Tea for Two: ‘Pardon My English’ at Castletown House

I celebrated my return to Ireland after my summer holidays performing my ‘Pardon My English’ for Heritage Week. I was accompanied by Maestro Antonio Cascelli, a very talented pianist and musicologist, who also happens to be a very good friend and colleague of mine here in Ireland. We enjoyed playing in magnificent Castletown House, Ireland’s largest and earliest Palladian style house, built between 1722 and 1729. I had visited the house as a tourist ans was take by its beauty and elegance, as well as from the brilliance of the permanent exhibition of portraits and costumes form the era. The recital spanned from vocal chamber music to contemporary  musical, passing through cabaret reminiscences and American musical theatre repertoire. The programme included known and lesser known songs by American and British composers such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, William Bolcom, and Benjamin Britten. Not only presenting my  lighthearted recital ‘Pardon My English‘ recital in front of a gracious audience was a rewarding experience, but we have also enjoyed being surrounded by the absolutely fascinating magnificence of the house. A few friends came to see us perform and took good footage of the concert. Sipping a stylish tea in their company after the performance was just the perfect coronation of a delightful afternoon! The concert was very well-received and we hope to come back to Castletown on some other occasion.

“Pardon My English”, Music from American Musical Theatre


George Gershwin:
Feeling Sentimental (from Show Girl)
But not for me (from Girl Crazy)

The Man I Love

Cole Porter:

In the still of the night (from Rosalie)
Begin the Beguine
So in Love (from Kiss me, Kate)
Kurt Weill:
Je ne t’aime pas
I’m a stranger here myself (from One Touch of Venus)
George Gershwin:

Let’s call the whole thing off (from Shall we Dance)


Francesca and Antonio pretending to be at ease with post-concert photo-shooting.
A snapshot from the performance
A view of Castletown House, Celbridge, Dublin.