The Vanbrugh in Concert

The Vanbrugh in Concert

The Mall Arts Centre      Saturday 30th March at 3 pm

Yew Wood Venues in collaboration with the National String Quartet Foundation

THE VANBRUGH          
Keith Pascoe, violin
Simon Aspell, viola
Christopher Marwood, cello
Macdara Ó Seiradáin, clarinet
Siun Milne, violin

MOZART Clarinet Quintet in A major K.581 [1789]
BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op.115 [1891]

This is a rare opportunity to hear the two great classical works written for the combination of clarinet and string quartet in the same concert. The Vanbrugh is delighted to welcome two distinguished guest artists for this special event.

The Vanbrugh has evolved from the work of the Vanbrugh Quartet which was based in Cork as RTE’s Resident Quartet from 1986 to 2013. Over three decades the quartet gave close to three thousand concerts, presenting the chamber music repertoire to audiences throughout Ireland, Europe, the Americas, and the Far East. Commercial recordings include more than thirty CDs of repertoire ranging from the complete Beethoven quartets to many contemporary Irish works. In 2016 the group was presented with the National Concert Hall’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their contribution to music in Ireland.

Siún Milne has performed with a variety of ensembles throughout her career including the Royal Academy of Music Baroque Soloists at Wigmore Hall, Kirkos Ensemble, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Arensky Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, Musici Ireland and the London Concertante.

She plays regularly with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and has performed with renowned soloists such as Tabea Zimmerman, Igor Levit, Elizabeth Leonskaja and Jörg Widmann at Zürich Tonhalle, Heidelberg Frühlingsfest, Wiener Konzerthaus, Würzburg Mozart Fest, Storioni Festival Eindhoven, Rheingau Festival, Lincoln Centre New York and Konzerthaus Berlin.

Macdara Ó Seireadáin won the inaugural Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year competition and has performed as a featured soloist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Uelzen Kammerorchester amongst others.

Macdara performs regularly with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Staatsoper Hannover, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, and is a currently under contract with Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel in Germany.

A keen chamber musician, he has performed with John O’Conor, Ailish Tynan, Johannes Peitz, Sharon Kam, Finghin Collins, and the Apollon Musagete Quartet and performed at numerous chamber music festivals including Great Music in Irish Houses, Fredener Musiktage, and Killaloe Chamber Music Festival.

Tickets for this concert may are available online at or box office 087 9593276
Admission:  €15.00/€12.00 concession
Early booking is advisable!

Cork International Choral Festival – Choeur Azimuts [France]

Cork International Choral Festival – Choeur Azimuts [France]

St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal      Friday 3rd May at 6 pm      Admission is FREE

Choeur Azimuts is a young adult choir based in Lille in the North of France.

Created in 2013 by Madeleine Saur, its current director, the choir bring together about 30 choristers around a contemporary capella repertoire.

Through modern-day composers such as Veljo Tormis, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, or Tarik O’regan, Azimuts’s repertoire is mostly based on contemporary music and revisited traditional music. The choir performs 2-3 times a year in the north of France and Belgium.

Azimuts achieved its first program, Sous la surface, in 2017. More than a succession of songs, Sous la Surface was offering a new experience to the public. Through a careful selection of music pieces and space use, the public was immersed into a story of boats, storms shipwrecks and sirens of Northern seas.

The same year, Azimuts was part of a mass composition for choir and small instrumental ensemble (bass flute and clarinet, harp, guitar and harpsichord) composed by Clément Pic, composer and guitarist from Lille.

Sous la Surface was then recorded in 2018 in Belgium by Anaïs Georgel, sound engineer graduated from the CNSMD of Paris.

Azimuts is now focusing on its new program “Old irish stories”, dedicated to contemporary Irish composers (Tarik O’Regan, Michael Mc Glynn, or Sean Doherty). In this program, Azimuts will present some Irish tales figuring green landscapes, lost loves, legends and dragons.

Paddy Casey

Paddy Casey

St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal      Friday 21 June at 7.30 pm     

One of Ireland’s most popular singer/songwriters, Paddy Casey has been on the forefront of the Irish music scene since topping the charts with smash hits, Saints & Sinners and The Lucky One,  and his single, Everything Must Change released in 2017.

In more recent times Paddy has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with U2 on their Vertigo Tour,  he has had a week long sold out residencies in Dublin’s prestigious Olympia Theatre and the RDS.  He has even been invited  onto and performed on the Hit American CBS Chat Show “The Late Show” with David Letterman.

After returning from the US Paddy began writing and recording at home.  Once he had a collection he was happy with he called on his old friend Pat Donne began mixing the recordings, in November 2012 he released his first independent, long-awaited album ‘The Secret Life Of’. The first single, “Wait”, featuring the Shannon Gospel Choir, was released in May 2012. Paddy has been touring this album constantly in Ireland and abroad for the last few years with frequent visits to Australia,Europe and the middle East.

When back home on Irish shores the Dublin musician has played sold-out gigs in the prestigious Whelan’s Live bar and headlined the Temple Bar Trad-fest together with fellow Irish singer/songwriter, Mundy.  His most recent album ‘Best Of Paddy Casey’ [2014].  Stay tuned for announcement of a new one.


Freddie White

Freddie White

St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal     Saturday 13th July at 8 pm     Tickets:€20.00

In Ireland, where he has won just about every award going, Freddie White is something of a legend. He was a founding member of Scullion, later he formed The Fake, regarded as one of the seminal Irish bands of the late 70¹s. Next came The Freddie White Band, which toured with Eric Clapton on his Irish Tour.

His first album, ‘Live on Tour’, recorded by Nicky Ryan while Freddie toured with Clannad, brought him national attention. His second album, ‘Do You Do’, was the biggest selling Mulligan Label album of 1981.

‘Long Distance Runner’ in 1985, featured original songs such as “Goodbye This Time”, ‘Down Without A Fight’ and the hit single ‘Frozen Heart’ co-written with Johnny Duhan. His fourth album, ‘Close To You’ continued this trend, most of the songs being Freddies own.

In 1994, he released Straight Up, fourteen songs recorded live by Dan Fitzgerald. And now a new all original album, ‘My Country’ recorded in Ireland, was released in 1999. A collection of eleven songs co-written with Ann O¹Sullivan and based on the poetry of Don O¹Sullivan. The album is co-produced with Declan Sinnot, renowned for his work as producer and arranger with Sinead LohanFrances Black and Mary Black, and as lead guitarist with Horslips and Moving Hearts.

Freddie White’s popularity has endured for many years and there is a very good reason why ­ he delivers! He has released seven albums to date to critical acclaim, but it is his live performance that stuns. He can rock your socks off, bring tears to your eyes with a ballad, or croon a jazz standard, all the while giving this apparently diverse material a common thread.

One reviewer called Freddie a “musical chronicler of the Twentieth Century”. Even this is slightly out of step because Freddie includes in his repertoire some folk music that dates back beyond even that. And his brand new album of original material brings him forward to the Twenty First!

Tickets for this concert may be purchased at online at or telephone 087 9593276.
Admission:  €20.00

Image by Con Kelleher


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