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Baroque music to hit all the right notes for Killarney concert

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Scotia Ensemble performing at the Culture Night Kerry evening of Classical music and song  at St. Mary's Church of Ireland Killarney. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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THE Scotia Ensemble will be bringing Baroque music to Killarney on Saturday, October 22. The Scotia Ensemble is Kerry’s first and only professional orchestra, set up in January 2016 with the aid of an Arts Act Grant from Kerry County Council.

The musicians in the orchestra are working professional musicians based in Kerry, but who perform all around the country and internationally and you can catch a performance in St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Killarney on Saturday, October 22.

Members of the Scotia Ensemble have played with orchestras in Ireland, England and the US and have performed in venues all over the world, from the National Concert Hall to Carnegie Hall in New York. The ensemble’s leader, Niamh Varian-Barry and principal cellist, Maria O’Connor, also perform regularly with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The orchestra also includes three talented young musicians drawn from the county as part of the orchestra’s gifted students mentoring programme.

For this series of concerts the orchestra have decided to go back in time and to focus exclusively on Baroque music. This concert will feature some of classical music’s greatest and best-known composers, namely Bach, Handel, Corelli and Vivaldi. The orchestra will perform some of the all-time favourite works from this era, such as Pachelbel’s Canon, Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, the Albinoni Adagio for Strings and one of Bach’s famous Brandenburg Concertos. Many of the pieces played by the orchestra have featured in countless films, television shows and adverts, and will be familiar to all audiences.

The Scotia Ensemble Baroque Series will take place on Saturday, October 22, at 8pm in St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Killarney. “We’re running a special competition where you can win two free tickets and a €40 voucher for The Ross Hotel in Killarney, where you can go for delicious pre-concert cocktails or a meal,” said a spokesperson for the Scotia Ensemble. “Check out the competition and details about other promotions, concerts and recordings on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/scotiaensemble. Pre-book with scotiaensemble@gmail.com for discounts."
 


 
Scotia Ensemble performing at the Culture Night Kerry evening of Classical music and song  at St Mary's Church of Ireland, Killarney.
PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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