Thursday, 21 September 2017
75th Birthday Concert / Elizabeth Downey Memorial Concert

Róisín O’Grady, soprano
Aoife Nic Athlaoich, cello
Malcom Proud, harpsichord and piano

A selection of music for voice, piano, and strings commemorates the club’s first concert on 17 September 1942. We focus on Baroque music in the first half, including a 17th century woman composer, Barbara Strozzi, while the second half begins with a setting of Michael Coady’s poem The Great Embrace by our Artistic Advisor, Marian Ingoldsby, which was commissioned for this occasion.

Róisín O’Grady has performed with early music ensembles, orchestras and choral societies throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom. Aoife Nic Athlaoich teaches cello at the Cork School of Music, and is a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Malcom Proud has given harpsichord and organ recitals throughout Europe, North America and Japan.

Monteverdi: Laudate Dominum (Psalm 150)
Strozzi: Lagrime Mie (cantata)
Geminiani: Sonata for cello and basso continuo (Opus 5)
Purcell: Four Songs
Ingoldsby: The Great Embrace (Michael Coady)
Schubert: Five Lieder
Beethoven: Seven variations for cello and piano on a theme from Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’; Four Irish Songs

Thursday, 12 October 2017
W. F. Watt Memorial Concert

Tine Thing Helseth (Norway), trumpet
Gunnar Flagstad (Norway), piano

Widely held as one of the world’s leading young trumpet soloists, Helseth comes to Waterford with her regular collaborator, Gunnar Flagstad to present a range of music for trumpet and piano. She has played throughout Europe and North America both as a soloist and with her 10 woman brass ensemble tenThing; many will remember their appearance at the 2013 BBC Proms.

Tveitt: Welcome with honour from Suite No. 1; A Hundred Hardanger Tunes, Op 51
Bull: Perpetuum Mobile (Homage to Johann Strauss)
Shostakovich: Romances on Poems by Pushkin
Piazzolla: Cafe 1930 (from Historie du Tango)
Hindemith: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (1939)
Gribbin: Music Network Commission
Grieg: Haugtussa (The Mountain Maid) Op 67
Well: Three Songs

Presented by Music Network

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Billy O’Brien, piano
Daniel Kearney, piano

Billy O’Brien is from Waterford City and studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and also in Paris; his debut as a soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra was broadcast on Lyric FM last year. Daniel Kearney is from Dungarvan and has studied with both Jan Cap and Finghin Collins. He has won many prizes for piano, including the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland’s Soloist competition and the William Finlay Award for gifted young pianists. Their programme consists of a range of solo piano pieces ranging from composers J. S. Bach to Nicolai Kapustin (b. 1937), and ends with Debussy’s Petite Suite duet for piano.

Bach: Partita no. 1
Chopin: 4 mazurkas, Op 17
Bach: Partita no. 2
Poulenc: Melancholie
Rachmaninov: Lilacs
Janáček: Sonata 1.X.1905
Kapustin: Variations Op 41
Debussy: Duet – Petite Suite

This concert is presented as part of the Imagine Arts Festival

Thursday, 23 November 2017
Quatuor Voce String Quartet (France)

Sarah Dayan, violin
Cecile Roubin, violin
Guillaume Becker, viola
Lydia Shelley, cello

Founded in 2004, the Quatuor Voce Quartet quickly established itself as an ensemble of note, winning international competitions in Geneva, Vienna, Bordeaux, Graz and London. They strongly advocate combining the great repertoire for the string quartet with new commissions, as they do in this programme.

Bartók: String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Sz 40
Schubert: String Quartet No. 12 in C minor ‘Quartettsatz’, D. 703
Rhona Clarke: New Music Network Commission
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 9, Op 59, No. 3 in C major

Venue: St. Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Patrick Street

Heinz Pollmeier Memorial Concert
Presented by Music Network

Thursday, 8 February 2018
Vanbrugh with Michael McHale – Piano Quartet

Michael McHale, piano
Keith Pascoe, violin
Simon Aspell, viola
Christopher Marwood, cello

Following the retirement of Greg Ellis from the Vanbrugh Quartet, the other three members continue as the Vanbrugh, and are warmly welcomed back to Waterford in the company of Irish pianist Michael McHale for a programme of three piano quartets, including one by the Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford.

Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor K478
Stanford: Piano Quartet No. 1 in F major
Dvořák: Piano Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op 23

Classical Links Tour, supported by Arts Council Touring Grant

Thursday, 15 March 2018
Finghin Collins, Piano

One of Ireland’s most successful musicians, Dubliner Finghin Collins achieved major international success by taking first prize at the Clara Haskill International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1999. Since then he has developed a flourishing international career that takes him all over Europe, the United States, the Far East and Australia. He has been Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival since its inception in 2006, and is also Artistic Director of Music for Galway since 2013.

Field: Nocturne No. 5 in B flat major
Field: Nocturne No. 10 in E minor
Ros Tapestry Suite: Selection of three pieces
Rachmaninov: Seven Preludes from Op. 23
Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28

Friday, 27 April 2018
610th Concert

Thibaut Garcia (France), guitar
Isang Enders (Germany), cello

Thibaut Garcia is a major prizewinner in guitar competitions throughout Europe, being hailed as ‘the new force of classical guitar’ by Guitar Classique magazine. He has played throughout the world including in Chuna and in the USA. Isang Enders was appointed principal cello of the Dresden Staatskapelle at age 20, and has performed widely in Europe, Korea and North America. His recording of the Bach Cello Suites on Berlin Classics is highly acclaimed. This programme will include music by Bach, Granados and Cassado in addition to a newly commissioned work by an Irish composer.

Presented by Music Network

Friday, 4 May 2018
Musici Ireland

Emmet Byrne, oboe
Siún Milne, violin
Beth McNinch, viola
Ailbhe McDonagh, cello

Founded in 2012, Musici Ireland is one of the leading chamber groups in Ireland, a varying collaboration between many leading soloists, and chamber and orchestral musicians under the Artistic Direction of Beth McNinch. Tonight’s group includes Waterford-born oboist Emmet Byrne, principal second oboe with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The concert comprises a beautiful selection of chamber music featuring oboe, ranging from the intricate works of Bach and Mozart to the intriguing Phantasy Quartet by Benjamin Britten; it also includes Boccherini’s string trio.

J. C. Bach: Oboe Quartet in B flat major
Britten: Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and String Trio, Op 2
Slan le Maighe, arr by John Lynch
Boccherini: String Trio, Op 14 No. 4
Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F Major K370