Nepal Ireland Day @ Farmleigh Estate
Jul 3 @ 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Join us for an exciting showcase of Nepalese Culture, Arts and Attire in a unique atmosphere at Farmleigh. Strengthening the friendship between Nepal and Ireland.

Attractions include:

Nepal Photo Exhibition

Nepalese Handicraft Stalls

Nepal Visit Consultation Stall

Colourful Nepalese Cultural Dances and Music and much more!

Audience in Farmleigh at Nepal Ireland day performance    Nepal Day dancers in colourful costumes    Children dancing at Nepal Ireland Day celebration

When Django Met Sinatra @ Farmleigh House
Jul 6 @ 8.00pm – 10.00pm

Presented by Castleknock Music Festival in association with Maestro Music Academy.

A delightful “marriage” between one of the Greatest Singers and the best Gypsy Guitarist’s to ever walk this planet! Although they were around at the same time, but in different parts of the world, they never made music together…. UNTIL NOW!!!

Fintan and his Quartet have been playing together for at least a decade, Each member is a master at his own instrument in the Gypsy Jazz Genre, and have been delighting audiences everywhere they go.

Bring into the mix the amazing Ciaran Wilde and the ensemble is complete. Fintan and Ciaran have been playing together for nearly 40 years, since meeting “busking” in the Mary’s Street Arcade in Dublin in the mid 80’s.

The chemistry between all 5 musicians is electrifying, as is evident by their stage presence. These guys are “Old Friends” just enjoying what they are playing and living in the moment. It’s a joy to behold and a fantastic night of music and musicianship is guaranteed for sure.

Fintan Gilligan, Guitar, Vocals

Rudolph Bado, Violin

Diarmud Lally, Double Bass

Mark Dudley, Guitar

Ciaran Wilde, Saxophone

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Special Guest: Anna Abramochkina


Doors open 7.30pm; performance at 8pm. Tickets: €25

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“A Transatlantic Journey” @ Farmleigh House
Jul 7 @ 8.00pm – 10.00pm

Presented by Castleknock Music Festival in association with Maestro Music Academy.
An evening of chamber music that spans the Atlantic, a Transatlantic Musical Journey.

The evening will feature music of Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; French composer, Jaques Ibert, and from across the Atlantic: Polish-American composer, Robert Muczynski, Italian-American composer, Luigi Zaninelli and African-American composer, Valerie Coleman. The music not only spans an ocean but it also spans musical history going back to Mozart beginning with the Divertimento No. 4 in B-flat Major, K. 439d (composed in 1783 and originally for three basset horns) and ending with the music of Valerie Coleman, Rubishperes (composed in 2012).

Phoenix Winds Trio:


Julie Maisel received her Doctor of Music and Master of Music in Music Performance from Florida State University, and her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Since 2005 she has been a lecturer in flute performance at the Technological University Dublin’s Conservatory of Music and Drama. She facilitates the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland Audition Training Workshops and is the flute tutor with the Young Orchestral Pops. She has taught in Leeson Park School of Music, Walton’s New School of Music and Newpark Music Centre. Dr Maisel is a member of Kid’s Classics and has been involved with the Learn and Explore Programme through the National Concert Hall. She has served as adjudicator for the Yamaha Winds and Brass Scholarship Finals and for the Interschools Music Festival in Wesley College. She currently serves as the National Flute Associations International Liaison for Ireland and has had articles published in the following professional journals, Flute Talk and Flutist’s Quarterly.

Maisel, an active soloist and chamber musician, has presented numerous recitals throughout Dublin and Ireland. She has performed in the John Field Room of the National Concert Hall and with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Pro Arte Orchestra, the Opera Theatre Company, the Irish Film Orchestra, the Dublin Sound Lab, and the Irish Baroque Orchestra. She has also performed in the 2013 and 2018 National Flute Conventions in the US. In 2018 Maisel released her debut CD, Flute Music of Luigi Zaninelli, which is available on her website:

Clarinettist John Finucane, who has been Principal Clarinet with Ireland’s RTE National Symphony Orchestra since 1995, has also had an active career as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor in Ireland and abroad. Described by Gramophone magazine as ‘an outstanding virtuoso’, on the release of his CD “Clarinet Variations,” he has worked with the Ulysses Ensemble, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Opera North and Irish Film Orchestras. He has appeared regularly on radio and on television programmes, including RTE’s The Symphony Sessions and Britain’s The South Bank Show. He has a particular affinity to chamber music and has worked with many groups, including the Ysaye, the Navarra and the Vanbrugh Quartets.

John Finucane is also a conductor of note, having studied with Janus Furst and Albert Rosen amongst others, and has regularly conducted the highly regarded RTE Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and Opera Theatre Company. He was one of the founders of the Dublin Chamber Orchestra and has been the Musical Director of the Hibernian Orchestra for nearly thirty years. Despite his hugely busy life as a performing artist and conductor, John has found the time to join the faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. His many tours have included China, as a soloist as well as with the National Chamber Ensemble of Ireland and Academy Chamber Ensemble performing to sell-out audiences. John recently finished conducting the music for a forthcoming film, Storm in the Stars – with music by Amelia Warner, arranged and orchestrated by Nathan Klein, and recorded in Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin. This follows conducting the music for a John Boorman film called “In My Country” in 2004. He is a D’Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist.

John Hearne began his musical education at a young age, with piano lessons from his father William Hearne, with whom he later also studied the recorder. Taking up the bassoon at the age of 11, he was taught by Michael Rogers in Dublin, before completing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, with Graham Sheen and Meyrick Alexander, and at the Scuola Musicale di Milano, Italy, under Valentino Zucchiatti. Since returning to Dublin in 2001, John has worked as a freelance player with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTE Concert Orchestra, Irish National Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company, the Orchestra of St. Cecilia, Castleward Opera and various other ensembles. A keen chamber musician, John is a member of Cassiopeia Winds, Musici Ireland and the Ficino Ensemble. He teaches bassoon at TU Dublin Conservatoire and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.


Doors open 7.30pm; performance at 8pm. Tickets: €25

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Kathleen Soriano “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly – 35 Years in the International Art World.” @ Farmleigh House
Jul 9 @ 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Kathleen Soriano “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - 35 Years in the International Art World.” @ Farmleigh House

Most widely know as a presenter and judge on Sky Arts’ ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’ and ‘Landscape Artist of The Year’ series, Kathleen Soriano has had a long and illustrious career in the world of fine art. Having been the Director of Exhibitions & Collections at the National Portrait Gallery, London (1989 – 2006), Director of Compton Verney Art Gallery (2006 – 2009), and Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2009 – 2014) where she was responsible for exhibitions such as Bronze, David Hockney, Anselm Kiefer, Australia, Manet, Van Gogh, Moroni, Oceania.

In 2014 she established her own curatorial, artistic advisory and strategic consultancy company. As well as working closely with, and advising museums and galleries she is a Senior Associate with the international cultural consultancy AEA (Adrian Ellis Associates) with whom she has most recently been working on the redevelopment of the National Archaeological Museum, Athens. Her book Madam and Eve, on women artists, was published in April 2018.

She is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Liverpool Biennial and is a trustee of Art UK, a member of the Visual Arts Committee of St Paul’s Cathedral, an advisor at London exhibition venue Two Temple Place and is a faculty member of Oxford University Cultural Leadership Programme.

Join Kathleen for a fascinating talk about her 35-year career in the international art world, involving encounters with both angel and demon artists, the championing of the lesser-known, her passion for truth and beauty, as well as the value of art. Alongside such tales, she will consider the joys and idiosyncrasies of some of the major arts organisations that she has worked with, as well as her experiences of some of their leaders.

Revealing the secrets of a successful independent working life after 30 years of institutional working, Kathleen will also delve into her experiences, since 2013 to the present day, as a judge on the ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’ and ‘Landscape Artist of The Year’ series for Sky Arts.

Photograph: Kathleen Soriano by David Emery

Doors open at 2.30pm; Talk commences at 3pm. Tickets: €12 (including booking fee)

Fionnuala Moynihan – ‘The Poetic Piano’ @ Farmleigh Estate
Jul 23 @ 8.00pm – 10.00pm

Dr. Fionnuala Moynihan is widely acknowledged as one of Ireland’s leading pianists. She has a particular affinity with the works of baroque, classical and early romantic composers. In 2010 Fionnuala performed the Complete Piano Sonatas of Mozart in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, in a series of five recitals. She was the first pianist to undertake the formidable challenge of performing this cycle in its entirety in Ireland. Since then, Fionnuala has performed six complete piano sonata series performing the complete cycles by Mozart, Haydn, Clementi and Schubert.

Fionnuala has given solo recitals and concerto performances throughout the UK, France, Holland, Italy, Israel, U.S.A, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Russia, Poland, Japan, Holland and Hungary as well as extensively and regularly in Ireland. Fionnuala was invited by the University of Warsaw and the Irish Embassy in Warsaw in November 2010 to give a recital of works by John Field and a lecture recital exploring the link between Chopin and Field to commemorate the bicentenary of the composer’s birth in November 2010. In September 2011 she gave a recital of his works in the Glinka Museum of Musical Culture, Moscow, Russia, a special occasion as it is the city where Field both spent a great deal of his life and is buried. In November 2018 Fionnuala was invited back to Moscow to give a recital of works by Tchaikovsky to mark his 125th anniversary. This concert, streamed live on YouTube, was an enormous success and took place in Moscow’s largest Catholic Cathedral.

Fionnuala is an active chamber musician and has recently performed with such celebrated artists as sopranos Daniele De Niese and Deirdre Moynihan, the Contempo Quartet, oboists Sanja Romic and Ciara Glasheen-Artem, violinists Mia Cooper, Helena Wood and Sarah Sew, tenor Gavan Ring, cellists Ailbhe McDonagh and Aoife Nic Athlaoich and flautist Kieran Moynihan.

In 2009 Dr Fionnuala Moynihan became the first person to be awarded a Doctorate in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Dublin City University. Fionnuala began her piano studies at the Cork School of Music, received her Honours Bachelor of Music degree from the Birmingham Conservatoire where she graduated with the Graduate award for pianists and the prestigious Weingarten scholarship enabling her to commence her studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest (2001-2004). Fionnuala also studied at the Paris Conservatoire from 1999-2000.

Fionnuala has been awarded many prizes both at home and abroad including a Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholarship, the prestigious Maura Teissier Bursary and the Rena Menasche Award from the Tel-Hai Piano Masterclass series held in Israel. She was awarded the John Field Prize at the 2009 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition. In July 2014 she gave a Summer concert tour in Japan with five of her brothers and sisters. Their fusion of both the classical and traditional genres has earned them praise both at home and internationally.

Her debut CD ’The Ivory Lady’ was launched in January 2015. This CD is a classical-trad fusion CD and showcases Fionnuala’s love for both the classical and traditional music genres. In April 2016 she recorded a recital of sonatas by Muzio Clementi for The Lyric Concert on RTE Lyric FM Radio. Her latest CD, ‘Melodies of Nations’, was released on the Hedone Label in June 2017. She represented Ireland in the Embassy Festival in The Hague in September 2018.

Fionnuala has been performing and researching the music of Clara Schumann and gave a solo recital of her works at the 2019 Kilkenny Arts Festival and The Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin. She also gave a lecture-recital for the Gresham College of Music in Mercers Hall, London in January 2020. Recent engagements have included: A concert series at Triskel Arts Centre ‘Bach to Einaudi’ curated by Fionnuala, solo performances at Sligo International Chamber Music Festival by kind invitation from the Vogler Quartet, solo performances at the 2022 Dublin International Chamber Music Festival.

Future engagements include a 40th celebration concert for Barrahane Music Festival in Castletownshend and performances in Castletown House, Malahide Castle, Triskel Arts Centre, and the Hugh Lane Gallery.

Fionnuala holds a permanent position at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth as Tutor in Keyboard.

For her concert at Farmleigh, Fionnuala’s programme includes the following works:

The Seasons – Tchaikovsky

Aria Variata in A minor – Bach

Reverie – Einaudi

Nuvole Bianche – Einaudi

Doors open at 19:30; Performance at 20:00. Tickets: €17 (including booking fee)

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Manchán Magan – ‘What can Irish teach us about ecology, our psyche and the Other World?’ @ Farmleigh Estate
Aug 13 @ 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Manchán Magan - 'What can Irish teach us about ecology, our psyche and the Other World?' @ Farmleigh Estate

Manchán Magan is a writer and travel documentary-maker who has won the Screen Directors Guild’s Outstanding Achievement Award for the scores of television documentaries he has presented, written and produced on issues of world culture for TG4, RTÉ, History Channel & Travel Channel. His bilingual plays have been nominated for Irish Times Theatre Awards and he won the Walter Macken Taibhdhearc Drama award in 2014, and the Stewart Parker Irish Language Theatre Award in 2009. He has received commissions to write plays from The Abbey Theatre, BBC and Project Art Centre, and had his two latest bilingual theatrical installations (Gaeilge Tamagotchi, Arán & Im) brought on a nationwide tour by the Abbey Theatre. He writes regularly for The Irish Times, and presents The Almanac of Ireland series for RTÉ Radio 1. His best-selling book Thirty-Two Words For Field explores the insights the Irish language offers into the landscape, psyche and heritage of Ireland, and his illustrated book, Tree Dogs, Banshee Fingers and Other Irish Words for Nature (Oct 2021) presents Irish words for the natural world. His talk at Farmleigh, on ‘What can Irish teach us about ecology, our psyche and the Other World?’, should prove to be both extremely entertaining and informatively insightful.

Doors open at 2.30pm; Talk commences at 3pm. Tickets: €6 (including booking fee)

Francesco Turrisi (piano) – “Northern Migrations” @ Farmleigh House
Aug 27 @ 8.00pm – 10.00pm

Grammy award winning pianist Francesco Turrisi has been defined a “musical alchemist” and a “musical polyglot” by the press. He left his native Italy in 1997 to study jazz piano and early music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he obtained a Bachelor and a Master’s degree. Since 2004 he has been working successfully as a freelance musician.

He has released five genre-defying and critically acclaimed albums as a leader and two as co-leader (“Tarab” a cross boundary innovative ensemble that blends Irish and Mediterranean traditional music, and “Zahr” a project that looks at connections between southern Italian traditional music and Arabic music). His latest piano solo album “Northern Migrations” was described as “delicate, wistful and wholly engrossing” by the Irish Times. Francesco has toured as solo pianist in Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, USA, New Zealand.

Francesco is also a member of the celebrated classical ensemble L’Arpeggiata. With l’Arpeggiata he has performed at the most important classical music festivals and venues in Europe and around the world (Turkey, Russia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Brasil, Colombia) and has recorded for Warner, Virgin, Naive and Alpha.

Since 2018 he has been collaborating with American Grammy award winning singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, on a duo project that seamlessly combines music from the Mediterranean with music from the African diaspora in the Americas. In 2019, Giddens and Turrisi released their critically acclaimed duo album “There Is No Other”. The album single “I’m On My Way” was nominated for a 2020 GRAMMY Award. Their 2021 second duo album “They’re Calling Me Home”, out on Nonesuch records, was nominated for two GRAMMY awards, and won a GRAMMY award as best folk album at the 2022 GRAMMY awards.

Turrisi is equally at home playing with jazz veterans Dave Liebman and Bill Frisell as he is with Irish traditional sean- nós singer Róisín Elsafty and with tarantella specialist Lucilla Galeazzi. Turrisi has toured with Bobby McFerrin, interpreted the music of Steve Reich with Bang On A Can All Stars, and has accompanied flamenco star Pepe El Habichuela and Greek singer Savina Yannatou.

His long list of collaborations include:

Bobby McFerrin, Dave Liebman, Gianluigi Trovesi, Bill Frisell, Rhiannon Giddens, Nils Landgren, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Gavin Bryars, Gabriele Mirabassi, Rolando Villazon, Lisa Hannigan, Savina Yannatou, Maria Pia de Vito, Theodosii Spassov, The King’s Singers, Veronique Gens, Philippe Jaroussky, Pepe el Habichuela, Lucilla Galeazzi,

“His ability to rework ancient melodies and rhythms through a contemporary jazz prism marks Turrisi out as one of the most striking voices to have emerged on the European jazz scene in the past decade”- All About Jazz

About his “Northern Migrations” album, Turrisi has the following to say:

“I first started thinking about a piano solo program in 2015, when I got asked to perform a solo concert at the Hugh Lane gallery. I had flirted with that idea for a long time, but somehow was always a bit intimidated by the format. I am used to collaborating and playing with ensembles that range from very large to very small, but being all alone on a stage is a completely different energy.

There is something very introspective about performing piano solo, something about feeling very naked and exposed. At the same time there is the exhilarating feeling of being free to do whatever you want at any given moment. So it’s not a coincidence that a personal album such as “Northern Migrations” came about at a very difficult and transitional period in my life. A moment of big changes, a moment of pain, a moment of letting go of many things dear.

This album is a very deep and personal reflection on many things that have happened in my life until now. It’s about migration, about being far from the origins, about the nomadic life of musicians, about not belonging to a place in particular. It’s also about separation and loss, about pain and crisis, about grief and about learning to let go.

“Northern Migrations” is also about the journey that has been my experience as a musician and everything I have picked up on the way. It reflects on my Mediterranean roots, on the modal melodies, instruments and rhythms that connect Sicily with North Africa. It reflects on the early baroque music which I have studied and researched while living in the Netherlands, on the harmonic and melodic ideas behind the music of the great keyboard masters of the 17th century.

It reflects on my visceral passion for jazz, the only music that I have properly studied at a conservatory, on my passion for improvisation and for living the music moment by moment. There are probably too many other influences and connections that I can’t individually pinpoint in this music, coming from my constant thirst for finding and understanding new forms of musical expression. After 15 years of different musical projects and recordings, “Northern Migrations” represent a distilled version of my entire musical life.”

Doors open at 19:30; Performance at 20:00.

*(To avoid long waits for taxis after the event, we recommend booking a taxi in advance if required.)

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Jacky Klein – “Art and Technology Today: The New Frontiers” @ Farmleigh House
Sep 10 @ 3.00pm – 4.00pm

This lecture explores the very latest intersections of art and science, looking at how the new technologies of Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality, 3D Printing and Big Data, wearable tech, location-tracking and more are changing the way art is experienced. It explores where technology will take artists and the art world in the next decades as these developments – currently seen as futuristic and experimental – are set to become ever-more integral to our daily lives. Along the way, it will illustrate some of the most powerful examples of immersive tech art, from virtual reality firework displays over China’s Forbidden City to 3D mappings of a Pharaoh’s tomb and reveal how technology is transforming the ways in which art is promoted and discovered, bought and sold, archived, experienced and understood.

Jacky Klein is an art historian, publisher, writer and broadcaster, specialising in modern and contemporary art. After studying at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, she worked as a curator at a number of leading galleries, including the Tate, the Barbican, the Courtauld and the Hayward. In 2008, she moved sideways into the world of art publishing, first as Commissioning Editor at Thames & Hudson, then as Executive Editor at Tate Publishing and subsequently as Director of HENI Publishing, a small independent arts publisher.

Klein is the author herself of a bestselling book on the British artist Grayson Perry (Thames & Hudson, 3rd edition 2020) and co-author of a number of other titles including Alfred Cohen: An American Artist in Europe (Ben Uri Gallery / Alfred Cohen Art Foundation, 2020), Body of Art (Phaidon, 2015) and What is Contemporary Art? (Thames & Hudson, 2012), a children’s guide to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which has been translated into 11 languages.

She has presented and contributed to a range of television programmes for the BBC, and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s arts review programme, ‘Front Row’. She has appeared on Channel 5, the Travel Channel and Bloomberg TV, and has written and presented a number of online films and livestreams for Tate, Christie’s and the Art Fund. She regularly delivers digital talks including Zoom lectures, ‘Instagram Live’ events and Crowdcast broadcasts which have reached live audiences of many thousands of people across the world.

An experienced lecturer in museums, galleries and at literary festivals, Klein has taught at a number of arts institutions including University College London, Christie’s Education, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts. A public and passionate advocate for the arts, she is a Trustee of the UK Association for Art History, and is currently Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute on their Masters programme, ‘Curating the Art Museum’.


Doors open at 2.30pm; Talk commences at 3pm.

*(To avoid long waits for taxis after the event, we recommend booking a taxi in advance if required.)

Jacky Klein