Irish Baroque Orchestra visiting Charleville Castle

The Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO), directed by Grammy nomineee Monica Huggett, will present a beautiful and moving programme of works by Pergolesi, Vivaldi and Ferrandini at Charleville Castle, Tullamore on Friday, March 2 at 8pm.

Entitled ‘The Suffering of the Virgin’, the concert includes Pergolesi’s famous Stabat Mater (a hymn to Mary), and ‘Il Pianto di Maria’   composed by Giovanni Battista Ferrandini (1710-91), from which the title of the touring project is drawn.

This last work, a formidable and skillfully orchestrated cantata, was for many years attributed to Handel. However, ongoing suspicions about its authenticity coupled with further research has, in more recent times, reunited the work with its rightful owner.

The IBO is delighted to be joined by two of Ireland’s finest vocalists for this series. Countertenor Stephen Wallace, an internationally successful soloist and one of Ireland’s most accomplished performers, will be joined by outstanding soprano Mary Nelson, who hails originally from Belfast.

For more information, and online bookings, please visit www.irishbaroqueorchestra.com or call  01 4023518.

Tickets for the March 2 performance, promoted by the Irish Baroque Orchestra in association with Charleville Castle Heritage Trust, cost €15 (conc €12) and are available from Heartbeat City, Tullamore.

 

Help needed with Chapel Protective Roof Project Head Quarters

Volunteers at work!

Volunteers at work!

Chapel Protective Roof Project Head Quarters

The Chapel Protection Roof Project HQ was built for the ability to manage and assemble a safe plan to restore the chapel roof. This area allows volunteers to continue work in a comfortable environment during harsh winter conditions. The ability to work through the winter will allow for more stability and quicker completion of all the restoration projects. The materials that will be used on the chapel roof has been recovered from the Limerick tunnel project. These materials which are all recycled will be disassembled and transformed into an elegant new chapel roof.

The amount of commitment and hard work that has been put into the Head Quarters has been incredible from all the volunteers involved. Since Castlepallooza 2011, this area has gone through a large renovation. Which include:

– Uplift/restore the floor

  • Install a subfloor
  • New support beams and ceiling
  • Fiberglass insulation in floor and ceiling
  • Hang and design doors
  • Wall building
  • Painting/sealing

These jobs have been completed by just a hand full of volunteers, there are still many jobs that need assistance with this project.

– Hang plaster board on walls and ceiling

  • Design and install bathroom
  • Install wood heaters/ventilation
  • Upgrade floor surface

The Castle needs as many hands as possible, these types of jobs might not be as much fun as the event volunteering; but to make the events fun and safe we would greatly appreciate your help!!

A Spook at Charleville!

spookWhy not start off your Halloween celebrations with a spooky tour of Charleville Castle with interactive tales and activities…

From 2pm till 6pm on the hour at Charleville Castle, you can go on a History and Mystery tour. Learning of the history of Charleville Castle as told by the ghosts of the castle when the characters of the castle come alive for one day only.

Meet the count and countess from the castle, long since gone and the servants that once lived there will help you on your tour.
Ghostly Face Painting, Trick or Treats and old Halloween party games that would have been played back in their time.
Spooky Story telling in the dining room and much, much more.
Make sure you book your place early!

Limited to 20 people per group, running once an hour.
Only €6 per child (Adults Free)
Discounts for groups.

 

2011 –

New Castle Friends Website

www.castlefriends.com

www.castlefriends.com

We are delighted to announce the launch of www.castlefriends.com , a website dedicated to our volunteers and friends.  Please check in regularly to see the news on whats happening!

We value our volunteers at Charleville and celebrate them every day!

Learn more about Charleville Castle history, architecture, projects and of course, ghost stories by visiting us…

It is dedicated to our Volunteers and friends of the casle and it’s purpose is to communicate with them on our projects, our aims, ambitions and dreams.

All ideas are taken on board and most are brought to fruition because, without our volunteers, we would not survive.

Hope to see you soon!

Tá áthas orainn a fhógairt go bhfuil an seoladh www.castlefriends.com, láithreán gréasáin tiomanta chunár n-oibrithe deonacha agus a chairde. Déan seiceáil i rialta chun an nuacht ar cad tarlú!

Is mór againn ár n-oibrithe deonacha ag Ráth agus ceiliúradh a dhéanamh orthu gach lá!

Ensemble Avalon

Tullamore Gramophone Society Presents Ensemble Avalon Wednesday 26 October 2011, 8pm, at Charleville Castle

Tickets €20 at Heartbeat City, Tullamore

 

Ensemble Avalon

Ensemble Avalon

Ensemble Avalon is a fresh and dynamic piano trio featuring three of Ireland’s finest internationally accomplished soloists and chamber musicians. Since their inaugural concert together in the summer of 2006 the trio have performed concerts, tours and series in Ireland, Italy and UK and enjoy regular broadcasts on radio and television. Originating from both Northern and Southern Ireland, all three members are 1st-class honours laureates of prestigious colleges, they have studied intensively in Ireland, the UK, France and the US between them and currently live in three different countries. The three members of Ensemble Avalon each enjoy an active solo and chamber career and they have created Ensemble Avalon as a means to discovering and performing new and existing piano trio repertoire together. The trio were delighted to be invited to join Music Network’s Musicwide artist roster following the success of their February 2007 tour, which was generously funded in part by Music Network’s Performance and Touring Award.

A well-received performance at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin during Ensemble Avalon’s February 2007 tour led to an ongoing relationship commencing with the repeat invitation to artistically direct and perform a series of concerts at the Gallery in November and December 2007. The trio chose to title the project ‘An American and Paris’, presenting a contrasting selection of French and American piano trios throughout the critically acclaimed series. Three further performances at the Gallery followed in early 2009 as part of a pilot scheme exploring the need for a resident ensemble at Trinity College Dublin. The hugely successful project has since been refined and expanded to create a new and exciting residency at TCD, with the Hugh Lane Gallery and the National Concert Hall as active partners. The residency is to include didactic and outreach elements alongside performances of established and new piano trio repertoire and is expected to launch in early 2011.

Looking back over the calendar, Ensemble Avalon have enjoyed a number of national concert tours featuring performances from Belfast to West Cork, taking in the National Concert Hall en route, and are currently planning their next tour for January 2011. RTÉ’s Lyric fm and Ensemble Avalon are in ongoing collaboration on an extended recording and broadcast project – 2008 encompassed the ‘American and Paris’ series, the Avalon Winter Chamber Festival in its entirety and their debut CD. Recorded in St. Peter’s Church in Drogheda with producer Jonathan Allen of Abbey Road in London, the debut CD features Ensemble Avalon’s ‘sunlit playing’ (the Strad) in a selection of piano trios by Bax, Bernstein and Beethoven. ‘In the front rank of modern versions on disc’ (Classical Music Magazine), the resulting CD is now on sale through the RTÉ website and through www.amazon.co.uk as well as in shops around the country.

The Ensemble Avalon Winter Chamber Festival is an ongoing annual event taking place in Wexford over a winter weekend. Each year the festival follows a different musical theme and chosen composers are highlighted in performances of chamber classics and more unusual works, including collaborations with handpicked guest artists from Ireland and abroad. With a hugely diverse repertoire ranging from Haydn to Piazzolla already in place, the trio are committed to supporting contemporary music and are particularly delighted to have given the world premieres of specially commissioned works ‘A Little Blues’ by Irish composer Ronan Guilfoyle (2008 Festival) and of ‘Para Lennie’ by Dublin-based Ariel Hernandez (2009 Festival). Ensemble Avalon will announce details of the 2010 Festival very soon.

Ensemble Avalon gratefully acknowledge the generous ongoing support of Music Network, the Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, RTÉ’s Lyric fm and Music for Wexford.

 

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