National Harp Day 2018 – Harp Recital by Úna Whyte

National Harp Day 2018 – Harp Recital by Úna Whyte

National Harp Day 2018: Harp Recital by Una Whyte, harpist at the Mall Arts Centre, Youghal

Don’t miss this special free event on Saturday, October 20th at 1:15 pm. 

Saturday October 20th marks Ireland’s second National Harp Day/Lá na Cruite where Harp Ireland, Cruit Éireann, once again, invites harpers and people interested in the harp to join us to celebrate all facets of the harp in Ireland. Venues from Donegal to Dingle, from Belfast to Bandon will resound to the wonderful sound of harp-playing at concerts, sessions, Harpathons, pop-up sessions, talks and demonstrations of harp making.

“The past few years have seen an unprecedented upsurge of interest in the instrument, introducing it to even more players and to new audiences” Aibhlín McCrann, Chair of Harp Ireland, Cruit Éireann said. “We were thrilled with the response last year; we had many requests from people wanting to learn the harp. So, we urge everybody with an interest in the harp to join us on Saturday 20 October to celebrate our iconic instrument; you will have a chance to hear some of our best harpers play along with our younger rising stars”.

National Harp Day is Cruit Éireann’s second major initiative to promote Ireland’s national instrument, encourage more people to learn the harp, attract new audiences and recognise the harp’s unique place in Irish musical and cultural life. Harp events will take place at a number of key venues in cities and towns nationwide including Armagh, Belfast, Dublin, Mayo, Galway, Limerick, Laois, Louth, Meath, Cork, Wexford. 2018 sees us venturing even farther afield, with associated harp events taking place virtually with our harping friends in the Isle of Man, the USA and New Zealand.

As part of this special day, harpist, Una Whyte will give a free lunchtime recital in the Mall Arts Centre, Youghal, on Saturday, 20th October, at 1.15p.m.

About Una:

Una Whyte holds an undergraduate degree and masters in music from University College Cork.
She completed her harp studied in the D.I.T. Conservatory of Music and Drama under renowned harp teacher, Denise Kelly where she held a harp scholarship.

She has a wealth of performance experience having performed as both a solo harp player and orchestral harpist in venues such as: The R.D.S, the Aula Maxima, U.C.C., Lismore Castle, Glenstal Abbey, Fota House and City Hall, Cork. She has also performed extensively outside of Ireland, in: France, Switzerland, Belgium, England, Wales, Scotland, Denmark, and Holland, China and South Africa.

She has received High Achiever Awards from the Royal Irish Academy. She has been a prizewinner for harp at the Feis Ceol Competition in Dublin and she has also been awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals for harp recital from the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

For and queries please contact Yew Wood Venues at 087 9593276

The Shandon Quartet in Concert

The Shandon Quartet in Concert

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal          Saturday November 17th at 3 pm
Yew Wood Venues in association with the National String Quartet Foundation with the support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council present
The Shandon Quartet
Siun Milne and Brendan Garde, violins, David Kenny, viola, Aoife Burke, cello

Hayden – Quartet Op.76 No.3
Raymond Deane – Embers
Schumann – Quartet Op.41 No.3

Four of Cork’s brightest musical stars have come together as the Shandon Quartet and are performing in Limerick, Youghal and the National Concert Hall as part of the National String Quartet Foundation’s autumn season.

Haydn’s 62nd String Quartet,’Emperor’, abounds with charm and vitality, incorporating folk dance rhythms and some stunning virtuosity.  Raymond Deane wrote his quartet embers in 1973 when he was only twenty years old and it remains one of his best loved works.  Schumann’s third quartet is lyrical, dramatic, full of conflicting emotions and is abundant in beautiful musical references to Clara, his wife.

Siún Milne is an Assistant Lecturer in Violin at the CIT Cork School of Music. She regularly plays with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, performing as part of the Würzburg Mozart Fest, Storioni Festival Eindhoven and the Heidelberg and Rheingau Festivals at venues including The Lincoln Centre New York, Berlin Konzerthaus and Zürich Tonhalle.

Brendan Garde is currently studying for a Masters in Music Performance at the CIT Cork School of Music under the tutelage of Gregory Ellis. He is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he was the ABRSM EU scholar for the duration of his studies with Leland Chen. Brendan was a finalist in both the Norman George Violin Scholarship and the Helen Porthouse Paganini Prize at the RNCM.

 David Kenny is a graduate of the CIT Cork School of Music, where he studied with Constantin Zanidache and Simon Aspell. A keen chamber musician, he has performed at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Music in Drumcliffe, Interlaken Classics Festival Switzerland, KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival and The Chamber Music Gathering at the National Concert Hall, as well as collaborating with the Ficino Ensemble, Musici Ireland and The Vanbrugh Quartet. In 2016 David was appointed to viola section of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Aoife Burke is a first-class graduate of the RNCM, Folkwang University of the Arts and the CIT Cork School of Music, where she studied with Emma Ferrand, Christoph Richter and Christopher Marwood, respectively. During her studies, Aoife was a recipient of the Raphael Sommer Scholarship and was a Britten-Pears Young Artist. She currently holds a residency at the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork, where she curates the Summer Lunchtime Concert Series and the Spotlight Chamber Music Series.

Tickets €12.50/€10.00 concession are available at or telephone 087 9593276 or at the door on the day of the performance.


Pat Shortt – Hey!

Pat Shortt – Hey!

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal          Saturday 1st December 2018          Time: 8 pm.   Tickets: €28/€29 online bookings

Pat Shortt is back with a brand new stage show called ‘Hey!’ Following the sell-out successes of ‘The Hall’, ‘Selfie’ and ‘How’s Tings?’ and fresh from starring roles in the hit play ‘A Skull In Connemara’ and the film ‘The Belly of The Whale’, Ireland’s best-loved comedian takes to the road with his latest quirky look at Irish life. Featuring all brand new material and sketches, this new show is a rogue’s gallery of oddball characters, bizarre situations and even a song or two!  ‘Hey!’ delivers a peculiar take on modern life that only the unique imagination of Pat Shortt could conjure up. A show not to be missed.

Hey! You have been warned!

Tickets €28.00 are available at 087 9593276 and online (€1 booking fee applies) at


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