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Final concert in our 2017 programme

Sunday 19th November 2017 at 3.30pm

Venue : St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Admission: €17, €14 (concession) & €5 (students)

Duo Chagall and Lance Coburn, piano


Robert Schumann: Piano trio no 2, Op.80

Mattias Seiber: Sonata da Camera for violin and cello (the Irish premiere)

Robert Schumann: Piano trio no 3, Op.110


Saturday 14th October 2017 at 4.00pm

Venue : St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Admission: €17, €14 (concession) & €5 (students)

MADRIGAL 75 conducted by James Taylor


This recital by the Cork-based vocal ensemble featured sacred and secular choral music from across the centuries, including works by Séamas de Barra, and the choir’s former conductor, the late Alan Cutts

Programme :

How can I Keep from Singing? Traditional Shaker tune arr. Matthew Culloton

Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder! – Claude Debussy

Triste départ – Nicolas Gombert

La, la, la, je ne l’ose dire – Pierre Certon

Rimanti in pace – Claudio Monteverdi

Let my love be heard – Jake Runestad

A Chraobh Chrom – Séamas de Barra

An Tonn – Séamas de Barra

Ecco Mormorar l’onde – Claudio Monteverdi

There will come soft rains – Ivo Antognini

The Star of the County Down – Traditional Irish arr. Alan Cutts



Wednesday 2nd August 2017 at 1.05pm

St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Ensemble Dagda

Caitríona O’Mahony, Baroque violin – Emma Power, Vocal

Kieran Finnegan, harpsichord – Norah O’Leary, Baroque cello

‘Early Enchantresses’    Works by female composers from the late 17th & early 18th centuries


Wednesday 26th July         Students from the Royal Irish Academy of Music

St. Iberius Church at 1.05 pm

Lorna Breen, soprano  Shane Kenrick, clarinet 

Eimear McCarthy Luddy, mezzo-soprano   Robert McAllister, bass

 Lorna Breen

Handel: Lascia ch’io pianga from Rinaldo

Mozart: Ach ich fühls from Die Zauberflöte

Vaughan Williams: Silent Noon

Hageman: Do not go my love

Robert McAllister, bass

Bizet: Quand la flamme de l’ amour

Vaughan Williams: The Vagabond

Fauré: Lydia

Debussy: Beau soir

Shane Kenrick

Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in Eb Major


Eimear McCarthy Luddy, mezzo-soprano

Schubert: Nacht und Träume

Hughes: O men from the fields

Copland: Heart We Will Forget Him

Mozart: Parto, parto ma tu ben mio (from La Clemenza di Tito)

Montsalvatge: Canto Negro


Lorna, Eimear and Robert

Mozart: Soave sia il vento (Trio from Cosi fan Tutte)



Lorna Breen is a 24 year old Soprano from Co. Wicklow. In 2015, she graduated with a first class honours degree in Music Performance from the RIAM studying with Mary Brennan. She then began her first year of the Masters in Music Performance course at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Veronica Dunne and Dearbhla Collins. While studying she performed in a number of RIAM productions including the Magic Flute, the Cunning Little Vixen, Jephte and Ormindo.

Most recently, Lorna performed in London as part of the ‘Conservatoires Ireland Showcase’ presented by Irish Heritage. She also performed in ‘The Very Best Young Irish Performers’ concert presented by The National Opera House in association with Conservatories Ireland in March 2016. She has also been the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, Missa Solemnis in C major, and Missa Solemnis in C minor with Dún Laoghaire Choral Society and the Fishamble Sinfonia.

In May 2017, Lorna won the Navan Young Opera Voice Competition and Bursary. Lorna is a multiple prize winner in the Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil including the German Government, Plunket Greene, Percy Whitehead & Thomas Moore Cups (2017), Margaret Burke-Sheridan and Nancy Calthorpe Cups (2016) and the Vincent O’Brien Memorial Cup (2015). In June 2016, Lorna was awarded the prestigious Leo Gibney Chamber Music Award by the RIAM along with her group members Miriam Kaczor (flute) and Seamus Wylie (clarinet). Lorna and Miriam have just completed the Apprentice Ensemble Programme as part of the Galway Music Residency and received chamber coaching from the RTÉ Con Tempo Quartet. She has participated in Masterclasses with Ann Murray, Patricia Bardon, Iain Burnside, Alison Browner and Finghin Collins. Upcoming events include a performance in the Feis Ceoil Young Platform Series in September.


Having studied Business and Law at University College Dublin for 4 years, Robert McAllister, bass decided to pursue his operatic dream as a student of Dr Veronica Dunne and répétiteurs Alison Young and Dearbhla Collins at The Royal Irish Academy of Music. Since commencing his studies at RIAM, he has performed the roles of Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Bottom in Purcell’s Fairy Queen. He is a multiple prize winner in the ESB Feis Ceoil and this year won the Dramatic cup, Tony Quigley bursary and the Young cup. He has also won the Irené Sandford bursary at the Academy. This year, Robert travelled to Paris and New York to perform in a concert series entitled Writer’s choice. In the autumn he will return to Paris to perform in the Centre Culturel Irlandais. In addition to his solo work, Robert is also a chorister and a member of The Lassus scholars under the direction of Dr Ite O’Donovan. In September 2017, he will sing the Bass solo in Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Liszt’s Coronation mass in the National Concert Hall with Our Lady’s Choral Society and the RTE Concert Orchestra. In October, he will perform the role of The High King of Tír na nÓg in an Opera Theatre Company production of Robert O’Dwyer’s Eithne in The National Concert Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra.  In February, he will travel to Halle in Germany to perform the bass solo in Handel’s Messiah in the Händel-Halle. He also plays the traditional Irish fiddle and was a member of a Grúpa Ceoil for over 10 years.

Eimear McCarthy Luddy is a Dublin born mezzo-soprano currently studying her Masters in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under the tutelage of Owen Gilhooly. She was awarded a distinction in her Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance (RIAM), in addition to a Diploma in Community and Group Music Teaching (RIAM) and a Bachelor of Music majoring in vocal performance (University of Birmingham). In 2016 she was awarded second prize in the Irene Sandford Award for Singers at the RIAM, as well as the Canon McLoughlin Cup and the W.P. Gilbert Cup at Sligo Feis Ceoil. She was also awarded a place in the Young Musicians Programme at the Clandeboye Festival with Camerata Ireland.

Her operatic roles include Mrs. Beane in Siobhán Cleary’s Vampirella, Mistress of the Novices in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Il Destino in Cavalli’s L’Ormindo, and Grasshopper/Hen in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. She has also engaged in regular solo and chamber recitals during her term as Resident Artist with the Vivre Musicale chamber collective, in addition to a performance in Dublin Castle with the RIAM Chamber Orchestra to celebrate the Dublin City of Literature Festival. She performed as a chorus member with the RTÉ Concert Chorus (Madama Butterfly, Cavalleria Rusticana, and ‘A Tribute to James Horner’) and Lyric Opera (Tosca, ‘The Genius of Mozart’). She has also taken part in Masterclasses with Roy Laughlin, Ann Murray, Iain Burnside and Alison Browner at the RIAM.

Shane Kenrick is a Dublin based clarinettist who on completion of an Architectural Technology degree went on to study music where he completed the BMus programme in DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with Dr Paul Roe. He began playing the clarinet at the age of eight with the Knocklyon School of Music where he now teaches clarinet and saxophone.  Shane has performed with a number of different ensembles, such as the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra (2013 and 2015) under the baton of Jan Cober which brought him to Luxembourg and Holland for concerts, including collaboration with the Simon Bolivar Symphonic Wind Orchestra as part of the World Music Contest. Other ensembles he has performed with include the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, DIT Symphony Orchestra, Esker Festival Orchestra, Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, DIT Wind Ensemble, Fishamble Sinfonia, Hibernian Orchestra and Co-Orch.

Shane has also performed in several masterclasses with clarinettists such as Michael Collins, Tim Lines, Christian Stene, Edgar Heßke and Sarah Watts.

In 2015 Music Network, the Arts Council and The department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht awarded Shane funding as part of their Music Capital Scheme to purchase a new A clarinet.

Dearbhla Collins, pianist, was born in Dublin and completed piano studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, continuing private studies with Boris Pertushansky in Bologna. She is one of Ireland’s finest and most versatile musicians. In addition to her accomplished career as a soloist, the prize- winning pianist is a regular chamber music partner to internationally renowned singers and Ireland’s leading artists and performs regularly with her pianist brother, Finghin Collins, in concerts for piano duo.

Ms Collins is an acclaimed vocal coach for art song and opera at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and performs in Ireland, the USA, China, Germany, Tunisia, France and Great Britain. She has appeared in the Wigmore Hall, London and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and given Master Classes in France, Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan, China. She is recognized as a superb interpreter in accompanying German Lieder, contemporary vocal repertoire and international theatre music.

Currently, she is Artistic Administrator of the prestigious triennial Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in Dublin and a Patron of the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Competition. Ms Collins was artistic director of the Dublin Hugo Wolf Festival and opera consultant for the performances of the ‘Irish Ring’ at the Royal Dublin Society. She has been a member of the Board of the National Concert Hall, Dublin and served two terms as a Director of Culture Ireland, the national agency for promoting Irish arts abroad.

Wednesday 19th July          Lynda O’Connor, violin  Alexander Bernstein, piano

St. Iberius Church  1.05 pm


Mozart : Sonata for violin and piano no 21 in E minor, K304

Franck : Sonata for violin and piano in A major

John Williams : Theme from Schindler’s List

Pablo de Sarasate : Zigeunerweisen, op 20


Wednesday 12th July          Kathleen Nic Dhiarmada, soprano                                                                              Adam McDonagh, piano


Debussy:  From Ariettes Oubliées

  1. Paysages belges. Chevaux de bois
  2. Aquarelles I. Green

Rachmaninoff:  Spring Waters Op.14 No.11

Do Not Sing to Me, My Beauty Op.4 No. 4

Rogers & Hammerstein: If I Loved You from Carousel

Mozart:   Dove sono from The Marriage of Figaro

Richard Strauss: Heimliche Aufforderung


Frank Cowen:      At the Mid Hour of Night

Herbert Hughes:  Gartan Mother’s Lullaby

Gounod:                Je veux vivre from Roméo et Juliette

Kathleen Nic Dhiarmada, soprano

kathleen_nic_dhiarmada-1Kathleen recently graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with first class honours.  During her time at the conservatory Kathleen studied under Sinéad Campbell-Wallace and Aoife O Sullivan repetiteur. She was the recipient of the Michael McNamara gold medal for the most outstanding final year recital in 2016. Kathleen recently played the title role in DIT’s production of Handel’s Susanna. During her time in the conservatory she covered roles such as Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme and the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Kathleen has performed with various ensembles including the DIT chamber choir, the RTE Concert Orchestra choir and the Schleswig Holstein festival choir. She has also won numerous bursaries including the Arklow Festival bursary in 2014 and the Flax Trust Bursary at the Clandeboye Music Festival in 2016.

 Adam McDonagh, piano

adammcdonagh_by_priory_studios_resizedAdam graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with First Class Honours in the Bachelor of Music Performance degree, studying piano under Dr Mary Lennon. He was awarded the Michael McNamara Gold Medal for excellence in performance and the Anne Leahy dissertation award, as well as winning First Prize in the Ninth National CHMHE Undergraduate Musicology Competition. He is currently engaged in postgraduate studies with Dr Orla McDonagh in the DIT Conservatory, while also studying the harpsichord with Dr David Adams in the RIAM.

He has performed in concerts as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in the National Concert Hall, National Opera House Wexford, Ulster Hall Belfast, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama London, and music festivals in Finland, Italy, Scotland and Switzerland. Other highlights include performing on RTÉ radio and television, in the RDS Rising Stars Gala Concert, and representing Ireland in the 10th Dublin International Piano Competition in 2015.

He is the recipient of funding from the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, and the Music Network Music Capital Scheme funded by the Arts Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. In 2017, Adam is the inaugural Artist-in-Residence for the Dublin International Piano Competition’s Schools Project.

Upcoming engagements include concerts for Summer Music in Sandford Lunchtime Concert Series, Boyle Arts Festival and Westport Chamber Music Festival, as well as acting as assistant répétiteur and orchestral pianist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in Opera Collective Ireland’s production of Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave in September.

Summer lunchtime concerts begin on Wednesday 5th July 

All the lunchtime concerts will be held in St. Iberius Church and will begin at 1.05 pm

Ticket Prices: €12, €10 (concession) & €5 (students)

Wednesday 5th July          Young Musicians

Caoimhe Duggan   The Cloths of Heaven (Dunhill)

Kate Bone   Christopher Robin is saying his prayers (Fraser-Simon)

Duet: Planets (Sue Furlong)

Aoife Goodison   Santa Lucia (Teodoro Cottrau)

                                I know where I’m goin (arr. by Herbert Hughes) 

                                The Sweet Nightingale (WH Anderson)

                                 I feel Pretty (Bernstein)

Accompanist: Eithne Corrigan

The Mercer Ensemble   Danny Boy (traditional)

                                            The Wind from the South (traditional)

                                            Morning (Grieg)

                                            Largo from Winter (Vivaldi)

                                            Ode to Joy (Beethoven)

                                            Symphony No 7, 2nd Movement (Beethoven)

                                            Libiamo from La Traviata (Verdi)

                                            Mamma Mia


Music for Wexford Concert Series 2017


Saturday 10th June 2017

Time: 1.05pm

Venue: St. Iberius Church, Wexford

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


New Dublin Voices


Music for Wexford is delighted to announce the first Wexford recital by New Dublin Voices. The fascinating programme will feature sacred and secular works from Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Norway, Finland, USA and Ireland. The composers and arrangers featured include Palestrina, Stanford, Howard Goodall and Michael McGlynn.


This award-winning chamber choir was founded in 2005 by Bernie Sherlock and presents concert programmes that are fresh, innovative, and exciting, ranging widely in style and period from the medieval to the contemporary. The choir takes special pleasure in exploring the music of living composers, leading the way in performing, premiering, commissioning and disseminating Irish choral music and introducing international choral music to Irish audiences.


NDV has won prizes at major competitions in France, Hungary, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Spain, England and Italy, including first prize at the Concorso Polifonico in Arezzo, Italy in August 2013, the Grand Prix at the 12th Budapest International Choir Competition 2009, all six prizes at the 2011 International Choir Contest of Maasmechelen, Belgium, the Fleischmann International Trophy at the 2015 Cork International Choral Festival, and 2nd prize at the 2016 Harald Andersén Chamber Choir Competition in Helsinki. NDV is very happy to have been selected as one of 24 choirs world-wide (and the first Irish choir) to perform at the 11th World Choral Symposium, to be held in Barcelona this July.

The singers who make up New Dublin Voices come from many backgrounds but have in common high levels of experience and musicianship, a commitment to attracting new audiences, and, above all, a love of performing excellent choral music.




Many music lovers will remember with delight Philip Martin’s last visit to Wexford in April 2013 when he introduced the audience to the music of the American composer Louis Gottschalk. He returns to St. Iberius Church on Friday 5th May at 8pm to give a recital in celebration of his 70th birthday. The first half of the concert will take the audience on a musical tour of his career as a pianist and composer while the second half will feature the marvellous variations and fugue on a theme by Handel by Brahms.


On Saturday 13th May at 8pm, Music for Wexford will host a concert in St. Anne’s Church, Killanne. This is the initial step in an initiative to promote recitals in the small churches of County Wexford. This first concert will be given by the Musici Ireland Quartet (John Hearne, bassoon, Mia Cooper, violin, Beth McNinch, viola and William Butt, cello).


Tickets for both concerts are available from the National Opera House ( or at the door on the evening of the concert.

Please note the following change to the Summer Lunchtime Concert series programme.


The Ensemble Dagda concert which was originally scheduled to take place on Wednesday 19th July has been moved to Wednesday 2nd August.

The Lynda O’Connor/Alexander Bernstein concert originally scheduled to take place on  Wednesday 2nd August will now take place on Wednesday 19th July.