Music in Kilkenny collaboration with OPW - Stunning first concert

OPW celebrating 50 years in Kilkenny Castle with Music in Kilkenny

Sean Keane


Sean Keane


Madness, Melancholy …. and the Devil’s Thrill

Stunning Croatian violinist Bojan Čičić performs on Sunday, January 20 at 4pm in the Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle

The first of Music in Kilkenny’s 2019 concert series (supported by the Arts Council of Ireland) is on Sunday, January 20 at 4pm in the Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle with the stunning Croatian violinist Bojan Čičić performing a programme of music entitled Madness, Melancholy …. and the Devil’s Thrill. For the performance he is joined by the ‘exuberantly stylish’ harpsichordist Julian Perkins.

Throughout this season (from January to June 2019) Music in Kilkenny is collaborating with the OPW by presenting five of its eight concert series in Kilkenny Castle, celebrating 50 years of Kilkenny Castle in the care of the Office of Public Works. A further four concerts at Kilkenny Castle include the Lenvai String Trio from the Netherlands (2 February), Carducci String Quartet with one of the world’s finest clarinettists Julian Bliss (24 March), a baroque trio of English violinist Alison Bury, American viola da gambist John Dornenburg and Irish harpsichordist Malcolm Proud (31 March) and in a special gala performance in the Picture Gallery, Kilkenny Castle on 18 May with  the Irish Baroque Orchestra and world renowned guest director from South Africa Kristian Bezuidenhout.

In addition three more concerts will take place in other venues this season. The Irish/Lithuanian duo of Macdara Ó Seireadáin (clarinet) and Gintaras Januševičius (piano) perform in the Heritage Council (venue t.b.c.) on 24 February, Chamber Choir Ireland appears on 14 June in St. Canice’s Church, and on 12 May the celebrated Russian pianist Polina Leschenko with Belgian-Israeli violist Nathan Braude perform a programme of music by Schumann, Grieg, Rachmaninov and Brahms at the ancestral home of the great Kilkenny painter Mildred Ann Butler, Kilmurry House, Thomastown.

Tickets will be on sale through Eventbrite and unless sold out, at the venue from 30 minutes before each performance. Due to limited capacity tickets for the Kilmurry House concert are only available directly from or by phoning 086 1777017.