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A Musical Tour of Dublin

John Toal explores the classical music heritage of Dublin from Handel's Messiah to the present day. Features composer Shaun Davey, choral ensemble Anuna and harpist Cliona Doris.

John Toal explores the city's classical music heritage from before the arrival of Handel, right up to the present day. Featuring composer Shaun Davey, harpist Clíona Doris, and Christ Church Cathedral Director of Music Ian Keatley. John catches up with choral ensemble Anúna as they rehearse for their 30th anniversary celebrations, Peter Whelan sheds light on classical music's early life in the city, and Evonne Ferguson opens the doors to the Contemporary Music Centre.

Plus music from Barry Douglas' Celtic Orbit, recorded at the MAC in Belfast, and pianist Finghin Collins performing John Field, recorded at Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Hallelujah from Messiah

    Performer: Academy of Ancient Music. Performer: Choir of New College Oxford. Performer: Edward Higginbottom.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Overture from The Marriage of Figaro

    Performer: Colin Davis. Performer: Staatskapelle Dresden.
  • Arthur Duff

    'Fishamble Street - Dublin 1742' from Irish Suite for Strings

    Performer: Irish Chamber Orchestra. Performer: Fionnuala Hunt.
  • Charlotte Maria Despard

    Theme and Variations on Gramachree Molly

    Performer: Clíona Doris.
  • Balfe

    I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls from The Bohemian Girl

    Performer: Joan Sutherland.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto Grosso in F Op. 6 No. 9 2nd mvt Allemande

  • Shaun Davey

    Newfoundland from The Brendan Voyage

    Performer: Liam O’Flynn. Performer: Noel Kelehan.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    The Blue Bird

    Performer: Chamber Choir Ireland. Performer: Paul Hillier.
  • Henry Purcell

    Dido And Aeneas: Overture

  • John Field

    3rd movement Tempo di polacca from Piano Concerto No.3 in E flat major (extract)

    Performer: Michael McHale. Performer: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Courtney Lewis.
  • Anúna & Eimear Quinn


    Music Arranger: Michael McGlynn.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude in C

    Performer: Ian Keatley.
  • Catriona McKay

    Barry's Reels

    Performer: Barry Douglas. Performer: Eimear McGeown. Performer: Catriona McKay. Performer: Chris Stout. Composer: Chris Stout.
  • Thomas Moore

    The Meeting of The Waters

    Performer: John McCormack.
  • Mozart

    In quegli anni from The Marriage of Figaro

    Performer: Patrick Henckens. Performer: Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Performer: Vienna Philharmonic.
  • Franz Liszt

    Grand Galop chromatique in E-flat major, S 219

    Performer: Lang Lang.
  • Brendan Monaghan

    Brendan's Air

    Performer: Eimear McGeown. Performer: Barry Douglas.
  • Michael McGlynn


    Performer: Anúna. Performer: Méav Ní Mhaolchatha. Performer: Lloyd Byrne.
  • John Field

    Nocturne No 5 in B flat major

    Performer: Finghin Collins.
  • Shaun Davey

    May We Never Have to Say Goodbye

    Performer: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Performer: David Brophy. Performer: Rita Connolly.