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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.


J.S. Bach: Adagio and Fugue Sonata 1

L. van Beethoven: Sonata No 5 Spring

Cesar Franck: Sonata in A

Traditional Irish ‘The Coolin’ arr. Esposito

H. Wieniawski: Variations on an Original Theme Op. 15

Fritz Kreisler: Liebeslied

Sunday 26th March 2017 at 3.30pm

St. Iberius Church, Wexford


Gabriel Fauré: Apres un rêve, Op.7, No.1

Gabriel Fauré: Élégie, Op.24

Camille Saint-Saëns: Deuxième Sonate, Op.123

New Music Network commission by Kevin Volans

Franz Liszt: Première Élégie, S.130

Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1 in E-minor, Op38


Sunday 18th Sept 2016 at 3.30pm

St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Trio Rodin

Carles Puig, violin

Esther García cello

Jorge Mengotti, piano









Haydn (1732-1809): Piano Trio Hob. XV / 25 “Gypsy”

  1. Andante
  2. Poco adagio, cantabile
  • Rondo a l’Ongarese: Presto


Franz Joseph Haydn was afforded a rare luxury in his lifetime, that of being hired by a rich patron as an in-house composer and spending most of every year writing fresh works for a talented group of musicians to perform in front of a highly congenial audience, namely Prince Nikolaus Esterházy. In 1790, that all changed; Esterházy died, and his successor was not interested in maintaining the court orchestra. Haydn was released to travel wherever he liked, retaining a modest payment from the royal family. Thus, having worked at the Esterházy estate for many decades, honing and perfecting his compositional voice, Haydn was quite ready to meet the rest of the musical world head on. The fifty-eight-year-old composer was immediately approached with an invitation to give a series of concerts in London, and so, in 1791, he packed his bags for the first of two wildly successful trips to England.


These trips bore very ripe fruit, as some of Haydn’s most popular works were composed during these London visits, particularly the so-called “London symphonies.” This was no coincidence, as Haydn was consciously endeavouring to drum up excitement, and all the financial remuneration such excitement would bring with it, with deliberately dramatic, exciting music.


This afternoon’s piano trio is Haydn’s best known in the genre.  The string parts, especially in the ’cello, are not as independent of the piano as they later became in trios but the writing is extremely imaginative and attractive.  The first movement features alternating major and minor sections, with the final statement of the main theme elaborated splendidly in the piano.  The middle movement features absolutely ravishing melodic writing for the violin and the finale is in a style developed from the Gypsy music which Haydn doubtless heard local musicians play at Esterházy.  Incorporating well known Gypsy music, especially verbunkos, the dances used in military recruitment, was a first for Haydn in this most exciting finale.


Granados (1867-1916): Piano Trio op. 50 in C Major


  1. Poco allegro con espressione
  2. Scherzetto

III. Duetto

  1. Finale


Performer, composer and teacher, Enrique Granados stood with de Falla and Albéniz as the most outstanding Spanish musician of his time. Among his dozen or so chamber works the Piano Trio and Piano Quintet, both from 1894, exemplify Granados’s highly expressive, neo-romantic style, his piano writing revealing the hand of a virtuoso. Amiable touches of dance and salon music, hints of Moorish, gypsy and folkloric elements, co-exist in these beautiful, refined pieces.


As a young man Enrique Granados studied piano in Barcelona and Paris. He returned to Barcelona in 1889. His first successes were at the end of the 1890’s, with the zarzuela Maria del Carmen, which earned the attention of King Alfonso XIII.


In 1911 Enrique Granados premiered his suite for piano, Goyescas, which became his most famous work. It is a set of six pieces based on paintings of Goya. Such was the success of this work that he was encouraged to expand it; he wrote an opera based on the subject in 1914, but unfortunately the outbreak of World War I forced the European premiere to be canceled. It was performed for the first time in New York in1916, and was very well received. Shortly afterward he was invited to perform a piano recital for President Woodrow Wilson.


Unfortunately the delay incurred by accepting the recital invitation caused him to miss his sailing back to Spain. Instead, he took a ship to England, where he boarded the passenger ferry Sussex for Dieppe, France. On the way across the English Channel, the Sussex was torpedoed by a German U-boat, as part of the German unrestricted submarine warfare policy during World War I. In a failed attempt to save his wife Amparo, whom he saw flailing in the water some distance away, Granados jumped out of his lifeboat, and drowned. Ironically, he had a morbid fear of water for his entire life, and he was returning from his first-ever series of ocean voyages.


Debussy (1862-1918): Piano Trio in G major

  1. Andantino con moto allegro
  2. Scherzo: Moderato con allegro
  • Andante espressivo
  1. Finale: Appassionato


Debussy entered the Paris Conservatoire in the autumn of 1872 at the age of ten. His parents hoped that he would become a piano virtuoso and remove them from the genteel poverty in which they lived. Although Debussy won a second prize for piano-playing in 1877, the first prize eluded him, and two years later, when he failed to win any piano prize, his parents had to admit their dream would never be fulfilled.


In 1880, Debussy’s piano teacher, Antoine Marmontel, took note of his first prize in score-reading and subsequently recommended Debussy to Tchaikovsky’s patroness, Nadedjda von Meck, who was looking for a pianist to accompany her and her children on their travels. Debussy was engaged, and his duties included giving piano lessons to her children, accompanying her twenty-seven year old daughter Julia (a singer), and playing piano duets with Mme. Von Meck. Their journey that summer took them throughout Europe, ending in Florence where the family was joined by the cellist Danilchenko, who had just finished studying at the Moscow Conservatory, and the violinist Pachulsky. This trio of excellent musicians was required to perform every evening; their repertoire included Russian music and the compositions of Beethoven and Schubert.


Perhaps it was as a result of this exposure that, soon after, Debussy composed his Piano Trio in G. What were considered compositional weaknesses at the time later became Debussy’s strengths. For example, Debussy frequently uses pedal notes, bass tones sustained through several changes of harmony in the other musical voices; these tones create dissonance and throw decorative elements into relief. His tendency towards modal melodic patterns would, handled with mastery over a decade later, help lend Pelléas et Mélisande its distinctive atmosphere of far away and long ago


Shostakovich (1906-1975): Piano Trio no 1 op. 8 in C minor (1923)


For years, audiences knew of only one Shostakovich piano trio, the Trio in E Minor of 1944. But Shostakovich had written a Piano Trio in C Minor in 1923, when he was a 17-year-old student at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Though he did not have it published, he did perform the music in public and listed it as his Opus 8. In the sequence of Shostakovich’s work, this trio comes just before the First Symphony of 1925, which catapulted the composer to worldwide fame. Like several others of Shostakovich’s early works, it dropped out of sight and remained unknown, in this case for sixty years.


In 1981, six years after Shostakovich’s death, his pupil Boris Tischenko prepared a performing edition of the trio. This was necessary because some small sections of the manuscript had disappeared. Tischenko had to compose a 22-measure passage for the piano to make up for this, and he edited the work for performance. Soon performed in the West as well as in Russia, the trio was recognized as fully characteristic of Shostakovich’s early style. It has been recorded and represents a valuable addition to the catalogue of the composer’s chamber works.

Only about fourteen minutes long, the Trio in C Minor is in one continuous movement that falls into four subsections. Even these, however, are characterized by so many sudden and mercurial shifts of key, tempo, and mood that the trio has been compared to a rhapsody. But Shostakovich unifies this music around the cello’s three-note figure heard at the very beginning; this will recur in many guises throughout. It is altogether characteristic of Shostakovich–even at age 17–that he has left the home key of C minor behind before he has fully presented the opening statement. A lyrical  second idea is also announced by the cello, and the structure of this trio is very loosely based on sonata form as the music moves through a series of sharply-contrasted sections (one of them titled Prestissimo fantastico) to the energetic close.

(Note by Eric Bromberger)




Comprised of Carles Puig, violin, Esther Garcia, cello and Jorge Mengotti, piano, Trio Rodin was founded in 2011 in Utrecht, The Netherlands, with the aim of developing professional careers in chamber music, diving into the rich piano trio repertoire. Hailed as one of the most outstanding young Spanish ensembles of their generation, their principal focus is defined by the presentation of great works of the chamber music repertoire in a diverse range of performing venues and program styles, from classical to contemporary music.


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 The Concertgebouw Kleinezaal in Amsterdam, “Mas i mas” Festival in Barcelona and the “Festival de Musica de Camara de Monteleon”, among others, in hand with an intense concert schedule in Spain, Italy and Ireland.


Their performances have been broadcast by Radio 4 (The Netherlands) and Catalunya Música (Catalonia).



Our final concert of 2016


Sunday 20th November 2016 at 3.30pm

St. Iberius Church, Wexford


Aoife Burke, cello

Dearbhla Brosnan, piano



The recital will include works by Schumann, Beethoven and Chopin


Ticket sales

Tickets for all concerts may be purchased at the door. Ticket prices: €17, €13 (concessions) & €5 (students)

Music for Wexford,after a short Summer break will resume the 2016 programme on Sunday September 18th , in St.Iberius Church, Wexford Town @ 3.30pm with Trio Rodin. We look forward to seeing you all.Thank you for all your support . See the flyer for further information .Displaying Trio Rodin DL final2.jpeg