting of Glenveagh National Park between 29th of May to 7th of June.

The combination of fine music and Glenveagh, with its idyllic lake, garden and mountain setting, is always a memorable experience.

Tickets can be booked in advance only. Booking is essential. An Grianán TheatreBox Office on 074 9120777 or online at www.angrianan.ticketsolve.com





martes, 28 de abril de 2015


2nd Donegal Chamber Music Festival

Friday 29th May to Sunday 7th June 2015 


Donegal Chamber Music Society
in association with Donegal Music Education Partnership,
the Regional Cultural Centre and the Glebe Gallery
presents the


Featuring artists:
Donegal Chamber Orchestra
Amy Gillen - flute
Szabó-Yélamo String Duo
DMEP’s Junior String Orchestra
& Intermediate Orchestra
Denise Blake, poet
Donegal Camerata String Quartet
Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhride, sean-nós singer
The Conwal Singers
Donegal Camerata String Quintet
and the music of composer Derek Ball



The 2nd DONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL is taking place in the beautiful setting of Glenveagh National Park between 29th of May to 7th of June.

The combination of fine music and Glenveagh, with its idyllic lake, garden and mountain setting, is always a memorable experience.


Tickets can be booked in advance only. Booking is essential. An Grianán Theatre Box Office on 074 9120777 or online at www.angrianan.ticketsolve.com



Friday 29th May, 8pm. Orchestral Opening concert
Donegal Chamber Orchestra with guest soloist flautist Amy Gillen


Programme
Boyce Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 2
Delius Two Aquarelles for String Orchestra (To be Sung of a Summer Night on the Water)
Derek Ball (b. 1949) Monsters from the Forest (1996)
Mascagni Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana”
Johann and Josef Strauss Pizzicato Polka, Opus 234
Glazunov (150th Anniversary) Theme and Variations in G minor, op. 97
Vivaldi Flute Concerto No. 3 in D major, Op. 10, RV 428 "Il Gardellino"  
Soloist: Amy Gillen
http://angrianan.ticketsolve.com/shows/873532326/events…


Saturday 30th May, 12.30pm. Family Concert
DMEP’s Junior String Orchestra and Intermediate Strings
The Glebe House and Gallery, Churchill - Admission is FREE


Sunday 31st May, 8pm. Music and Poetry

Donegal Camerata String Quartet with poet Denise Blake
Haydn's "The Seven Last Words of Christ" Op. 51 with poems by Mark Strand
http://angrianan.ticketsolve.com/shows/873532329/events…

Monday 1st of June, 6.30pm. Classical Music & Irish Gaelic Songs

Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde with members of the Donegal Camerata

Programme

Mozart Divertimento in F Major, K. 138/125c
Tchaikovsky Andante Cantabile Op. 11
Derek Ball (b.1949) O'Carolan in Love (2011)
Laporte Intermède-pizzicato for string quintet
Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhride with members of Donegal Camerata
Caisleán na Finne • Seán Ó Duibhir a' Ghleanna • Síle Bhán Ní Shléibhín • 

Iníon an Bhaoiligh • Máire Bhruinneal • Slán don leabhar
http://angrianan.ticketsolve.com/shows/873532327/events…


Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th June 2015. Music Education
Donegal Music Education Partnership Chamber Music for Strings Programme 
at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

Friday 5th June, 8pm. Students Concerts. Regional Cultural Centre

Participants of the Chamber Music Course for Strings Programme 
Admission Free with a Retiring Collection (voluntary donations)


Saturday 6th June, 8pm. Choral Concert

The Conwal Singers conducted by Karen Paton 
"Songs for a Summer Evening"

Programme
Saint-Saens Calme des Nuits, Op. 68 No. 1
Delibes Avril
Janequin Ce mois de mai
Derek Ball (b. 1949) • Five Tagore Songs (2011)
Hughes  Gartan Mother's Lullaby (arr. K. Fitzsimons 1997)
Stanford My Love's an Arbutus
Isaac Innsbruck, I Must Leave You
Dowland Come Again, sweet love doth now invite
Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)  The Lily and the Rose (2002)
Two Negro Spiritual Songs arranged for chorus of mixed voices
• Steal away to Jesus - Arr. by Hugh S. Roberton
• Down by the Riverside - Arr. by Gwin Arch
http://angrianan.ticketsolve.com/shows/873532330/events…

Sunday 7th June 2015, 6.30pm. Closing Concert
Donegal Camerata String Quintet 

"Serenades at the Castle" 

Programme
Mozart Serenade in G major "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" K. 525 
Barber Adagio for strings, Op. 11
Malats Serenata Española (Spanish Serenade)

Derek Ball (b. 1949) Brian Rae's Berceuse (2002)
Dvořák Two Waltzes, Op. 54, Nos. 1 – 4 B. 105
Schubert Serenade (Schwanengesang, D. 957 No. 4)
Sokolov /Lyadov/Glazunov Friday Polka
Tárrega Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra)
Piazzolla Adiós Nonino /Oblivion /Libertango
http://angrianan.ticketsolve.com/shows/873532331/events…



martes, 3 de junio de 2014

Report from the 1st Donegal Chamber Music Festival 30th May- 1st June 2014

Report from the 1st Donegal Chamber Music Festival 30th May- 1st June 2014

The 1st Donegal Chamber Music Festival, held in Glenveagh and the Glebe Gallery, was a huge success. Four concerts were given over the course of the long weekend, and each was a delight for listener and player alike. The first and last concerts presented a variety of music from the classical repertoire spanning five centuries, and each of the four concerts contained a piece by the contemporary composer Vincent Kennedy, who also conducts the Donegal Youth Orchestra. Vincent gave illuminating introductions to his compositions ­ a bonus for the appreciative audiences. Guest artist in the Friday concert was the charming flautist Sarah Murphy, who excelled in both solo and ensemble performances. A surprising collaboration concluded the Saturday afternoon session in the auditorium of the Glenveagh Visitors Centre: the well-known Gweedore sean-nós singer Dominic Mac Giolla Bhríde sang a selection from his repertoire to the accompaniment of the Donegal Chamber Orchestra. These two very different worlds complemented and lifted each other in a wonderful blend.


Donegal Camerata String Quintet at Glenveagh Castle

This whole weekend of music did not happen out of the blue. Seven years of dedicated teaching and musicianship on the part of Victor Yelamo and his wife Orsolya have led up to this Festival in the beautiful setting of Glenveagh. Victor and Orsolya came to live in Donegal as a result of the establishment here of a Local Music Education Partnership (under the auspices of the former V.E.C., now E.T.B), which provides instruments and instrumental tuition across the county. Not content with teaching and playing at an international level ­ Victor and Orsolya play regularly with the celebrated Concerto Malaga ­ they have created other ensembles in Donegal. The Festival featured the Junior String Orchestra (which played in the courtyard of the Glebe Gallery in brilliant sunshine), the more advanced Donegal Chamber Orchestra and the fully professional Donegal Camerata String Quintet ­which brought the Festival to a joyous conclusion on the Sunday night. Thanks are due to the participants, the musicians, the audiences and all who facilitated the event.
 
Musicians and audience giving a warm ovation to Vincent Kennedy,
the featured composer of the 1st Donegal Chamber Music Festival

This 1st Donegal Chamber Music Festival was promoted by the Donegal Chamber Music Society (DCMS), an umbrella organization created in 2007 with the aim of fostering an appreciation of classical music in County Donegal. DCMS collaborates with other musical agencies, artists and workshops, and has been presenting regular monthly concerts in Letterkenny and elsewhere for the last three years. 

GRAHAM HARRISON Chairperson



miércoles, 30 de abril de 2014

1st “Donegal Chamber Music Festival” at Glenveagh National Park

Donegal Chamber Music Society
in association with Glenveagh National Park,
Donegal Music Education Partnership and the Glebe Gallery presents the
1st “Donegal Chamber Music Festival”

May 30th, 31st and June 1st


Featuring:
Sarah Murphy, flute
Szabó-Yélamo String Duo
DMEP’s Junior String Orchestra & Friends
Donegal Chamber Orchestra
Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, sean-nós singer 
Donegal Camerata String Quintet
and the music of composer Vincent Kennedy

FIRST DONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 
30th May-1st June 2014

The first DONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL is taking place in the beautiful setting of Glenveagh Castle. The Castle and estate, open to the public since 1986, lies midway between Letterkenny and Gweedore. The combination of fine music and Glenveagh, with its idyllic lake, garden and mountain setting, is always a memorable experience. FOUR CONCERTS WILL BE PRESENTED BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS, see below. As always, the Donegal Chamber Music Society promotes contemporary music-making in Ireland; the music of established Irish composer Vincent Kennedy (familiar to many from his outstanding work with the Donegal Youth Orchestra) will feature in each of the concerts, and some of them will be given their premiere in this Festival.

 Two evening concerts will be presented in the Castle drawing-room: the Friday concert features local and international instrumentalists with guest flautist Sarah Murphy. The Sunday concert will be given by the Donegal Camerata String Quintet. Glenveagh’s intimate drawing-room has limited seating accommodation, and concert guests have to be conveyed to the Castle by minibus from the Visitors Centre; patrons are advised to book early!  See below for booking details.

There will be two concerts on the Saturday: a free lunchtime concert in the nearby Glebe Gallery (beside Lough Gartan), given by the Junior String Orchestra of the Donegal Music Education Partnership, and an afternoon “Coffee Concert” in the Glenveagh Visitors Centre, featuring the Donegal Chamber Orchestra, with guest singer Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde. The “Coffee Concert” will include music by Bartók, Britten, Hindemith and Tchaikovsky, as well as traditional Irish songs accompanied by the orchestra. See below for booking details.
Graham Harrison, Chairperson Donegal Chamber Music Society

Friday 30th May
8 pm. Drawing Room, Glenveagh Castle. Admission: € 20
Bus leaving car park at 7.30pm. Booking essential. Tickets can be booked in advance only.  An Grianán Theatre Box Office: 074 9120777

Sarah Murphy, flute; Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo, violin; Lucia Spacirova, viola; Víctor Yélamo, cello
Music by W. A. Mozart, C. P. E. Bach, Charles Hubert Parry & Vincent Kennedy


Program
Leopold Mozart (1719 –1787): Divertimento for string trio No. 3                             
Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Syrinx, L. 129 for solo flute                                                 
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): London Trio No. 1 in C Major                                    
Vincent Kennedy (b. 1962): Memories (World Premier of the new version) (2011/14)     
Charles Hubert Parry (1848 – 1918): Two Intermezzi for String Trio                              
Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach (1714- 1788): Duetto for Flute and Violin, WQ 140       
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Flute Quartet in D Major, KV 285         

Note: This Program is subject to change without notice.


Saturday 31st May (2 concerts)

12:30pm. Lunchtime Concert in the Glebe Gallery.
FREE Admission. Glebe Gallery tea-shop open 11am-3pm.

DMEP’s Junior String Orchestra and Friends
(The Murray twins, cellist Michelle Gallagher, various String Ensembles and many more…)
Music by J. S. Bach, William Gluck, Edward Grieg, Vincent Kennedy

5pm. Coffee Concert in the Auditorium of the Visitors Centre, Glenveagh National Park. Admission: €10

Donegal Chamber Orchestra with guest sean-nós singer Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde

Music by Béla Bartók, Benjamin Britten, Paul Hindemith, P. I. Tchaikovsky, Vincent Kennedy plus sean-nós singer songs specially arranged for String Orchestra

Programme
Karl Jenkins (b. 1944): “Palladio” Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra (1st movement – Allegro)          
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Five Pieces for String Orchestra, Op. 44 (1st and 2nd mov.)                        
Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Elegy for string orchestra in G                                                             
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Simple Symphony Op. 4 (1st and 2nd mov.)                                                     
Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): “Italiana” from Ancient Airs and Dances - Suite No. 3                        
Vincent Kennedy (b. 1962): Etude for solo cello (2010)                                                                             
Béla Bartók (1881-1945): Hungarian Folk Tunes from the Series "For Children" BB 53, Sz.42         
Donegal Chamber Orchestra with Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhride                                                                  
Thíos i lár an Ghleanna / Líontar dúinn an crúiscín / Teanga na nGael
Is cianach corrach / Bainne na nGamhna

Note: This Program is subject to change without notice.


Sunday 1st June (Evening concert in Glenveagh)
8pm. Drawing Room, Glenveagh Castle. Admission € 20.
Bus leaving car park at 7.30pm. Booking essential. Tickets can be booked in advance only.  An Grianán Theatre Box Office: 074 9120777


Donegal Camerata String Quintet
(Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo, Claire Cunningham, violins; Lucia Spacirova, viola; Víctor Yélamo, cello; Michael McGinty, double bass)

Programme
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Divertimento in F Major, K. 138/125c                   
Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Adagio for strings, Op. 11                                                                        
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Sinfonia in C Major, RV 116                                                          
Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909): Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra)
Joaquím Malats (1872-1912): Serenata Española (Spanish Serenade)                                 
Louis Laporte (ca.1850 - 1922): Intermède-pizzicato for string quintet                                          
Vincent Kennedy (b. 1962): "A Beautiful Peace - Butterflies Over Gartan" (2014) World Premiere 
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Oblivion & Libertango                
                                               
Note: This Program is subject to change without notice.


lunes, 17 de marzo de 2014

“THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF OUR SAVIOUR ON THE CROSS" Op. 51 by Franz Joseph Haydn

“THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF OUR SAVIOUR ON THE CROSS" IN CONWAL PARISH CHURCH ON SUNDAY 23rd MARCH

The Donegal Chamber Music Society continues its Sunday afternoon concert series in Letterkenny on 23rd of March. The Donegal Camerata will perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s "The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross" Op. 51 for string quartet in Conwal Parish Church.


Photo: The Donegal Camerata String Quartet with Rev. Canon Stewart Wright, who will be reading the "Seven Last Words of Christ" during the concert on Sunday

In 1786 Haydn was commissioned to compose an orchestral work called The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour On the Cross. The work was designed for a performance at the Good Friday service at the Cádiz Cathedral in Southern Spain. Haydn later adapted it for string quartet in 1787. The piece last about one hour and includes seven slow sections that are meditations on each of the last seven words or phrases spoken by Jesus on the Cross. Haydn also added an Introduction and a final movement called Earthquake. This deeply moving masterpiece is presented by the ensemble as a Lenten preparation for Holy Week.

The Donegal Camerata is an international string ensemble of professional players based in the North West. The string quartet consists of Hungarian violinist Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo (first violin), Northern Ireland violinist Claire Cunningham (second violin); Slovakian string player Lucia Spacirova (viola); Spanish musician Víctor Yélamo (cello).

"The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross", Op. 51 by Franz Joseph Haydn will be performed by the Donegal Camerata String Quartet on 23rd of March in Conwal Parish Church at 3pm. Admission €10/ 5, tickets will be available at the door.