Festival: STANFORD

Friday 21 to Sunday 23 January 2022

Town Hall Theatre & St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway

For its 2022 Midwinter Festival, Music for Galway shines a light on a largely unsung hero of music history, the Irish composer Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. While many music-lovers might have a passing acquaintance with some of his choral music, the scope and breadth of his extensive musical output is worthy of far greater recognition. The influence and legacy of Stanford as one of the 20th century’s most important composition teachers is hard to overstate.

Throughout the weekend, alongside chamber and vocal works by Stanford himself, we hear music by composers who influenced him, and also by many of the composers who studied with him in London.

“Mr. Stanford’s music is dramatically significant, as well as beautiful in itself. It has, moreover, that quality so  are among modern composers – style.” The Times, London

“Stanford’s teaching seemed to be without method or plan. His criticism consisted for the most part of “I like it, my boy,” or “It’s damned ugly, my boy” (the latter in most cases). In this, perhaps, lay its value.” His pupil, Edgar Bainton

Sharon Carty mezzo-soprano | Finghin Collins piano | ConTempo Quartet | John Finucane clarinet | Ríona Ó Duinnín flute | John Leonard bassoon | Hannah Miller horn | Dominic Dudley double bass | Collegium | RIAM Student Quartet | Jeremy Dibble musicologist

Friday 21 January – 6.00pm

Town Hall Theatre

Jeremy Dibble Talk Part 1: Stanford as a composer of chamber music

Friday 21 January – 8.00pm

Town Hall Theatre

REINECKE Flute Sonata “Undine” Op. 167
STANFORD String Quartet No. 6 Op. 122


Saturday 22 January – 3.00pm

St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway

Collegium | Mark Duley director | Finghin Collins piano

Excerpts from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Hiawatha Trilogy - “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast” Part

Songs by Stanford and a selection of his pupils 

Saturday 22 January – 6.00pm

Town Hall Theatre

Jeremy Dibble Talk Part 2: Stanford and his pupils

Saturday 22 January – 8.00pm

Town Hall Theatre

SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Two African Dances for violin and piano
FRANK BRIDGE Three Idylls for string quartet 
STANFORD Fantasy No. 1 in G minor 
REBECCA CLARKE Selected songs
SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Clarinet Quintet Op. 10 


Sunday 23 January – 3.00pm

Town Hall Theatre

SCHUMANN Adagio and Allegro Op. 70 for cello and piano 
WILLIAM HURLSTONE Phantasie for String Quartet in A minor
STANFORD Clarinet Sonata Op. 129
MURIEL HERBERT Selected songs (Yeats / Joyce settings)
STANFORD Nonet  Op. 95


Sunday 23 January – 8.00pm

Town Hall Theatre


That's None of My Business - Two men of distinction recall their youthful attempt to desegregate a Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert in Jackson, Mississippi, 1963. Premiere of short film by Charles Kaufmann.

Samuel Coleridge Taylor and His Music in America, 1900–1912. Full feature documentary by Charles Kaufmann

Total running time of the two films: 90 minutes

Friday 21 January to Friday 18 February

Foyer of Town Hall Theatre

EXHIBITION: Honouring Those Who Went Before Us

Booking through the Town Hall Theatre: thtsales@galwaycity.ie | 091 569777

Main concerts: €25/€22.50 |Students (full time) €10 | MfG Friends €21
Choral concert: €15/€13.50 | Students (full time) €6 | MfG Friends €11
Film: €8/€7
Talks: Free
Festival Ticket: €90/€81 | MfG Friends: €77

Please note all attendees* must produce proof of immunity (vaccination cert or recovery cert) upon entry. We recommend adding your cert to your COVID Tracker App for ease of scanning. *Accompanied minors (children under 18 who are accompanied by an adult) do not need proof of vaccination or recovery. Masks must be worn at all times in the Town Hall Theatre.

Tickets will be available to purchase from Wednesday 17 December 2021.

The Midwinter Festival is sponsored by MJ Conroy and NUI Galway

ConTempo Quartet is presented in association with Galway Music Residency