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

For those who are in Galway, it will be worth visiting the foyer of the Town Hall Theatre to peruse Music for Galway’s Exhibition presented as part of its 40th Anniversary Season celebrations. Using materials from the special collection at the NUI Galway Library, it looks at the achievements and highlights of the last four decades. This exhibition will be launched with the Midwinter Festival and continue until the end of February.

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 | Chistopher Bowen tenor | Collegium | RIAM Student Quartet | Jeremy Dibble musicologist

Following the government announcement on 17 December, the event times have had to be rescheduled. Each concert has been shortened and one additional concert has been added to allow the full programme of music to be presented. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Stanford biographer and chairman of the Stanford Society Jeremy Dibble gives insights about Stanford and his legacy in two talks.
Jeremy Dibble Talk Part 1: Stanford as a composer of chamber music
Jeremy Dibble Talk Part 2: Stanford and his pupils

Friday 21 January – 6.00pm

Town Hall Theatre

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


Saturday 22 January – 2.00pm

St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway

Collegium | Mark Duley director | Finghin Collins piano

PARRY Music when soft voices die
WOOD Full fathom five
WOOD Come sleep
PARRY My delight and thy delight
STANFORD Op 53 Praised be Diana
Op 49 Corydon
Op 110 Heraclitus
Op 119 The Blue Bird
Op 119 Chillingham
COLERIDGE TAYLOR Hiawatha's Wedding Feast


Saturday 22 January - 6.00pm

Town Hall Theatre

SCHUMANN Adagio and Allegro Op. 70 for cello and piano
STANFORD Fantasy No. 1 for clarinet quintet in G minor
REBECCA CLARKE Selected songs
MURIEL HERBERT Selected songs

Sunday 23 January – 11.00am

Town Hall Theatre

FRANK BRIDGE Three Idylls for string quartet
STANFORD Clarinet Sonata Op. 129


Sunday 23 January - 3.00pm

Town Hall Theatre

SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Nos. 1 and 2 from Four African Dances for violin and piano
REBECCA CLARKE Selected songs
MURIEL HERBERT Selected songs
WILLIAM HURLSTONE Phantasie for String Quartet in A minor
STANFORD Nonet in F major Op. 95

Sunday 23 January – 6.15pm

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 Monday 28 February

Foyer of Town Hall Theatre

EXHIBITION: 40 Years of Music for Galway

Booking through the Town Hall Theatre: www.tht.ie | 091 569777

In person tickets:
Main concerts: €20/€18 |Students (full time) €10 | MfG Friends €16
Choral concert: €15/€13.50 | Students (full time) €6 | MfG Friends €11
Film: €8/€7
Talks: Free
Festival Ticket: €95/86 | MfG Friends: €82

As per current government guidelines, all attendees must produce proof of immunity (vaccination cert or recovery cert) and photographic ID upon entry with the exception of children who must be accompanied by an adult. Masks must be worn at all times when inside the venue.

Streaming tickets:

All Town Hall Theatre concerts and film will be available to watch as a live stream and will be available to watch for a further 72 hours.

Main concerts: €15
Film: €8/€7


The Midwinter Festival is sponsored by MJ Conroy and NUI Galway

ConTempo Quartet is presented in association with Galway Music Residency