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Friday 15 May

7.00 pm

6.00 pm



Swiss Sausage Supper (voucher 10)

Sat 16 cont.

(complimentary for weekend/day ticket holders).

Vouchers may be purchased in advance or at Borris House
on the day.

Mary Ann Gelly

Fred Hellier
Paul Mosse
George Vaughan

8.30 pm

Introduction and official opening of the 5th Barrow River Arts Festival by

Sean Hardie
Improvisations on Bass and Saxophone

Barry Guy and Michael Niesemann

Mary Ann Gelly moved to Co Kilkenny 20 years ago and resides in Inistioge. She
studied sculpture in University of Georgia, USA, and Art History at Trinity College, Dublin.
Recent exhibitions include the Happy Valley Festival, Thomastown, and Kilkenny Arts
Festival. She is a member of the Kilkenny Life Drawing Group since 2006.


Nathan Braude viola

Polina Leschenko piano
Joseph Jongen 1873-1953
Concertino Op. 111 for viola and piano

Robert Schumann 1810-1856

Sonata No. 1 in A Op. 105 for violin and piano

Fred Hellier was born in London and studied at the University of London and
Goldsmiths College School of Art. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows
throughout the UK and Canada. He has been a visiting lecturer at Universit Laval in
Qubec City. His paintings, constructions and drawings are in a number of private and
public collections.

(arranged for viola by N.Braude)

Paul Mosse was born in Co. Kilkenny. From 1966 -1970 he studied at The Chelsea
School of Art, London. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work is
represented in many private and public collections. He was elected to Aosdana in 2007.

The Russian-born pianist, Polina Leschenko, combines a phenomenal technique with

deep sensitivity and abundant imagination. Her busy career combines concerti, recitals
and chamber music. Leschenko has appeared in recital at the Lincoln Center, Carnegie
Hall, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Vienna Konzerthaus, and is a
regular visitor to orchestras around the world including the Hall Orchestra, Australian
Chamber Orchestra, and Camerata Salzburg. Her most recent disc is a Liszt recital which
has won several awards including a Choc du Monde de la Musique. Some of her regular
chamber music partners include Martha Argerich, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Ivry Gitlis,
Julian Rachlin, Maxim Rysanov, Heinrich Schiff, Mischa Maisky and Torleif Theden.

George Vaughan studied at the Limerick School of Art, Limerick, the National College of
Art, Dublin, Fischerkoesen Film Studios, Germany and the College of Music, Dublin. He
has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the country. His work can
be found in collections such as The Arts Council of Ireland, Office of Public Works, Butler
Gallery, Limerick City Gallery and private collections in Ireland and abroad.
The exhibition will run throughout the festival and may be viewed between events.

7.30 pm

Anja Pche soprano

Finghin Collins piano

Rebecca Clarke 1886-1979

Viola sonata Op. 5 No. 3

The young Belgian-Israeli violist Nathan Braude is rapidly emerging as one of the most
promising viola players of his generation. He has performed in many of the world's
most prestigious concert venues including the Wigmore Hall in London, Thtre de la
Ville in Paris, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. His
dbut recording for the Fuga Libera label with the complete works for viola, by the
Belgian composer Joseph Jongen, has been released to great critical acclaim. Nathan's
recent recordings include the Dvorak piano quartet op.87 released on EMI Classics as
part of the "Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012" series).
Tickets: 25.00 (20.00 concession)

Sunday 17 May

Robert Schumann 1810-1856

Six poems by Nikolaus Lenau and Requiem op. 90 (composed 1850)
Liederkreis op. 39

2.00 pm

Six Songs op. 107

Anja Pche is a member of the -capella ensemble Calmus, one of the most exciting
voices in vocal music and well known to the Irish audiences. She performs regularly as
a solo singer in oratorio and cantata concerts throughout Europe and the USA, often
with emphasis on J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. She has established a close
relationship with Camerata Kilkenny and the Barrow River Arts Festival ever since her
first, much acclaimed, Irish appearance in 2011.
Finghin Collins makes a welcome return since he performed a lieder recital with the
tenor James Gilchrist at the very first Barrow River Arts Festival back in 2011. One of the
most important musicians to emerge from Ireland in recent times he established his
international reputation by winning the 1999 Clara Haskil International Piano
Competition. Since then he has performed with leading orchestras throughout the
world. Among his many recordings are two double CDs of Schumanns solo piano music
for Claves Records in Switzerland which have received widespread acclaim, including
Editors Choice in Gramophone magazine in 2006.

Barry McGovern reads Flann OBrien

The focus of Barry McGoverns reading at this years festival will be on the writings of
the great Irish novelist, playwright and satirist Flann OBrien. Dublin born Barry
McGoverns distinguished acting career has covered film, television and in particular
theatre where he has become internationally renowned for his interpretation of the
works of Samuel Beckett. In 2012 he received an Ovation Awards nomination for Lead
Actor in a Play for the role of Vladimir in the Center Theatre Group production of
Waiting for Godot
Barry McGoverns astounding performance was not only the best of the festival, but also
among the best Ive ever seengenius, no other word for it - Sun Herald.
Tickets: 20.00 (15.00 concession)

3.30 pm

Tickets: 25.00 (20.00 concession)


Saturday 16 May
2.00 pm
Launch of Imagines
limited edition book publication from
New Dublin Press
Score for solo viola by Benjamin Dwyer
Poems by Kimberly Campanello
Commentary by Jonathan Creasy
Designed by Distinctive Repetition
Garth Knox will give the Irish premire of Ben Dwyer's composition
Imagines obesae et aspectui ingratae on Sunday at 5.30 pm.
'In this limited-edition publication, composer Benjamin Dwyer, poet Kimberly
Campanello, violist Garth Knox and author/editor Jonathan Creasy come together to
create a truly unique work of art. With musical score, performance, poems and
commentary, the book documents years of artistic research and practice by a
world-class group of artists. Designed in collaboration with Distinctive Repetition
studio, Imagines is one of the most innovative and high-quality books produced this
year in Ireland.'

Marilyn Crispell piano

Barry Guy bass
Paul Lytton percussion
Compositions by Barry Guy and improvisations
"Hearing Marilyn Crispell play solo piano is like monitoring an active volcano. She is one of a
very few pianists who rise to the challenge of free jazz. - The New York Times
Marilyn Crispell has been a composer and performer of contemporary improvised music
since 1978. For ten years, she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the
Reggie Workman Ensemble, and she has performed and recorded extensively as a
soloist and with players on the American and international jazz scene. In 1996 she was
given an Outstanding Alumni Award by the New England Conservatory, and in 2004,
was cited as being one of their 100 most outstanding alumni of the past 100 years.
Percussionist Paul Lytton is both an inventive, textural drummer in the tradition of
European free jazz, and a pioneer in electronic sound processing and the use of
homemade instruments of his own invention. Lytton made his first appearances on the
British creative music scene in the late 60s , and his influence particularly in live
electronics can still be observed in the experimentation of a new generation of
improvisers over 30 years later.
Tickets: 20.00 (15.00 concession)

5.30 pm
3.30 pm



Garth Knox viola

with poetry reading by
Kimberly Campanello

Savina Yannatou voice

Barry Guy bass
Songs and Improvisations
Savina Yannatous unusual curriculum vitae includes songs for children and adults, a
repertoire ranging from the Mediaeval to the Baroque, the Mediterranean to the
Balkans, from Sephardic to Smyrnaean traditions, and from free improvisation through
free jazz to music that defies classification.
"Dark-toned but ambrosial, highly disciplined yet seemingly bursting with a soul of pure
flame, the rather staggering Athens-born singer Savina Yannatou is a virtuosic chameleon
adept at an extensive range of vocal tradition.. John Payne, L.A. Weekly
Barry Guy is a renowned improviser and composer influential in the world of jazz and
free improvisation as in that of contemporary music. His concert works for chamber
orchestras, chamber groups and soloists have been widely performed and his skilful
and inventive writing has resulted in an exceptional series of compositions.
His most recent project is the Blue Shroud Band which performs his work The Blue
Shroud based on Picassos painting Guernica with texts by the Irish poet Kerry
Hardie. Barry Guy continues to give solo recitals throughout Europe as well as
continuing associations with colleagues involved in improvised, baroque and
contemporary music.
Tickets: 20.00 (15.00 concession)

Georg Philip Telemann 1681-1767

Fantasie no 1

Rory Boyle b. 1951 Ayrshire

Such Sweet Sorrow (realisation of Elizabethan harpsichord piece)

Benjamin Dwyer b. 1965 Dublin

Imagines obesae et aspectui ingratae (Irish premiere)

Garth Knox b. 1956 Dublin

Fuga Libre

Gyrgy Ligeti 1923 - 2006

Viola Sonata (1, 5 and 6)
Garth Knox is at the forefront of the new music scene in many fields. Drawing on his
vast experience as viola player of the Arditti Quartet and the Ensemble
Intercontemporain and his close collaboration with most of the leading composers of
today, he has become a unique performer of music of many different styles, ranging
from minimalist understatement to the cutting edge of new techniques and new
technologies. He has always felt at home as an improviser, and now more and more so
as a composer also, deploying his musical ideas as innovative instrumental theatre.
Tickets: 20.00 (15.00 concession)

5.30 pm

8.00 pm

The Badke String Quartet

Camerata Kilkenny

Charlotte Scott violin

Emma Parker violin
Jon Thorne viola
Jonathan Byers cello
with Maximilliano Martin clarinet

Maya Homburger director/violin

Anja Pche soprano
Michael Niesemann oboe
Sarah McMahon cello
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer 1623-1680
Sonata No 3 in g minor for violin and basso continuo

W.A. Mozart 1756-1791

Clarinet Quintet in A K. 581
Johannes Brahms 1833-1897
Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op. 115

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750

Cantata Ich bin vergngt mit meinem Glcke BWV 84 for soprano, oboe,
strings and basso continuo

The Badke Quartet, formed in 2002, is widely recognised as one of Britains finest
string quartets and has received widespread acclaim for its energetic and vibrant
performances. It has worked with some of the worlds greatest string quartets and
studied with Gabor Takcs-Nagy at IMS Prussia Cove and members of the Alban Berg
Quartet in Cologne. The Badke Quartet regularly perform at concert halls and festivals in
the UK and abroad, including Aldeburgh, Montreux, Bad Kissingen, Malm,
Mecklenburg, Ljubljana, Santander, Aix-en-Provence, Verbier Presteigne, West Cork,
Londons Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, and the Musikverein in Vienna. Future plans
include a return to the Concertgebouw, a tour of the USA and a performance at the
Haydn String Quartet Festival at the Court Theatre in Esterhazy Palace.

Sarabande and Double from partita No. 1 in B minor BWV 1002

Spanish clarinettist Maximiliano Martn is rapidly establishing himself as one of the

most exciting and charismatic musicians of his generation. Highlights for 2014 include
solo concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Real Filarmona de Galicia and
Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, numerous chamber music festivals in important venues
like Wigmore Hall, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Chichester, Petworth, East Neuk, Cottiers and
The Brahms Clarinet Quintet was heart-stoppingly expressive, hypnotically
concentratedessential listening - Review from The Scottish Herald
Tickets: 25.00 (20.00 concession)

Aria No. 5 and Choral from Cantata Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin
BWV 144
Allemande from Suite for solo cello in G Major BWV 1007
Aria No. 8 and Choral from Cantata Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn BWV92
The Wedding Cantata Weichet nur, betrbte Schatten BWV 202 for
soprano, oboe, strings and basso continuo.
Camerata Kilkenny gave the impression that time is to be treasured, not to be rushed, that
the music was somehow to be dwelt in, not pressured, and whos to argue when the music is
by Bach? Review Irish Times 2014
Camerata Kilkenny is an acclaimed international ensemble founded by Swiss violinist
Maya Homburger and the Irish harpsichordist and organist Malcolm Proud. They have
performed at major festivals throughout Ireland and Europe. In this final concert of the
2015 Barrow River Arts Festival they are joined by German soprano Anja Pche for
choral and instrumental music of J.S. Bach including his sublime Wedding Cantata BWV
202 Weichet nur, betrbte Schatten with the German oboist Michael Niesemann as
special guest.
Tickets: 20.00 (15.00 concession)

The Barrow River Arts Festival is supported by the

Goethe Institut, RTE and Carlow County Council.

FESTIVAL PASS: 130.00 (Concession: 110)

Day Pass Saturday: 60 (Concession: 50)
Day Pass Sunday: 70 (Concession: 60)