A Taste of Baroque with the Degani Trio

Taste of the Baroque‘ will be an afternoon of dramatic musical surprises and ornate theatricality.

Following their last sellout ‘Beethoven Evening Concert‘ Ireland’s finest piano trio, the Degani Trio return again to the Whale Theatre. 

This is a unique opportunity to hear the Degani Trio in fresh and dynamic interpretations of the Baroque masterworks in collaboration with the acclaimed Eamonn Sweeney on guitar and the stylishly eloquent Ruby Ashley on oboe. 

Join us for a truly memorable celebration of the Baroque in all its majesty and vitality. 

World class musicians performing who are also all devoted teachers that share their love and talent of music with children and adults of all ages. 

Rachel Quinn, Piano 

Rachel has performed numerous concertos in Ireland & the Czech Republic. She has appeared in recital programmes at arts centres throughout Ireland, and abroad in Japan, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Austria and Great Britain. In addition Rachel is a noted teacher, accompanist and repetiteur. 

Alan Smale, Violin 

Alan is founder and director of The Degani Ensemble and Leader of The Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra for the 2017/18 season. For 20 years till 2013 he was Leader of the RTE NSO, and for 10 years prior to that Leader of the RTECO. He is a guest leader of The Ulster Orchestra and a frequent concerto soloist.

Annette Cleary, Cello 

Annette Cleary studied with Coral Bognuda, Ivan Andrews and Aisling Drury-Byrne at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and subsequently, as the recipient of scholarships, continued her studies in Austria (Mozarteum), Germany and the USA, numbering among her teachers Paul Tortelier, Antonio Janigro and Andre Navarra. Annette was a prizewinner at the Barchet International Cello Competition and from 1993 was prinicipal cellist with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. She has performed as soloist with the NSO and acts as jury member for International Competitions. Annette teaches at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she recently received her Doctorate.

Eamonn Sweeney, guitar

Dr. Eamon Sweeney began his musical studies on the violin, picked up a guitar while in his teens and subsequently studied Classical guitar at the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama. While there he was exposed to the Baroque guitar, inspiring his doctoral research into the 17th-century instrument and its variants. He continued his further study of early plucked-instrument performance at Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona.


Eamon teaches and performs extensively in a variety of genres and styles giving broadcasts, lectures and seminars in his native Ireland and internationally. He is a member of a number of music ensembles that focus on the performance and recording of early and Irish music, namely, Tonos, The Gregory Walkers and Sonamus.  He is also committed to the provision of Community Music, Music in Healthcare Settings and Early Years Music and is co-director of the Alchemy Music – an organisation that supports multi-disciplinary arts events, school projects, music and health projects, and recitals in County Wicklow.  


Eamon counts himself most fortunate to have collaborated with some of Ireland’s leading artists over the years including the late Seamus Heaney, Elaine Agnew and Theo Dorgan.



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