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Pianist Finghin Collins will be performing at the Beethoven anniversary concert at St Mary’s Church, New Ross

Pianist Finghin Collins will be performing at the Beethoven anniversary concert at St Mary’s Church, New Ross

Pianist Finghin Collins will be performing at the Beethoven anniversary concert at St Mary’s Church, New Ross

The New Ross Piano Festival is back with one performance on Sunday, September 27, at 3pm at St Mary's Church.

The performers will be Finghin Collins and Ellen Jansson, and the programme will be an all-Beethoven concert to mark the composer's 250th anniversary. The sonatas chosen are Sonata Op. 2 no. 3, Sonata Op. 57 'Appassionata', and Sonata Op. 111.

Connie Tantrum of the event organising committee said: 'This would be one early, one middle period and one late-period sonata, so this will span his career and show his development from youthful energy through to frustrated middle period and on to desperate, ethereal, resigned, deaf old(er) age. A perfect way to mark his anniversary year.'

There will be a very limited audience of less than 40.

'Social distancing is viable in the usual venue, St Mary's Church. People are now familiar with the important precautions and they will all be observed - the queue will be spaced, temperatures will be taken, hands sanitised, the audience will have to wear masks throughout, and any congregating outside will be actively discouraged.'

Booking is essential. Tickets will cost €20 and can be booked at St Michael's Theatre on 051 421244, and online at the theatre website. Because seats are so limited they will be sold on a first- come, first-served basis, and will be unallocated. Booking will open on Monday, September 14. If the event is cancelled due to new restrictions, a full refund will be provided.

New Ross Standard