31% Funded


Target: €11500


€3,585 Raised

28 Days:8 hours to go

51 Funders

Schubert's Four Seasons CD

By Sharon Carty



Jonathan and I have a gorgeous programme of Schubert songs centred around the four seasons, and we're excited to record these at Aldeburgh later this month, with recording engineer Holger Busse from GENUIN. We plan to release the CD on May 31st at a concert in Warfleth, Germany, and we'll hopefully be announcing our UK and Irish launch dates very soon. Stay tuned!

Here we are after our very first recital together, back in 2015 at the Hugh Lane Gallery, where the Irish Times reviewer had the following to say: "But what made this recital special was the way this partnership captured the inner aspects of the songs, from the ecstasy of Ganymed to the serenity of Du bist die Ruh. Adjectives seem inadequate for such focused, intelligent artistry."

We've been planning for this CD since then, so we're excited to finally get to do it! 


Here's the breakdown of what the main part of the CD recording will cost:

-Recording 4 days with sound engineer Holger Busse from Genuin, as well as editing, mastering, CD production and distribution €9,500
-Travel & Accommodation for Holger, Recording equipment, Sharon, and Jonathan €1500
-Piano tuning €500

Grand total: €11,500

There are some other costs which will be incurred, including for our photoshoot for the cover and sleeve, and the Fund it commission of 8%, but we've decided if we can get the bulk of the cost crowd-funded, that we can cover the rest ourselves.

About us: 
Sharon Carty is an Irish mezzo-soprano from Celbridge, Co.Kildare, who has recently returned to Ireland after having lived in Austria and Germany for over 10 years, she's proud to be an Artistic Partner to Irish National Opera, and a Creative Associate on the Arts Council "Creative Schools" scheme.

Born in Texas, Jonathan Ware is in regular demand as a chamber musician, song accompanist, teacher and coach. He has won numerous prizes, including the Pianist's Prize at "Das Lied" and 1st place at the Hugo Wolf competition, and has given recitals worldwide with artists such as Ludwig Mittelhammer and Golda Schulz.

About the Fund it Campaign:
We envisage no major risks to the project, all of the parameters are being carefully planned for and we have the best people, recording space, and piano hired for the project. Everyone involved is highly experienced and we are busy preparing and rehearsing together!

We are turning to our fans to help us with the cost of getting the songs recorded and released, by essentially pre-ordering a CD for 25Euro. We will be so grateful for any help above this basic "buy a CD" level and look forward to supplying any generous donors with those rewards!

We both want to thank our supporters in advance for their help, whether that be pledging financially, or just sharing the details of our campaign with anyone you think might be interested in supporting us! We can't do this without you!

Follow us on social media for regular updates!






Sharon https://www.instagram.com/sharon.carty/ Jonathan https://www.instagram.com/jonathanwware/





17% of the way there thanks to you!

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the first update for this Schubert CD Fund It campaign. Thanks to your generosity we're 17% of the way there! Thank you so so much for getting the project off to such a positive start! 

Here are a few bits and pieces of news:

Romanze from Rosamunde


This is one of the songs we'll be including on the CD. We recorded this video in Castletownshend in early August with funding from the Kildare County Council Arts Office, and with generous help from St.Barrahane's Church and Festival of Music, as well as Jeffer's Pianos in Bandon. 


I've asked Gordon Duffy, a Mullingar artist whose work I really admire, to create a specially-commissioned portrait of Franz Schubert. Here's some of his work that I own myself, a print of his beautiful imagining of The Morrigan, the Irish Goddess of Battle (Ink on watercolour paper): 


And here are pictures of the early stages of the work he's creating for our Fund It: 

The piece will be available as the framed original art work, and also as a print.

Thanks so much for your support, I look forward to keeping you all informed of our progress, and in the meantime if you could share the campaign with anyone who might be interested, I'd hugely appreciate it!

Thanks and till soon,

Sharon x


funders (51)

There are 45 public funders of this project

There are 6 anonymous funders of this project