Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland – 4th December 2016, 4.30pm

Double-bill concert of outstanding contemporary Irish music with Cuar and Danny Diamond
Music takes on its times in different ways, and in this special programme we present two quite different takes on the tradition.
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Danny Diamond

Danny Diamond is a fiddle player, composer, researcher, and recording engineer based in Dublin, whose music is rooted in the melodies and metres of Irish traditional music, but has absorbed wider influences from Nordic and American folk to baroque and electronic music. He plays with the Nordic-Irish band, Slow Moving Clouds (who performed the music in Michael Keegan-Dolan’s sold-out Swan Lake / Loch na hEala run during Dublin Theatre Festival 2016) and traditional band, Mórga. His 2014 solo album, Fiddle Music, and 2016 duo fiddle album, NORTH (with Conor Caldwell), have both been widely acclaimed. Danny is currently working on a follow-up solo project which combines new and traditional music with live loops and analog electronics.

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Cuar
Cuar is a new, distinctly Irish chamber music trio led by Neil Ó Loclainn on double bass and flute, with Aoife Ní Bhriain on fiddle, and Matthew Berrill on clarinets. Cuar explores Irish traditional music within the framework of contemporary composition and improvisation. Citing influences as varied as Tommy Potts, Tony MacMahon, sean-nós singing and uilleann pipe music, on the one hand; and Carnatic music, Morton Feldman, and Bela Bartok, on the other; Neil’s compositions and the group’s performances are as much about meditation, collaboration and love as they are about a particular tradition or style. Individually, the members are among the most accomplished of their generation on their instruments, performing with some of Ireland’s leading ensembles, including Crash Ensemble, Ensemble Ériu, and the Irish Memory Orchestra, as well as pursuing their own musical careers and projects. Cuar are preparing to record their first album on the Raelach Records label in 2017.

Freemasons’ Hall – 20th November 2016 Sunday, 4.30pm

 

City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra with Dr Adrian Mantu cello soloist

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Ibert Concerto pour violoncelle  et orchestra d’instruments a vent with Adrian Mantu

Schubert/Francaix Trois Marches Militaires

The City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1966 as the Dublin Baroque Players and re-branded in 2014, is one of Ireland’s leading chamber orchestras. The orchestra’s membership is drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds with a common purpose of performing a wide repertoire of music to the very highest of standards.  Since 2014, the orchestra has performed to great acclaim under the baton of it’s musical director Gavin Maloney.

The orchestra performs several concerts annually and has collaborated both nationally and internationally with many distinguished soloists. The orchestra also continues its remit to perform choral works with many of Ireland’s leading choirs. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the orchestra which looks forward to continued musical success in the years ahead.

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Adrian Mantu is the cellist/founder of the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, curator of Our Tunes/Dublin Music Town, and cello/chamber music Fellow Teacher at RIAM. He has won multiple international prizes in Cello & chamber music competitions and has performed over 2,000 concerts around the world in 46 countries (in venus such as Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Tel-Aviv Opera, Carnegie Hall, Gedai Tokyo, NCH). Adrian is currently celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Contempo Quartet with over 100 concerts in Ireland and abroad.

Since joining the Royal Irish Academy of Music Adrian has been involved in many wonderful RIAM projects, collaborating with RIAM’s Orchestras, Junior/Senior String Quartets, Composition Students, Cello students and RIAM’s Alumni in different workshops, concerts, master-classes & lectures.

On 10th June 2016 Adrian and his colleagues from the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet were awarded a Degree of Doctor of Music (honoris causa) by the the National University of Ireland, Galway.

25 Mountjoy Square -23rd October 2016 Sunday, 4.30pm

 

Malcolm Proud Harpsichord

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François Couperin  – Ordres nos. 22 in D major and 27 in B minor

Jacques Duphly – La Victoire, La Felix, La de Belombre

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.

Irish Times Review @TheDrawingRoom

You can read Michael Dungan’s review of Malcolm Proud’s performance here.

Our first concert of the 2016/2017 season was on a beautiful autumn afternoon in October in 25 Mountjoy Square. Malcolm Proud performed a programme of wonderful French harpsichord music from Couperin and Duphly. Malcolm performed on a harpsichord built in London in 1985 by Christopher Nobbs and is a copy of a harpsichord built in Lyons in 1711 by Pierre Donzelague. It is kindly on loan from John Clark.

Malcolm’s programme and accompanying programme notes are as follows:

François Couperin (1667-1733) 22nd Ordre in D major

Le Trophée
Premier Air pour la suite du Trophée
Le point du jour (Allemande – D’une legereté modérée)
L’Anguille (Légérement)
Le Croc-en-jambe (Gayement)
Menuets croisés
Les Tours de Passe-passe

27th Ordre in B minor

L’Exquise (Allemande)
Les Pavots (Nonchallamment)
Les Chinois
Saillie (Vivement)

Jacques Duphly (1715-1789)

La Victoire (Vivement)
La Felix (Noblement)
La de Belombre (Vivement)

François Couperin’s fourth volume of harpsichord pieces was published in 1730. It is believed that Couperin was a Freemason. By calling his 27 suites ‘Ordres’, the composer could have been making a link with the Three Orders of Architecture, so fundamental to Masonic belief.

The enigmatic titles Couperin gave his character pieces reflect his interest in French theatre. The two opening movements of the 22nd Ordre may denote an ‘amorous’ trophy. ‘Le point du jour’ subtitled ‘Allemande’ perhaps refers to the daybreak after the night of amorous goings-on. ‘L’Anguille’, as well as an eel can also mean a slippery character or something fishy. ’Le Croc-en-jambe’ means to trip someone up in their affairs, a favourite ploy in burlesque plays. In the pair of ’Menuets croisés’ each hand must play on a different manual or keyboard as the two parts cross not merely over but through each other, like two differently coloured threads woven together. ’Les Tours de Passe-passe’ meaning conjuring tricks or general trickery also employs hand crossing but is written to be played on one manual.

Couperin’s last Ordre has only four movements. ‘L’Exquise’ is indeed an exquisite Allemande. ‘Les Pavots’ probably has more to do with the soporific quality of opium than with a vivid display of poppies. ‘Les Chinois’ was the name of a play for which Couperin may have written incidental music and ‘Saillie’ means a joke or jump but also a reproach. Couperin may have felt reproachful towards other French composers of his time who were more popular than he despite having less musical talent.

Jacques Duphly belonged to a later generation of French composers; he died on the 15th July 1789, the day after the storming of the Bastille. The titles of his pieces are less enigmatic than those of Couperin, often being named after people. For example ’La Victoire’ was the the second daughter of Louis XV and ‘La Félix’ was a bass viol player. A certain Camusat de Belombre was deputy to the National Assembly formed in 1789 to deal with France’s financial crisis, but I have been unable to ascertain whether or not he is the subject of Duphly’s piece ‘La de Belombre’.

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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.

 

 

12 Henrietta Street – 29th May 2016 Sunday, 4.30pm

Simon Morgan sings nineteenth-century Parlour Songs

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Simon’s Operatic roles include Ipparco in L’Egisto by Cavalli, Cox in Sullivan’s Cox and Box, and Belcore in L’Elisir D’Amore, at the National Concert Hall of Ireland; Marcello in La Boheme with Loughcrew Opera; Silvio in I Pagliacci with Wonderland Productions; Aeneas In The Cork Opera House Production of Dido and Aeneas. He performed as Silvio in The Everyman Palace Theatre’s production of I Pagliacci, which won the Best Opera Production Award at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013. He has toured Kilkenny Arts Festival, Galway, Cork, and Wicklow, as Aeneas, in Cork Opera House’s touring production of Dido and Aeneas (with the three great Cork Sopranos, Cara O Sullivan, Majella Cullagh, and Mary Hegarty)

He recently played the Title role in Candide with Opera in The Open, and gave the Irish Debut of Massenet’s Baritone version of “Werther” in the title role. Performances in 2013 included Boyle arts Festival, Water Music Festival, Big House Festival, and performing in the lead role of The Peacock in Julie Feeney’s opera “Bird” debuted at The Galway Arts Festival 2013.

Extended highlights include Danilo in The Merry Widow, Orestes in Iphegenie in Tauride, Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte, Marcello in “La Boheme”, High Priest and Hercules in “Alceste”, Melisso in “Alcina”, Silvio and Tonio in “I Pagliaci”, Scarpia in “Tosca” and Eugene Onegin in “Eugene Onegin”. At Dublin’s Gate Theatre, Simon played the Role of Antony in their acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (Winner of best Opera Production at the Irish Theatre Awards).

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He has performed with orchestra, as a soloist, in Ireland and the UK, Schubert and Haydn Masses, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio, and various Cantatas, The Mozart Requiem, Saint-Saens Oratorio De Noel, the Chitchester Psalms by Bernstein and the Baritone Solo in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Simon currently performs as Onassis in “Casta Diva: The Maria Callas Story” with Regina Nathan…a show that has had sold out performances on each occasion it has been held.

He has toured regularly with the Drawing Room Opera Company, performed with Opera Ireland in Boris Godonov, Aida, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Flying Dutchman, The Silver Tassie, and Carmen, has recorded extracts from Mirandolina by Bohuslav Martinu for Wexford Festival Opera, and has written and arranged music for RTE, the BBC, Placido Domingo, and The RTE Concert Orchestra, for whom he has performed as guest soloist live on Lyric FM as part of the Lunchtime Choice Series at the National Concert Hall. Simon recently Launched his first solo Album with Orchestra, “I’ll Be Seeing You”, at The National Concert Hall of Ireland. This Album went to number 1 in the Irish Album Charts, after a much Heralded performance on The Late Late Show.

25 Mountjoy Square – 24th April 4.30pm

A Fundraising Recital in aid of the Irish Youth Guitar Orchestra.

Two of Ireland’s leading young musicians will be presenting a concert of classical and traditional Irish music. Part of a new breed of Irish talent, John and Anna Jane are comfortable in many genres. This concert will contain music by Rodrigo and Handel as well as music from the hit album ‘Irish Guitar’. The purpose of this concert is to fund raise for the Irish Youth Guitar Orchestra inaugural summer course 2016.

The IYGO is a brand-new, not-for profit, volunteer-run organisation for Ireland’s student classical guitarists. The summer course is a week-long residency at Limerick School of Music finishing with a 3-date tour of the Country’s most prestigious venues including the National Concert Hall. The world-famous Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will be travelling to Ireland to perform with the orchestra on the tour and there are no tuition fees for participants. All funds raised from this concert will go directly to the organisation.

John O’Shea

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Part of a new breed of Irish talent, John is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting young musicians in the country. Having studied at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama for many years, he went on to complete his studies by becoming the first Irish guitarist to graduate on scholarship with a Masters of Music from the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles. At USC John studied with world-famous guitarist Scott Tennant and under the tutelage of Maestro Pepe Romero, as well as guitar ensemble with William Kanengiser. John has many years of experience teaching masterclasses and performing on both sides of the Atlantic both as soloist and as a former member of the Dublin Guitar Quartet, Ireland’s leading guitar ensemble. He has performed as soloist for the Dublin Philharmonic, the Irish composers collective, Limerick Sinfonia and the RTE Concert Orchestra. John O’Shea has been head of the guitar department at Limerick School of Music since 2011 where he started the LSOM guitar ensemble.

John’s debut album of his own arrangements of traditional Irish music for guitar was released in 2014 to universal acclaim. It has been hailed as “alchemy on a 6 string” by Irish music magazine and “a masterpiece” by Fr. Pat Ahern, founder of Siamsa Tíre, Ireland’s national folk theatre. The album reached no.1 in the Irish iTunes World music charts. John is the founder and Director of the Irish Youth Guitar Orchestra.

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Anna Jane Ryan started violin at the age of 6 at Limerick School of Music where she studied with Caroline Ahern. She has earned many awards, including the first Limerick City Council Féile Bursary. In 2004, she was awarded Bonn Peadar O’ Cillin for getting the highest result in the country in the Leaving Certificate Music examination, under the tuition of Orla Colgan.

She continued her studies in CIT Cork School of Music, where she graduated with a first class honours B.Mus. degree. In 2010 she received her MA in performance, also from CIT Cork School of Music, under the tutelage of Cornelia Zanidache.

Anna Jane also plays traditional music and has won various competitions in Fleadh Ceoil including the Senior Fiddle Slow Air competition in August 2008 in Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann. She has a keen interest in composing and arranging music.

She is currently assistant principal at Limerick School of Music.

Club na Múinteoirí 36 Parnell Square – Sunday 20th March 2016 4.30pm

KERN is a contemporary folk band from Louth, blending the driving uilleann pipes and poignant whistles of Brendan McCreanor with the dynamic fiddle playing of Barry Kieran and the dark, authoritative voice and guitar of SJ McArdle.

Returning from a triumphant set at Celtic Connections 2015, Kern entered the studio to record an album called False Deceiver, produced by Trevor Hutchinson (Lúnasa, The Waterboys, producer of Moxie).

The aim of the album is to highlight Louth as a source of both contemporary and traditional music. Some of the album is self-written, like “Leaving” and “Short Term Thing” (both co-written with Steve Wickham) and the rest has been largely sourced from Louth musicians and singers.

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City Assembly House, 58 South William Street – Saturday 13th February 2016. 7.30pm

Songs of Jazz and Blues Legend, Billie Holiday

Edel Meade is one of Ireland’s most popular young jazz singers. What sets her apart is not just her stunning voice, but the quality of her emotional delivery and the way she connects to her listeners. Following a string of sell-out concerts all over the country, Edel will perform her interpretations of the music of the iconic jazz singer, Billie Holiday for one night only! With Hugh Buckley (guitar) & Cormac O’Brien (double bass).

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“She brings warmth, freshness and good timing.” SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

“An undoubtedly beautiful voice”  ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“Edel Meade has what it takes. Remember the name. You’ll be hearing it again.” SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

Belvedere House 15th October 2015, 4.30pm

Ireland’s only international award winning violin and viola ensemble, Collailm Duo, is comprised of Cork sisters Karina and Aiveen Gallagher. Since their debut in 2014, they have been dazzling audiences in Europe with their passion, virtuosity, and technical brilliance. This pre-eminent Irish Duo have won prizes at international chamber music competitions in France and Italy, and have been recognised by some of the greatest artists of our time for their outstanding musical qualities and flair on stage. Inspired by the many countries in which they have lived and worked, Collailm Duo will showcase an eclectic mix of works for violin and viola at the highest international level. This concert is sure to delight and enthrall.

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Collailm Duo is Ireland’s pre-eminent international award winning violin and viola ensemble, comprised of sisters Karina and Aiveen Gallagher. Since their debut in the Vilnius State Theatre in July 2014, Collailm have performed at many iconic and historic venues in Europe, such as the Teatro Rossini, Puglia, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and the spectacular St. Peter and Pauls, Krakow. The Duo have also performed at venues in Ireland including the Hugh Lane Gallery and the University of Limerick, and have featured at the Forte Festival Cork and MusicTown Festival Dublin. Collailm have been the recipients of numerous international scholarships and awards, most recently the ‘concerti premio’ of the Livorno Music Festival, Italy. Collailm have also been awarded scholarships by legendary artists, violinist Ivry Gitlis and violist Bruno Giuranna.

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The duo have been awarded the prize of ‘Francesco Caramia’ by the Paolo Grassi Foundation, Italy, a scholarship to take a residency at the world renowned Banff Centre, Canada and they are the only violin/viola ensemble to be added to the artist roster of ProQuartet, Paris. The sisters have also had tremendous success on the international competition circuit, winning top prizes at International Chamber Music Competitions in both France and Italy. Collailm Duo’s outstanding debut year has seen them garner attention and support from some of the foremost internationally acclaimed artists of our time. Lauded for their virtuosity, phantasy, expressiveness and technical brilliance, Karina and Aiveen Gallagher are Irish artists with a truly international flair.

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‘The high artistic standard of the Duo would make them an asset to any institution with which they may be associated’ – Bruno Giuranna.

‘Top level music making on a European and International scale’ – Anton Martynov.

‘These dynamic young women present a refreshing and captivating approach to music and performance and I support them most enthusiastically’ – Gary Hoffman.