St. Patrick's Festival Programme: Saturday March 19th 2016

St. Patrick's Festival is a day that has something for everyone, young and old. The Festival takes place at the award-winning music centre, Splendor Amsterdam. With top Irish and Dutch musicians and performances of classical to contemporary to traditional Irish music, dance, spoken word and workshops there's plenty to experience, enjoy and learn as well as and a chance to banter in the Splendor pub. And not forgetting the chance to win a holiday for two to Ireland. Step into Ireland for a day in the heart of Amsterdam!

 

12:00 IRISH DANCING PRESENTATION FAMILY

An introduction Irish dancing styles with members of Redmond School of Irish DancingReserve your free seat in advance to avoid disappointment via info@splendoramsteram.com.

 


12:30 MUSIC WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN  (1)  FAMILY

The youngest musicians (ages 4-10) have an opportunity to get a taste of making music with an Irish theme and is led by Splendor Kids’ own music teacher, Iris Oltheten.

Using Irish music as inspiration, Iris will guide the children to discover and explore the experience and fun of making music in a group setting. Just as traditional Irish musicians collaborate together to explore melodies, textures and tempos, Iris will guide the group through the process of putting a piece of Irish-themed music together.  No previous musical experience is required to take part - just a little curiosity to play with sounds and rhythms and make music!

Duration: 45 minutes

 


13:30 IRISH DANCING FOR KIDS and GROWN-UPs FAMILY

Learn the basics of Irish Dancing with the Redmond School of Irish Dancing (ages 4 to 99).


Get to know your jigs and reels! Children (aged 4+) and their (grand)parents can learn the basics of Irish (ceili) group dancing. Led by Catherine Redmond of the Redmond School of Irish Dancing, Holland and accompanied by live traditional Irish music. 

Duration: 45 minutes

 

 


14:30 MUSIC WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN  (2)  FAMILY

The youngest musicians (ages 4-10) have an opportunity to get a taste of making music with an Irish theme and is led by Splendor Kids’ own music teacher, Iris Oltheten.

Using Irish music as inspiration, Iris will guide the children to discover and explore the experience and fun of making music in a group setting. Just as traditional Irish musicians collaborate together to explore melodies, textures and tempos, Iris will guide the group through the process of putting a piece of Irish-themed music together.  No previous musical experience is required to take part - just a little curiosity to play with sounds and rhythms and make music!

Duration: 45 minutes

 


15:00

THE RIVER MAN

FILM

“The River Man is a fascinating story of one man’s love of the world that speaks to all people about all places.”
– John Maguire, Sunday Business Post

 

Connie Corcoran has dedicated his life to the mighty Blackwater river and, over the years, its currents have shaped him. He is one of Ireland’s great salmon fishing guides, but if the salmon stocks continue to decline, he may be one of its last. The River Man is a fated love story between a man and a river. See the trailer here and reserve your free seat in advance to avoid disappointment via info@splendoramsteram.com.

Duration: 30 minutes

 


16:00

AN IRISH SONGBOOK 1916 

CLASSICAL

“If Yeats had saved his pencil-lead / would certain men have stayed in bed?/ For history’s a twisted root / with art its small, translucent fruit / and never the other way round”. 

 - Paul Muldoon (Irish poet)

Berlin-based Paul McNamara, one of Ireland’s most dramatic and versatile tenors of his generation, the renowned Dutch pianist Hans Eijsackers and moderator Uwe Friedrich will take you on a wonderful and timely musical journey in this, Ireland’s centenary year. 

 

Paul and Hans will explore how Irish literary giants such as W.B. Yeats, James Joyce and Thomas Moore saw the relationship between the arts and social and political upheaval in Ireland. There may be truth in the assertion that “poetry makes nothing happen” (W.H. Auden ‘In Memory of W. B. Yeats’) but there is no denying that poets from Homer until this day have been preoccupied by war, civil unrest and social change. ‘An Irish Songbook 1916’ features works by three prominent Irish poets, all of whom were dominant in giving expression to the times in which they lived – Thomas Moore, W. B. Yeats and James Joyce.

In addition to songs by Herbert Hughes, John Ireland and Rebecca Clarke, the programme includes newly composed settings of texts from W. B. Yeats’ influential collection of poems ‘The Wind among the Reeds’ by the Australian composer Philip Mayers (b. 1961). A magnificent mix of music, literature and history in a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere. 

Duration: 60 minutes

 


18:00

THE RUGBY SESSION: IRELAND vs SCOTLAND

HUP IERLAND HUP

Stand shoulder-to-shoulder and watch the Irish Rugby Team play Scotland on the Splendor Big Screen, in the Six Nations Rugby Tournament live from Dublin.

 


20:30

LIAM Ó MAONLAÍ & FRIENDS

HEADLINE

The multi-talented Liam Ó Maonlaí will be joined by musicians from different genres to explore Irish music, identity and it’s influences. 

 

Few people are aware that Irish traditional sean-nós melodies may have originated in North Africa and further east. Using this as inspiration Liam, Haytham, Maarten, Peter, and Niti will present a programme that weaves together Irish and other musical styles in this unique, wonderful collaboration in an intimate setting. 

 

Liam (piano, vocals, bodhrán, harp, tin whistle) will be joined by Splendor’s Maarten Ornstein (bass clarinet) and Haytham Safia, (ud), Peter O’Toole (guitar), Niti Ranjan Biswas (tabla) for this unique musical experience.  

 

Liam is one of Ireland’s best-loved musicians and singers, both in rock and Irish traditional music. U2’s Bono once described Liam as “the best white boy soul singer in the world” and he has also been called one of Ireland’s best sean-nós (traditional Irish) singers. 

 

Duration: 60 minutes+

 

 


23:00

LATE NIGHT MUSIC & MOVIE

 FILM & MUSIC

Irish born composer David Collier, presents his composition for string quartet Smacht. David collaborated with Irish director Bob Gallagher on a film to accompany this piece for string quartet. The short film, which follows a journey with both light and darker moments, along the West Coast of Ireland, will be shown in Splendor and accompanied live by the Aristos Quartet

 

David Collier is an Irish composer based in Amsterdam. He writes music to create captivating listening experiences. His music has been featured at international festivals including New Music Dublin, Kilkenny Arts Festival and the Young Composers’ Meeting. David studied Mechatronic Engineering at Dublin City University, and Music & Media Technologies at Trinity College Dublin. He is currently at Conservatorium van Amsterdam studying with Richard Ayres. 

Duration: 45 minutes