facebook.com/Festival of Music at St. Barrahane's Church
tel. +353 (0)28 33752 / +353 (0)86 226 4797 Jacqueline Weij
St. Barrahane's Church Castletownshend,
(8 km from Skibbereen)
Co. Cork, P81 AH51
We have already held three wonderful concerts this year. The first, on March 4th in Abbeystrewry Church, given by the gifted Anna Tsybuleva, the Russian award winning pianist, in association with Music Network, was glorious, but was unfortunately a financial loss due to extreme weather conditions. The second on April 23rd in Christ Church Glandore was a lovely violin and cello recital performed by Elizabeth Cooney and Gerald Peregine and the third, also in Abbeystrewry Church, by the lively Beara Quartet in association with the National String Quartet Foundation and Cork County Council.
The purpose of the St. Barrahane’s Church Music Festival is:
•Making available high quality Irish traditional and classical music for locals and tourists.
•Providing a performance platform for aspiring young artists from the Cork School of Music and elsewhere.
•Enabling contributions for the upkeep of the beautiful venue St. Barrahane’s Church.
•Donating to Charities if sufficient funds are available. Recent recipients include Cork Simon Community for the homeless and Irish Red Cross for refugee relief.
Our summer Festival normally comprises six concerts during July and August at St. Barrahane’s Church, Castletownshend. This year, however, we are making a big change by adding seven extra concerts and using the additional venues of Abbeystrewry Church and Christ Church, Glandore.
Staging quality concerts of classical and Irish traditional music is expensive. The money is raised mainly by ticket sales and grants when available. The average attendance is 70 -100 people but the profits, if any, are small after paying the musicians’ fees ranging from €600-2000 and all other expenses such as advertising posters and signage, piano hire, printing of programmes and so forth.
To help with these expenses, we are introducing two schemes this year, a SPONSORSHIP Scheme, which is the reason for this letter, and also a FRIENDS Scheme. For the Sponsorship Scheme, we are seeking a donation of €250 in support from local enterprises to cover the six summer season concerts.
This entitles a sponsor to:
•The Company logo/name displayed prominently at the concert venue.
•The Company logo/name on all our publications and brief message if available.
•Verbal acknowledgement before commencement of all the concert.
•Invitation to a Sponsors/Friends Reception during the Season.
•Reserved seats (but not free) if attending any concert – 24 hour notification required.
The Future: As our costs of staging concerts continue to increase, unfortunately, grants from Cork County Council and other Agencies have remained static. We have a constant battle to keep down our admission price while at the same time maintaining the quality of performers and concerts. If we are to remain viable, your support would be invaluable and very much appreciated.
For all other information on upcoming concerts please consult this website: www.barrahanemusic.ie or search for ‘Festival of Music at St. Barrahane’s Church’ on Facebook.
A member of our Committee will call to you in the coming days to outline our Scheme and answer any queries that you may have. We ask that you will favourably consider supporting us by your generous sponsorship of €250.
Reverend John Ardis,
OF ST. BARRAHANE'S CHURCH FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND OF THE BARRAHANE MUSIC SERIES
THE WEST CORK HOTEL, SKIBBEREEN
MARY ANN'S RESTAURANT AND BAR, CASTLETOWNSHEND
FIELD'S SUPERVALU, SKIBBEREEN
VW BLACKWATER MOTORS, SKIBBEREEN
UNION HALL SMOKED FISH