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DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama



Lunchtime Chamber Music Series

12– 14 November 2013

John Field Room, National Concert Hall


Afterlight (n): a view of past events, a retrospective

A series of vocal and instrumental chamber music concerts, performed by staff of DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, in celebration of two composers born in November 1913 a day apart:  Joseph Groocock and Benjamin Britten.  There is also a preview of a major Beethoven recording project undertaken this year by the Conservatory's Research Foundation For Music in Ireland. These works are partnered with piano duets by Schubert and vocal chamber music by Bach and Berio.  Each concert is introduced by a pre-concert talk at 12.30pm presented by lecturers from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.


1 concert: €10, €8 concession
2 concerts:  €15, €12 concession
3 concerts: €20, €16 concession

All Ticket Prices include entry to Pre-Concert Talk
Available online at or Tel: 01 417 0000


Tuesday 12 November 2013

1.05pm      Lunchtime Concert: Britten and Schubert
12.30pm    Pre-Concert Talk: Dr Mark Fitzgerald

Songs and piano duets celebrate Benjamin Britten as a performer. As a pianist, Britten often accompanied his song compositions and performed the music of Schubert, a composer he much admired. 

Schubert (1797-1828)   No. 1 and No. 4, Four Polonaises, Op. 75
Mairead Hurley, David Mooney (pianos)

Moore arr. Britten            How sweet the answer
Britten (1913-1976)      Corpus Christi Carol
arr. Britten                       O waly waly
Stephen Wallace (counter-tenor), Trudi Carberry (piano) 

Schubert                          Andantino Varié in B minor, Op 84, No.1
Celine Kelly, Edward Holly (pianos)

Moore arr. Britten            At the mid hour of night
arr. Britten                       Oliver Cromwell
Colette McGahon-Tosh (mezzo-soprano), Mairead Hurley (piano)

Schubert                           Rondo D.608
Catherina Lemoni-O’Doherty, Pádhraic Ó Cuinneagáin (pianos)

Britten                               Let the florid music praise (On this Island)
                                          Tell me the truth about love (Cabaret songs)
Sinéad Campbell-Wallace (soprano), Aoife O’Sullivan (piano)


Wednesday 13 November 2013

1.05pm      Lunchtime Concert:  Joseph Groocock and J. S. Bach
12:30pm    Pre-concert talk: Andrew Robinson 

The music of Joseph Groocock, a well-loved and respected teacher at DIT Conservatory, is remembered in the second concert with performances of his String Quartet and Recorder Sonata, partnered with vocal chamber music from his main influence, Bach. 

Joseph Groocock (1913-1997)   Sonata for Treble Recorder and Piano (1988)
Laoise O’Brien (recorder), Pádhraic Ó Cuinneagáin (piano)

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)                Cantata BWV82 'Ich habe genug'
Stephen Wallace (counter-tenor), Laoise O’Brien (recorder), RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet: Gregory Ellis (violin), Keith Pascoe (violin), Simon Aspell (viola), Christopher Marwood (cello), Catherina Lemoni-O’Doherty (harpsichord)

Joseph Groocock                           String Quartet (1991)
RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet


Thursday 14 November

1.05pm      Lunchtime Concert: Beethoven and Berio
12:30pm:   Pre-concert talk: Dr Kerry Houston and Margaret O’Sullivan-Farrell

Berio's Folksongs, a masterpiece of the vocal chamber repertoire, accompanies Beethoven's Irish Folksong arrangements with reconstructed texts by Tomás Ó Súilleabháin.

Beethoven (1770-1827)               Folksong Settings
The Catrine Woods, BC I/37* (Hess 196) Text: Robert Burns; Air: Abigail Judge
The Small Birds Rejoice, BC II/8 (WoO 152/1) Text: Robert Burns; Air: Young Terence McDonough
Oh! Had We Some Bright Little Isle, BC V/1 (WoO 154/6) Text: Thomas Moore; Air: Síle Ní Ghadhra
Love’s Young Dream, BC V/11 (WoO 154/3) Text: Thomas Moore; Air: The Old Woman
When Thou Shalt Wander, BC V/16 (WoO 153/18) Text: Thomas Moore; Air: The Brown Thorn
Hark! The Vesper Hymn is Stealing, BC VI/6 (WoO 153/6) Text: Thomas Moore; Air: The Groves of Blarney

*New catalogue system from Cooper, Barry: Beethoven’s Folksong Settings, Chronology, Sources, Style, Oxford, 1994, used with kind permission of the author. 

Sinéad Campbell-Wallace (soprano), Mary Scarlett (piano), Gillian Williams (violin), Arun Rao (cello)


Luciano Berio (1925-2003)          Folk Songs for mezzo-soprano and 7 instruments (1964)

Black is the colour (USA)
I wonder as I wander (USA)
Loosin yelav (Armenia)
Rossignolet du bois (France)
A la femminisca (Sicily)
La donna ideale (Italy)
Ballo (Italy)
Motettu de Tristura (Sardinia)
Malorous qu'o un fenno (Auvergne)
Lo fiolaire (Auvergne)
Azerbaijan love song (Azerbaijan)

Elspeth Hayes (mezzo-soprano), David Brophy (conductor), Julie Maisel (flute), Paul Roe (clarinet), David O’Doherty (viola), Arun Rao (cello), Noel Eccles (percussion), Kevin Free (percussion), Clíona Doris (harp)