Latin Music for Violin, cello and guitar

12 Henrietta St. Dublin 1

16th October 2022 Music 4pm

Doors 3.30pm

Duo Chagall (Gillian Williams, violin; Arun Rao, cello); Marco Ramelli, guitar

Latin Music for Guitar and Strings

Niccolò PAGANINI (1782-1840): Andante Cantabile Op.17 for violin & guitar

Benjamin GODARD (1849-1895): Sonata n B minor Op. 20 (No.1) for solo violin

 Prelude: lento; adagio – Gavotte – Adagio – Menuets 1 & 2

PAGANINI: Variations on one string on a theme from Rossini’s ‘Moses’ transcr. for cello & guitar

Eugène YSAŸE (1858-1931): Sonata Op.28 for solo cello

 Grave – Intermezzo: grazioso – In modo di recitativo (adagio) – Finale con brio 

PAGANINI: Terzetto (MS 69) for violin, cello & guitar

 Allegro con brio – Minuetto & Trio – Andante – Rondo: Allegretto


One of Ireland’s finest classical music partnership, Duo Chagall came into being in 1991when two music students

at the Guildhall School, London, decided to sight-read Kodaly’s Duo Op.7. Dublin-born violinist Gillian Williams

and French cellist Arun Rao have since collaborated with a host of eminent pianists, string players and Irish

composers in recitals featuring neglected masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries, along with a host of world

premieres. They were invited to host their own classical music series in Pezenas, France (2010-12), and instigated,

curated and performed a series commemorating French music in the Great War at The Hugh Lane (2015-16). Duo

Chagall are artistic directors of the classical music series ‘Autumn Sounds’ which takes place every September at the

Ballroom, Farmleigh since 2011, under the patronage of Fingal County Council and OPW; past series presented the

complete chamber music of Schumann (2014-17) & Debussy (2018). The duo released a CD of works by Ravel,

Milhaud & Handel in 2009. In addition, Ms. Williams recently recorded an album of short violin works titled ‘The

French Violin’, which includes the world premiere of the ‘Idyll’ by Marguerite Canal, as well as Ravel’s famous ‘Tzigane’.

Ms Williams and Mr Rao both lecture at the Conservatory of Music, TU Dublin.

Born in Milan, Italian guitarist and composer Marco Ramelli obtained a Doctorate in Music Performance from the

Royal Conservatory of Scotland, having previously studied under Allan Neave (guitar) and Rory Boyle (composition).

First Prize winner at the inaugural ‘Scottish International Guitar Competition’ (Glasgow), the ‘Blas Sánchez

Competition’ (Canary Islands) and the ‘Città di Seveso Competition’ among others, Second Prize at the prestigious

‘International Guitar Competition’ (Sevilla) & ‘Concours de guitare espagnole’ (Albi), his solo career brought him to

numerous international festivals in Italy and the UK (Brighton, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, etc). As composer, Marco

won the prestigious ‘World Guitar Composition Competition’ in Serbia with “Im Nebel, homage to Kengiro Azuma”. His

music is performed by internationally acclaimed soloists and ensembles including Lorenzo Micheli, Sean Shibe, Andrea

Dieci, Alberto Mesirca, Duo Ricci-Colonna and Juliane Bergemann. He recorded several solo CDs for Nimbus

(‘Energico’, 2013) & BrilliantClassics (‘Gerhardt & Mompou, complete works’, 2018), and works by Manuel Castillo, in

collaboration with various guitarists, for Naxos. He lectures at the Conservatory of Music, TU Dublin.

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1. Concerto for Trumpet – Alexander Arutiunian 
2. Central Park in the Dark – Dave Brubeck 
3. Oblivion – Astor Piazzolla
4. Por Una Cabeza – Carlos Gardel 
5. Stardust – Hoagy Carmichael 
6. Speak, Softly, Love – Nino Rota
7. Libertango – Astor Piazzolla 


Niall O’Sullivan has performed all over Europe, Asia and the USA, selling out concert halls and performing arts centres with his ensemble of world class musicians. 
Niall’s self titled debut album and ‘Ballads’ EP reached #1 on the iTunes classical & jazz charts respectively. His orchestral album ‘Niall O’Sullivan and Friends’ was produced by Julian Lloyd Webber and Gavin Murphy and features opera star Danielle de Niese, four time ‘Grammy’ winning jazz guitarist Larry Carlton, theatre royalty Kim Criswell and two of Ireland’s finest vocalists, Emmet Cahill and Lisa Lambe, accompaniment was provided by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra with conductor David Brophy. 
Niall has performed the major baroque & classical works for trumpet and orchestra with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and several other orchestra’s & ensembles throughout Ireland including a performance of Vivaldi’s Double Trumpet Concerto with trumpet legend Crispian Steele Perkins.He has performed his own unique arrangements of iconic works with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on several occasions for live radio broadcasts and performances. 
Niall and his wife, vocalist Shóna have toured the USA extensively with their sell out show ‘My Funny Valentine’. 
As a featured guest, Niall has performed with Josh Groban, the Priests and the Unthanks. As a sideman he has shared the stage with Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse, Jose Carreras, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Dionne Warwick, Sinead O’Connor and many more. He has performed for every president in Ireland since 1990 and was principal trumpet for the Pope’s Irish visit in 2018. 
Recent charity work include sell out concerts for the ‘Jack & Jill Foundation’, the ‘Fr Peter McVerry Trust’ and ‘Link for Aid’ in Yangon, Myanmar. 
Niall O’Sullivan is represented by Polaris Artist Management, Vienna.Niall O’Sullivan is an international performing artist exclusively for Schilke trumpets, Chicago.
“I almost said ‘sings’ because that is the effect of what he does” Irish Edition
“O’Sullivan’s Piazzolla brought the audience to their feet” Irish Times
“Niall O’Sullivan’s playing was bright, breezy, delicate, joyous and stylish” Irish Examiner
“The trumpet playing by Niall O’Sullivan was sublime” Evening Echo
“a fine trumpeter” Irish Times

Pianist, producer, arranger and composer Brian Connor studied piano with Professor John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.

He has been Musical Director in London’s West End, Chicago and on Broadway. He was Musical Director of ‘Riverdance – The Show’ and the National Theatre of Ireland’s centenary celebrations – ‘Abbey100’.

A major focus of his career has been his collaborations with singers, having performed and recorded with artists such as Sinead O’Connor, Agnes Bernelle, Van Morrison, Ramin Karimloo and jazz vocalist Claire Martin.

He has produced albums for singers in Ireland, Norway and Germany, and produced the album ‘Yola’ for Irish singer/songwriter Eleanor McEvoy which was awarded ‘UK Hi Fi Album of the Year’. For Norwegian artist Tom Aadland he produced ‘Blod pa Spora’ a reworking of Bob Dylan’s classic album ‘Blood On the Tracks’ in Nynorsk – the traditional language of Norway.

His time is now divided between orchestrating music for orchestral concerts, film and TV, producing recordings for solo artists, and performing classical, jazz and contemporary music.

So far in 2020 he has co produced a concert of music by Leonard Cohen with orchestra, soloists & actors for RTE/Bord Gais and produced the music soundtrack for RTE TVs newly commissioned contemporary dance piece ‘I Am Ireland’ to be broadcast on Culture Night.

12 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 – 12 May 2019, 4.30pm


Ensemble Revelare, formed in 2018, brings together four musicians with a passion for baroque music and expertise in historical performance. The ensemble presents works by seventeenth and eighteenth-century composers, both familiar and lesser-known, many of whom have a connection to Ireland. Repertoire includes vocal and instrumental music, exploring various tonal colours of the group, all with a keen awareness of historically informed performance on period instruments. The ensemble recently performed at The Irish Georgian Society in Dublin; forthcoming engagements include Kaleidoscope Night and @TheDrawingRoom Series in Dublin.



Antonio Maria Bononcini (1677–1726) – Idol mio bel tesoro, Cantata 38

Johann Christoph Pepusch (1667-1752) – When Loves soft passion (pub. London 1720) From Six English Cantatas

Henry Purcell (1659–1695) – ‘The Plaint’ from The Fairy Queen, Z. 629

Francesco Saverio Geminiani – Variations on Scottish airs from ‘A Treatise in Good Taste in the Art of Musick’  (pub. London 1749)

Francesco Mancini (1672–1737) – Sonata I in d minor (pub. London 1724)

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678–1741) – All’ombra di Sospetto RV 678

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Aisling Kenny – Soprano

Galway soprano, Aisling Kenny, is a soloist and ensemble singer specialising in early music and art song. She performs regularly at home and across Europe. She studied music at Maynooth University, and vocal performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, with Evelyn Tubb. She has participated in master classes with Paul Farrington, Margreet Honig, Emma Kirkby and Andreas Scholl. Aisling sings regularly as a soloist in oratorio: recent performances include Handel’s Messiah in Cork with Resurgam and the Irish Baroque Orchestra, dir. Monica Huggett and Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Dublin Bach Singers, dir. Blanaid Murphy. An active recitalist of Lieder and lute song, she has presented recitals in Basel, Oxford and in Ireland, most recently in the Hugh Lane Gallery and Music for Galway recital series. Aisling has performed as a soloist in several festivals including the Galway Early Music Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival. Spring 2018 sees solo engagements in Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Eastbourne) and Messiah (Halle). An experienced ensemble singer, Aisling is a member of Resurgam and Chamber Choir Ireland, and has sung with Ensemble Marsyas, Crux Vocal Ensemble, Atalante, and The Cardinall’s Musick.



Theresa Burton – Recorder

Theresa is a recorder player and choral singer based in Dublin, Ireland. Theresa gained her bachelor’s degree in music at Dartington College of Arts, and went on to study Recorder for the Masters music performance degree at Utrecht Conservatorium,The Netherlands with Leo Meilink, Baldrick Deerenburg, and Heiko ter Schegget. She was subsequently awarded the Nuffic scholarship in 1998 and 1999 for her Recorder studies. Theresa has participated in recorder masterclasses, Early and Contemporary chamber music courses with Sebastien Marc, Renemarie Verhagen, Peter van Heijghen, Walter Van Hauwe, Marion Verbruggen, Peter Holtslag, Philip Thorby, and Wilbert Hazelzet and Harry Spaarnaay. Theresa plays regularly in diverse ensembles in Oxford, London, Edinburgh, Israel and the Netherlands. She has given performances in diverse clubs and festivals including Utrecht Early Music Festival fringe, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Vredenburg Lunch concert series, Concert series at St Michael the Northgate, Oxford, Engelsekerk Amsterdam, and the Dartington Music Festival. In 2017 she made a tour of Israel with a Jewish baroque programme, and workshops for schools with Israeli Recorder Player Adi Silberberg. New works for recorder have been written for Theresa and her ensembles by composers Nuno Corte Real, Dimitris Andrikopoulos and Jaap Visser. Theresa improvised the soundtrack to Channel 4 film ‘Laws of Nature’ (Tony Hill,1997). Theresa particularly enjoys playing 17th and 18th century vocal chamber music with singers and recently played with Marlborough Baroque orchestra and Dublin Bach Singers. Highlights this summer and beyond include a programme of cantatas by Handel and his contemporaries at the Irish Georgian Society in Dublin with soprano Aisling Kenny, and with Ensemble Chant21, and tenor Jacek Wislocki for a 17th century programme of unpublished Polish and Italian works directed by Jurek Zak.



Rachel Factor – Harpsichord

Rachel is a graduate of The Royal Irish Academy of Music and NUI Maynooth. She has performed with many of Ireland’s leading ensembles including The Irish Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, The Orchestra of St. Cecilia amongst others. Rachel has also held solo engagements in London most recently at Handel House. Rachel is harpsichord professor at DIT Conservatory of Music and holds the position of local centre examiner at The Royal Irish Academy of Music. In 2010 Rachel was the recipient of The Arts Council Music Network Capital Scheme award. This afforded her the opportunity to commission a harpsichord. She now plays a single manual ‘petit ravelmant’ Flemish harpsichord crafted by Andrew Wooderson after Ioannes Ruckers 1628. Rachel is also recipient of The Arts Council 2017 Artist Bursary. She gratefully acknowledges the support of both Music Network and The Irish Arts Council.


Margaret Doris- Cello

Margaret Doris is a cellist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and an assistant lecturer in cello at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. She is a graduate of The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and Indiana University, Jacob’s School of Music, where she studied the cello with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and baroque cello with Stanley Ritchie. Margaret has a keen interest in music research and completed a PhD in early British cello treatise studies and its link to provincial cello playing at DIT Conservatory of Music of Drama, Dublin.

St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 – 14th April 2019, 3.30pm

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  • Mozart Divertimento in D (K136)
  • Finegan ‘..Against Adding a Single Note’
  • Janacek Suite for Strings
  • Grieg Holberg Suite Op.40.


The World Doctors’ Orchestra was founded in 2008. Since their first concert in the Berlin Philharmonie, they have played 57 concerts in some of the greatest halls across the globe, to over 50,000 people. They have had the pleasure of accompanying world class soloists, and providing musical and medical outreach to those in need. Whilst bringing together like-minded professionals from every corner of the world, the WDO aims to use quality music making to raise as much money as possible for good causes.

Out of this is born a new ensemble, focusing on the joy of string repertoire. The WDO Strings are excited to explore this genre together whilst taking the WDO to new horizons.

25 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1 – 24th March 2019, 4.30pm

‘Lights, Camera, Affiniti’ celebrates the best loved music from the movies. From ‘Love Actually’s’ Portuguese Love Theme to Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffanys, and the many guises of Gabriel’s Oboe, the show spans all eras and styles, delivered in Affinití’s unique classical crossover style.

Affinití is made up of Emer Barry (Soprano), Aisling Ennis (Harp) and Mary Mc Cague (Violin). All three are classically trained and Masters of their instruments but it is their unique combination of Classical, Celtic and Chart music and their genuine ‘affinity’ with one another that makes them truly special. In 2014, The Boston Globe described them as “full of soul, sass and sophistication, as well as exquisite technique”

Affiniti has become popular on the Irish Corporate and Concert Market with their haunting sound and their commitment to providing showstopping performances. They have been backed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in concert at Mooney Tunes in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre and the FILMharmonic orchestra Prague for their charity single O Holy Night which reached Number 1 in the Irish download charts at Christmas 2014 and has garnered over a million hits on YouTube.

Affiniti made their American debut in 2014 taking in Texas, Washington State, New York, Oregon, Chicago and Boston. This kickstarted an ‘affinity’ with the American audience and they have since returned to tour the States in December 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 to sold out shows in the North West and New York.

25 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1 – 3rd February 2019, 4.30pm

Mia Cooper, Nicola Sweeney (Violin)
Simon Aspell, David Kenny (Viola)
Brian O’Kane, Aoife Burke (Cello)

Strauss – String Sextet from Capriccio
Sam Perkin – Duet for Two Violas
Brahms – Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18

Both of Brahms’ sextets for strings are early works; the first, B flat Major Sextet was composed when Brahms was only twenty-seven years old. Clara Schumann wrote of the piece: “It was even more beautiful than I had anticipated, and my expectations were already high.” Sam Perkin’s Duet for Two Violas will follow, and the programme will conclude with the lovely string sextet that serves as the introduction to Capriccio, Richard Strauss’ final operatic venture.

No. 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 – 17th November 2018, 7pm & 8.15pm

Sue Rynhart

“Sue Rynhart’s poetic creativity seemingly knows no bounds, blending her cultural roots with an oblique, contemporary vision. An absolute joy to be present.” London Jazz News

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Dublin vocalist and composer Sue Rynhart .

Sue’s debut album ‘Crossings’ (Songs for Voice & Double Bass) with Dan Bodwell was nominated ‘Best Jazz Album’ in the Irish Times Ticket Awards 2014. and her new album ‘Signals’ is receiving International critical acclaim from publications and radio including; The Irish Times, American website ‘All About Jazz’, Folk Radio UK,  Scandanavian Jazz Review ‘Salt Peanuts’, RTÉ and BBC. In performing with Dylan Rynhart’s Fuzzy Logic Ensemble, she has sung with international Jazz artists, Rick Peckham, Tom Arthurs and Florian Ross. She has premiered works by many of the Composers from the Irish Composers Collective & the Contemporary Music Centre and and has performed on BBC Radio with the Choir of Christchurch Cathedral Dublin. She has been featured extensively on Róisín Ingle’s Irish Times podcast ‘Róisín meets’, The Blue of the Night RTÉ Lyric fm and on Bernard Clarke’s award winning radio programme ‘Nova’ on RTÉ Lyric fm. Sue has performed her music at many festivals such as Electric Picnic, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Drogheda Arts Festival, Bray Jazz Festival, Waterford New Music Week, Liverpool Irish Festival at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room, Jazzy Colors Festival Paris and in the Main auditorium in the National Concert Hall Dublin for the Perspectives Jazz festival as a support act for ECM Trumpeter Tomasz Stanko.

Sue’s new album ‘Signals’ was released on Friday the 28th of April 2017 presented by Note Productions.

Sue recognises support from the Improvised Music Company and Culture Ireland.


14 Henrietta Street – Georgian townhouse to tenement dwelling

Set in a Georgian townhouse, 14 Henrietta Street tells the story of the building’s shifting fortunes, from family home and powerbase to courthouse; from barracks to its final incarnation as a tenement hall.

The stories of the house and street mirror the story of Dublin and her citizens.

Organ Room, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Westland Row, Dublin 2 – 29th September 2018, 4.30pm

Gary Beecher & Sinéad O’Halloran



Bach Sonata for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord in D major, BWV 1028

Beethoven Seven Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen”

Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor

Tchaikovsky Sentimental Waltz

Popper Hungarian Rhapsody op. 68


Gary Beecher

Gary Beecher has been hailed by the Belfast Telegraph as a “subtle, sophisticated player” with “a maturity of both technique and interpretive outlook’.

As winner of the ‘Irish Freemason’s Young Musician of the Year 2014’, he had his solo debut with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in 2015, performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, which was broadcast live on RTÉ Lyric FM.

Gary graduated as ‘Highest Placed Student’ and ‘Best Overall Student’ from the Bachelor of Music Degree CIT Cork School of Music, Ireland and studied with Susan Cáp, Jan Cáp and Dr. Gabriela Mayer. Throughout his studies, Gary also received regular masterclasses from Jacques Rouvier and Dr. John O’Conor.

Now based in London, Gary is an Artist Masters scholarship student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studies with Julius Drake and Charles Owen.
Gary is a multi-award winner of numerous competitions throughout Ireland and has given recitals in venues such as the National Concert Hall, the RDS Rising Stars Recital, University Concert Hall Limerick Rising Stars Recital Series, Milton Court London, Barbican Centre London (Pre-LSO Guildhall Artists Platform Series), and University of the Arts, Berlin.

A versatile pianist, Gary is highly sought after both as a song recitalist and chamber musician. He has performed at concert series and festivals such as the Kevin Barry Room NCH Series, Westport Chamber Music Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival Launch, Ortús Chamber Music Festival. Earlier this year, Gary was a winner of the Franz Schubert Institute Lieder Prize at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. This allowed him to study at the Franz Schubert Institute this summer with renowned artists such as Elly Ameling, Graham Johnson, Robert Holl and Helmut Deutsch. More recently, Gary was invited to the Brel Song Academy Festival in Toulouse to collaborate with soprano Amanda Roocroft and pianist Joseph Middleton.
Upcoming concerts include a solo engagement with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and Hilversum Festival Song Recital in Holland with soprano Lara Marie Müller.

Gary is very grateful for the support of the Guildhall School Trust and the Arts Council of Ireland.


Sinéad O’Halloran

24-year-old cellist Sinéad O’Halloran is quickly establishing herself as one of Ireland’s most exciting young musicians. Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Ortús Chamber Music Festival, Sinéad is passionate about bringing together Irish and international musicians for concerts, education work and audience development in the wider community.

She began her musical studies at the CIT Cork School of Music under the guidance of Joan Scannell and Christopher Marwood. At the age of 18 she was offered an Artistic Merit Scholarship to pursue a postgraduate Performer’s Diploma at SMU Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas in the classes of renowned cellists Andres Diaz and Christopher Adkins. She is currently a student of Gregor Horsch (Principal cellist of Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.

An avid chamber musician, Sinéad has performed at IMS Open Chamber Music (Prussia Cove), the West Cork Chamber Music Festival (Ireland), the opening of the Bozar Season (Brussels) and the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. She has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions, both in Ireland and the USA. She has collaborated with musicians including Barry Douglas, the Vanbrugh String Quartet and Zoltán Fejérvári.

Sinéad is currently Principal Cellist of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), with whom she has toured Europe, South America, the United Arab Emirates and the Caribbean. She has also performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Spira Mirabilis, Georgian Chamber Orchestra and the iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates. She was recently selected by Maestro Ivan Fischer for the Budapest Festival Orchestra Apprenticeship Scheme.  She regularly plays under some of the world’s most renowned conductors, including Bernard Haitink, Gianandrea Noseda, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jörg Widmann and Vasily Petrenko.

Recent international festival appearances include International Musician’s Seminar Prussia Cove (Cornwall, UK), Amsterdam Cello Biennale (the Netherlands), Banff Summer Arts Festival (Alberta, Canada), Clandeboye Festival (Northern Ireland), TCU CelloFest (Texas, USA) and Euro Music Festival (Halle, Germany).

Sinéad gratefully acknowledges support from the Arts Council of Ireland, Music Network and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

12 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 – 24th June 2018, 4.30PM

Eminent Baroque musicians Claire Duff, Marja Gaynor and Malcolm Proud are joined by actor Sharon McArdle for a musical exploration of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.

Gulliver Suite (for two violins) – Georg Philipp Telemann

Intrada (spirituous)

Chaconne of the Lilliputians

Gigue of the Brobdingnagians

Daydreams of The Laputans and their attendant flappers

Loure of the well-mannered Houyhyhnms and wild dance of the untamed Yahoos


Trio Sonata – George Fredric Handel


Claire Duff

Claire Duff is an eminent baroque violinist whose ‘stylish solo violin playing’ (Vickers, Gramophone) has been described as having ‘all the excitement of a high-wire act’, (M Dervan, The Irish Times). Claire has recently been elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London (ARAM), which is awarded to former students who have made a notable contribution to the music profession.

Claire is leader of the Irish Baroque Orchestra with which she regularly performs as soloist to critical acclaim. She has led Florilegium, I Fagiolini, English Touring Opera, The Kings Consort, and Camerata Kilkenny. She has co-led the Academy of Ancient Music and played principal second with The English Concert. Claire has an extensive discography, including a highly acclaimed CD of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Monica Huggett and IBO and more recently, a recording of Telemann’s concerto for two violins and bassoon. Claire is passionate about music education and is teacher of baroque violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Marja Gaynor

Marja Gaynor was born in Finland but has been based in Cork since 2005. She was awarded a 1st class honours MA at Cork School of Music, and continued her Baroque violin studies at The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague with Pavlo Beznosiuk.

Marja is a member of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and Camerata Kilkenny. Both ensembles have released much-acclaimed recordings and toured nationally and internationally. Marja is also a founder member of Giordani Quartet, Ireland’s only chamber group specialising in early Classical repertoire using period instruments.

Outside Ireland Marja works with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and other leading European period orchestras, and is increasingly in demand as a leader, soloist and workshop facilitator. She was the Artistic Director of East Cork Early Music Festival 2013-2015, and has also been invited to act as guest curator for the Kaleidoscope Night concert series.

With her various areas of interest and expertise (Baroque, traditional music, and improvisation) Marja is much sought after as an arranger, studio musician and collaborator in all genres. Her proudest project to date was her critically acclaimed arrangement of Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’ (Cork Opera House), and she also arranged and played the strings of ‘Falling Slowly’ for the movie ‘Once’, Oscar winner for best song in 2008.

Malcolm Proud
Malcolm Proud won first prize at the Edinburgh International Harpsichord Competition in 1982. He has performed at all the major Irish festivals and has toured Finland, Denmark, Holland, U.K., Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, U.S.A., Japan, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Belgium, Austria and Portugal. In 2016 he gave harpsichord recitals at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, at Fenton House in London playing the Queen’s 1612 Ruckers, at the Cobbe Collection of Historical Keyboard Instruments in Hatchlands, Surrey, and at Handel House in London.

Organist of St. Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny, his CD of Bach’s Clavierübung III recorded on the Metzler Organ at Stein am Rhein in Switzerland was released in 2008 on the Maya Recordings label.

In 2010 Malcolm Proud played all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists at the London Proms and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany. He is co-founder with Swiss violinist Maya Homburger of Camerata Kilkenny and has performed concertos with the Academy of Ancient Music and the European Union Baroque Orchestra.

He has recorded Bach’s 5th Brandenburg Concerto with both the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the English Baroque Soloists. His most recent recording – J.S. Bach’s Six Partitas for Harpsichord on the Maya Recordings Label – has been critically acclaimed. http://www.malcolmproud. ie

Malcolm Proud is supported by Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme, funded by The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Music Network is funded by the Arts Council.

Sharon McArdle
Sharon McArdle, a professional actor, who now lectures in Drama Education at DCU