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.1 No.2 in G major and Op.70 No.2 in E flat major. The vigour and sensitivity of Beethoven’s music will be illuminated by excerpts from his letters both funny and heartrending as in his Heiligenstadt Testament, and anecdotes of contemporaries with narration by 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. 

The Piano Trio Op.70 No.2 shows Beethoven at his most subtle and mellow while the Piano Trio in E flat shows him in  dramatic, witty and sparkling form . This will be an evening not to be missed!


Barry McGovern is an Irish stage, film and television actor and is well known for his appearances in films such as ‘Braveheart‘, ‘Far and Away‘, and ‘Joe Versus the Volcano‘. He is also a prolific stage actor and is regarded by many as one of leading exponents of works by Samuel Beckett.

The Degani Piano Trio is an established Irish piano trio of well known 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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