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Wed 1st August at 1.05pm

St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Tickets: €12, €10 (concessions) & €5 students 

The Allegro String Quartet will perform works by Haydn, Philip Glass and Ravel. Peter O’Reilly tenor and Aoife O’Sullivan, piano will perform songs by Beethoven, Duparc, Rachmaninoff and Poulenc.


Allegro String Quartet

Áine Gallagher, violin  Éibhlín Ní Chathasaigh, violin

Suzanne Anglim, viola  Lioba Petrie, cello

 Programme –  Haydn: String Quartet no. 67 ‘skylark’   Philip Glass: String quartet no 3 Movements 1 & 4


Peter O’Reilly, tenor  Aoife O’Sullivan, piano

Programme – Ludwig Von Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98

 Henri Duparc: La vie antérieure

 Sergei Rachmaninoff:  Siren (Lilacs), Op. 21 no. 5

Zdes Khorosho‘, Op. 21 no. 7

Francis Poulenc: ‘C‘, from Deux poemes de Louis Aragon FP 122 no. 1

                             Les gars qui vont à la fête’, FP 117 no. 2



Áine Gallagher is a violin player from Dublin. She studied in the Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin and obtained a Diploma in Music Performance from Trinity College, London. In 2016 she graduated with a Masters Degree in Music and Media Technologies in Trinity College, Dublin.

She plays a variety of music including traditional Irish and swing jazz. She has competed in Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann on numerous occasions and performed with a gypsy jazz group for two years while she lived in Los Angeles. She continues to be an active performer and regularly plays with the City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra.  Áine is a regular contributor to Culture File on Lyric FM.

Éibhlín Ní Chathasaigh, violin is an architect based in Dublin. A former violin student of Adrian Petcu, Cork School of Music she continues to pursue her musical interests. Chamber music has been a passion since an early age, participating in Concorda Chamber Music courses in both Ireland and Italy. She has been a member of the City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra since 2014. 

Suzanne Anglim viola graduated from Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music with a Bachelor in Music Education degree in 2004.Since then she has regularly performed as a violinist and violist with chamber and orchestral groups throughout Ireland, including the City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra and Co-Orch. She is passionate about Music Education, completing a M. Ed in 2011. Suzanne currently works as an SEN teacher in Dublin.

Dublin born Lioba Petrie, cello studied in Dublin’s Conservatory of Music and Drama, graduating in 2000 with a diploma in instrumental teaching and then graduating from NUI Maynooth with a B.A. in music in 2001. Lioba is passionate about chamber music and is a member and manager of the Astral String Quartet and Stringology. As well as working as a freelance musician, Lioba is regularly engaged as a fixer for large and small ensembles.  Lioba has wide experience of composing and performing music for theatre and film. Most recently Lioba composed an alternative film score to Emer Reynolds’s award winning space documentary “The Farthest”, which was premiered at Spike cello Fest 2018. Lioba is a regularly performs and records with the prestigious RTE Concert Orchestra as well as The City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra

All four members of the quartet have attended the chamber music course in Termonfeckin.



Peter O’Reilly, tenor is a graduate of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, where he was awarded a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music Degree. Whilst there, he studied with Emmanuel Lawler, with whom he is continuing his training. Peter has been an extremely successful prizewinner over recent years at the ESB Feis Ceoil, most recently winning the Cuisine de France John McCormack Bursary. He has also taken part in masterclasses with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Graham Johnson, Patricia Bardon, Brenda Hurley, and Benjamin Appl.

Previous notable engagements include two world premiere: the tenor soloist in Odran O Casaide’s Marbhna 1916, and a Landy Worker in Andrew Synnott’s Breakdown. Peter has also played leading roles for Lyric Opera Productions at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton Opera House, and the Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Peter has also featured as the tenor soloist for oratorios performed by Dublin County Choir, Culwick Choral Society, Tallaght Choral Society, and the Guinness Choir.


Dublin born pianist Aoife O’Sullivan studied at the College of Music with Frank Heneghan and later at the RIAM with Dr John O’Conor. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honours degree in music. In September 1999 she began her studies as a Fulbright scholar at the Curtis Institute of Music, USA and in 2001 she joined the staff there for her final two years.

Aoife has played for masterclasses including those given by Malcolm Martineau, Ann Murray DBE, Sir Thomas Allen, Thomas Hampson, and Anna Moffo. Aoife worked on Zaide at the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme in June 2004 and then on Turn of the Screw for the Cheltenham Festival with Paul Kildea. She has appeared at the Wigmore Hall in concerts with Ann Murray (chamber versions of Mahler and Berg), Gweneth Ann Jeffers, Wendy Dawn Thompson and with Sinead Campbell Wallace. She was awarded the Geoffrey Parsons Trust Award in March 2005 for accompaniment of singers.

Aoife has worked on the music staff at Wexford Festival Opera, Opera Ireland, Irish National Opera and the National Opera Studio London.  Aoife is now based in Dublin and was on staff as repetiteur at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin in 2008/2009. Since January 2010 she has worked as a repetiteur and vocal coach at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Wed 25th July at 1.05pm

St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Tickets: €12, €10 (concessions) & €5 students 

A recital by students from the Royal Irish Academy of Music

Concerto di Donne


Ensemble Dagda presents

Clodagh Kinsella – soprano, Caitríona O’Mahony – baroque violin,

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

This concert features works by 17th century female composers, many of which have never been heard in Ireland before. The title refers to the virtuosic all-female ensemble resident at the court of Duke Hercules of Ferrara in the sixteenth century. This ensemble inspired imitations across Italy and was a powerful starting point for women to develop musical careers over the coming century. Beginning with the sacred chant of the first woman composer to go down in history, Hildegard von Bingen, we hear music from women composers in all walks of life. The exquisite sacred music of cloistered nuns Leonarda, Perucona and Cesis gives way to the operatic cantata style of Versailles-trained Jacquet de la Guerre, the first woman to write an opera.  Francesca Caccini is usually mentioned in one breath with her famous father, Giulio, one of the foremost composers in the Second Pratica, while illegitimate Barbara Strozzi nevertheless went on to be one of the most influential vocal composers in Venice.

The Programme

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179): ‘Antiphonae de spiritu sanctae’


Claudia Francesca Rusca (1593-1676): ‘Jubilate Deo’ from Motetti con strumenti. For violin, cantus and continuo


Isabella Leonarda: Motet ‘O anima mea’. For two canti and continuo


Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729): Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major. For violin and continuo


Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677):‘Che si puo fare?’. For soprano & continuo

Jacquet de la Guerre – Excerpts from ‘Le sommeil d’Ulisse’ from Cantates Francoises Livre III. For soprano, violin/flute & continuo


Sulpitia Cesis (1577-after 1619): – Motet ‘Maria Magdalena’. For cantus & bassus


Francesca Caccini (1587-after 1641): Canzonetta ‘Fresche Aurette’ from Il Primo Libro delle Musiche. For soprano & continuo


Maria Xaviera Perucona (1652-after 1709): ‘O superbi mundi machina’from Sacri Concerti de Motetti

Ensemble Dagda

Bringing baroque music to vibrant life in the twenty-first century, Ensemble Dagda was formed in 2014 by Caitríona and Norah and its members have been brought together by a mutual love of early music and a desire to bring to life lesser heard works of the baroque era. Popular with audiences for their playful interpretations and engaging performances, in recent years they have championed lesser-heard works by seventeenth-century composers and in particular works by women composers of the Baroque era. The group has been invited to play in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, East Cork Early Music Festival, ‘Finding a Voice’ Festival, Clonmel, and the Kaleidoscope Night Series, Dublin. In varied incarnations its members have played in the Encanto Salon Music Festival Helsinki, in the American Irish Historical Society New York, the Liszt Academy Budapest, the National Gallery of Ireland, and Dublin Castle.  They take their name from Irish mythology, and were inspired by the magical harp which was played by Dagda, the king of the Tuatha de Danann.

Hailing from Cork, Caitríona O’Mahony graduated in 2014 with a first class honours BMus from the Cork School of Music, where she was a student of Ruxandra Petcu-Colan, Marja Gaynor and Simon Aspell. She subsequently studied for two years with Walter Reiter and Kati Debretzeni in the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and was then awarded scholarships to continue her studies in Ireland.

Caitríona has had the pleasure of playing with baroque orchestras including Camerata Kilkenny and the Orchestra of the 18th Century (Student Scheme), and with soloists including Dame Emma Kirkby, Mark Padmore, and Maya Homburger. She has been a member of the Cork Baroque Orchestra since its foundation. With a particular passion for chamber music, she has been invited to play in the West Cork Chamber Music and East Cork Early Music Festivals, and has won first prizes in the Vanbrugh Quartet Chamber Music Competition and East Cork Early Music Young Ensembles’ Competition.

Kieran Finnegan, pianist and harpsichordist, began his studies at the age of nine with Frederiek Biesma in his hometown, Kenmare. He completed his BMus in the Cork School of Music [CSM], graduating with First Class Honours in 2014. He has been highly commended in the CSM‘s Piano Accompaniment Competition and in the Advanced Recital Competition, and commended in the Senior Concerto Competition. He has also had success in competitions such as Féile an tSamhraidh and Feis Maitiú. Studying harpsichord with Pauline MacSweeney since 2010, Kieran is an avid continuo player, and has played in Vanbrugh Camerata alongside members of the Vanbrugh Quartet. His Baroque chamber music group, The Riva Quartet, won the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet Chamber Music Competition in 2013. He has also participated in the East Cork Early Music Festival and has played in the Cork Baroque Orchestra at the Cork Choral Festival 2015. He has been a member of Ensemble Dagda since its foundation in 2015.

Norah O’Leary holds a Masters of Performance of Early Music from the Sibelius Akatemia of the University of Fine Arts, Helsinki. She is the recipient of a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) under the tutelage of William Butt. She began her studies at the age of four with both Olwen Lewis and Heather Boxwell in the Wexford School of Music and at the age of eleven was accepted on a full scholarship to study both the cello and clarinet in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. In 2006 she received a Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance, and now also holds the Teacher’s Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music.  In the final year of her undergraduate studies Norah became a keen advocate of Historically Informed Practice and soon became the newest member of Respicio, an early music specialist ensemble and ensemble in residence with Opera Antiqua.

In 2014 Norah commenced her studies for a Masters in Early Music at the renowned Sibelius Academy (SibA) in Helsinki, Finland. She made her debut as a soloist with the SibA Baroque Orchestra within her first semester there and was consequently offered collaboration projects with Concerto Copenhagen and the Royal Danish Academy of Music. In January 2015, Norah was accepted as cellist with the Nordic Baroque Orchestra where she worked closely with leading baroque specialists. She has filled the position of Assistant Artistic Manager with West Cork Chamber Music Festival (WCCMF) and been awarded the position of continuo cellist with WCCMF’s Baroque master class scheme as a member of Bantry Baroque in collaboration with Concerto Copenhagen. Most recently, Norah was accepted on full scholarship to the Vadstena Opera and Baroque Dance Residency programme in Sweden for their 2017/18 season. However she would like to state categorically that she is ‘not no faith boy emigrating’, this is just a temporary leave of absence which will not begin until June 2018.


Wed 18th July at 1.05pm

St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Tickets: €12, €10 (concessions) & €5 students

A recital by students from the Royal Irish Academy of Music


The secret of improvisation

Shahab Coohe: Santoor

Shayan Coohe: Tar, Tombak and Daf


Shahab Coohe (Santoor)

Born into a family of music lovers, Shahab started his music education aged 7, under the direction of Majid Kiani, Pashang Kamrakr, two of the contemporary masters of the santoor (a trapezoid-shaped stringed instrument that pre-dates the Dulcimer and piano). He continued studying Persian classical music alongside Western classical music at the Tehran School of music until he moved to Ireland at the age of 17.  He also plays violin and is currently studying performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Shayan Coohe (Tar, Tombak)

Shayan started playing the Tombak under the direction of Master Arjang Kamkar at the age of seven and went on to study Tar (a plucked string instrument which pre-dates the lute and guitar). Shayan continued his studies at the Conservatoire of Music in Tehran aged 11. He also plays Daf, Setar and Tanbour and is currently studying Clarinet at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

The brothers have performed in different venues and festivals in Ireland such as Bray Jazz festival, the Silk Road festival, the National Opera House along with Zoe Conway, Kaleidoscope night series, Other Voices, Electric Picnic, Doolin Folk Festival, Éigse -Carlow Arts Festival, Hugh lane Gallery concert series  and many other solo improvisation recitals around the country. The brothers received a Deis recording Grant with the Irish Persian fusion band (Nava) who recently launched their album Tapestry at the National concert hall. This album with Nava has received a number of great reviews in Ireland and the UK and also from Songline magazine.

Some examples of traditional Persian instruments




The name comes from the name Shata- tantric, meaning a Veena of hundred strings. Traditionally, it consists of a hollow box with twenty five bridges, each having four strings resting on it. It is played with the help of two wooden mallets known as mezrabs.



Iranians consider this to be the “sultan of instruments.” Its present form was developed in 18th century and has been the choice of Persian classical masters since. It has a double-bowl body of mulberry or walnut wood with a lambskin face. The fingerboard has 28 frets and the three double strings are played with a plectrum made of brass and honeycomb.



The Tombak, also referred to as Zarb, is a wooden goblet drum, which is the most frequently played percussion instrument in Persian folk music and the classical Persian music of Iran.



Daf is a kind of drum with Persian frame, which can be played in classical and popular music. Hardwood is used to make the frame, and ringlets of metal are attached to it, with goatskin being used for making the membrane surface. This instrument is found mostly in the regions of Iran, Kurdistan, Middle East, Pakistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan.

Friday 6th July at 8.00pm 

St. Iberius Church, Wexford

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

Hannah Hipp, mezzo soprano


Emma Abate, piano



An exploration of folk songs from different countries.  This recital will feature songs by POULENC, BRITTEN, PIZZETTI, RAVEL, and FALLA.

Saturday 16th June at 1.05pm 

St. Iberius Church, Wexford

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

Ficino Ensemble


Michael McHale, piano


On Saturday 16th June at 1.05pm in St. Iberius Church Wexford, Music for Wexford will present a recital by the Ficino Ensemble of a string trio by Beethoven and a piano quartet by Brahms. The String Trio in G Major op. 9 no 1 is an early work by Beethoven, composed shortly after he moved to Vienna in 1792. It was dedicated to Count Johann George van Browne, a patron of Irish ancestry.

The Piano Quartet no. 3 in C minor op. 60 by Brahms was started in 1856 but was set aside for 17 years as Brahms came to the assistance of Clara Schumann following the death of her husband Robert. When he resumed work on it, Brahms changed the key, revised the first movement and inserted a Scherzo. It was premiered in Vienna on 18 November 1875, with Brahms at the piano, and members of the Hellmesberger Quartet.

The Ficino Ensemble was formed by Artistic Director Nathan Sherman in 2012 as a flexible chamber music group that performs all the great music for small ensembles, ranging from string trios to works written for larger ensembles. On this occasion the line-up will comprise Lynda O’Connor, violin, Nathan Sherman, viola, Ailbhe McDonagh cello and their guest Michael McHale, piano.

Sunday 13th May at 4.00pm 

St. Peter’s Church, Kilmore Quay

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



Mozart, Brahms and Bates in Kilmore Quay

On Sunday 13th May at 4pm Music for Wexford will present a recital in St. Peter’s Church, Kilmore Quay by Musici Ireland. The programme will comprise the clarinet quintets by Mozart and Brahms and Vivo by local composer, Liam Bates. The participating members of this Musici Ireland ensemble will be Mia Cooper and Siun Milne, violin, Beth McNinch, viola, Katie Tertell, cello and Conor Shiel, clarinet.

Mozart loved the range and tone of the clarinet and was probably the first composer to give it prominence. This work, known as the Stadler quintet became one of Mozart’s most popular chamber pieces. The Brahms Clarinet Quintet is thought to be one of the gems of the chamber music repertoire. The energy behind Vivo by Liam Bates springs directly from its syncopated rhythmic patterns and sequences which are influenced by 70s and 80s jazz/funk and funk/disco as well as the music of Stevie Wonder and groups such as Earth, Wind and Fire.

Musici Ireland ensemble is based in Wexford where it is managed by artistic director and violist, Beth McNinch. Since it was established in 2012 the ensemble has built up a reputation for excellence in performance and for presenting exciting programmes. They began 2018 with a new collaboration with the National Concert Hall and National Gallery to mark the opening of the Turner exhibition. In 2017 they performed a lunchtime series in the NCH.

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


 (in association with Music Network)

 Sunday 22nd April at 3.30pm 

St. Iberius Church, Wexford

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

Thibaut Garcia, Guitar

Isang Enders, Cello


Programme :

Dušan Bogdanovic:  4 Pièces intimes

Gaspar Cassadó:  Suite for solo cello

Enrique Granados:   Andaluza (No. 5 from 12 Spanish dances, Op. 37), Intermesso (from Goyescas, H.65), Oriental (No. 2 from 12 Spanish dances, Op. 37)

J.S. Bach:  Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Benjamin Dwyer:  New commission for Music Network

Heitor Villa-Lobos Aria:  Cantilena from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

Stephen Goss:  Park of Idols

A rare combination

Music for Wexford, in association with Music Network, is delighted to present the first recital in Ireland by the Franco-Spanish classical guitarist Thibaut Garcia and the German cellist Isang Enders.  This will take place in St. Iberius Church, Wexford on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at 3.30pm.

This unique coming together of two of classical music’s brightest stars will showcase the versatility of their instruments through a range of music by Bach, Granados, Villa-Lobos, Gaspar Cassadó, Stephen Goss, Dušan Bogdanović, and a new commission from Benjamin Dwyer.

Recently hailed by Classical Guitar Magazine as “the new face of classical guitar”, 23-year-old Garcia has already cut a swathe through the world’s foremost guitar competitions — taking first prize in six— thanks to his gossamer light touch, wonderfully sensitive interpretations and a repertoire that runs the gamut from Bach to Piazzolla to world premieres of contemporary compositions by composers such as Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and Vincent A. Jockin.

At the age of 20, Isang Enders was appointed principal cello of the Dresden Staatskapelle, making him the youngest section leader in Germany. Noted for his clear, penetrating tone and his big-hearted, dynamic performances, Enders has enjoyed collaborations with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and Stavanger Symphony orchestras and performs regularly with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Benjamin Dwyer’s ‘sin títolo’, commissioned by Music Network especially for this tour, will receive its premiere in Wexford and will then be performed at each concert on the tour. Dwyer describes his new work as follows:

“…sin títolo (‘without title’) is an instrumental reflection upon a madrigal by Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa. In looking back, however, I needed to realize this music through the refracted lens of four hundred years of ongoing compositional transformation. sin títolo is a not-quite-developed snap shot of Gesualdo’s music”.

Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm.


***** FAR FLUNG TRIO in Enniscorthy POSTPONED due to weather conditions *****

As part of our outreach programme our NEXT CONCERT will take place in Enniscorthy.

*** POSTPONED *** Sunday 4th March at 3.30pm *** POSTPONED ***

St. Mary’s Church, Enniscorthy

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

The Far Flung Trio

 ***** FAR FLUNG TRIO in Enniscorthy POSTPONED due to weather conditions *****

Katherine Hunka (violin), Dermot Dunne (accordion), Malachy Robinson (double bass)

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


Leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra violinist Katherine Hunka and the extraordinary accordion player Dermot Dunne have been playing together since 2007.  They were delighted to be joined by Ireland’s most sought after and versatile double bassist Malachy Robinson for a national tour in January 2014.   The trio has been invited to perform in many venues and festivals. Their concerts include repertoire from Baroque to Piazzolla, South American, Klezmer music and film classics. Their performances are packed with musical gems and are very much enjoyed by audiences with whom they engage in a most entertaining way. 

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 Dunne has performed in all major Irish venues and 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.

Music for Wexford’s annual concert series receives funding from the Arts Council. This particular concert is also generously supported by Wexford County Council Arts Department.

 ***** FAR FLUNG TRIO in Enniscorthy POSTPONED due to weather conditions *****

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