Summer 2012 – Highlights

Highlights from the 2012 Percy French Summer School & Festival



Tuesday 10th July 2012

10.00am Welcome:    Patsy McGarry
10.30am Reception:   Tea / Coffee
10.45am Recital:  The Army Band of the 4 Western Brigadeto include works by Percy French and Presidential salute  on the Presidents arrival
11.30am The official opening of The Percy French Summer School 2012Keynote Address:   President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins
Followed by ‘A Very French Affair’ – Music, Songs and Recitations from the Maestro Bill Golding 

Wednesday 11th July 2012

10.00am Professor Richard St L Broadberry– ‘History Through French Windows’
10.45am Tea/Coffee
11.10am Lecture: Professor P.J Drudy – ‘‘Regional Development: Towards a New Vision
12.10pm Lecture:  Fr. Sean McDonagh SSC– ‘Can we have our cake and eat it: Is sustainable economic growth possible on a finite planet?
1.45pm Lunchtime concert:  Brian Munn, Michael Banahan and Teresa O’Donnell (harp)‘The French Parody’ Music, Songs, Poems, Monologues and Recitations
2.00pm Gardens:  Open

Thursday 12th July 2012

10.00am Illustrated Talk:  Yvonne Pettitt–  ‘Percy French Traditional Painter in Context’
10.45am Tea/Coffee
11.10am Lecture:  Dr. Ita Beausang– ‘The Better Would the Music Be’ – Rhythm and Melody in the songs of Percy French’
12.10pm Lecture: Professor Sean Freyne– ‘And Tones that are Tender’ – Religion and Rediscovering Our Lost Values.
1.45pm Lunchtime Recital: Mary O’Donnell & Teresa O’Donnell(harp) -‘Thomas Moore and Percy French’ 
2.00pm Gardens:  Open




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