Irish Baroque Orchestra’s ‘Oh Bohemia’ tour

Jeroen Billiet. Photo: Marianne Rosenstiehl

Bohemian rhapsody anyone? No, I’m not talking about Freddie Mercury and his flamboyant hirsute friends. ’Oh Bohemia’ is the intriguing title of the Irish Baroque Orchestra’s first concert of the new season. Bohemia, now seen in historical terms, occupied much of what we now know as the Czech Republic. The eighteenth century Enlightenment brought much much in the way of music to Bohemia. The IBO’S unusual programme, under the direction of noted baroque violinist Monica Huggett, features rarely performed music by Mysliveček; Benda; Zelenka and Vanhal. These performances will feature some of the finest young musicians on the early music scene, including the very accomplished Jeroen Billiet on natural horn. He is lauded in his native Belgium and only last month was invited as a featured artist to the International Horn Symposium in London.

Words: Des FitzGerald

Thurs 25 Sept, 7.30pm: Newman University Church, Dublin (tkts 20/16eu)
Book online at or via the National Concert Hall or their box office Tel -1-4170000 (no booking fees)

Fri 26 Sept, 8pm: St Peter’s Church, Bandon, Co Cork (tkts 15eu)
Part of the Engage Arts Festival
Book online at or Tel 0871205022

Sat 27 Sept, 7.30pm: Calry Church, Sligo (tkts 18/16eu, children free)
Part of the 19th Sligo Festival of Baroque Music
Book online at or Tel 071-9161518

Dublin season ticket now available:
The IBO now offers a ticket deal for all its Dublin concerts this season, priced at only 120eu (or 95eu for OAPs). The Dublin season ticket can only be purchased from the IBO directly. Please visit or call 01-5545 220.

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Irish Youth Opera’s production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia


Photo: Carolyn Dobbin as Lucretia photographed by Fran Marshall

Benjamin Britten centenary celebrations last year saw quite a spotlight placed on the English composer’s work. Ireland’s latest operatic venture, Irish Youth Opera, bring their production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia to Dublin for two nights, following on from a well received premiere in Wexford Opera House. First performed at Glyndebourne in July 1946, the opera came 13 months after the triumphant premiere of Peter Grimes, which had been seen as signalling a renaissance in English opera. Whereas Grimes was a full scale work, The Rape of Lucretia requires just eight singers and 13 musicians, perhaps indicative of the new postwar aesthetic. The opera tells of the virtuous Lucretia’s rape by the politically ambitious Etruscan Tarquinius, in a work that deals with loss of innocence and the persecution of the outsider.

Des FitzGerald

O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin – 8pm, Thurs 11th Sept & Fri 12th Sept

Tickets: €32-36
* Those under 28 can avail of the CINEMA DEAL and go to the opera for the price of a movie. Limited availability at €9 per ticket.

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Artbeat 03 September 2014 | Sounds Alive – Dublin’s Audio Festival

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Welcome to this special edition of Artbeat on Dublin City FM. This week, appropriately enough for a radio programme, we’re going to look at the extraordinary growth in speech and art radio content over recent years. This upcoming weekend (5/6 September) sees Sounds Alive – Dublin’s Audio Festival take place in the Freemasons Hall. Des FitzGerald brought Julien Clancy from Sounds Alive into the station to talk all things aural and press play to share some of his favourite recordings…

Listen back to this programme here.

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Artbeat 27 August 2014 | Artbeat 27th August 2014| Liam Halligan; Tom Lane and Bert Wright


In this show Ciara talks to Liam Halligan about his role as Director of ‘The Importance of Being Honest’ showing in Bewley’s Café Theatre until September 6th. Tom Lane, composer of ‘HARP: A RIver Cantata‘ talks to Artbeat about this amazing spectacle which is set to open the TIger Dublin Fringe Festival 2014. Finally Artbeat talks to Bert Wright, the curator of ‘Mountains to Sea‘ Dun Laogharire Rathdown book festival.

Listen back to this programme here.

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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 /

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