Kate Bush special

It’s 35 years since Kate Bush last toured and to celebrate her return Artbeat is devoting its entire programme to this elusive musical talent. Join Des FitzGerald from 8pm tonight (20 August) on Dublin City FM for a look at her life featuring some rare gems from the Kate Bush vaults.

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INTER / GENERATION 12 – 26 April, Cabinteely Park

‘Enclosed Garden’ by Aoibheann Ní Mhearáin

It’s time to channel your inner Hadid, Gehry or O’Donnell & Tuomey as Cabinteely Park comes alive with all sorts of architectural happenings over the next fortnight. Inter/Generation comprises a series of free events examining the role of the built environment in our lives. Most of the activities will be located at the Grainstore, dlr’s Youth Arts Facility in the park. Workshops for children and their families will explore the world of buildings (with some healthy demolition thrown in). A film series includes Peter Greenaways’s quixotic feature The Draughtsman’s Contract. Talks led by architect John McLaughlin (who’s behind Inter/Generation) will look at the crossover between the differing generations, art, architecture and design. Don’t forget to unwind with sound, smell and touch in the specially designed ’secret’ enclosed garden.

Des FitzGerald

12 – 26 APRIL
Cabinteely Park
Old Bray Road, Cabinteely, Dublin 18

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Rachel Kolly d’Alba – Tuesday 15th April, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire


If you missed the opening concert of Rachel Kolly d’Alba’s Irish tour last week in Dublin’s Pepper Canister church, don’t despair. Things have come full circle for her final performance in Dun Laoghaire. Violinist Kolly d’Alba has been described as one of the best of her generation and together with pianist, and fellow Swiss, Christian Chamorel, they’re performing a programme entitled ‘The French Connection’. Featured works include pieces by Fauré, Chausson, Franck, Ravel and (odd one out) Raymond Deane. A child prodigy who made her debut as a concerto soloist at the terrifyingly early age of 12, Kolly d’Alba has been praised both for her electrifying intensity on stage and her beautifully nuanced recordings of works by composers such as Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Ysaÿe.

Tuesday 15th April,
Pavilion Theatre, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Start Time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: €16/€14
Bookings: 01 2312929 / paviliontheatre.ie

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IMMA announcement on death of Patrick Scott


Patrick Scott, Meditation Painting 28, 2006, Gold Leaf & acrylic on unprimed Canvas, 122 x 81 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, the artist, 2013

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is very sad to announce the death of the great Irish artist Patrick Scott today (Friday 14 February 2014) on behalf of Eric Pearce, partner of Patrick Scott, and the family of Patrick Scott.

The Chairman, Board, Director and staff of IMMA extend their deepest condolences to Eric Pearce and the family of Patrick Scott. Patrick Scott has been a defining figure of Irish art for over 70 years and the retrospective exhibition due to open tomorrow (Saturday 15 February) is testament to his extraordinary career, life and achievements as an artist. He will be sorely missed by the arts community and IMMA is honoured to pay tribute to one of Ireland’s most important artists with this major exhibition on which Patrick Scott worked closely with the curator Christina Kennedy, Head of Collections, IMMA.

It is Eric Pearce and the family’s wish that the launch of the exhibition Patrick Scott: Image Space Light proceeds as planned tomorrow afternoon, at 3.30pm, as a celebration of Patrick Scott’s life and work.

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Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen


Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen’s The Little Radio album starts out traditionally enough in a jazz vein. Ballamy’s sonorous tenor saxophone blows out the opening bars of that standard Body and Soul. Then, rather surprisingly, in comes the playful button accordion of Carstensen. These two obviously know how to have fun (they do a version of Teddy Bears Picnic) and have been known to take special requests via Twitter at their gigs. This is one concert where it’s definitely ok to whip out a smartphone. Ballamy is making a quick return to these shores having played a critically acclaimed concert with English compatriot June Tabor in January. He’s also a former member of the pioneering British big band Loose Tubes. Curiously, Carstensen became the first person in Norway prosecuted for playing the violin whilst driving. Best take the bus to tonight’s gig…

Sunday 2nd February, DUBLIN
The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
Start Time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: €18 / €13
Bookings: 01 4750224/www.musicnetwork.ie

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Irish Baroque Orchestra – Concerti Bizzarri


If snowdrops appearing are a sure sign of the (admittedly early) spring, another would have to be the annual series of late January concerts with the Irish Baroque Orchestra. This year’s theme is encapsulated in its title – Concerti Bizzarri. This closing concert features works by Johann Ludwig Bach (second cousin to J.S. Bach), Vivaldi and Telemann (who’s Overture/Suite La Bizarre fits the programme perfectly. Once again under the direction of Grammy-nominee Monica Huggett, the performance features varied combinations of baroque instruments not often seen elsewhere. The natural horn, viola d’amore, the oboe-d’amore and lute all add to the sound generated by the period string section. In the space of just an hour, in the beautiful setting of University Church, the Irish Baroque Orchestra will send you bouncing out of winter into spring.

Fri 31 Jan, 7.30pm: Newman University Church, DUBLIN (Tkts 16/14 euro)

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Benjamin Britten centenary: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s Big on Britten season

RTÉ NSO horn player Marie-Luise Neunecker. Photo: Janna Saksala

This year is Benjamin Britten’s centenary and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra is celebrating in some style with the second in a series entitled Big on Britten. Born in the fishing port of Lowestoft in Suffolk, on England’s east coast, the sea always had a strong pull on Britten and the Four Sea Interludes is the the most outstanding example of this influence. Composed as orchestral pieces to divide the opera Peter Grimes: Dawn; Sunday Morning; Moonlight and Storm capture the North Sea in all its moods. Britten spent the early part of the Second World War in America and the concert reflects this with Bernstein’s On the Town (Three Dance Episodes) and Copland’s ballet score Appalachian Spring. Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, based on a selection of six nocturnal poems by, among others, Blake, Jonson and Keats also features.

Artbeat’s Des FitzGerald spoke with Declan McGovern, RTÉ NSO General Manager (and programmer of the Big on Britten season) about the composer and his work. Listen back to the interview here.

Big On Britten: Britten & America
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Friday 18 October at 8pm
National Concert Hall
Prices: €35, €30, €24, €18, €10
Box office: 01 417 0000

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