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Westport Festival of Chamber Music

September 13, 2019 - September 15, 2019

The Westport Festival of Chamber Music will take place from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September this year.  Concerts will be held in Westport House, Westport Town Hall Theatre and Holy Trinity Church.

Artistic Directors, violinist Catherine Leonard and pianist Hugh Tinney have invited return visits from violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky and violist Eivind Ringstad with newcomers to Westport cellists Adrian Brendel and Isang Enders, clarinettist Julian Bliss and pianist Daria van den Bercken.  They will be joined by Irish pianists Finghin Collins and Hugh Tinney, violist Simon Aspell and cellist Miriam Roycroft.  Mairéad Hickey who gave the Next Generation concert at the first festival in 2013 is a welcome return participant.  Alex Petcu (marimba) together with soprano Kelley Lonergan will perform in the Saturday late concert.  This year’s Next Generation Artists Concert will feature Fiachra de hOra (viola) with Aidan Chan (piano).

The repertoire ranges from Bach’s seminal Goldberg Variations (arranged for string trio) in the intimate surroundings of Westport House to an exciting trio by American composer Paul Schoenfield in the main Saturday evening concert.  Following the opening concert in Westport House on Friday evening, Saturday’s busy programme in the Town Hall Theatre will provide three concerts at 11.30am, 8pm and 10.30pm in the Town Hall Theatre.  Sunday will return to Westport House for the 11.30am concert and the final concert at 2.30 will take place in Holy Trinity Church (allowing travellers to catch the evening train).

Each concert is designed as a stand-alone event;  together they will provide a memorable week-end of music.  Full details and booking are available on the Festival’s website www.westportchambermusic.ie

Funded by the Arts Council and supported by RTE Supporting the Arts, the Festival is grant-aided by Mayo County Council and Fóras Éireann.


Full Programme


Friday 13 September Westport House 8.00pm
Beethoven: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.5 No.2
Adrian Brendel (cello), Finghin Collins (piano)

Poulenc: Clarinet Sonata

Julian Bliss (clarinet), Daria van den Bercken (piano)

Brahms: Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor, Op.25

Mairéad Hickey (violin), Simon Aspell (viola), Isang Enders (cello), Daria van den Bercken (piano)


Saturday 14 September Westport Town Hall Theatre
Next Generation Artists concert

Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata D 821
Kodály: Adagio for Viola and Piano
Bowen: Rhapsody for Viola and Piano
Fiachra de hOra (viola), Aidan Chan (piano)
Town Hall Theatre 8.00pm
Paul Schoenfield: Clarinet Trio
Julian Bliss (clarinet), Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin), Finghin Collins (piano)

Franck: Sonata in A for Viola and Piano (trans. from Violin Sonata)

Eivind Ringstad (viola), Finghin Collins (piano)

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K581
Julian Bliss (clarinet), Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin), Mairéad Hickey (violin), Eivind Ringstad (viola), Isang Enders (cello)


Town Hall Theatre 10.30pm
Arrangements for Voice and Marimba

Kelley Lonergan (soprano) , Alex Petcu (marimba)

Golijov: Mariel for Cello and Marimba
Isang Enders (cello), Alex Petcu (marimba)

Sunday 15 September 11.30am Westport House
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (arr. for string trio)

Alexander Sitkovetsky (viola), Eivind Ringstad (viola), Adrian Brendel (cello)


Sunday 15 September Holy Trinity Church 2.30pm

Handel:  Suite for Keyboard in F, HWV 427

                Chaconne in G, HWV 435

Daria van den Bercken (piano)

Deirdre Gribbin:  How to Make the Water Sound
Mairéad Hickey (violin), Isang Enders (viola), Daria van den Bercken (piano)

Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello
Mairéad Hickey (violin), Adrian Brendel (cello)

Beethoven: Piano Trio in B flat, Op.97 “Archduke”
Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin), Adrian Brendel (cello), Hugh Tinney (piano)


September 13, 2019
September 15, 2019
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