2019-2020 SEASON

All events commence at 7:30 pm and are held in the Large Room, City Hall, unless otherwise stated

Admission: (unless otherwise stated)
€17, Concession €15, Students €5 (Includes interval soft drink)
Tickets available at the door or online at eventbrite.ie

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Thursday, 21 November 2019
Ben Johnson (Tenor) & Sean Shibe (Classical Guitar)
VENUE: Edmund Rice Chapel, Mount Sion, Barrack Street

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Catch this world-class duo on their first visit to Ireland. Sean Shibe has taken the world by storm ever since winning the BBC New Generation award in 2012; he is a musician with an intelligence and wisdom far beyond his years. For this concert he joins up with Ben Johnson, one of the busiest young tenors in the chamber music and opera worlds, a multi-award winning recitalist and owner of one of the most beguiling voices around.

Songs by John Dowland, Philip Rosseter, Thomas Morley, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Mauro Giuliani, Brian Bolger (new commission), William Walton, together with a  collection of folk songs and  Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite in E minor, BWV996

Presented by Music Network


The Elizabeth Downey Memorial Concert

Thursday, 20 February 2020
Beethoven and the Romantics


Michael McHale, piano

Pianist Michael McHale ( www.michaelmchale.com) has put together a beautiful programme especially for Waterford Music to celebrate the sestercentennial anniversary of the birth of the great Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). He will play two of Beethoven’s best known piano sonatas together with music by later Romantic composers, and two short traditional pieces that he himself has arranged and recorded.

Beethoven: Sonata in C# minor op.27 no.2 ‘Moonlight’
Chopin: Waltz, Mazurka and Ballade
Beethoven: Sonata in F minor op.57 ‘Appassionata’  
John Field: Nocturne No.10 in E minor 
Traditional (arr. McHale):   My Lagan Love and Cailín Ó Cois tSuire Mé 
Franz Liszt: Rigoletto: paraphrase de concert

Friday, 6 March 2020
The Saltarello Trio



Garth Knox, Medieval fiddle, viola d’amore, viola
Sylvain Lemêtre, percussion
Agnès Vesterman, cello

In this concert the lively Saltarello trio capture the colours and textures of folk music to inform their witty arrangements, highlighting connections and similarities that exist between soundworlds of today and of hundreds of years ago.  The trio’s gorgeous swirling string lines and tasty percussion open a new window on old music, proving that a good tune can speak easily to all of us, no matter what the language, no matter when the time.

Hildegard von Bingen: Ave Generosa
Guillaume de Machault: Tels rit au matin
Medieval Dances: (arr. Saltarello)
John Dowland: Flow my tears
Henry Purcell: Music for a while
Antonio Vivaldi: Largo and Presto from Concerto for viola d’amore in D minor, RDV 393
Marin Marais: Folies D’Espagne
Black Brittany: (traditional tunes, arr. Saltarello)
David Fennessy :3 Hofer Photographs for solo cello
Gérard Pesson: Tafelmusik for solo percussion
Garth Knox: Song from the sea for trio (to include a new Music Network commission) 

Presented by Music Network

Sunday 19 April 2020 
Greensleeves and other Early Irish Airs
TIME & VENUE: 4:00 pm,  St Andrew’s (Church of Ireland), Dunmore East



Róisín O’Grady, soprano
Eamonn Sweeney, guitar
Malachy Robinson, viola de gamba

This beautiful programme of Baroque music for voice, lute, viola da gamba and harpsichord from the 16th and 17th centuries has been specially curated for Waterford Music by Tramore-based soprano Róisín O’Grady and her instrumental partners. It will be presented in the charming surroundings of St. Andrew’s Church, Dunmore East.

They will perform pieces from the Ballet Lute Book and the Dallis Lute Book, including a wonderful selection of haunting Irish airs. The Dublin Virginal Manuscript, one of the earliest collections of English secular keyboard music, will also be featured as well as music by Dowland and other prominent composers from the Elizabethan Period.

Presented by Waterford Music

Thursday 30 April 2020 (625th Concert)
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE



Alena Baeva (Russia), violin
Katia Skanavi (Russia), piano

Since winning an impressive selection of major international competitions in the early 2000s, Alena Baeva’s diary has been packed with concerto performances, recitals, recordings, and chamber music projects which have taken her all over the world many times. She and Katia Skanavi have collaborated with such heavyweight conductors as Gergiev, Jaarvi and Menuhin. Continuing our Beethoven anniversary celebrations, their performance of the 40+ minute long ‘Kreutzer’ Violin Sonata will bring our 78th Season to a jubilant conclusion.

Albert Dietrich, Johannes Brahms & Robert Schumann: F-A-E Sonata
Stravinsky: Duo Concertante
Music Network Commission
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’

Presented by Music Network

Past concerts

Thursday, 3 October 2019 (618th Concert)
Bangers and Crash Percussion Group

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Alex Petcu, percussion 
Emma King
, percussion 
Brian Dungan
, percussion

Cork-born percussionist Alex Petcu has put together a concert with a difference, collaborating with two other young and energetic virtuosos to cook up a menu of new music which will tickle tastebuds and defy expectations. Their appetite for exploring rhythmic influences from around the world – Flamenco, Afro-Cuban, Javanese gamelan – is healthy, hearty and irrepressible.

Tim Ouderits & Tom Ouderits: Surprise!
 Alyssa Weinberg: Table Talk
 Elliot Cole: Postlude No 8
Philip Glass: Madeira River
Steve Reich: Nagoya Marimbas
Steve Snowden: A Man with a Gun Lives Here
Alex Petcu: New Music Network Commission
Thierry de Mey: Musique de Table
Gene Koshinski: And So the Wind Blew

Presented by Music Network


W. F. Watt Memorial Concert

Thursday, 17 October 2019
Esposito Quartet

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Mia Cooper, violin
Anna Cashell, violin
Joachim Roewer, viola
William Butt, cello

The Esposito Quartet comprises four of Ireland’s most distinguished musicians, all with a wealth of experience as recital artists, orchestral leaders and teachers. They have been playing together as a quartet since 2010, naming it in honour of Michele Esposito, pianist, composer and RIAM professor.

John Field: Piano works arranged for Quartet by Sebastian Adams
Aleksandra Vrebalo:  Pannonia Boundless – a tribute to Serbian Gypsy fiddlers
Sebastian Adams: New Commission
Mendelssohn:  String Quartet No. 6 Op. 80 – remembering Fanny Mendelssohn

National String Quartet Foundation Tour

Friday, 1 November 2019
Two hundred years of Piano Music

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Finghin Collins, piano

Finghin Collins is one of Waterford Music’s favourite musicians and we welcome him back to commemorate his winning the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1999. ( To learn more about Finghin Collins visit www.finghincollins.com) Collins reprises two important piano sonatas – Mozart’s ‘Alla Turca’, c. 1783 and one of Schubert’s famous three last sonatas written in 1828. He intersperses these with two short pieces he has been instrumental in commissioning for the New Ross Piano Festival, one each by Marian Ingoldsby and Philip Martin.

Mozart: Sonata in A major ‘Alla Turca’
Philip Martin: Ros Tapestry Suite No. 11b 
Marian Ingoldsby: Ros Tapestry Suite No. 14
Schubert: Sonata in A major, D. 959

Heinz Pollmeier Memorial Concert