December 2006 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, December 6th 2006

Guest presenter: Ethna Tinney

  1. Monteverdi: La favola d'Orfeo, opera, SV 318

  2. Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308

  3. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone

  4. Handel: Ariodante, opera, HWV 33 - Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano

  5. Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major ("Prague"), K.504 (iii. Finale, Presto)

  6. Haydn: Symphony No. 82 in C major ("The Bear"), H.1/82

  7. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op.125 (ii. Molto vivace) - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; cond. Claudio Abbado

  8. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (The Hut on Fowl's Legs, The Great Gate of Kiev) - Vladimir Horowitz, piano

  9. Verdi: Falstaff

  10. Puccini: Madama Butterfly - Margaret Burke-Sheridan, soprano


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November 2006 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, November 1st 2006

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)


Il Trovatore

Franco Corelli, tenor (Manrico)
Leontyne Price, soprano (Leonora)
Giulietta Simionato, mezzo soprano (Azucena)
Ettore Bastianini, baritone (Count Luna)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; cond. Herbert von Karajan

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October 2006 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, October 4th 2006

Shakespeare in Music


  1. Nicolai: Overture to "The Merry Wives of Windsor" - Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; cond. Neville Marriner

  2. Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61 - Lillian Watson, soprano; Delia Wallis, mezzo-soprano; Finchley Children’s Music Group; London Symphony Orchestra; cond. André Previn

  3. Bernstein Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story", for orchestra - New York Philharmonic; cond. Leonard Bernstein

  4. Verdi: Otello (Act 4, Scene 2. Ave Maria) - Mirella Freni, soprano; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; cond. Herbert von Karajan

  5. Dvorák: Othello, concert overture, Op. 93 - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Stephen Gunzenhauser

  6. Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music ("How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!") for 16 soloists & orchestra - Norma Burrowes, Sheila Armstrong, et al; London Philharmonic Orchestra; cond. Sir Adrian Boult


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September 2006 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, September 6th 2006


  1. Rossini: Tancredi (Overture) - Philharmonia Orchestra; cond. Carlo Maria Giulini

  2. Lanner: Hofball-Tänze (Court Ball Dances), Walzer, Op. 161 - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; cond.Riccardo Muti

  3. Varèse Ionisation, for 13 percussion instruments - Chicago Symphony Orchestra; cond. Pierre Boulez

  4. Monteverdi: Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206 (12, "Ave maris stella" for 2 voices, double chorus & 5 instruments, Mxiv250) - The King’s Consort; cond. Robert King

  5. Debussy: Petite suite (4), for orchestra, L. 65 - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; cond. Ilan Volkov

  6. Buxtehude: Praeludium for organ in G minor, BuxWV 147 - Volker Ellenberger, organ

  7. Mozart: Symphony No. 34 in C major, K. 338 (I. Allegro vivace) - London Mozart Players; cond. Matthias Bamert

  8. Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z.328 (12. "Let these among themselves contest", 13. "Hail, bright Cecilia") - The King’s Consort; cond. Robert King

  9. Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, J. 118 (Op. 74) (III. Alla polacca) - Michael Collins, clarinet; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; cond. Adrian Leaper

  10. Schnittke: In Memoriam, for orchestra (IV. Moderato pastorale) - Malmö Symphony Orchestra; cond. Lev Markiz

  11. Schubert: Auf dem Wasser zu singen D.774 - Renée Fleming, soprano; Christoph Eschenbach, piano

  12. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique for orchestra, H.48, Op.14 (III. March to the Scaffold, IV. Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath) - Boston Symphony Orchestra; cond. Georges Pretre

  13. Haydn: Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2 - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir; cond. Harry Christophers

  14. Landi: Augelin - L’Arpeggiata; cond. Christina Pluhar


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Notable Musical Anniversaries - 2007

January 16th - Arturo Toscanini died (1957)
January 31st - Philip Glass born (1937)
February 15th - John Adams born (1947)
February 15th - Mikhail Glinka died (1857)
March 19th - Elizabeth Maconchy born (1907)
March 27th - Mstislav Rostropovich born (1927)
April 18th - Miklos Rozsa born (1907)
May 9th - Dietrich Buxtehude died (1707)
June 2nd - Edward Elgar born (1857)
July 23rd - Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti died (1757)
September 4th - Edvard Grieg died (1907)
September 16th - Maria Callas died (1977)
September 20th - Jean Sibelius died (1957)
November 29th - Erich Korngold died (1957)

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So you'd like to present a programme...

We encourage all members to have a go at presenting a programme. You don't have to be an expert or have an extensive CD collection. Here are some guidelines to get you started.

  1. Each meeting lasts two hours (excluding a 15-minute break). Experience has taught us that a music-to-talk ratio of about two-to-one works best. This means about 80 minutes or less of music, leaving the remaining 40 minutes for your own comments and members' feedback.
  2. The classical tradition encompasses a golden treasury of music from which you can draw. From light to serious, medieval plainchant to modern minimalism, solo instrumental pieces to grand opera. There are so many composers too: from Gorecki to Gershwin, Grainger to Glinka, Gounod to Glass - and that's just the 'G's! Your selection may consist of pieces with nothing else in common than the fact that you enjoy listening to them. Or you may like to try something a little more adventurous. For example, you could build your programme around a theme such as the sea. The key is to devise a programme that contains enough variety so that everyone hears at least one or two pieces they can enjoy.
  3. A list of the most popular composers whose music has featured in past programmes can be found on the right of this page. If you would like to see if any of your proposed selections have been played before, just click on the relevant composer names and full details will appear. You can also find names of composers, performers or works that have featured previously by using the Search box at the top of the page.
  4. If you would like to include a work not represented in your own collection, it may be possible to borrow a recording online from the national library service. However, you will need to allow about 3/4 weeks for the recording to be delivered to your local library.
  5. Bring along your selection on individual CDs and, if you want, we will look after the technical aspects of cueing and playing each track on the club's stereo system. Alternatively, you may prefer to pre-record your programme onto a single CD. If burning a CD, please rip the tracks at the highest quality setting, i.e. 320 kbps or lossless. Another option is to load your tracks onto an mp3 player, such as an iPod. However, you should check beforehand that is it compatible with our stereo system
  6. We enjoy listening to music more when we know something about it. So, you may like to share your thoughts about your selections, how and when you first heard them and why you like them. Or you might decide to talk about the composer, the composition, or the performers. Information like this can be found easily in the CD sleevenotes or at web sites such as allmusic (see links below right).
  7. We would encourage you to prepare a handout for members to which they can refer during your programme. This can be a single sheet, handwritten or typed, containing details of the works and performers you have chosen to play for us.
  8. When you have decided on your programme have a word with our Programme Co-ordinator, Bernard Clarke, and he will agree a date with you for your presentation.
That's it. Have fun!

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Frequently asked questions

What do you do?
The Shankill Classical Music Club was founded in September 2004 by a group of local classical music enthusiasts. We provide a relaxed and informal forum for members to share their musical passions and expand their horizons. We meet monthly to listen to and chat about a variety of recorded classical music. At each meeting, one or two members present a selection of recorded performances.

When do you meet?
Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:45pm-10.00pm. We take a break during the summer, so there are no meetings in July or August.

Where do you meet?

We are located in the village of Shankill, Co. Dublin, Ireland. (see map below) We meet at the SOFA Centre on the Lower Road, just off the village main street (Dublin Road). There is ample parking space in the centre's grounds.



How do I join?
Simply come along to one of our meetings, then decide if you'd like to become a regular. There is an annual subscription charge of €10 and members are asked to contribute €2 at each meeting to cover incidental expenses.

How do I find out more?
Contact us using the form below.

Click HERE to read the Club's constitution.

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