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Forthcoming concerts.

Saturday 9th October at 7.30pm Greenacres Art Gallery, Wexford

Music for Wexford and Musici Ireland present a recital by Lance Coburn, piano and Beth McNinch, viola, as part of the Wexford Arts Festival. Works will include Prokofiev, Schumann, Cole Porter, Carl Vine, Thea Musgrave and Liam Bates. Tickets can be booked on eventbrite. Search for Musici Ireland.

Sunday 7th November at 3.30pm, The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy

Mia Cooper and Lynda O’Connor, violin. Beth McNinch and Andrea Banciu, Viola and Bill Butt, cello.

A belated celebration of Beethoven and Bruch.

Tickets can be booked at

Friday 19th November at 8pm. St. Iberius Church, Wexford

A piano recital by Finghin Collins of works by Bach, Schubert, Brahms and Chopin.

Tickets at the door.

Sunday 12th May 2019 at 3.30pm

St Peter’s Church, Kilmore Quay

In association with the Irish String Quartet Foundation

The Doolan Quartet

David McElroy & Rachel Masterson, violin Martha Campbell, viola Grace Coughlan, cello

Doolan Quartet


Haydn: String quartet, Op.76 No.4 Sunrise

Janacek: String Quartet No.2

Beethoven: String Quartet Op.18 No.4

Ticket prices: €17, €14 (concessions) and €5 (students)

Tickets may be purchased at the door prior to the concert

The Doolan Quartet is an established ensemble comprised of full time students from CIT Cork School of Music, where they have received chamber music tuition from Simon Aspell, Gregory Ellis, Christopher Marwood, Adrian Petcu and Ruxandra Petcu-Colan.

The quartet performed in the National String Quartet Foundation Series in the Triskel Arts Centre and at the Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville, and received first prize in both the Feis Ceoil 2018 Chamber Music Cup and the CIT CSM Vanbrugh Chamber Music Competition 2018. Following these successes the ensemble performed at the National Concert Hall Feis Ceoil Gala Concert and at the RDS Rising Stars series 2018.

The Doolan Quartet also performed in the National String Quartet Foundation Cork County Series in autumn 2018, and enjoyed a masterclass with the renowned Emerson Quartet at the National Concert Hall.

The quartet has a keen interest in music education and outreach, and in October 2018 took part in West Cork Music’s Tuning Up programme, in association with Diane Daly and Cork County Council.

 Music for Wexford would like to acknowledge the support of the Arts Council for its 2019 concert series.


Saturday 27th April 2019 at 1.05pm

St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Tickets: €17, €15(concessions) & €5 (students)

Trio Rodin

Lively Spanish Trio returns to Wexford

Trio Rodin no 1 photo

Carles Puig, violin  Esther García, cello  Jorge Mengotti, piano


Mozart (1756-1791): Piano trio K.442 in D minor

Pärt (1935- ): Mozart-Adagio

Malats (1872-1912): Piano trio in B flat major

Dvorak (1841-1904): Piano trio no. 2 op. 26 in g minor


On Saturday 27th April, Trio Rodin returns to St. Iberius Church Wexford for a lunchtime (1.05pm) recital of works by Mozart, Dvorak, Malats and Arvo Pärt. Comprised of Carles Puig, violin, Esther Garcia, cello and Jorge Mengotti, piano, Trio Rodin was founded in 2011 in Utrecht. They are recognized as one of the outstanding young Spanish ensembles of their generation.

They have received several awards in prestigious international chamber music competitions such as 1st prize in the well-known Chamber Music Competition Montserrat Alavedra in Terrassa, the Jury Prize in the renowned Storioni Festival 2013 in s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, 2nd prize in the International Competition Villalgordo del Júcar in Albacete, Spain and 2nd prize in the Josep Mirabent i Magrans Competiton in Sitges, Spain. They have also been finalists in the International Competition Ecoparque de Trasmiera in Arnuero, Santander and in the Paper de Música de Capellades in Barcelona.

They’ve also performed in leading music halls and festivals all over Europe, such as The Concertgebouw Kleinezaal in Amsterdam, “Mas i mas” Festival in Barcelona and the “Festival de Musica de Camara de Monteleon. In recent years, their annual schedule has included concerts in Spain, Italy and Ireland. Their performances have also been broadcast by Radio 4 (The Netherlands) and Catalunya Música (Catalonia).

Music for Wexford would like to acknowledge the support of the Arts Council for its 2019 concert series.

Sunday 7th April 2019 at 3.30pm

St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Ashley Fripp, piano

Ashley FrippProgramme

Schubert: Four Impromptus, D.899

Chopin: 4 Mazurkas, Op. 24 : Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47

Thomas Ades: Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op.115

Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op.

British pianist Ashley Fripp has performed extensively as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. Highlights include the Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Philharmonie halls of Cologne, Paris, Luxembourg and Warsaw, the Bozar (Brussels), the Royal Festival, Barbican and Wigmore Halls (London), the Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), the Megaron (Athens), Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Gulbenkian Auditorium (Lisbon) and the Konserthus (Stockholm).

Saturday 23rd March 2019 at 4.30pm

The Jerome Hynes Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford

Tickets: €20, €17(concessions) & €5 (students)

Carducci String Quartet and Julian Bliss, clarinet

carducci string quartet

julian blissProgramme

Haydn: String Quartet Op.20 No.4

David Bruce: “Gumboots” Quintet

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op.115

You are invited to join us for a glass of wine in the Opera House after this concert.

Tickets may be purchased at the following locations:

Online at

In person at the National Opera House box office

At the door prior to each concert



Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinettists excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and tireless musical explorer.  He has inspired a generation of young players as a guest lecturer and creator of his Conn-Selmer range of affordable clarinets and introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument.

Matthew Denton and Michelle Fleming – violins
Eoin Schmidt-Martin – viola
Emma Denton – cello

The Carducci String Quartet has appeared at leading venues worldwide including Wigmore Hall, National Concert Hall Dublin, Tivoli Concert Hall Copenhagen, Carnegie Hall New York, and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center in Washington DC. The ensemble received a Chamber Music and Song Award from the Royal Philharmonic Society for the project in April 2016.

Acclaimed for its interpretation of contemporary repertoire, the Carducci String Quartet has premièred many specially composed works by composers including Huw Watkins, Huang Ruo, John McCabe, Michael Berkeley, Sven-Ingo Koch. In 2019 they will present three new works: a String Quartet by Karl Jenkins, a Piano Quintet by Kate Whitley, and a new suite for String Quartet by Jonny Greenwood with music from his score to the film There Will Be Blood. In addition to its busy concert schedule, the Quartet curates festivals both in Cheltenham and Castagneto Carducci in Italy – the town from which it took its name.

Sunday 17th February 2019 at 3.30pm

St. Iberius Church, Wexford


Miriam Roycroft, cello

Lance Coburn, piano



Martinů: (1890-1959)  Nocturnes H. 189, Four studies for Cello and Piano 

  • Andante moderato


    1. Lento
  • Moderato
  • Allegretto moderatoMartinů composed more music for cello and piano than any major composer since Beethoven.  Sadly, many of these works remain virtually unknown. As a teenager, Martinů was incredibly interested in French impressionist music and he would spend hours analysing new works.  With a small scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Martinů spent the period from 1923 to 1940 in Paris.  There he sought out Albert Roussel, who would become his teacher and mentor.


  1. Written in 1930, and dedicated to Karel Koštál, the ‘Quatre Nocturnes’, came at a time in his life when the cello caught Martinů’s interest. The Nocturnes are described as four pieces for cello with piano accompaniment.  They display a real folk-music blend with Martinů’s distinctive jazz-influenced rhythms, effects and colours much in evidence, asymmetric in the rhythm of the first piece. The second marked Lento, proceeds to a passage of cello chords, after the opening chords of the piano. A tender melody lies at the heart of this nocturne, before the return of the figuration of the opening. The third piece is equally evocative in its sustained melodic writing for the cello and the fourth opens with pizzicato in the cello, before the forward impetus of the bowed passage that follows. The plucked notes of the opening return in conclusion.
  2. During this time, Martinů’s music evolved enormously due to the many different stylistic influences he encountered, including jazz, neoclassicism, and surrealism.  Martinů was becoming increasingly interested in Baroque music but there was also a pull towards the folk music of his Czech homeland.


Beethoven: Sonata Op.69 in A major

  • Allegro ma non troppo
  • Scherzo: Allegro molto
  • Adagio cantabile – Allegro vivace



The Third Cello Sonata in A major is the most performed of Beethoven’s five sonatas for the instrument. It was composed during the highly productive year of 1808 which also saw the composition of the Violin Concerto, the two piano trios of op. 70 and the completion of both the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies.

Like the traditional 18th century and early 19th century sonata, it has three movements. However, the typical slow middle movement is replaced by a scherzo. The first movement begins with the cello alone playing a lyrical subject answered later by the piano. This principal theme and its subsidiary ideas are treated contrapuntally throughout the movement. The following scherzo, in the tonic minor, makes use of a syncopated main theme and a lyrical trio that is heard twice. The last movement is preceded by an Adagio introduction in the key of E major, making up for the lack of a proper slow movement. It soon gives way to the lighthearted and energetic A major Allegro which forms the remainder of the finale.     (With thanks to Joseph DuBose)


Falla (1876-1946): Suite Popular Española

  • El paño moruno
  • Nana
  • Canción
  • Polo
  • Austuriana
  • Jota



Manuel de Falla, born in Cadiz in 1871, is today perhaps the most famous exception to the general rule that the best known “Spanish” music was written by Frenchmen such as Bizet, Debussy, Chabrier and Ravel. Falla studied initially in Madrid, but on the advice of his teachers moved to Paris in 1907 where he met many of the composers who had an influence on his style. King Alfonso XIII of Spain granted him a stipend to stay in Paris, where he gradually developed his mature style. In 1914 at the request of a Spanish singer, he completed a set of songs for soprano and piano, which he called Siete canciones populares Españolas, but declined to allow them a first performance in Paris because he found French audiences preferred Spanish music written by their own composers.


The songs returned to Madrid with Falla when he was forced to leave France after the outbreak of the First World War, and they received their first performance in 1915 in Madrid, as something of a homecoming celebration for the composer. Following his return, Falla wrote most of the orchestral music for which he is now remembered, and instrumentalists identified the songs as good material for arrangements for them to play. Ten years later, Polish violinist Paul Kochanski reworked six of the songs for violin and piano, and a year or two later, French cellist Maurice Maréchal produced the version of the Suite for cello and piano, which we are going to hear this afternoon.

The six pieces reflect images of Seville, Andalusia, Asturias, and Aragon.


Chopin (1810-1849): Cello Sonata

  • Allegro moderato
  • Scherzo: Allegro con brio
  • Largo
  • Finale: Allegro



Chopin’s Cello Sonata represents an extraordinary effort on the part of a composer who, only a few years from the end of his life, determined to master a genre he had never before attempted. Only five chamber works by Chopin exist; three of them are for cello and piano. In poor health and the middle of an anguished breakup with George Sand, Chopin found it within himself to labour extensively on this work, making numerous sketches and revisions. “…with my cello sonata I am now contented, now discontented.” The result is a grand sonata on a scale with Chopin’s most serious and significant works. A big, virtuosic cello part is counterbalanced by masterful piano writing in which Chopin never compromises his unique style.

The first movement often gives the sense of having been improvised at the piano. In the second movement Scherzo Chopin initially uses a rhythmically assertive approach. However, he then considerably varies the mood, including material inspired by waltz-like dances. The third movement is brief and quite gentle. The Finale combines something like the bravura virtuosity of Chopin’s earliest works with the idiosyncratic update of that style he had recently accomplished in his “heroic” piano works.


This was the last work published during Chopin’s lifetime. It was also the work he performed at his final public concert, in 1848. He performed it with his friend, cellist August Franchomme, for whom it was written and to whom it is dedicated


The artists


Dublin born Miriam Roycroft studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Ralph Kirshbaum and Don McCall where she was awarded numerous prizes for cello and chamber music.  Upon graduation she won the Muriel Taylor Cello Competition in London and was a prizewinner in the Royal Overseas League which led to many appearances as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Britain.  She was a founder member of the Music Group of Manchester.   Further studies included a period in Banff, Canada, at the renowned Banff Centre for the Arts with Aldo Parisot.


Miriam has appeared as a soloist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and has played most of the major concerti for cello with orchestras throughout the UK and Ireland. She has been a guest leader of the cello sections of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia and has also guest co-led the cello sections of the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Miriam is currently principal cello of Camerata Ireland with whom she has toured America, China and Europe.  She played at the Music in Great Irish Houses Festival in June 2008 as part of the Festival Cello Octet with the American cellist, Steven Doane. During 2017-19, Miriam and pianist Lance Coburn are performing the entire compositions for cello and piano by Martinů at Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery.


Miriam has taught at the Junior School of the Royal Northern College of Music and the Leeds College of Music for many years. She was also a member of the Orchestra of Opera North in Leeds and has coached the lower string section of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.  She joined the String Faculty of the RIAM in Dublin in September 2006.


Miriam plays on a modern cello by Grubaugh and Seifert which she commissioned in 2004.

Since winning 1st prize at the Tomassoni International Piano Competition, Cologne in 2001, Lance Coburn has performed in Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Israel, Russia, United States, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and Korea as both concerto soloist and recitalist. He has performed with the Central Florida, the Israel and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the RTE National Symphony and Hibernian Orchestras in Dublin, and most other Australian Orchestras.


Blessed with a dazzling technique and innate musicianship, and charismatic performance flair, Lance also broadcasts frequently for radio Deutsche Welle, BBC Radio 3, Lyric FM (Ireland) and ABC FM (Australia).


Lance has also been the recipient of many other first prizes, including the Hephizibah Menuhin Scholarship, the inaugural Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, and the Australian Young Performers’ Award (Keyboard Section), culminating in a performance of Liszt’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, in the Sydney Opera House, which was also broadcast live across Australia on ABC Television.


Beginning his studies in his homeland of New Zealand, Lance furthered them in Australia, the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow and finally with John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.


He enjoys an active freelance career as a solo performer, chamber musician and accompanist. He is also a full time staff member of the keyboard faculty in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Lance lives in Dublin with his wife and two children.

Sunday 18th November at 3.30pm

St. Mary’s Church, Enniscorthy

Tickets: €17, €14 (concessions) & €5 students 

The Far Flung Trio

Katherine Hunka, violin

Dermot Dunne, accordion

Malachy Robinson, double bass

Far Flung Trio

The programme will include the Trio’s own arrangements of well-known classics by Rossini, Sarasate, Debussy, Dvorak and Gershwin and a fiery selection of Klezmer dance tunes.

Katherine Hunka is the leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Her duo with accordionist Dermot Dunne has been active in Ireland since 2007 when they toured in China with the ICO.    Dermot has performed in all major Irish venues and festivals including the National Concert Hall, Vicar Street, Belfast Opera House as well as The BBC Last Night at the Proms.  He has appeared as special guest in concerts given by such diverse acts as The Blind Boys of Alabama, Irish traditional group Altan and Welsh operatic star Katherine Jenkins.   Malachy Robinson is a colleague of Katherine in the ICO as well as having his own groups the Gregory Walkers and the Robinson Panoramic Quartet; he performs with period instrument orchestras, chamber music ensembles and is a member of the Crash Ensemble.    Katherine Hunka has performed as soloist with major Irish and British orchestras over a wide range of repertoire.  She toured in Ireland last year with pianist Hugh Tinney and British cellist Guy Johnston.    The musicians bring their experience over an extensive range of repertoire to their trio programmes, drawing their audiences into their performances in a fun way, guaranteed to entertain.

Saturday 10th November at 1.05pm

St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Tickets: €17, €14 (concessions) & €5 students 

Marja Gaynor, Baroque violin

James Taylor, harpsichord



Nicola Matteis (c.1670 – after 1714)

Diverse bizzarrie sopra la vecchia Sarabanda o pur Ciaccona

Isabella Leonarda (1620 – 1704)

Sonata duodecima op.16 (1693)

Johann Jakob Froberger (1616 – 1667)

Toccata VI

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 – 1767)

Sonata I in F major TWV 41:F4 (1734) | Andante – Allegro – Siciliana – Allegro

Johann Caspar F. Fischer (c.1665 – c.1746)

Passacaglia (from Musicalischer Parnassus, 1738)

Jean Joseph de Mondonville (1711-1772)

Sonata V in D major op.3 (1734) | Allegro – Aria – Allegro

Thomas Baltzar (c.1631 – 1663)

Variations on John come kiss me now (from John Playford’s The Division Violin, 1684)

Marja Gaynor was born in Finland but has been based in Cork since 2005. She was awarded a 1st class honours MA at Cork School of Music, and continued her Baroque violin studies at The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague with Pavlo Beznosiuk.

Marja is a member of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and Camerata Kilkenny. Both ensembles have released much-acclaimed recordings and toured nationally and internationally.  Marja is also a founder member of Giordani Quartet, Ireland’s only chamber group specialising in early Classical repertoire using period instruments.

Outside Ireland Marja works with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and other leading European period orchestras, and is increasingly in demand as a leader, soloist and workshop facilitator. She was the Artistic Director of East Cork Early Music Festival 2013-2015, and has also been invited to act as guest curator for the Kaleidoscope Night concert series.

With her various areas of interest and expertise (Baroque, traditional music, and improvisation) Marja is much sought after as an arranger, studio musician and collaborator in all genres. Her proudest project to date was her critically acclaimed arrangement of Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’ (Cork Opera House), and she also arranged and played the strings of ‘Falling Slowly’ for the movie ‘Once’, Oscar winner for best song in 2008.

James Taylor began his musical education as a cathedral chorister at Southwell Minster, UK. He graduated with an honours BMus from Huddersfield University in 1998 and an MA in 1999, completing his postgraduate studies in 2006 at McGill University Montreal, specialising in organ and harpsichord.

He has held church music posts at Ripon Cathedral (UK), Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul, New Zealand and Christchurch Cathedral Montreal. He has performed concerts across Canada, the United States, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and New Zealand, and he has participated in numerous television and radio broadcasts as a soloist and accompanist. James has recently completed a recording on the newly restored organ at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork, where he worked from 2006 – 2017.

James is a Lecturer in Music at the CIT Cork School of Music, and conducts the award winning vocal ensemble Madrigal ‘ 75 with whom he has toured Italy, Spain and Switzerland. The choir performs regularly in Cork and further afield, their next concert being the ever popular Christmas Concert as part of the Cork Orchestral Society series.

Marja Gaynor | Baroque Violin made by Bertran Galen (2009)

James Taylor | Harpsichord after Ruckers made by Michael Johnson (2004)


Saturday 6th October at 1.05pm

St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Tickets: €14, €12 (concessions) & €5 students 

Anne Marie Sheridan, soprano

Trudi Carberry, piano

Songs by Liszt, Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, Obradors

Anne Marie Sheridan

Irish soprano Anne Marie Sheridan studied with Mary Brennan at the Conservatory of Music, Dublin, from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance with First Class Honours, and received the Paul McNamara gold medal for excellence in performance. While living in London she studied with Yvonne Kenny and Paul Farrington. She completed her Masters in Voice at the Wales International Academy of Voice where her tutor was Dennis O’Neill.

Anne Marie has performed a variety of operatic roles in Ireland, the UK, Italy and Germany.  She is also an experienced concert soloist with repertoire including Dvorak’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Tippett’s Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time. As an avid recitalist her repertoire includes Strauss’s Four Last Songs, Wagner’s Wesendonk Lieder and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder.

She was a prizewinner at the Ballymena Feisceoil and the Feis Ceoil and was a semi-finalist in the Elizabeth Connell Prize for Dramatic Sopranos and the Concours International de Belcanto Vincenzo Bellini. CD credits include The Silver Hound: songs by Betty Roe.

Trudi Carberry pianoTrudi Carberry has worked with many of Ireland’s leading performers and is in constant demand as an accompanist at music festivals, auditions and recitals. For many years she was a staff member for many years in the vocal department of DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, where she was engaged as vocal coach and accompanist. She continues to have a particular interest in young people who are pursuing a career in performance and works privately as a vocal coach and repetiteur with many emerging singers.

Trudi is also a qualified Music Therapist and worked for many years in the Music Therapy Department of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Her attention is now divided between her musical activities and her family commitments which include four lively grandsons.

Sun 16th September at 3.30pm

St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Tickets: €17, €14 (concessions) & €5 students 

Young-Choon Park, piano



Mozart: Sonata No.3 in B-flat Major KV.281

Beethoven: Sonata No.23 in F Minor op.57 Appassionata

Haydn: Sonata in G Major Hob.XV1:40

Schubert: Sonata in A Minor Op.42, D.845

The South Korean born pianist Young-Choon Park began the study of the piano at the age of four and gave her first full recital when she was seven.  She played the Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra at the age of nine. The young child prodigy studied at the Juilliard School in New York and later gained the highest masters degree at the Hochschule in Munich.

She has toured extensively, giving over 50 concerts each year in Europe, Scandinavia, South Africa and the United States.  She makes many return visits to major concert venues including the Birmingham Symphony Hall, St. David’s Hall in Cardiff, Belfast Waterfront Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, and Tivoli Koncertsalen in Copenhagen.

Young-Choon Park has also participated in many international music festivals and has performed with many leading orchestras in Europe. She gives regular recitals in Ireland.