Programme 2019 "Notes from Literature"

ThursdAY, 30TH OF May



“Pimpinone” by Georg Philipp Telemann  
Opera in three acts. Sung in English.

A comic opera first performed in 1725 and hugely popular in its day with both story and music delightfully entertaining. Vespetta, a chambermaid, is looking for a rich husband. She decides the wealthy and gullible Pimpinone fits the bill but discovers she is not quite suited to the responsibilities that come with marriage! 

Peter Whelan (music director)
Jonathan Cocker (stage director)

Claire Duff (1st violin); Anita Vedres (2nd Violin); Marja Gaynor (viola);  Aoife NicAthlaoich (cello)
Sarah Halpin (double bass); Alex Mc Cartney (theorbo);


FRIDAY, 31st OF May

3.00pM, St. flannan's cathedral

“Pimpinone” by Georg Philipp Telemann  

Pimpinone  Rory Dunne (bass-baritone)
Vespetta   Kelli-Ann Masterson (soprano)

Peter Whelan (music director)
Jonathan Cocker (stage director)

Claire Duff (1st violin); Anita Vedres (2nd Violin); Marja Gaynor (viola);
Aoife NicAthlaoich (cello) Sarah Halpin (double bass); Alex Mc Cartney (theorbo)

We invite under 18s to enjoy the musical fun FREE at this afternoon performance of Pimpinone.



The adventures of Don Quixote in music and song with readings by Barry Mc Govern. A new composition by Irish composer Sam Perkin and the piano quintet by Elgar. Telemann and Ravel were among the composers inspired by the Cervantes classic novel. Sam Perkin's Festival commission is a Duet for violin and Baroque violin and after the interval Elgar's piano quintet.

George Philipp Telemann

Don Quixote Suite for Strings and Continuo in G Major

Peter Whelan (harpsichord);
Claire Duff, Anita Vedres (violins);
Marja Gaynor (viola);
Aoife Nic Athlaloich (cello);
Sarah Halpin (double bass)

Reading of Cervantes’
“Don Quixote”

Barry McGovern

Maurice Ravel

"Don Quichotte a Dulcinée"
for voice and piano. 

Maurice Ravel's song cycle based on the story of Don Quixote sung by Rory Dunne, bass-baritone, accompanied by Michael McHale, piano.  

Sam Perkin

Festival commission Duet for violin and Baroque violin

Diane Daly (violin);
Claire Duff (Baroque violin)

Edward Elgar

Piano Quintet op.84

Navarra Quartet
Michael McHale (piano)
100th anniversary of it’s first performance




"Emerging Artist Platform"

Matthew Breen (organ/jazz piano)

A not to be missed opportunity to hear St. Flannan’s magnificent organ and some early morning jazz by the hugely talented Matthew Breen.




Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata is the key to tonight's concert. Dedicated by Beethoven to the famous violinist Rudolph Kreutzer, it inspired Tolstoy to write his novella of the same name during which the sonata is performed. Later the Tolstoy work was the inspiration for Janaček's Kreutzer Sonata. Tolstoy's jealousy of the composer Sergei Taneyev is well documented. We will hear some of Taneyev's most beautiful works for solo piano tonight.       

Ludwig van Beethoven

Kreutzer Sonata op.47

Katherine Hunka (violin);

Michael McHale (piano)

Sergej Taneyev

Works for solo piano

Michael McHale (piano)

Reading of Leo Tolstoy’s “Kreutzer Sonata”

Barry McGovern

Leos Janaček

String Quartet No.1 “Kreutzer Sonata

Navarra Quartet



The music of George Gershwin

Voice, strings, saxophones and piano for your late night entertainment!

with vocalist Kathleen Turner, The Navarra Quartet, The Chatham Saxophone Quartet, and Michael McHale piano.

Sunday, 2nd of June



Children's Concert "Let's play together!" - Directed by diane daly

This is where we hand over the platform to the next generation of young musicians with a concert played by local children under the direction of Diane Daly.


7.30pm, ST. FLANNAN’S CATHEDRAL - Festival Finale

This Concert is dedicated to the memory of John Kelly and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin. 

“Romeo and Juliet” is the theme of our final concert this year with music by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Bernstein. The tomb scene from the Shakespeare play was the inspiration for the tragic second movement of Beethoven's String Quartet op.18 No.1.  Prokofiev's Ten Pieces for piano op.75 are drawn from his great ballet score Romeo and Juliet and in 1957 Leonard Bernstein based his contemporary setting of the story in New York's West Side. We'll hear a suite from West Side Story arranged for Saxophone Quartet.

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet op.18 No.1

The Navarra Quartet

Reading of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”

Performed by two students of the drama department of Mary Immaculate College Limerick

Sergey Prokofiev

10 pieces from Romeo and Juliet op.75 for solo piano

Michael McHale (piano)

Leonard Bernstein

Suite from West Side Story (arrangement)

Chatham Saxophone Quartet


A series of talks will take place at 7pm prior to the main Chamber Music Concerts, these will be held in the side chapel. Dr Michael Murphy of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick will give a talk about each of the evening Chamber Music Concerts. Michael Murphy has lectured in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick since 2001. He has published three books on music in the nineteenth century, and has created many music documentaries for RTÉ lyric fm.

Friday 31st May: “The music of Don Quixote
Saturday 1st June: “The music of the Kreutzer Sonata
Sunday 2 June: “The music of Romeo and Juliet

In addition to the musical offerings, two local artists are exhibiting work that has been developed in response to our theme of “Notes from Literature ”  The exhibition will be on view in the entrance foyer of St Flannan's Cathedral throughout the festival from 9:30am until the end of each evenings concert.