Spring 2019 Classical Bundle

Spring 2019 Classical Bundle

Music Network’s Spring 2019 season features all the ingredients for another fantastic feast of music. Classical Bundles including both chamber music concerts at St. Finian's Church can be purchased for €25 (OAPs) or €35 (General Admission) plus booking fees.

Tour Dates

Sat 16 Feb, 8pm St. Finian's Church, Dublin 2 Book Tickets
Wed 3 Apr, 8pm St. Finian's Church, Dublin 2 Book Tickets

Inspiring Bach (Ireland/France)

Sat 16 Feb, St. Finian’s Church, Dublin 2, 8pm

Claire Duff - baroque violin | Benjamin Alard - harpsichord

Irish violinist Claire Duff’s playing has been described as “full of fire, flair and brilliance". For this tour, she is joined for the very first time by the dazzling young French harpsichordist Benjamin Alard, diving deep into Bach’s powerful musical meditations on suffering, loss – and redemption. There’s never been a better time to rediscover the aching beauty of the ultimate composer.

Both are renowned for their performances of baroque repertoire, in particular Bach. Duff is leader of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and performs throughout Europe as a soloist and ensemble player. She has led Florilegium, I Fagiolini, English Touring Opera and The Kings Consort, and co-led the Academy of Ancient Music and The English Concert.

As a recitalist on both harpsichord and organ, Benjamin Alard has performed in festivals and venues around the world. A member of baroque orchestra La Petite Bande, he also performs chamber music with violinist François Fernandez and in a harpsichord duo with Élisabeth Joyé. Organist at Saint-Louis-en-l’Île in Paris, he oversees an annual series of keyboard concerts dedicated to the music of J.S. Bach.

Audiences will hear a new work by Irish composer Jane O’Leary, commissioned by Music Network, which offers a contemporary reflection on the resonances of Bach.



Archangelo Corelli (1653-1713) Sonata No. 5 in G Minor
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Adagio in G Major, BWV 968
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Fugue in B Minor, BWV 579 on a theme by Corelli
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Sonata for violin and basso continuo in G Major, BWV 1021
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Sonata No. 4 in C Minor for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1017 
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) “Italian concerto”, BWV 971
Jane O’Leary (b. 1946) Fantasia (homage to J. S. Bach) 
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Sonata No. 6 in G Major for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1019


Raphaela Gromes & Julian Riem (Russia/Germany)

Wed 3 Apr, St. Finian’s Church, Dublin 2, 8pm

Raphaela Gromes - cello | Julian Riem - piano

We are very pleased to share details of a superb duo joining our already amazing 2019 concert line-up. Raphaela Gromes is an exceptional young cellist who has quickly garnered a slew of rave reviews for the incredible intimacy of her playing, her musical imagination, and thrilling virtuosity. Add to this her symbiotic duets with partner Julian Riem and you’re set for a truly inspiring evening. 

Winner of many international prizes, Gromes has performed extensively throughout Europe in prestigious venues like the Tonhalle Zurich, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin and Konzerthaus Wien, and several composers have already dedicated cello concertos to her, including Valentin Bachmann and Mario Bürki.

A renowned soloist and award-winning pianist, Julian Riem has appeared with many of Europe’s leading orchestras. He is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and a sought-after chamber musician: in addition to his work with Raphaela Gromes, he is a member of the Munich Horn Trio and the Velit Quartet.

On this tour the duo will perform a new piece by Kevin Volans commissioned by Music Network.



Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924) Serenata for cello and piano in G minor, Op. 34, BV196
Giuseppe Martucci (1856-1909) Sonata for cello and piano in F-sharp minor, Op. 52
Kevin Volans (b. 1949) “cello:piano 2” in C Major (New Music Network Commission)
Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868) Une Larme, Theme and Variations for cello and piano
Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868) 3 songs from “Soirées musicales” (5. L'invito, 7. La gita in gondola, 8. La danza)
Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) Hommage à Rossini
Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) Variations on a theme of Rossini in D Major, H.290

Sat 16 Feb St. Finian's Church, Dublin 2 8pm , €35 / €25 Claire Duff & Benjamin Alard
Wed 3 Apr St. Finian's Church, Dublin 2 8pm , €35 / €25 Raphaela Gromes & Julian Riem


Raphaela Gromes & Julian Riem - Figaro-variations from Rossini's "Il barbiere di Siviglia"