Ben Johnson and Sean Shibe

Ben Johnson and Sean Shibe

A world-class pairing between one of the busiest young tenors in the chamber music and opera worlds and a young guitarist with an intelligence and wisdom far beyond his years.

Tour Dates

Thurs 21 Nov, 7:30 pm The Edmund Rice Chapel, Waterford Book Tickets
Fri 22 Nov, 8:00 pm Siamsa Tíre, Tralee Book Tickets
Sat 23 Nov, 7:30 pm Royal College of Physicians, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2* Book Tickets
Sun 24 Nov, 4:00 pm The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny Book Tickets
Tues 26 Nov, 8:00 pm All Saints Church, Castleconnell Book Tickets
Wed 27 Nov, 8:00 pm Station House Theatre, Clifden Book Tickets

There are guitarists, then there's Sean Shibe. A young Scot who has taken the world by storm ever since winning the BBC New Generation award in 2012, he is a musician with an intelligence and wisdom far beyond his years. Equally at home in whatever genre he turns his hand to, he has never set boundaries on the scope of his musical exploration.

Pair him up with Ben Johnson, one of the busiest young tenors in the chamber music and opera worlds, a multi-award winning recitalist and owner of one of the most beguiling voices around, and that's a world class duo right there. They bring intensity and a new clarity to Bach, Giuliani and Walton, and adventure and risk to contemporary work. Music Network has commissioned a new work by Brian Bolger for this tour, the first Irish outing for this duo.

Ben Johnson, tenor
Sean Shibe, guitar 

PROGRAMME:
JS Bach Suite in E minor, BWV996 | Walton Anon in Love | Brian Bolger Laura (Music Network Commission) | A selection of folk songs and songs by Dowland, Rosseter, Morley, Beethoven, Schubert & Giuliani 

*We warmly invite the audience at the Royal College of Physicians to join us for a festive reception during the interval.

Thurs 21 Nov The Edmund Rice Chapel, Waterford 7:30 pm , €17 / €15 / €5 (on the door) Waterford Music
Fri 22 Nov Siamsa Tíre, Tralee 8:00 pm , €16 / €14 (+ bkg fee) 066-7123055
Sat 23 Nov Royal College of Physicians, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2* 7:30 pm , €25 / €20 (includes interval reception) 01-4750224 Music Network
Sun 24 Nov The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny 4:00 pm , €15 / €10 / €5 (+ bkg fee) 086-1777017 Music in Kilkenny
Tues 26 Nov All Saints Church, Castleconnell 8:00 pm , €15 / €10 061-953400 Limerick Culture and Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council
Wed 27 Nov Station House Theatre, Clifden 8:00 pm , €15 / €12 (on the door) 095-21699 Clifden Arts Society

John Dowland (1563 - 1626)
Come again
Fine Knacks for Ladies

Philip Rosseter (1568 - 1623)
When Laura Smiles 
What then is love but mourning

Thomas Morley (1557/58 - 1602)
It was a lover and his lass

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Adelaide 

Franz Schubert (1797 -  1828)         
Ständchen
Das Fischermädchen
Der Tod und das Mädchen

Mauro Giuliani (1781 - 1829)
Par che di giubilo 
Alle mie tante lagrime 
Confuso, smarrito

Brian Bolger (b.1978)
New Music Network Commission

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Suite in E minor, BWV996
1. Praeludium
2. Allemande
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Bourrée
6. Gigue
 
A collection of folk songs: 
The Wealthy Farmers Son (arr. Broadwood)
Poor Old Maid (arr. Brown)
The Knife Grinder (arr. Cockshott)
The Crow (arr. Cockshott)
The Nightingale (arr. Sharp)

William Walton (1902 - 1983)
Anon in Love 
Fain would I change that note
O stay, sweet love
Lady, when I behold the roses
My love in her attire
I gave her cakes and I gave her ale
To couple is a custom

Listen on Spotify

Ben Johnson – Dei miei bollenti spiriti (La Traviata), Verdi


Sean Shibe – Five Bagatelles, William Walton


"Spectacular"

- Gramophone [on Shibe]

"Johnson, elegant yet intense, is impeccable"

- The Guardian

"Grace to spare, and a roar that is fearsome… for Sean Shibe, anything is possible"

- BBC Music Magazine

"An increasingly hot property in the opera business"

- The Telegraph [on Johnson]