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




Tickets €20, ONLINE, from Thornhill Electrical, Skibbereen, at the door, or call 086 226 4797







De Falla: Suite Popular Española

Beethoven: Sonata in A major, Op.69


Schumann: Sonata in A minor Op.105

Martin: Variations on a Theme of Rossini H.290


Miriam Roycroft and Réamonn Keary present a beautiful programme of music for cello and piano perfect for a summer’s evening.


The ‘Suite Popular Española’ is based on the original set of seven songs for voice and piano and this arrangement is by Maurice Marechal.  


Beethoven’s Sonata in A major was written between 1806 and 08, at a time when his deafness was acute, if not complete.  Despite this, the sonata is one of the most positive works imaginable, and radiates humour and joy throughout.


Schumann’s affection for the cello ran deep and it was an instrument he had played in his youth.  The Sonata in A minor was originally written for violin, but this transcription works very well for the cello.


Written in 1942, Martin's ‘Variations on a Theme of Rossini’, was among the first compositions he completed in the U.S., and it was dedicated to the Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.

The brief ‘Variations on a Theme of Rossini’ is a true virtuoso work and makes playful use of the original theme; ‘From Your Starry Throne’, from his opera, ‘Moses in Egypt’, from 1819.


Miriam Roycroft and Réamonn Keary

Dublin-born Miriam Roycroft studied at the RNCM in Manchester and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.  Upon graduation she won the Muriel Taylor Cello Competition in London.

Miriam has performed as soloist with the RTÉNSO many times and has played many of the major concerti for cello with professional and amateur orchestras throughout the UK and Ireland.  She has been a guest leader of the cello sections of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia ViVa and the Northern Sinfonia.  She has also guest co-lead the cello sections of the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra.  Miriam has been Principal Cello of Barry Douglas’s orchestra, Camerata Ireland, for many years.  With them, she has toured in North and South America, and throughout Europe and China.  Having played with the orchestra of Opera North in Leeds for many years, in September 2006 Miriam joined the String Faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.  She was appointed as Head of the String Faculty in September 2012, a contracted post she held for three years, and she has bases in Dublin and Leeds.  Her solo, chamber, orchestral and educational commitments take her worldwide.

Miriam is principal cello of Camerata Ireland with whom she has toured extensively in America, Europe and China.  Miriam has performed recently at festivals and major concert halls in Dublin, Belfast, Derry, York, Leeds, Beverley, Cork, Limerick and Kilkenny.  She has given masterclasses in the USA, Poland, Spain, Ireland and the UK and she is on the Faculty at the Apple Hill Summer Chamber Music Festival in New Hampshire.  

Miriam plays on a modern American cello by Grubaugh and Seifert which she commissioned in 2004.

Réamonn Keary studied piano with Gerard Shanahan in Limerick, John O'Conor in Dublin and, following the awarding of an Austrian government scholarship, with Leonid Brumberg in Vienna.  Réamonn is a frequent broadcaster and lecturer on the topics of piano teaching and interpretation and was for many years John O’Conor’s teaching assistant at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  He is a highly valued teacher and a number of Réamonn’s students are enjoying international success.  He served as the Chairman of the Senior Examiners at the RIAM for seven years and was the Head of Piano Faculty between 2012 and 2015.  He is a frequent jury member of the Axa Dublin International Piano Competition.  Réamonn performs regularly as a chamber musician and accompanist and has worked with Ireland’s most distinguished instrumentalists and singers.

He has been a soloist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and recently performed in recitals in Beijing and Shanghai.  Réamonn has designed and performed in a number of concert series designed around the music of individual composers, among them Poulenc, Brahms, Schubert, Berwald, Chopin and Debussy.  He has championed the music of contemporary Irish composers and has brought many world premier performances to the stage.






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