Beethoven: His loves and losses with the Degani Piano Trio and Barry McGovern, Actor

The Degani Piano Trio return to the Whale Theatre in a performance of two of Beethoven’s Piano Trios Op.70 No.1 in D major ‘Ghost’ and the Piano Trio Op.1 No.1 in E flat major. The much loved ‘Ghost’ Trio shows the passionate and mysterious side of Beethoven while the exuberant and joyous Piano Trio Op1 No.1  in E flat major show him in his most optimistic mood. Beethoven’s music will be illuminated by excerpts from his letters both funny and heartrending  with narration by acclaimed Irish Actor Barry McGovern.  

In 2020 the world celebrates the 250th year birthday of this great composer. This evening will be an exciting exploration of Beethoven’s personality, his creative process and his daily life through collaboration between the artistry of the Degani Piano Trio and Barry McGovern. This will be an evening not to be missed! A highlight of the musical calender.!


Barry McGovern is one of  Ireland’s best known actors as a  stage, film and television actor and is well known for his appearances in films such as ‘Braveheart‘, ‘Far and Away‘, the General and ‘Joe Versus the Volcano‘. He is also a prolific stage actor, a former member of the RTE players and the Abbey Theatre Company. He is regarded by many as one of leading exponents of works by Samuel Beckett. His one man shows of I’ll go on’, Watt and First Love have toured worldwide.He played in Krapp’s Last Tape at the Edinburgh International Festival and Vladimir in the Beckett on Film Waiting for Godot.

The Degani Piano Trio is an established Irish piano trio of  distinguished musicians Alan Smale (violin), Rachel Quinn (piano) and Annette Cleary, (cello). They have recorded albums in recent years of repertoire including Haydn, Dvorak, Chopin, Brahms and Piazzolla. They are renowned for their insightful and joyful interpretations of the classics.

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