HANDELFEST 2022: TICKETS AVAILABLE MAY 20th FROM: https://www.dublinhandelfest.com/handelfest-events
THE HIBERNIAN MUSE: MUSIC FOR IRELAND BY PURCELL & COUSSER
Friday July 15th | 7.30pm | St Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle
Irish Baroque Orchestra | Sestina | Peter Whelan
Cousser ‘The Applause of Mount Parnassus: Serenata for Dublin Castle’ (1711)
Purcell ‘Great Parent, Hail’ (1694)
Presented with kind permission from the Office of Public Works
The opening concert of Dublin HandelFest 2022 features two works inspired by Dublin landmarks; Cousser’s ‘The Applause of Mount Parnassus’, written for Dublin Castle in 1711, and Purcell’s ‘Great Parent Hail’, written for the centenary of Trinity College Dublin in 1694. These two works demonstrate the musical context in Dublin in the first half of the 18th century, and Handel would have been aware of the fantastic reputation of Dublin Castle’s musicians when he travelled to the city in 1741.
This concert coincides with the launch of the Irish Baroque Orchestra’s new album ‘The Hibernian Muse’ featuring the works performed. Copies of the disc will be available to purchase at this event.
WALKING TOUR: THEATRES AND CONCERT HALLS IN HANDELIAN DUBLIN
Saturday July 16th | 2pm | Departing and concluding from outside the Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle
Led by Stuart Kinsella, Research Advisor at Christ Church Cathedral (and IBO’s Company Secretary!) this tour explores the Dublin music venues that would have existed during Handel’s time in the city. Wear comfortable shoes and prepare for an entertaining and informative journey!
Approximate Duration: 90 mins
YOUNG ARTISTS SHOWCASE: IBO APPRENTICES
Saturday July 16th | 6pm | Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle
The future of historical performance is in safe hands! Members of the IBO Apprentice Scheme 2022 present a programme charting the development of music in England from the Renaissance to Handel’s time. Featuring music by Handel, Dowland, Locke and Purcell. Approximate Duration: 1 hour
‘MESSIAH DISCOVERY DAY’
Sunday July 17th | Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle
Irish Baroque Orchestra | Peter Whelan
HANDEL’S ITALIAN SKETCHBOOK FOR MESSIAH, 2pm
Aisling Kenny, soprano | Laura Lamph, alto
Handel Chamber Duets, ‘A mirarvi io son intento,’ HWV 178, ‘No, Di Voi Non Vò Fidarmi’ HWV 189, ‘Se tu non lasci amore’, HWV 193, ‘Tanti Strali al sen mi scocchi’ HWV 197
Percival Cantata for Soprano and continuo, ‘Dove sei dolce mi vita’
Handel’s youthful trips to Italy provided an unlimited source of inspiration which fuelled the composer throughout his working life. Here we explore some of his stunning early Italian duets with thematic links to Messiah. Our programme also features Philip Percival’s only surviving cantata, ‘Dove sei dolce mia vita’. Percival was the Director of the Irish State Music, responsible for the high standard of music at Dublin Castle in the early 18th century and was a close personal friend of Handel. Approximate Duration: 1 hour
‘CHAMBER MESSIAH’, 7.30pm
Aisling Kenny, soprano | Laura Lamph, alto | Rory Lynch, tenor | William Gaunt, bass
Handel ‘Part the First’ from ‘Messiah’
Hear ‘Messiah’ afresh in this scaled-down version in the intimate surroundings of the Chapel Royal at Dublin Castle. With single strings and just 4 solo voices, we breathe new life into part one of this epic work.