Notes to A Star

Notes to A Star
May 20, 2021 Cork Harbour Festival
  • June 4, 2021 - June 6, 2021
    18:00 - 21:45

In association with MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory & Cork School of Music.

– This event is now fully booked out –

A Conversation with Beethoven and Shakespeare  will feature on the rooftop of Blackrock Castle as part of the Cork Harbour Festival celebrations.

Created by Regina Crowley and Gabriela Mayer, and featuring Eanna Hardwicke, this sound installation explores a creative dialogue between fragments of piano music and dramatic text, inviting the audience into a ‘listening oasis’ on the open terrace of the Blackrock Castle . The possibility to experience space and sound in a different way is explored.

Some notes: A sequence of piano sounds first played in Vienna over 200 years ago.

Other notes: observations spoken on stage in London 400 years ago.

Over time these notes continue to reverberate. They speak of fundamental human experience as relevant to us now as to the audiences who first heard them.

Individually, Gabriela and Regina have explored and performed these notes by Beethoven and Shakespeare for as long as they can remember. More recently, they have collaborated in finding new resonances between music and words, and added their own voices to the conversation.

You may be familiar with some of the melodies. You will likely have heard some of the words. Once the playing has finished and the voices are silent, the notes will continue.

As part of this very special event, MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory will encode and beam this show to a distant exoplanet and its parent star – Bran and Tuiren. It will take 12 years for these sounds to arrive at their destination. Whatever changes 12 years bring us, these notes (sent to us from another time) will continue to play – accompanying our onward explorations.

Running Time: 45 minutes

Dates and Time: Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June at 18:00, 19:30 and 21:00

Admission: €10 [BOOKED OUT]



Venue Phone: +353 (21) 432 6120

Venue Website:

Blackrock, Cork City

Life is very changeable at the moment 🙂
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