The chamber music festival Music in Monkstown returns to Dublin on 9-11 September with international artists Barry Douglas, John Finucane, and the Piatti Quartet, plus rising star Órán Halligan. This year’s festival also includes the world premiere of a new piece by Anne-Marie O’Farrell.

Based in the landmark Church of Ireland church in Monkstown, the festival was founded by the clarinettist and local resident John Finucane. He joins virtuoso Irish pianist Barry Douglas for the festival’s opening concert, with a programme that includes the premiere of ‘Music of the Hours’, a new work by Anne-Marie O’Farrell specially commissioned by the festival.

John Finucane

John Finucane (image Fran Marshall)

Douglas and Finucane also take part in the two other evening concerts, performing alongside the acclaimed Piatti Quartet, while on Saturday afternoon the festival welcomes award-winning young pianist Órán Halligan. Other concerts include Harp Ireland with Séamus O’Flathartha, Aisling Ennis and Aileen Kennedy; a return appearance by the traditional Chinese Jiani Guzheng Ensemble; late-night jazz; a piano masterclass by Barry Douglas; and a children’s concert.

Tickets (evening concerts €20 / afternoon concerts €15 / students €10) available from Eventbrite, Hewetts Newsagents, and at the door. For more information, including programme details, see