Fidelio Trio Winter Chamber Music Festival 2023

Fidelio Trio Winter Chamber Music Festival 2023

Friday, 24 November 2023, 7.30pm

GlasDrum and Music at DCU present the eleventh


Friday 24th – Sunday 26st November, Belvedere House, St. Patrick’s Campus DCU, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 

The Fidelio Trio’s ‘performances are absolutely wonderful…stylish virtuosity…instinctive brilliance…’
BBC Radio 3 Record Review

An ‘outstanding festival which continues to be a model of good programming – mixing new work and rarely heard pieces with well-known staples of the repertoire.’
Adrian Smith, Journal of Music Review

Don’t miss the return of the internationally renowned Fidelio Trio to Belvedere House, Drumcondra, for the 11th Winter Chamber Music Festival from Friday 24th November to Sunday 26th November. Curated by the distinguished Fidelio Trio - Darragh Morgan (violin), Tim Gill (cello) and Mary Dullea (piano) – this year’s festival features four world premieres by the acclaimed Irish composers Siobhán Cleary, Seán Ó Dálaigh, Fergal Dowling, and Gráinne Mulvey, as well as much loved works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schoenberg, De Falla, and Chabrier. Fidelio Trio will be joined by guest artists Fiona Kelly (flute), Anna Devin (Soprano), Francesco Paolo Scola (Clarinet), and Jane Atkins (Viola). We are delighted to have these internationally acclaimed artists, some returning home specially for this festival. Tickets €17/14 (plus booking fees) available from For more info, visit

The festival will open on the evening of Friday 24th November with a compelling concert, ‘Symphony in Miniature’, in the intimate 18th-century Belvedere House Library, featuring well-known favourites by Mozart, Schoenberg, and Chabrier. Join us on Saturday 25th November in the scenic upper room of the National Botanic Gardens for ‘Species’, featuring music inspired by the teeming life of the gardens. This free lunchtime concert features four entirely new works by Irish composers Fergal Dowling, Siobhán Cleary, Seán Ó Dálaigh, and Gráinne Mulvey, especially written for the violinist Darragh Morgan and electronics. This special event will also feature musical gems by Alfred Schnittke and Maddalena Laura Lombardini Sirmen. ‘Culture File with Luke Clancy’ is our pre-concert event at 6:30pm on Saturday evening. The Fidelio Trio will be joined by Luke Clancy of Culture File, RTÉ Lyric FM, and renowned Irish composers Rhona Clarke and John Buckley, both of whom have created new music for the trio in previous festivals. This track record of commissions is testament to the Fidelio Trio’s incredible work as ambassadors for Irish music. Hear the stories of these pieces that have travelled the globe. You won’t want to miss this inspiring event. The late evening concert ‘Andalusian Echoes’ will follow at 8pm, featuring Manuel De Falla’s evocative Suite Populaire Espagnole, Isaac Albéniz’s Triana and Guillaume Lekeu’s Piano Quartet. In a special afternoon concert onSunday 26th November at 3pm, Fidelio Trio and soprano Anna Devin will bring the festival to a close with a feast of classical favourites, including five of Beethoven’s captivating Irish folk songs, his magnificent ‘Archduke’ Piano Trio, and Mozart’s exquisite L’Amerò sarò costante.

The ‘virtuosic Fidelio Trio’ (Sunday Times) are Darragh Morgan, violin, Tim Gill, cello and Mary Dullea, piano. Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the Fidelio Trio are enthusiastic champions of the piano trio genre, performing a diverse range of repertoire on concert stages across the world. They are broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, NPR and featured on Sky Arts documentaries. They have an impressive list of commissions and world premieres from the leading and most innovative composers and have a large discography of highly acclaimed recordings.

The Fidelio Trio Winter Chamber Music Festival is brought to you by GlasDrum in partnership  with Music at DCU, with funding from the Arts Council Festivals Investment Scheme. The event is supported by RTÉ Supporting the Arts, and the Saturday lunchtime concert at the  National Botanic Gardens by the Office of Public Works.

Full Programme

Symphony in Miniature, Friday 24th November 7.30pm, Belvedere House, Drumcondra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart     Symphony No 40 in G Minor arr. Clementi (Fl, vn, vc, pno)
Emmanuel Chabrier                ‘España’ arr. Alder
Arnold Schoenberg                   Chamber Symphony No 1 Op 9 arr. Webern

Fidelio Trio with Fiona Kelly (Flute) and Francesco Paolo Scola (Clarinet)

Species, Saturday 25th November 1pm, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin [Free Event]
Alfred Schnittke                                               String Trio
Maddalena Laura Lombardini Sirmen              String Trio Sonata No 1 in F Major Op 1
I Tempo Giusto
II Allegretto: Tempo di Minuetto
Siobhán Cleary                                                 Will o’ the Wisp
Seán Ó Dálaigh                                                The Butterfly
Fergal Dowling                                                Species
Grainne Mulvey                                               Echium Pininana “Tower of Jewels”

Darragh Morgan (Violin), Jane Atkins (Viola), Tim Gill (Cello)

Culture File with Luke Clancy on RTÉ Lyric FM, Saturday 25th November 6.30pm, Belvedere House, Drumcondra

This special pre-concert event features an in-person recording of a roundtable discussion with Luke Clancy, Culture File, Mary Dullea, Fidelio Trio, and renowned Irish composers Rhona Clarke and John Buckley, both of whom have created new music for the trio in previous festivals. Hear about the fascinating subject of commissions and the creation of new works of art that have travelled the globe with the Fidelio Trio. This is a free admission  event and will be recorded by Luke Clancy of Culture File for RTÉ Lyric FM.

Andalusian Echoes, Saturday 25th November 8pm, Belvedere House, Drumcondra

Manuel De Falla                      Suite Populaire Espagnole for cello and piano
Isaac Albéniz                           Triana
Guillaume Lekeu                     Piano Quartet

Fidelio Trio with Jane Atkins (Viola)

Archduke’ & ‘a Young Lassie’, Sunday 26th November 3pm, Belvedere House, Drumcondra

Ludwig van Beethoven Irish Folk Songs for voice and piano trio
No. 12 The Catrine Woods
No. 39 How Dear to me the Hour
No. 53 Fly Not Yet
No. 54 Love’s Young Dream
No. 15 What can a young Lassie?

W.A. Mozart                L’Amero saro costante
Beethoven                   Piano Trio Op 97 in Bb ‘Archduke

Fidelio Trio with Anna Devin (Soprano)

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Published by Journal of Music on 4 November 2023

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