DAYBREAK WITH EVONNE FERGUSON

Evonne will be up with the early birds to ease you into the weekend with her gentle blend of music from across the centuries, plus regular intervals for news and weather.

Join ecologist, Anja Murray, every Saturday morning at 9.20 for Nature File - a celebratory journey to the lesser-known realms of nature in Ireland.

Episode 32 - Wexford Wildfowl Reserve

Wexford Wildfowl Reserve was reclaimed from the sea by a man- made polder. Since its formation it has become an incredibly important site for wintering birds, including half of the world's population of Greenland White Fronted Geese! Discover the history and wildlife of this exceptional place on Nature File this Saturday.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 23rd October, 7am-10am


OPERA NIGHT WITH PAUL HERRIOTT

Live from Wexford Festival Opera 2021 Le Songe d'une Nuit d'Été by Ambroise Thomas

Paul Herriott will be broadcasting live from Wexford Festival Opera at 8pm this evening with a production of Ambroise Thomas' Le Songe d'une Nuit d'Été. Surprisingly, the plot of this opera has nothing to do with Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream; it is a fantasy about Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I! Guillaume Tourniaire conducts the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra and Chorus with a cast including Hasmik Torosyan, Valentina Mastrangelo, Sébastien Guèze, Tommaso Barea, Vasyl Solodkyy, Rory Dunne and Kathleen Norchi. This programme will be simulcast live across the EBU as part of the European Broadcasting Union's Euroradio Season, celebrating the best in Opera around the world.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 23rd October, 7pm-10pm


VOX NOSTRA WITH VLAD SMISHKEWYCH

The legacy of Saint Mark's in Venice gave us some of the most exquisite music from the 17th century. On the heels of Claudio Monteverdi was his successor, Giovanni Rovetta. Although his only two operas are lost and incomplete, respectively, he left behind several volumes of madrigals plus a wealth of sacred music, including masses, psalms, and motets. We'll delve into Rovetta's output throughout the programme on this Sunday's Vox Nostra, with stellar ensembles such as Cantus Cölln, Andrew Parrott's Taverner Consort, and Ensemble Galilei.

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 24th October, 7am-10am


AEDÍN GORMLEY'S SUNDAY MATINÉE

A very special Sunday concert this afternoon featuring the award-winning Sinfonia of London under conductor John Wilson, who re-established the ensemble in 2018. Following on from their award-winning recording, this orchestra, performed Korngold's stirring, filmic Symphony in F sharp major to a delighted audience at The Royal Albert Hall. Aedín's featured artist today is acclaimed violinist Anne- Sophie Mutter, we will enjoy three of her recordings including the Meditation from Thaïs and the main theme from Schindler's List from her album of film music by John Williams.

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 24th October, 1pm-4pm


NIALL CARROLL’S CLASSICAL DAYTIME

Niall Carroll plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire. Every day at 12 Niall chooses a piece for his Five of a Kind. This week Niall chooses five pieces played by John Finucane who has been Principal Clarinettist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra since 1995.

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 25th October, 10am-1pm


LORCAN MURRAY’S CLASSIC DRIVE

Each day, Lorcan brings you the perfect musical soundtrack, wherever you are including at 6.10pm, in Culture File, Luke Clancy's daily guide to creativity in the world around us.

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 25th October, 4pm-7pm


THE FULL SCORE WITH LIZ NOLAN

In today's Full Score Shirley Keane presents a recital by Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernández with music by Bach, Poulenc, Villa-Lobos, and Sor.

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 26th October, 1pm-4pm


MYSTERY TRAIN WITH JOHN KELLY

Mystery Train is a nightly journey through the many wonders of recorded music - from its vintage glories to the latest sounds. Essential listening for the discerning music fan.

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 27th October, 7pm-9pm


THE FULL SCORE WITH LIZ NOLAN

A concert by Swiss ensemble I Barocchisti (below), conducted by Diego Fasolis with music by C.P.E Bach, Vivaldi and J.S. Bach. Evelyn Grant presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in D minor, Wq. 23
Vivaldi: Double Violin Concerto in A minor, RV 522
Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor, RV 531
Johann Sebastian Bach: Double Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043

RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 28th October, 1pm-4pm

NIALL CARROLL’S CLASSICAL DAYTIME

Niall Carroll plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire. Every day at 12 Niall chooses a piece for his Five of a Kind. This week Niall chooses five pieces played by John Finucane who has been Principal Clarinettist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra since 1995. .

At 11 am TAKING FLIGHT

Taking Flight is a series of radio essays celebrating the work and continued influence of the poet Patrick Kavanagh. It was commissioned by The Patrick Kavanagh Centre with the support of Monaghan County Council and Creative Ireland.

Kavanagh once remarked that his more successful works achieved 'weightlessness', 'that I had become airborne and more'. This series celebrates Kavanagh's brilliance and his encouragement to successive generations of artists and thinkers to achieve weightlessness and take flight.

Episode 4 'The Meadow' - by Tadhg O'Sullivan

Two fields over from a small lake, in the lee of a gentle hill, a small acre is cut out of a small parish. This meadow is bounded on one side by hedgerow and trees; on another by a quiet road; on another by a stream; on the last the small house that I was born in.

A radio essay based around the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh, The Meadow is written in the voice of unnamed fictional character, whose long life has been lived in the rhythms and sounds of a place deeply known.

Tadhg O'Sullivan is a film-maker and artist.
Narrated by Eleanor Methven
Producers: Tadhg O'Sullivan and The Patrick Kavanagh Centre
Written By: Tadhg O'Sullivan
Sound Editing: Tadhg O'Sullivan
Producer for RTÉ lyric fm: Eoin O Kelly

Patrick Kavanagh's original works reproduced with kind permission of the Trustees of the Estate of the late Katherine B. Kavanagh, through the Jonathan Williams Literary Agency

This project is funded by Monaghan County Council & Creative Ireland. The broadcast partner is RTÉ lyric fm.

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 29th October, 10am-1pm