Sean Shibe, guitar @ Great Music in Irish Houses Festival  2018

Sean Shibe, guitar @ Great Music in Irish Houses Festival 2018

Saturday, 16 June 2018, 12.00pm

Sean Shibe, guitar


James MacMillan: From Galloway (arr Sean Shibe)
James MacMillan: Motet No 1 for Theorbo (Since it was the 
Day of Preparation) (arr Sean Shibe)
Peter Maxwell Davies: Farewell to Stromness 
Steve Reich: Electric Counterpoint
Julia Wolfe: LAD (arr Sean Shibe)
David Lang: Killer 
and Scottish Lute Music from the Balcarres, Rowallan, Straloch, and Wemyss Manuscripts 

The Festival is excited to present Sean Shibe’s “uncompromisingly monumental” (The Scotsman) project softLOUD which premièred to enormous critical acclaim at the East Neuk and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals in 2017. This revelatory and intriguing programme juxtaposes Jacobean lute music for classical guitar with electric guitar arrangements of multi-tracked repertoire, including US Pulitzer prize-winning composers Julia Wolfe’s powerful eleg LAD, (originally written for nine bagpipes) and David Lang’s Killer. Affectionately known as the “Box on the Docks”, this concert’s unique venue is at the centre of barge life in Dublin’s Grand Canal Basin. 

Presented in association with Waterways Ireland 


Great Music in Irish Houses Festival 2018

6 days, 8 venues and over 20 musical artists

Featuring world-class performances from the classical and chamber music genres in an array of fascinating spaces from the traditional to the eclectic, including Airbnb International Offices, Killruddery House and Dublin Castle, the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival returns from 12th – 17th June, with a line-up of celebrated Irish and international artists.

The 2018 Festival is pushing its own musical boundaries with an exciting lunchtime performance from award-winning young guitarist Sean Shibe with works for electric guitar at the ‘Box in the Docks’.

This year’s opening night sees the Sacconi Quartet collaborate with Irish tenor Robin Tritschler for the Irish première of Jonathan Dove’s haunting In Damascus, a setting of verses by Syrian poet, Ali Safar, relating to the current Syrian situation. Taking place at the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, this concert will also feature quartets by Shostakovich and Haydn.

Audiences will delight in performances featuring works from other illustrious composers including Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Beethoven and Chopin, along with living composers including Édith Canat de ChizyThomas Adès and from Ireland, Ann Cleare, and Ian Wilson.

And we have a winner! The 2018 Festival will present two concerts by of the foremost guitarists of his generation, 26-year-old Sean Shibe from Scotland, who was recently awarded the ‘Young Artist Award’ at the prestigious 2018  Royal Philharmonic Society Awards. From Bach to Pulitzer prize-winning composers David Lang and Julia Wolfe, the acclaimed Shibe will perform the Irish première of his highly-acclaimed softLOUD show, which switches from the acoustic delicacy of ancient Scots music to a frenzy of multi-tracked electric guitar music.

Festival highlights will include Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet, which will be performed by New York-based clarinettist Carol McGonnell and the French Modigliani Quartet, and the French Van Kuijk Quartet, will deliver a programme of music from Debussy and Schubert in the beautiful surrounds of the National Botanic Gardens.

Great Music in Irish Houses 2018 will conclude on Sunday June 17th with the now annual Dublin Musical Saunter, a mini festival-within-the-festival, which this year features four exceptional Dubliners of international acclaim: clarinettist Carol McGonnell, soprano Anna Devin and pianists Dearbhla Collins, and Hugh Tinney, who celebrates his milestone 60th birthday this year.

For 48 years the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival has been an integral part of Ireland’s cultural calendar. It features the crème-de-la-crème of musicians and singers performing in unique venues such as stately Irish houses and iconic landmark structures, as well as a selection of more modern buildings.

Bookings and information:


12th June, 7pm: Sacconi Quartet and tenor, Robin Tristchler at the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street
Irish tenor Robin Tristchler and the UK’s Sacconi Quartet perform the Irish première of Jonathan Dove’s In Damascus, alongside quartets by Haydn and Shostacovich.

13th June, 8pm: Sean Shibe, Rathfarnham Castle
The first of two programmes from this extraordinary guitarist, Sean Shibe will perform his stunning classical concert of composers Bach, Dowland and Britten. 

14th June, 8pm: Modigliani Quartet and Carol McGonnell, clarinet, Killruddery House
New York-based Irish clarinettist Carol McGonnell and the French Modigliani Quartet perform
Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet along with quartets by Puccini and Tchaikovsky. 

15th June, 8pm: Van Kuijk Quartet, National Botanic Gardens
France’s elegant Van Kuijk Quartet with a programme that includes Debussy, Schubert and the Irish première of Édith Canat de Chizy’s new work for this exciting young string quartet.  

16th June, 12pm: Sean Shibe, Waterways Ireland Dublin Docklands Office (12 noon)
One of the foremost guitarists of his generation, the second of Sean Shibe’s concerts features his acclaimed softLOUD project, juxtaposing Jacobean lute music with works for electric guitar.

16th June, 8pm: Van Kuijk Quartet and friends, Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle 
For their second concert, the Quartet will be joined by a number of Ireland’s finest musicians in Schubert’s magnificent Octet in F major.

17th June, 12pm: The Dublin Musical Saunter, a mini Festival-within-the-Festival
Carol McGonnell, solo clarinet, Airbnb International hub
Fearless exploration of cutting-edge new music is the hallmark of Carol McGonnell’s career, which is a perfect match for the venue in Hanover Quay. 

3pm: Anna Devin, soprano and Dearbhla Collins, piano, Castle Hall, Dublin Castle
This concert will include musical settings of Yeats, Auden and Joyce by Barber, Britten, Steven Ebel and Philip Martin. 

7pm: Hugh Tinney, piano, Pillar Room Rotunda Hospital
Celebrating his 60th birthday, pianist Hugh Tinney will celebrate with a programme that features music by Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin, Thomas Adès and Irish composer, Ian Wilson. 

The Festival acknowledges the continued support of the Arts Council, the Department of Arts, Heritage, Rural, Regional and Gaeltacht Affairs, RTE Lyric FM, Dublin City Council and the French Embassy. 

Tickets are priced between €6 and €50 and are available on

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Published by Journal of Music on 2 June 2018

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