Wellington Room, Mornington House, 24 Upper Merrion Street, Merrion Hotel, Dublin 2 – 18th June 2017, 4.30pm & 7.15pm

 

Scotland_Forever!

Antelope Productions and the Delmaine String Quartet present

The Waterloo Concert

This unique event was first presented in Dangan, Co Meath in June 2015 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the Duke of Wellington’s historic connection with the Irish countryside. It features the Delmaine String Quartet and a cast of actors and singers in a programme of music, song, poetry and prose that reflects many aspects of the great battle and its aftermath.

Works by Shostakovich, Beethoven and Schubert are performed alongside pieces composed by the Duke’s own father, Garret Wesley, who was the first professor of music at Trinity College.

Actors Michael James Ford and Gary Jermyn relive the famous battle and the epic rivalry between Wellington and Bonaparte in a narrative that includes works by Lord Byron, Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Longford and Rudyard Kipling along with the Iron Duke’s own letters and military dispatches. The concert also features some of the popular songs of the period and transports the audience back to that bloody field in Belgium where the history of Europe was reshaped.

This evening of music and words will be held in Mornington House 24 Upper Merrion Street, now part of the Merrion Hotel but originally the town house of the Wesley family and reputedly the birthplace of the Duke of Wellington.

12 Henrietta Street, Dublin – 7 May 2017, 4.30pm

 

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19-year-old cellist Christopher Ellis began his musical studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Aisling Drury Byrne. At the age of 17 he was offered a place in the prestigious Paris Conservatoire in the class of Marc Coppey. Recent festival appearance have seen Christopher play at ‘La Biennale di Venezia,’ the RIAM Chamber Ensemble’s tour of China and most recently the Piatigorsky Cello Festival in Los Angeles. Here, Christopher shared the stage of Walt Disney hall with cellist pedagogues such as Mischa Maisky, Frans Helmerson, Laurence Lesser, Giovanni Sollima etc.

 

Programme:

Bach Suite 6 Prélude, Sarabande & Gigue
Penderecki – Divertimento – Serenade, Scherzo, Notturno
Cassado – Suite
Casals – Song of the Birds

Freemasons’ Hall, Dublin – SUNDAY 9 April, 4.30pm

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“belonging amongst the greatest violinists, except for names such as Maxim Vengerov, Itzhak Perlman and Nigel Kennedy, I cannot think of those with whom I can compare you! .. This is passionate abandoned playing, full of excitement, risks and drama… a dangerously virtuosic ability which seems to feed off itself.”

                                              – Alexander Bailie, RDS Music Festival

Regarded as one of Ireland’s most promising musicians, international award winning violinist Patrick Rafter has toured Europe, Asia and America as Concert Violinist, Chamber and Orchestral musician, and currently studies under Maxim Vengerov and Oleg Kaskiv at the International Menuhin Music Academy(IMMA), Switzerland. Most recently, Patrick was awarded 1st prize at the International Valiant Violin Competition in Switzerland held in August, 2016. During his career, he has studied with and performed alongside names such as Maxim Vengerov, Schlomo Mintz, Barry Douglas, John O’Conor, Arvo Part, Semyon Bychkov, Marin Alsop, Sir Mark Elder and Gianedra Noseda.

Born in 1991 into a highly musical family in Kilkenny Ireland, Patrick studied under Fionnuala Hunt at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and subsequently with Mateja Marincovic at the Royal Academy of Music London. At 17, he was awarded the highest ever mark of 99% at Ireland’s most prestigious music festival – Dublin’s ‘Feis Ceoil’. Patrick has received a host of Ireland’s most prestigious awards including the RDS Music Bursary, National Concert Hall Young Musician of the Year, Clandeboye/Accenture Young Musician of the Year, Kilkenny Person of the Year(Music) amongst many others.

As a concertmaster, Patrick was principle violinist with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Royal Academy of Music Symphony and Concert Orchestra amongst others and regularly leads the International Menuhin Music Academy Soloists.

2016/2017 Season for Patrick includes performances in Ireland, UK, France, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Ukraine and South America and also solo appearances and debuts with RTE Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Mannheim Chamber Orchestra, IMMA Soloists, Dublin Orchestral Players amongst others.

Patrick plays on a Georges Chanot violin, kindly supported by the Irish Department of Arts and Heritage. He is also incredibly grateful to be tailored by ‘A hand tailored suit’, visit ahandtailoredsuit.ie.

 

Lance Coburn – Piano

…one sat awe-inspired in amazement, wondering how it could possibly be played any better…” is how the Kölnische Rundschau described Lance Coburn’s performance of Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto. Since winning first prize at the Tomassoni International Piano Competition, Cologne in 2001, Lance has performed in Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Israel, Russia, United States, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and Korea as both concerto soloist and recitalist.

He has performed with the Central Florida , the Israel and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the RTE National Symphony and Hibernian Orchestras in Dublin, and most other Australian Orchestras. With the WDR – Cologne Orchestra, one critic described his performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto thus: “Coburn approached the grandiose work….with the vigour of a classically-inspired artist”.

In the Bonn International Beethoven Festival, critics described his five-sonata recital as –“refreshing….uncompromising….unacademic….” In the Accademia Filharmonica Concert Series– Verona , Italy – the critics said – “Coburn’s piano playing is characterised by an undoubted technical mastery…[which]…allowed us to experience precious moments of tonal exploration”.

Blessed with a dazzling technique and innate musicianship, and a charismatic performance flair, Lance also broadcasts frequently for radio Deutsche Welle, BBC Radio 3, Lyric fm ( Ireland ) and ABC FM ( Australia ).

He has given master classes for music festivals in Australia, in the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide and in the Tyalgum Festival in Queensland. In 2006 he presented a lecture recital in Dublin ’s Royal Irish Academy of Music on Carl Vine’s solo piano works, a composer whose works he has a close affinity with.

Lance has also been the recipient of many other first prizes, including the Hephizibah Menuhin Scholarship, the inaugural Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, and the Australian Young Performers’ Award (Keyboard Section), culminating in a performance of Liszt’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, in the Sydney Opera House, which was also broadcast live across Australia on ABC Television.

Beginning his studies in his homeland of New Zealand, Lance furthered them in Australia, the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire – Moscow and finally with John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.He enjoys an active freelance career as a solo performer, chamber musician and accompanist. He is also a full-time staff member of the keyboard faculty in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Lance lives in Dublin with his wife and two children.

 

Belvedere House, Great Denmark Street, Dublin – 9 February ’17, 8pm

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Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet is amongst the UK’s foremost young ensembles with a host of awards and critically-acclaimed recordings to its name. They have performed in all the major venues around the country, including a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the Wigmore Hall. The Quartet has also appeared in concerts throughout the world, with national broadcasts on ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland) radio and France Musique (France).
The Piatti are laureates of the St Martin in the Fields Competition, a Martin Musical Fund/Philharmonia Scholarship, multiple Hattori Foundation awards, and the St.Peter’s Prize. At the 2015 Wigmore Hall International (formerly the London International) String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet won joint 2nd Prize as well as the Sidney Griller Award for the best performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Contusion and the St Lawrence String Quartet Prize. The Quartet spent two years as Leverhulme Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music and have received both Tunnel Trust and Countess of Munster awards. Park Lane Group have also supported the group extensively with a UK-wide concert tour and a recording on their Classical Label. Other recordings have been released on the Linn Records and Champs Hill labels, including the Piatti’s lauded contribution to the complete string quartet works of Felix Mendelssohn (Champs Hill), which was BBC Music Magazine’s Critic’s Choice (September 2014).
The Piatti Quartet are delighted to have been reappointed as the 2015-2016 Richard Carne Junior Fellows in String Quartet at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The group continues to actively expand the quartet repertoire with premieres of commissions from several acclaimed British composers. A major new work, Joseph Phibbs’ String Quartet No.1, was commissioned through the generous support of the Britten Pears Foundation and Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust which the quartet have plans to record and release in 2016. Other recently commissioned compositions include pieces from Richard Birchall (performed live on BBC Radio 3), and Fintan O’Hare. The Quartet also works regularly with the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, enjoying the opportunity to help secure the future of chamber music by bringing the wonders of the String Quartet to young children and their families in schools and halls around the country.
The quartets most recent season has included a summer residency at the Academie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, a debut in Istanbul, tours of Scotland and Ireland, a new CD recorded at the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, Oxford ( generously supported by Tony Stuart), and Resident Quartet at the 2014 Rye Arts Festival. Recent collaborations include concerts with Michael Collins, Moray Welsh, and Rebecca Gilliver. Upcoming highlights include a performance of Mendelssohns Octet with the Belcea Quartet, a tour to the Netherlands, and our debut concert in Barcelona.
The Quartet is currently mentored by the Belcea Quartet through the Belcea Quartet Trust, as well as receiving regular coaching from Simon Tandree (ex-Doric Quartet). The group has also worked with members of the Chilingirian, Doric and Hagen Quartets and studied at the Reina Sofia Institute in Madrid with Günter Pichler.
The group takes its name from the great 19th-century cellist Alfredo Piatti, who was a leading professor and exponent of quartet playing at the Royal Academy of Music.

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.