The 2018 Midwinter Festival will follow on from the PRODIGY theme of last January’s festival to focus on music composed by composers in love. Music by the great Romantics Brahms, Wagner and Schumann (Robert and Clara), along with other musical love letters by Beethoven, Schubert, Janácek, Britten and Schoenberg, will move us all with their ardent expressions of love. The BELOVED festival will also feature an afternoon recital of popular love-inspired arias and duos from the world of opera.

Friday 19th January

Town Hall Theatre

4.00pm  – TALK

Richard Wigmore “Beethoven and the Immortal Beloved”

8.00pm – CONCERT

Beethoven  Moonlight Sonata Op. 27 No. 2

Beethoven  “An Die Ferne Geliebte” Op. 98

Strauss  Selected songs

Schoenberg  “Verklärte Nacht”


Saturday 20th January

Town Hall Theatre

11.30am – Talk

Richard Wigmore “Clara Schumann: Musician and Romantic Muse”

2.00pm – Concert

In Love At The Opera

Operatic love songs and duets with Sarah-Jane Brandon, James Gilchrist and Dearbhla Collins.

8.00pm – Concert

Robert Schumann Four Duets Op. 34

Clara Schumann  Three songs

Janacek  String Quartet “Intimate Letters”

Britten Michelangelo Sonnets

Wagner Siegfried Idyll arr. Alfred Pringsheim


Sunday 21st January

Town Hall Theatre

12.00noon – FILM

“Spring Symphony‘ by Peter Schamoni. This German film from 1983 brings to life the passionate relationship between Schumann and Clara Wieck and her father’s attempts to thwart it.

3.00pm – Closing Concert

Schumann Selection from “Myrthen” Op. 25

Schubert Fantasie in F minor

Brahms String Sextet in G major


Galway’s ConTempo Quartet

Dearbhla Collins, piano

Finghin Collins, piano

Sarah-Jane Brandon, soprano

James Gilchrist, tenor

Simon Aspell, viola

Christopher Marwood, cello

Richard Wigmore, talks






For Festival Ticket €81/€73  MFG Friends €71 call box office at 091 569777