Marty in the Morning

Marty in the Morning

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Marty in the Morning Friday 4 March 2016

All this week we are giving you the chance to be in the big draw on Friday for our trip to the
opera in Verona to see Carmen in association with the Travel Department.

Travel Department is a leading tour operator in Ireland specialising in guided group holidays to over 100 different destinations all over the world.  Lake Garda, Venice & Verona Opera Holiday with
RTE lyric fm’s Marty Whelan. 7 Nights for 2 people!

                                                                                                                                  Carmen at the Arena di Verona, 2015.

Join me for the opera trip of a lifetime. During this magical holiday, explore the historic towns that hug the coast of Lake Garda and stroll through quaint streets and squares, all set in the tranquil surroundings of blue waters and towering mountains. You will take in an unforgettable performance of Bizet's Carmen at the Arena di Verona, which is sure to leave you spellbound. First performed in 1875, Bizet’s acclaimed masterpiece tells the story of the downfall of Don Jose, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the fiery gypsy, Carmen.  

There are two further excursions included in this 7-night holiday. In Venice, gaze upon St. Mark’s Basilica; watch gondolas sail along the canals, and admire the stunning piazzas, bridges and gothic buildings that make this city so magnificent. You will also take a guided boat trip of Lake Garda to view some of the beautiful sites and places of interest on the lake, including stops in the towns of Malcesine and Limone.
With the serene waters of Lake Garda, the unique beauty of Venice, and the classic Italian romance of Verona, this trip to Italy is the perfect combination of opera, culture and history.

This fabulous prize includes:                                                            GH Liberty Hotel, Riva del Garda

  • Flights from Dublin to Milan
  • 7 night stay in the 4 *star GH Liberty Hotel, Riva del Garda on a half board basis.
  • Guided Boat tour of Lake Garda, with stop overs in the beautiful towns of Limone & Malcesine. 
  • Opera Performance of Bizet's Carmen on Friday 29th June
  • Full day guided excursion to Venice. 
  • T & C's apply

Travel Department offer holidays to suit a range of tastes and interests…...whether it’s some down time in down town San Francisco, a trip to discover the secrets of the Great Wall of China or soaking up the culture and sights in stunning Sorrento

Just answer the simple question set each day to be in with a chance to be in the draw on Friday:

TEXT: 51554 or email: for full details of all holidays.

Marty in the Morning

Join the dawn chorus with Marty as he takes the chill out of your early mornings with music, news, weather and travel updates.

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Music Played on the Show


Title: The Lord Is My Shepherd

Composer: Goodall, Howard

Performer(s): Robert Quinney (Organ), The Sixteen

Album: A New Heaven - The Sixteen / UCJ / 179 5732

Duration: 3:18


Title: Romance From The Gadfly

Composer: Shostakovich, Dmitri

Performer(s): Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Album: Nicola Benedetti - The Silver Violin / Decca / 478 3529

Duration: 3:44


Title: Mr Snowman

Composer: The Henry Girls

Performer(s): The Henry Girls

Album: A Murray Christmas / RTE / RTE 287 CD

Duration: 2:31


Title: Sorochinsky Fair - Gopak

Composer: Mussorgsky, Modest

Performer(s): Balkan Philharmonic Orchestra

Album: 100 Popular Classics Vol.1 / Castle Communications / MBSCD5171

Duration: 2:54


Title: Wired To The Moon

Composer: Rea, Chris

Performer(s): Chris Rea (Vocal)

Album: Chris Rea - Wired To The Moon / Magnet / 242373

Duration: 5:18


Title: California Dreaming

Composer: John Phillips/michelle Phillip

Performer(s): Bobby Womack

Album: This Is Easy / VTDCD605

Duration: 3:15


Title: Cantabile In D

Composer: Paganini, Nicolo

Performer(s): Sarah Chang (Violin), Charles Abramovic (Piano)

Album: Simply Sarah (Recordno: 724355616128) / EMI Classics / 724355616128

Duration: 3:42


Title: One Day More

Composer: Boubil / Schoenberg

Performer(s): The Company, Orchestrations: John Cameron, Theatre Orchestra, Company Chorus

Album: Original Cast Highlights / First Night / Cast CD 104

Duration: 3:33


Title: La Serenata

Composer: Tosti/Cesaro

Performer(s): Guiseppi Di Stefano

Album: Neopolitan Songs / EMI Classics / 956826

Duration: 3:04


Title: Talk To The Animals

Composer: Bricusse

Performer(s): Rex Harrison

Album: Dr Dolittle Soundtrack / Philips / 5345002

Duration: 2:49


Title: Mandolin Concerto In C Major Rv425 (1st Movement) Allegro

Composer: Vivaldi, Antonio

Performer(s): Giovanni Scaramuzzino (Mandolin), Europa Galante

Album: Vivaldi: Concerti Per Mandolini / Virgin Veritas / 724354552724

Duration: 3:10


Title: Winter Song

Composer: Rea

Performer(s): Chris Rea

Album: Heartbeats (recordno: 5046754542) / Wsm / 5046754542

Duration: 4:27


Title: Funiculi, Funicula

Composer: Denza, Luigi

Performer(s): Mario Lanza (Tenor)

Album: Not Available (Record No: 09026614202) / RCA Victor / 09026614202

Duration: 2:12


Title: Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

Composer: Eric Idle

Performer(s): Monty Python

Album: Monty Python Sings (recordno: Mont D1) / Virgin / MONT D1

Duration: 3:29


Title: Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod)

Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian

Performer(s): Anthony Way (Treble), Miriam Keogh (Harp), Anthony Way (Harp)

Album: Not Available (Recordno: 455645-2) / Decca / 455645-2

Duration: 2:38


Title: Baby It's Cold Outside

Composer: Loesser, Frank

Performer(s): Dean Martin (Vocal)

Album: Dean Martin - Christmas With Dino / Capitol / 72435 79764 2 8

Duration: 2:23


Title: The Four Seasons: Spring (1st Movement) Allegro

Composer: Vivaldi, Antonio

Performer(s): Joshua Bell (Violin), John Constable (Harpsichord Continuo), Academy Of St Martin In The Fields

Album: Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Joshua Bell / Sony Classical / 88697110132

Duration: 3:33


Title: Caruso

Composer: Dalla, Lucio

Performer(s): Lucio Dalla (Vocal)

Album: Lucio Dalla - 12000 Lune / RCVE702485 2

Duration: 5:13


Title: Carmen Suite No.1 (6th Movement) Les Toreadors

Composer: Bizet, Georges

Performer(s): Orchestra Of The Bastille

Album: Orchestral Fireworks / Deutsche Grammophon / 463487-2

Duration: 2:04


Title: Palatines Daughter (Theme From The Riordans)

Composer: Trad

Performer(s): Rte Concert Orchestra

Album: Rte Greatest Themes / Rte

Duration: 2:16


Title: Spring 1

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi /Max Richter

Performer(s): Daniel Hope (Violin)

Album: Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons / Deutsche Grammophon / 4810044

Duration: 2:34


Title: Opening Overture

Composer: Powell, John

Performer(s): Studio Orchestra

Album: Pan (OST) / Sony / 88875164042

Duration: 2:43


Title: Core 'Ngrato

Composer: Cardillo, Salvatore

Performer(s): José Carreras (Tenor), English Chamber Orchestra

Album: Legends - Jose Carreras (Recordno: 4763487) / Decca / 4763487

Duration: 3:13


Title: They Cant Take That Away From Me

Composer: Gershwin / Gershwin

Performer(s): Willie Nelson

Album: Summertime - WIllie Nelson Sings Gershwin / Legacy / 88875167052

Duration: 2:50


Title: Czardas

Composer: Monti, Vittorio

Performer(s): Nigel Kennedy (Violin), Kroke Trio

Album: East Meets East / EMI / GLOBALCD1

Duration: 4:42


Title: Mamma

Composer: Cherubini/Bixio

Performer(s): Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)

Album: The Greatest Pavarotti Album Ever / Decca / 4361732

Duration: 3:30



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Text:       '51554' welcome your comments and requests.

Especially one's like this from Mark Bourke who says... 

'Marty on Lyric is my inoculation from anything the day can throw at me, he’s up there with Byrne, Wogan & Andrews as Ireland’s greatest broadcaster.'..........Thank you Mark......Tenner in the post!!

Other messages......

His morning show on Lyric is quite simply the best radio in Ireland. He has such a perfect delivery. An encyclopaedia of clever dadjokes and puns but with a light touch, never hanging on for the applause. Reminds me of a jolly, self-deprecating Colonel Mustard.   Jonathan McCrea

...Thanks very much for all the good cheer every morning Marty and never going on about all the bad news out there!! You are a tonic to be sure!! ........Patricia in Offaly

....Good morning Marty, I am a nurse working on night duty and listen to lyric through the night. Always glad to hear your dulcet tones at 7am as I know I will be off duty soon. .... Keep up the good work and music and the 'corny' jokes....Moira in Dublin 6



Presenter: Marty Whelan

Producer: Sinead Wylde

Production Co-ordinator: Michael O' Kane


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