West Wicklow Festival 2019


Date & time May 15
Event ends May 19
Category Ireland
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West Wicklow Festival 2019Russborough House and St. Mary’s Church, Blessington.

15th – 19th May 

Events include:

Wednesday 15th May, 2019, 8pm, Russborough House – Fiachra Garvey

Fiachra Garvey | Piano

Brahms: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 21, No. 1

Clara Schumann: Variations Op. 20

Rhoda Coghill: Gaelic Phantasy

Sam Perkin: New Commission


Rachmaninoff: Sonata No 1 in D minor, Op. 28

Thursday 16th May, 2019, 8pm, Russborough House – Elena Urioste / Tom Poster

Elena Urioste | Violin

Tom Poster | Piano

Kreisler: Miniatures (Preghiera; Songs My Mother Taught Me; Midnight Bells)

Clara Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 22

Dvorák:  Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 57


Janacek: Violin Sonata

Amy Beach: Three Pieces, Op. 40

Gershwin/Heifetz: Selections from Porgy and Bess (My Man’s Gone Now; Bess, You is My Woman Now; It Ain’t Necessarily So)

Friday  17th May, 2019, 10:00am - 1:00pm, National Concert Hall – Masterclass with Elena Urioste & Tom Poster

Elena Urioste | Violin

Tom Poster | Piano

West Wicklow Festival & the NCH are delighted to offer this violin & piano duo masterclass with Elena Urioste and Tom Poster to advanced student violin & piano duos.

Friday 17th May, 2019, 8pm, Russborough House – Quatuor Voce / Fiachra Garvey

Quatuor Voce

Fiachra Garvey | Piano

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 in Eb Major, Op. 74 “Harp”

Rhona Clarke: “Edge”


Dvorak: Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81

Saturday 18th May, 2019, 11am – 2pm, Russborough House & Parklands

Family Music Events

Step inside Russborough House and Parklands and discover an immersive musical world suitable for the whole family! Children and their adults can explore the Musical Maze, discover the world of Whistleberry Forest, learn about different musical instruments and even get their faces painted in the playground! Fun for all the family!


Musical Maze | Open from 11am – 2 pm 

Venture through Russborough House’s 200 metre hedge maze, collecting clues and finding musical mysteries and musicians around every corner! In this educational scavenger hunt, children and adults are invited to enter the labyrinth and seek out a series of musical clues and images.  Complete your clue chart, find the statue at the centre – and try not to get lost!  

Whistle in the Wind – A Musical Trail | 11am & 12pm  

Come on a magical musical adventure to Whistleberry Forest! The creatures of Whistleberry Forest have discovered a little tree growing deep in the woods. However, there are no birds singing, no leaves rustling, and no animals scurrying around its trunk.  This delightful musical trail takes children and accompanying adults on an adventure through the forest where they explore musical soundscapes, sing, dance, and help Ornaith the owl, Sorley the snail, and Faolán the frog bring the little tree to life through music. Suitable for children ages 2-6 and their parents/guardians.

Limited places, sign-up sheet located near Russborough’s obelisk on the day.

Micro Concerts & Instrument Demonstrations

Start times: 11am | 12:30pm | 2:00pm 

Venture through Russborough House to meet individual musicians and their instruments! Small groups will learn about each instrument’s sound and how it is played, before gathering for a micro concert in the inner chambers of the building.  Unique performances in unique spaces! Designed for 4 – 12 year olds and their families, all welcome!

Limited places, tickets available 60mins before each performance

Please note, children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all events.

Tickets will not be available in advance.  Tickets will be available for collection on site Saturday 18 May from 10am

Saturday 18th May, 2019, 8pm, Russborough House - Trio Atanassov

Trio Atanassov

Schumann: Fantasiestücke for Trio, Op. 88

Lili Boulanger: D’un Matin de Printemps

Bartok: Dance Suite


Franck Martin: Trio on Irish Folk tunes

Ravel: Trio in A minor

Sunday 19th May, 2019, 1:30pm, St Mary's Church, Blessington – Lauren Fagan / Fiachra Garvey

Lauren Fagan | Soprano

Fiachra Garvey | Piano

Clara Schumann: Three Lieder, Op. 12

Rachmaninoff: “To Her” ,”The Rat Catcher”, “The Dream” from Six Romances, Op. 38

Grieg: “Zur Rosenzeit” , “Ein Traum” from Six Songs, Op. 48

Lilly Vadaneaux: The Cloths of Heaven (new commission)

Poulenc: Deux Poems de Louis Aragon

Schubert: Ganymed, D. 544

Strauss: Three Songs – “Meinem Kinde” “Das Rosenband”  “Cäcilie” 

Puccini: “Senza Mamma” from Suor Angelica

Gounod: “Dieu! Quel frisson…” from Romeo & Juliette

Sunday 19th May, 2019, 6:30pm, St Mary's Church, Blessington – Duo Jatekok

Duo Jatekok | Piano duo

Joan Trimble: Sonatina

Brubeck: Points on Jazz


Liszt: Sonata in B minor

Bizet: Carmen-Fantasie

full event details and ticket info: https://westwicklowfestival.com/

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