Amir Tafreshipour, Judith Ring and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh at Valentia Island Chamber Music Festival

Mary Dullea, Artistic Director of Chamber Music on Valentia

Amir Tafreshipour, Judith Ring and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh at Valentia Island Chamber Music Festival

5th festival programmed by pianist Mary Dullea takes place on 16–19 August on the County Kerry island.

The 5th Chamber Music on Valentia festival will take place from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 August.

Programmed by pianist Mary Dullea of the Fidelio Trio, the event extends to four days this year and will have two composers in residence: Amir Tafreshipour and Judith Ring.

Amir Tafreshipour is a leading Iranian composer whose work has been recorded by the English Chamber Orchestra and Crash Ensemble. On 18 August, the festival will present the Irish premiere of his Shabahang (nocturne).

Irish composer Judith Ring, who recently released her first album of songs, Ring Lieder (read our review here), will give the world premiere of her work for solo piano, Dusting the Moth, as well as a performance for voice and electronics at the Valentia Island Farmhouse Dairy.

Other highlights include a solo performance by Caoimhín Ó Roghallaigh on Sunday 19 August, a performance of the Sonata for Violin and Piano by E.J. Moeran (who lived on Valentia), works by Ramaeu, Muffat, Bach and Rebel performed by Fishamble Sinfonia, Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet, and a sound installation by Seán Ó Dálaigh.

Chamber musicians include Darragh Morgan (violin), Siripong Albert Tiptan (violin), Mike Kelley (viola), Peter Martens (cello), David Edmonds (cello) and Mary Dullea (piano). New Irish vocal group M’ANAM will perform on the final night of the festival.

For the full line-up of events, see below. For more, visit

Thursday 16th August
8pm, Church of St John the Baptist, Knightstown
Fishamble Sinfonia with Darragh Morgan, Siripong Tiptan, Mike Kelley, Peter Martens, David Edmonds

French Revolutionaries
Rameau – Tambourins 1 & 2 from Troisème Concert, Tambourin from Pièces de Clavecin, Suite en mi
J.- F. Rebel – ‘Les Éléments’ Simphonie nouvelle
Muffat – Armonico Tributo No 5
Bach – Concerto for Two Violins BWV 1043
Vivaldi – Cello Sonata in E minor RV40 arr. String Orchestra
Bach arr. Michael Finnissy – Contrapunctus XIX with continuation and Coda (unfinished) from the Art of Fugue (Irish Premiere)

Friday 17 August
7.30pm, Glanleam House
Chamber Music Concert with interval reception
Schubert Lieder – arr. Mike Kelley for violin and viola
Judith Ring – Dusting the Moth (solo piano – World premiere)
Ernest Moeran – Sonata for Violin and Piano
Dvorak Piano – Quintet in A major, Op. 81

Saturday 18 August
11am, The Lighthouse, Cromwell Point 
Family Concert ‘Fossils and Dreams’

1–5 pm, edg(tid)e
Sound and photography installation at The Lighthouse, Cromwell Point
Sound: Seán Ó Dálaigh
Photography: Brian Stone

3.30–7pm, Musical Map of the Island featuring short up-close performances

3.30pm, Danu House Chapeltown
Bach Suite for Solo Cello No. 4 Peter Martens

5pm, Valentia Island Farmhouse Dairy
Judith Ring – Voice and Electronics

6.30pm, Atlantic Villa
Róise Cusack and Gearóid Riordan, Young Iveragh Voices mentored by Gavan Ring

9pm, Church of St John the Baptist, Knightstown
Lili Boulanger – Nocturne for Violin and Piano
John Field – Nocturne in A major
Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour – Shabahang (Nocturne) (Irish Premiere)
Schoenberg – Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) for String Sextet

Sunday 19 August
5pm, The Ring Lyne, Chapeltown
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – fiddle

8 pm, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Knightstown 

For more, visit

Published on 9 August 2018

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