Living Dublin 1916

RTÉ 1916

Living Dublin 1916

Organised by Oisin Costello in association with RTE

28th March, 2016

17 Molesworth St, D2

This event was staged in association with Ireland’s National Broadcaster, RTE and formed part of the Nations 1916 Centennial Celebrations on Easter Monday, 2016.

Living Dublin, 1916 features music taken from day to day life in Dublin 100 years ago. Oisin Costello is a past singer with the Palestrina Choir, his grandad Willie Costello, with two of his brothers, Jack and Paddy were boy choristers at the Palestrina during the decade of the Rising, living in nearby Fontenoy St. Paddy was 12 in 1916 and likely progressing to the role of senior chorister.

The event featured;

Sarah Sew, Concert Orchestra Principal First Violin
Anne Marie O’Farrell, Irish Harpist
Dave Duffy, RTE Fair City Actor
Dr Ita Beausang, Professor Emeritus, DIT Conservatory, Speaker

Jonathan Morris, multiple Feis Ceoil Piano Competition Winner
John Scott, Tenor
Seamus Ludden, Baritone
Max O’Neill, Boy Soprano, 2015 Feis Ceoil Competition Winner
Capella Choir, director Vincent Whelan, past Palestrina Chorister
Impressions of 1916, exclusive video provided by Richard Dreyfuss

Curator, Oisin Costello

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Choral Repertoire from 1916 Dublin was followed by Feis Ceoil Competition Pieces reenacted from the 1916 Feis Ceoil Programme. The 1916 Pianoforte Solo Test Pieces were performed by Jonathan Morris, winner in 2015 of three Feis Ceoil piano competitions including the Morris Grant Bursary. John Scott, tenor performs the 1916 test piece, Seamus Ludden, baritone performs the 1916 test piece. Boy Soprano, Max O’Neill, winner of the 2015 Feis Ceoil, performed the 1916 and 1915 test pieces.

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Sarah Sew, Symphony Orchestra Lead Violinist performed Traditional Irish Airs composed by 1916 Abbey Theatre Director, John Larchet; scores were kindly provided by Abbey Theatre Archives and the RIAM Library.


Sarah Sew spent 2 years in the role of Principal First Violin with the RTE Concert Orchestra, she has recently played Co-Lead with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre and tours extensively in major concert halls in Europe and Asia. Sarah served as Concert Master of the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2010 – 2012 under Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Original Easter Monday Abbey Theatre Programme

Abbey Theatre 1916 (i)

Percy French  Dave Duffy Fair City

Dave Duffy, Actor has had numerous roles in Irish film including playing local garda alongside Mickey Rourke in 1999 American film, Shergar, now RTE Fair City Actor, Dave talks about Percy French and sings from his repertoire, French’s music had long permeated Dublin popular music culture by 1916.

Oisin performs Dubliner’s Song Monto

A talk providing musical context during the decade of 1910-1920 was given by Dr Ita Beausang, Professor Emeritus at the DIT Conservatory of Music.


Anne Marie O’Farrell, Irelands leading protaganist in Traditional Irish Harp played selections from the Roche Collection, published a few short years before 1916.

Anne Marie O'Farrell

A video of Impressions of 1916 was provided exclusively for Living Dublin 1916, by actor Richard Dreyfuss.

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