Thursday 16th February 2023

The Romantic Piano – 40th Birthday Tour

Michael McHale piano

The Large Room, City Hall | 7:30pm

“This programme combines beloved works by some of the Romantic era’s greatest pianist-composers with stories of romance and heartbreak, from Romeo and Juliet to the Greek myth of Hero and Leander, from love song arrangements by Clara and Robert Schumann to more contemporary takes on love and loss.

As I turn 40 this year, I have also included music that has played an important part in my musical life, from my childhood through to the present day, and composers with whom I have a special connection.”


Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata in C minor op.13 “Pathetique”
John Field: Nocturne No.5 in B flat major
Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne in E flat major op.9 no.2

Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet: Ten Pieces for Piano op.75

    iv. The Young Juliet vi. The Montagues and the Capulets vii. Father Lorenzo viii. Mercutio

– interval –

Franz Schubert: Impromptu in A flat op.90 no.4

Three love songs arranged for solo piano:

Augusta Holmès (arr. McHale): Évocation d’Amour

Clara Schumann (arr. McHale): Sie Liebten Sich Beide op.13 no.2

Liszt/Schumann:Liebeslied “Widmung” S.566

Philip Hammond: …this hour of quiet…

Missy Mazzoli: Heartbreaker

Franz Liszt: Ballade No.2 in B minor S.171

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Sunday 26th February 2023

Musici Ireland

Jane Hackett & Beth McNinch

Jane Hackett, violin

Beth McNinch, viola

Garter Lane Arts Centre | 3:30pm

Musici Ireland, founded in 2012, is a female led chamber collective that takes pride in presenting interesting and evocative programmes. Musici consists of a core of players that welcomes collaborations with nationally and internationally celebrated musicians. This concert will present an ambitious programme prepared by Jane Hackett and Beth McNinch.

Jane Hackett is an Irish professional freelance violinist based between Dublin and Vienna. She performs regularly with the National Symphony Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Irish National Opera and the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna. She has appeared as soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra, is an RDS Rising Star, and is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council and South Dublin County Council. Jane enjoys a diverse mix of repertoire, spanning from solo, chamber and orchestral, to experimental performance art and contemporary music. She is a member of the contemporary music group, Kirkos Ensemble and is interested in cross art collaborations and has recently been commissioned to work with artists and devise performances in the area of dance and visual art.

Beth McNinch studied viola at the GSMD & RAM in London, continuing with a successful freelance career, performing with all major symphony orchestras in the UK, including the London Symphony Orchestra & BBC Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as principal violist with English national Ballet, London Sinfonietta, Wexford Festival Opera, Irish National Opera, RTÉ Symphony & Concert Orchestras and the Ulster Orchestra. In 2021, Beth became the inaugural recipient of the SEVN artists bursary, allowing her time to research and record works for solo viola by women composers in arts venues across the southeast of Ireland. Following this, she commissioned 4 pieces for solo viola composers: Libby Croad, Deborah Pritchard, Ailbhe McDonagh and Deirdre Mackay.


Händel/Halverson Passacaglia 

Sibelius Duo in C Major 

Saariaho Nocturne for Solo Violin 

Bartok 7 duos 

Ponce Sonata a Duo:

-Allegro, piuttosto moderato

-In tempo di Sarabanda


~ interval ~

Libby Croad “Suffragette Sonata” for solo viola WORLD PREMIERE 

-Deeds Not Words


Derby Day

Martinu Three Madrigals Duo No.1

-Poco allegro – Poco vivo

-Poco andante – Andante moderato

-Allegro – Moderato – Allegro vivo

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Friday 10th March 2023

Solas String Quartet

Katherine Hunka & Marja Gaynor violins

Cian O’Duill viola

Aoife Nic Athlaoich cello

The Large Room, City Hall | 7:30pm

(Heinz Pollmeier Memorial Concert)

The Solas Quartet joins us for their second live tour with another wide-ranging programme culminating in Dvorak’s magnificent A flat quartet. Young Dublin-based violinist and composer Rohan Harron’s Psychotia opens the programme with unpredictable energy and drive. Henry Purcell would have been of a similar age in London in 1680 when he wrote his fifteen remarkable Fantasias. Frank Bridge’s Phantasie Quartet is one of many early 20th century British works which bear the ‘Fantasy’ tag and look back to the form of Purcell’s Fantasias. American composer Jessie Montgomery’s Strum ‘begins with fleeting nostalgia and transforms into ecstatic celebration, drawing on American folk idioms and the spirit of dance and movement’. 


Rohan Harron – Psychotia [2020]
Purcell – Two Fantasias Z.737 and Z.738 [1680] 

Frank Bridge – Phantasie Quartet in F minor [1905]
Jessie Montgomery – Strum [2012]
Dvořák – Quartet in A flat Op.105 [1895]

Solas Quartet performing the String Quartet in D Major, Op. 15 No. 1, G. 177 by Luigi Boccherini on The Tommy Tiernan Show

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Thursday 20th April 2023

Ireland and Beyond: Cormac Byrne, Matthew Noone & Adam Summerhayes

Cormac Byrne – Bodhrán and Percussion
Matthew Noone – Sarode
Adam Summerhayes – Violin

The Large Room | City Hall | 7:30pm

This special concert brings together three celebrated and diverse musicians to perform a unique
programme of cross-cultural music that draws on Western classical, Indian classical, Irish traditional,
folk and world music. Beautiful melodies, powerful harmonies and intricate grooves are woven within
original compositions and arrangements featuring moments of awe-inspiring improvisations. Expect a
dazzling display of musicianship and virtuosity from this trio.

Cormac Byrne is a critically acclaimed bodhrán player, percussionist, composer and educator from Waterford. He has received many awards for his work, including the BBC Young Folk Award, the BBC Fame Academy Bursary and the John Wray Percussion Prize at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. He was named Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2019 FATEA Music Awards in the UK. He has appeared as a soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and he performed as a soloist at the BBC Proms in Royal Albert Hall in 2019. In 2023, Cormac completed an arts practice PhD at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Bodhrán performance was the focus of his research. Cormac is a member of the percussion faculty at Birmingham Conservatoire and he guest lectures at several universities and music conservatoires in Ireland and the UK.

Matthew Noone is an Australian-Irish Sarode player and composer. He studied Indian classical music with Sougata Roy Chowdhury in Kolkata and K. Sridhar in the UK for two decades and works in diverse genres of music including Irish traditional music, Indian classical music, electroacoustic music and free improvisation. Matthew completed an arts practice PhD at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick in 2016, and he is currently the course director of the BA in World Music at University of Limerick. Matthew has collaborated with several artists including Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Tommy Hayes, Seán Tyrrell, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Steve Cooney.

Adam Summerhayes is a critically acclaimed violinist from England. He performs in many genres of music and has toured internationally as a chamber musician and chamber orchestral director, primarily with London Concertante. He has a wide concerto repertoire including Bach, Vivaldi, Barber, Prokofiev, and a self-composed violin concerto, ‘A Fiddler’s Tale’. He has recorded many albums including premier recordings of Aaron Copland and Alan Bush. He joined the baroque group Red Priest in 2015 and he has performed with many bands and musicians including The Haar, Caro Emerald, Zum, Dodo Street and The Ciderhouse Rebellion. He has also composed music for film and BBC television. Adam was named Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2021 FATEA Music Awards in the UK. 

[Cormac] Byrne is to the bodhrán what Paganini was to the violin while Adam Summerhayes is quite possibly the reincarnation of the master himself” Morning Star.

“Nothing short of pure magic” Hot Press magazine [on Noone]

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Thursday 11th May 2023

Liz Knowles, Niwel Tsumbu & Niall Vallely

Liz Knowles hardanger/fiddle

Niwel Tsumbu guitar/vocals

Niall Vallely concertina

The Large Room, City Hall | 7:30pm

Genre-bending and label-defying would be another, and this trio will immerse listeners in the striking melodies, beautiful harmonies, and deep rhythmic grooves that result from their collaborative onstage joie de vivre. Bringing together stellar hardingfele and fiddle player Liz Knowles from Kentucky, masterfully elegant Congolese guitarist-vocalist Niwel Tsumbu, and Irish concertina master and prolific composer Niall Vallely, you can hear the cross-cultural counterpoint that results from their uniquely expressive musicmaking underpinned by the common ground of their shared artistic vision. With a group as musically well-travelled as this, the satisfaction of hearing each performer’s individual contribution is multiplied several times over by their vibrant synchronicity and is sure to get toes tapping and hearts singing!

One of North America’s finest exponents of Irish music” – The Living Tradition [on Knowles]

A musical river flowing whose sources range from classical to Central Africa and way beyond” –  Journal of Music [on Tsumbu]

Niall Vallely’s technical mastery and genius for improvisation are matched by apparently inexhaustible creative reserves”– The Irish Times

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Thursday 1st December 2022

The Calling of the Wild Geese

Irish and European Music c.1700

Róisín O’Grady Soprano

Siobhán Armstrong Italian baroque harp and early Irish harp

Cárthach MacCraith Sean-nós singer

The Large Room, City Hall | 7:30pm

England’s Williamite wars of the late 1600s spilled into Ireland, with the forces of the warring King James and William of Orange battling at the Boyne and Aughrim, and with two sieges of Limerick. The defeat of the Jacobite Irish in 1691 led to the exile of the earl of Lucan, Patrick Sarsfield, along with the rest of the Irish military force to continental Europe, where they lived and died fighting other nations’ battles. This programme presents the sound world of these so-called Wild Geese, in Ireland and Europe, around 1700.


English composers include John Blow (1649-1708) and Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

French airs de cour by Etienne Moulinie (1599-1676) and Antoine Boesset (1586-1643)

Arias by Jean Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) and Jean Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) performed by Roisin and Siobhan

Solo Irish harp repertoire will include a selection of songs and airs by Thomas and William Cannellon

Solo songs sung in sean-nós will come from the Irish poets of the 17th and 18th century: Tadgh Gaelach Ó Suilleabháin, Liam Dall Ó hIfearnáin and Eoghan Rua Ó Súilleabháin as well as Dúnaire Osraíoch, a book on the songs commonly sung in Irish in Co. Kilkenny between c. 1750 and 1850, as a source.

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Friday 18th November 2022

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Christian-Pierre La Marca & Félicien Brut

Christian-Pierre La Marca cello
Félicien Brut accordion

The Large Room, City Hall | 7:30pm

Music Network’s November tour will complete the season with the boundary-crossing French virtuosi cellist Christian-Pierre La Marca and accordionist Félicien Brut. The tour showcases World Songs, a genre-busting programme spanning the Baroque to the modern day, including the premiere of a new Music Network commission, Winter Wisps Softly Dissipate, by Irish composer Judith Ring.  

Both are distinguished soloists in their own right. Christian-Pierre La Marca won a Gramophone Award for his ‘Cello 360’ recording last year with a radiant presence on world concert and recording platforms. He is a regular guest at major international concert venues. His collaborators include such prestigious names as Itzhak Perlman, Renaud Capuçon, Lise de la Salle, Philippe Jaroussky, Roberto Alagna and Bernarda Fink. Much in demand as a soloist, he has performed with leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra National de France and Les Siècles. 

Accordionist Félicien Brut has established himself as a leading innovator and musical collaborator among the new generation of French musicians. Following his success at international competitions, The Klingenthal Competition (Germany), The Castel Midardo Competition (Italy) le Trophée Mondial d’Accordéon (Russia) which confirmed his reputation as an international artist of note, he has performed with leading orchestras and formed musical partnerships with guitarist Thibaut Garcia and trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin-Vary. Félicien’s latest album was released in October 2022 by Warner Classics / Erato, which saw him become the first accordionist to record for this label. 

Nothing is as captivating as the sound of a cello and an accordion together. In the hands of this stunning duo, these highly complementary instruments produce a delightful and ever-varying tapestry of sound. La Marca and Brut have chosen a diverse programme for their Music Network tour – from baroque masterpieces to frenzied South American rhythms; they travel the globe finding roots in the most eclectic scholarly and popular cultures. Two French virtuosos of the new generation are not to be missed! 


World Songs 

Jean-Phillippe Rameau (1683–1764)  ‘Les Sauvages’, Les Indes Galantes (arr. La Marca/Brut) 

  J.S. Bach (1685–1750)  Sonata for Viola da Gamba in G Major, BWV 1027, mov. 3 &4 

Frédéric Chopin (1810–49)  Prelude in E minor, Op. 28, no. 4 (arr. Domi Emorine) 

Marin Marais (1656–1728)  La Folia for cello solo 

Judith Ring (b. 1976)  Winter Wisps Softly Dissipate (Music Network Commission)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–75) Adagio from Le Clair Ruisseau, Op. 39

David Popper (1843–1913) Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68


Astor Piazolla (1921–92) Maria de Buenos Aires – extracts (arr. Jérôme Ducros and Domi Emorine)

Ariel Ramirez (1921–2010) Alfonsina y el mar (arr. Domi Emorine

Franck Angélis (b. 1962) Impasse - extracts

Tony Murena (1917–70) & Jacques Brel (1929–78) Passion (Murena) – Indifférence (Murena) – Vesoul (Brel) 

Richard Galliano (b. 1950) Tango pour Claude


Christian-Pierre La Marca is a master of his instrument…and a musician of lyrical elegance” (Gramophone Magazine)

Félicien Brut’s sensitivity…was fascinating in its clarity, agility, and timbre” (Diapason Magazine)

Tender and intelligent music that makes you want to dream as much as to dance” (France Info [on Brut])

A wonderful nuanced performance with Schubert’s sparkling melodies shining through” (The Telegraph [on La Marca])

Leaving the audience spiritually uplifted and crying for more” (The Herald [on La Marca])

[A] new ambassador of the accordion in the classical world (Le Figaro [on Brut])

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Wednesday 9th November 2022

The Large Room, City Hall | 7:30pm

Three of Ireland’s finest musicians present a programme of nostalgia and romance to warm the heart this November, including music by Brahms and Spohr and settings of Yeats and Joyce poetry.

Feelings of nostalgia and longing pervade the music for this attractive programme for clarinet, voice and piano which draws together three of Ireland’s most versatile and acclaimed musicians:  Sharon Carty, mezzo-soprano, John Finucane, clarinet and Finghin Collins, piano.  From the sensuous opening bars of Debussy’s Rhapsody to Mozart’s operatic fireworks, the programme also includes deeply passionate German songs by Brahms and Spohr and miraculous settings of Yeats and Joyce poems by Muriel Herbert and Rebecca Clarke. At the centre of the programme is “Music of the Hours”, a new work for clarinet and piano by Irish composer Anne-Marie O’Farrell which reflects on the experience of praying the monastic hours. 


Debussy: Première Rhapsodie  (8’)

Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (14’)

Brahms:  Mainacht and Ewige Liebe (8’)

Brahms:  Two Songs Op. 91 (12’)


Anne-Marie O’Farrell: Music of the Hours (5’)

M. Herbert / R. Clarke: Yeats / Joyce settings (15’)

Spohr: from Six German Songs: Nos. 1, 2, 5 (12’)

Mozart “Parto, parto” from “La Clemenza di Tito” (5’)

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Wednesday 19th Oct 2022

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Pirosmani Quartet

Mairead Hickey violin
William Hagen violin
Georgy Kovalev viola
Aleksey Shadrin cello

The Large Room, City Hall | 7:30pm

Cork violinist Mairead Hickey leads a star-studded lineup of international musicians. Beethoven’s Op.18 No.3 was by some accounts his first string quartet and from its lyrical opening to its fleet-footed finale it carries the hallmarks of the master’s genius. We lost many of Brahms’ quartets through his obsessive self censorship, but this magnificent A minor quartet is one of the three masterpieces that escaped his fireplace. Sean Doherty’s fine ‘Night Piece’ was written for Mairead Hickey’s Ortus Festival in Cork in February 2020.


Beethoven – Quartet in D major Op.18 No.3 [1798]
Sean Doherty –
‘Night Piece’ [2020]
Brahms –
Quartet in A minor Op.51 No.2 [1873]

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Thursday 6th October 2022

Clara-Jumi Kang violin
Sunwook Kim piano

The Large Room, City Hall | 7:30pm

Once in a rare while, a special synergy between artists breathes new life into familiar repertoire, and the duo of Clara-Jumi Kang and Sunwook Kim is a perfect case in point. Garnering top laurels over the last decade—the Indianapolis, Seoul and Sendai International Competitions for Kang; Ettlingen, Clara Haskil and Leeds for Kim—the duo’s exquisite sense of phrasing and synchronised sensitivity are requisite ingredients for the violin sonata’s highly intimate format. The responsibility of creating a definitive recording of an entire oeuvre is substantial, and the special magic of these two virtuosi hasn’t gone unnoticed by the likes of Fanfare, who declared that “If you’re looking for a set of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano that is well-nigh ideal, this one by Clara-Jumi Kang and Sunwook Kim is it”. Fresh from the recent release of this highly-acclaimed 4-CD compendium, the extraordinary duo showcases their outstanding musicianship in a programme of violin sonatas from the Romantic through to the present day: Beethoven, Respighi, Franck, and an exciting new Music Network commission entitled Duo by Irish composer John Buckley.


Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1
Ottorino Respighi: Sonata for Violin and Piano
John Buckley: Music Network commission (world première)
César Franck: Violin Sonata in A major

Clara-Jumi Kang’s playing has constant poise” (The Strad) 

His technique and the extensive range of his tone colours allowed him to grasp every single nuance in the score with poise and natural ease” (The Guardian, on Sunwook Kim)

I was immediately taken by the simplicity, directness, responsiveness, and communicativeness of Kang’s playing. It was like a breath of fresh air.” (Fanfare)

Exceptional” (Pizzicato, on Kang & Kim’s 2021 Beethoven CD)

Clara-Jumi Kang: Sibelius, Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47

Sunwook Kim: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann

Clara-Jumi Kang &  Sunwook Kim: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1: I. Allegro con brio

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Wednesday 6th April 2022

Jennifer Stumm

Jennifer Stumm viola

If the violin is a pop star, full of sparkle and pyrotechnics, the viola is a jazz singer who speaks to your heart when it’s breaking, who whispers secrets, and tells lies. The viola might be called the middle child of the string family, often overlooked in favour of its more famous relatives the violin and cello. It’s a chameleon, a character actor, an instrument with imperfect acoustics and a spectrum of frequencies closest to the human voice. Composers throughout history have been drawn to its unique ability to convey deep expression, often writing their late (or their last) works for viola.

Weaving together music and spoken word on her 16th century viola, Stumm will perform pieces ranging from Bach all the way to Sting, as well as a new Music Network commission by Irish composer Jonathan Nangle. In this mix of talk and performance, the acclaimed violist tells a musical story of how imperfection can be the very thing that gives us our voice.

Known for the seductive power and “opal-like beauty” (Washington Post) of her sound, violist and director Jennifer Stumm has appeared on many of the world’s great stages. An enthusiastic speaker and writer, Jennifer recently spoke at NASA about how the arts can help innovate towards a better world, and her viral TEDx talk about the viola and the blessings of being different, An Imperfect Instrument, was named editor’s pick of all TED talks and led to a solo debut at the Berlin Philharmonie. Jennifer has created a special solo version of An Imperfect Instrument for this Music Network tour.

As part of Music Network’s commitment to making live music accessible to people of all ages throughout Ireland, Stumm will lead a series of music workshops for viola players in school and community settings throughout this tour. Complementing this, Irish-based musicians Ingrid Nicola, Diane Daly and Anita Vedres will deliver additional workshops for secondary school students. The workshops will focus on the history of the viola and illuminate aspects of the music that students will hear when they attend the concert.

“An immaculate player, with unimpeachable accuracy and clarity” The Strad

“As played by Jennifer Stumm, the instrument truly shines” The Guardian

“Remarkably refined, yet with a wide expressive range” Gramophone Magazine

Programme: An Imperfect Instrument

Playford The Rover Reformed (from The Galway Set)
 Capriccio – Hommage à Paganini
 Rhapsody No. 1
Sting/Alison Krauss
 You Will Be My Ain True Love (arr. Jennifer Stumm)
 Fantasia Cromatica (arr. Zoltán Kodály)
Ryan’s Collection
 (Boston, 1883) Slow Jig: Crabs in the skillet & Lord Moira’s Hornpipe (from the Abergeldie Castle Set)
Jonathan Nangle
 New Music Network Commission
 Im Volkston, Flapping-slapping, Klagendes Lied (Wailing Song) & The Carenza Jig (from Signs, Games, and Messages)
 Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008

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Thursday 10th March 2022

Amy Dickson, Sonoko Miriam Welde & Simon Mulligan

Amy Dickson saxophones
Sonoko Miriam
 Welde violin
Simon Mulligan

Performing together for the first time on this Music Network tour, this trio of extraordinary musicians has selected a programme which showcases both their virtuosity and ability to creatively adapt much-loved music to their unusual combination of instruments.

Incorporating elements of folk and popular music from around the world, their performances will include Gershwin’s jazz-infused Rhapsody in Blue, Ravel’s famous Bolero, and Amy Dickson’s gorgeous transcription of Philip Glass’s shimmering violin sonata, alongside a new Music Network commission by Ronan Guilfoyle.

Listen and enjoy, as metal, wood and string alchemize in the hands of these highly accomplished musicians, to produce an extraordinary musical soundscape of breath-taking beauty.


Poulenc L’Invitation au Château
 Couleurs d’un Rêve
 Rhapsody in Blue (arr. Simon Mulligan)
Ronan Guilfoyle – A new Music Network commission
 Violin Sonata in G Minor
Philip Glass Sonata for Violin and Piano, 3rd Movement (transcr. Amy Dickson)
 Bolero (arr. Simon Mulligan)

“Amy Dickson is not just an outstanding saxophonist, she’s a musician full of curiosity to explore the full potential of her instrument – thoroughly recommended.” David Mellor – Classic FM

“One of the finest pianists I have ever had the pleasure of performing with.” Yehudi Menuhin [on Simon Mulligan]

“She has a sound that is both touching and fascinating.” RESM Leif Ove Andsnes & the Equinor Scholarship jury [on Sonoko Miriam Welde]

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Thursday 17th February 2022

Sharon Carty & Una Hunt

Sharon Carty mezzo-soprano
Una Hunt piano

Pianist Úna Hunt teams up with Irish mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty to take a less travelled road and in their joint repertoire honour works of sung and unsung female composers, such as Joan Trimble and Cécile Chaminade. These wonder women musicians will finally present their programme, including some arias and piano pieces by William V. Wallace, in the Large Room of City Hall on 17th February 2022.

Una Hunt is one of Ireland’s leading pianists and has performed many concertos with Irish orchestras. Particularly noted for her work in rediscovering Irish composers she has curated and performed this repertoire in the USA (including Carnegie Hall) and Russia. Una has released 14 world-premiere recordings including the CD to the rare Album 1854 by Waterford-born composer, William Vincent Wallace – excerpts of which will be performed at the concert. Her Thomas Moore Songbook has been recently published by Carysfort Press/Peter Lang (Dec 2021) with download tracks on Apple Music and Spotify. 

In 2019, Una produced the first modern performance of Stanford’s Veiled Prophet opera for Wexford Festival Opera and in June 2022, she will produce Wallace’s sumptuous opera, Lurline, at the National Concert Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Sharon Carty is an alumna of the RIAM Dublin, MDW Vienna, and the Oper Frankfurt Young Artists programme. Her opera repertoire includes many of the important roles for lyric coloratura mezzo-soprano. In demand on the concert platform across Europe, she is also a dedicated recitalist, appearing regularly with Jonathan Ware and Finghin Collins.

Recent opera performances have seen her at Irish National Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Wexford Festival Opera and the Festival di due mondi, Spoleto. 

Recordings include Gilbert & Cellier’s comic opera The Mountebanks with the BBC Concert Orchestra, and La Traviata on DVD with the NDR Radiophilhamonie alongside Thomas Hampson and Marina Rebeka. A disc of Schubert songs was released in May 2020 with Jonathan Ware.

“…what made this recital special was the way this partnership captured the inner aspects of the songs… Adjectives seem inadequate for such focused, intelligent artistry.” The Irish Times


William Vincent Wallace (1812-1865)
The Night Winds, nocturne (from the opera, Lurline)
A mon etoile
William Vincent Wallace songs – The Seasons (H. C. Watson)
William Vincent Wallace – piano solo
The Minstrel Boy and Rory O’More
Melodie Irlandaise (Cuishlih ma chree)
William Vincent Wallace – songs and arias (H. C. Watson/Lurline/Maritana)

short interval

Two Songs of the Sea
Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)
The Seal Man (John Masefield)

Joan Trimble
My Grief on the Sea (Douglas Hyde)
Hope Temple (Alice Maud Davis) – The Mélodie

Cécile Chaminade – Mélodies

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Wednesday 9th February 2022


A new music show for Ages 6+ composed by Brian Irvine and directed by Wouter Van Looy 
Meet Ed, Andreea and James, three totally different people with one thing in common – they are crazy about music and sound.  
Ed can usually be found in a corner, building unusual electronic instruments, tinkering with his own world of sound. Andreea plays the viola beautifully and reads complicated sheets of music as if they were fairy tales. And James? Well, James wanders a labyrinth of sound like an explorer, connecting and disrupting with his bass clarinet as he goes.  
Anything can happen as they find each other and start to invent music together. What stories will they share when, with your help, they explore the magic and mystery of how to compose, perform and improvise?  
WIRES, STRINGS & OTHER THINGS is a music performance that encourages you to always be curious. To listen, respond to and communicate through the sounds, music and stories that are all around you – wherever you are and whoever you are with.

Commissioned and Produced by: The Ark and Music Network
Composer & Musical Director: Brian Irvine
Director: Wouter Van Looy
Performers: Andreea Banciu (viola), James Allsopp (bass clarinet), Ed Devane (electronic instruments)
Stage & Costume Design: Alyson Cummins
Video Design: Erato Tzavara
Lighting Design: Sarah Jane Shiels
Supported by: the Arts Council, with project funding from Creative Europe. Additional support from
Onassis Stegi.

Friday 28th Jan 2022

Michael McHale with The Vanbrugh (Piano Quartet)


Keith Pascoe, violin – Simon Aspell, viola – Christopher Marwood, cello

The Vanbrugh has evolved from the work of the legendary Vanbrugh Quartet. Over three decades the quartet gave close to three thousand concerts, presenting the chamber music repertoire to audiences throughout Ireland, Europe, the Americas and the Far East. Commercial recordings include more than thirty CDs of repertoire, ranging from the complete Beethoven quartets to many contemporary Irish works. In 2016 the group was presented with the National Concert Hall’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their contribution to music in Ireland.


Belfast-born Michael McHale has established himself as one of Ireland’s leading pianists and has developed a busy international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He has performed and recorded as a soloist with the Minnesota and Hallé Orchestras, the Moscow, Bournemouth, Jacksonville, Fort Smith, BBC and London Symphony Orchestras, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and all five of the major Irish orchestras, and performed at the Tanglewood, BBC Proms and Tokyo Spring Festivals, Wigmore Hall, London, Berlin Konzerthaus, Lincoln Center, New York, Symphony Hall, Boston and Pesti Vigadó in Budapest.

Winner of the Terence Judd/Hallé Award in 2009, Michael was also awarded the Brennan and Field Prizes at the 2006 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, the 2005 Camerata Ireland/Accenture Award, and in 2016 a Major Individual Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, and his teachers and mentors include John O’Conor, Réamonn Keary, Christopher Elton, Ronan O’Hora and Barry Douglas.

Michael collaborates regularly with Sir James Galway, Michael Collins, Patricia Rozario, Dame Felicity Lott, Wigmore Soloists and Camerata Pacifica.


Linda Buckley – ‘Solas na Gealaí’ for solo piano
Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.14 ‘Moonlight’
Jean Francaix – String Trio
Two songs arranged for piano quartet by Michael McHale
Clara Schumann – ‘Die Gute Nacht’
Clara Schumann – ‘Der Mond Kommt Still Gegangen’
Short interval
Brahms – Piano quartet in G minor Op.25

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Friday 26th November 2021

Navarra Quartet

Benjamin Marquise Gilmore violin
Laia Braun violin
Sascha Bota viola
Brian O’Kane cello

The Navarra Quartet are among the leading quartets on the world stage and they join us this autumn with a wonderfully varied programme including a lovely work by Dutch composer Henriëtte Bosmans, Jane O’Leary’s atmospheric ‘The Passing Sound of Forever’, Bartok’s electrifying third quartet and Dvořák’s magnificent and rarely heard G major quartet.


Henriëtte Bosmans – Quartet
Jane O’Leary – ‘The Passing Sound of Forever’
Bartok – Quartet No.3
Dvořák – Quartet in G major Op.106

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Thursday 18th November 2021

Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin
George Fu piano

Bringing intelligence and sensitivity to anything they tackle, this charismatic violin and piano duo have a passion for discovering new music and reinvigorating the old.

Widely praised for her expressive and strikingly individual performances, Tamsin Waley-Cohen has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in many of the world’s great concert halls. An adventurous and prolific recording artist, her recent recording of Beethoven Violin Sonatas on the Signum Classics label has received widespread critical acclaim. 

Described by the Boston Music Intelligencer as a “heroic piano soloist” with “stunning virtuosity”, American pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu has established an international reputation as a captivating musician with distinctive intelligence and sensitivity. Passionate about the creation of new work, he is also a composer and an avid performer of contemporary music.

This phenomenal duo will present a programme that includes the F-A-E Sonata, uniquely co-authored by three great 19th century composers, Stravinsky’s exquisite Duo Concertant, Beethoven’s much loved ‘Kreutzer’ sonata and Release, a Music Network commission written by New York-based Irish composer Finola Merivale. 

*Please, note these musicians will deliver the programme instead of the previously advertised line-up with Alena Baeva (violin) and Katia Skanavi (piano)


Albert Dietrich, Johannes Brahms & Robert Schumann F-A-E Sonata
Igor Stravinsky
 Duo Concertant (for Violin & Piano)
Finola Merivale
 Release (Music Network Commission)
Ludwig van Beethoven
 Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’

 “Waley-Cohen’s achievement of pure legato is wondrous and her sound is tinged with golden frailty” Gramophone 

“A spiritually intense expressivo reminiscent of Yehudi Munuhin in his prime”
The Strad 

“Her sense of line and capacity to make things happen are both beautiful and strikingly individual” 
BBC Music Magazine 

“George Xiaoyuan Fu impressively navigated the fierce demands of Messiaen’s ecstatically-charged piano writing” 

Boston Globe 

“The piano soloist was constantly in motion, fingers flying and playing with amazing skill.” 

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Thursday 14th October 2021

Mairéad Hickey violin
Agnès Clément

A captivating new duo featuring the celebrated Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey and the acclaimed French harpist Agnès Clément. 

Like coffee and cake, fish and chips or Fred and Ginger, some pairings just can’t be topped. The exquisite combination of violin and harp is most definitely a match made in heaven, and no more so than in this new Music Network collaboration between Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey and French harpist Agnès Clément. 

Celebrated for her captivating expression, soaring tone and fearless virtuosity, Mairéad Hickey’s natural ability to communicate sincerely, and with beauty and integrity has entranced audiences worldwide. Agnès Clément is recognised as a musician of exceptional talent whose astonishing virtuosity alongside an ability to deliver performances brimming with full-blooded passion has won her widespread acclaim.

Featuring a beautiful selection of music by Bach, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Viardot, Renié, 

Spohr (the inventor of the violin chin rest no less!) and a brand new Music Network commission by John McLachlan, their programme will delight and enthral music lovers around the country. 

Composer John McLachlan will present a Composer Insight Session during the final concert of the tour at Station House Theatre, Clifden on 16 October.

Please note that Agnès Clément replaces Anaïs Gaudemard on this tour, in a change to the previously-advertised line-up. 


Louis Spohr Sonata Concertante in E-flat Major for violin and harp, Op.113 no.4
Johann Sebastian Bach
 Andante and Allegro from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
John McLachlan
Phoenix (New Music Network Commission) 

Luigi Maurizio Tedeschi Elegia Op.22


Henriette Renié
Légende d’après les Elfes de Leconte de Lisle

Pauline Viardot Haï Luli!
Jules Massenet
 Méditation de Thaïs
Camille Saint-Saëns
 Fantaisie in A Major, Op.124

“Hickey brought an amazing combination of gutsiness and ecstasy.”

Irish Times

“Virtuoso at the summit of her art” Agence France-Presse [on Clément]

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Saturday 13th November, 2021

Waterford Music and Symphony Club of Waterford present a FREE live streamed concert from Christ Church Cathedral Waterford. Featuring the New Dublin Voices directed by Bernie Sherlock and Cathedral Organist – Simon Harden. The concert will honour and celebrate the late Eric Sweeney, who gave so much to the musical life of Waterford City.

Music by Eric Sweeney, J.S. Bach, Seán Doherty, Eoin Conway and Levente Gyöngyösi.

live stream from: waterford-music.org/livestream/

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Patrick Rafter violin

Fiachra Garvey piano

Violinist Patrick Rafter and pianist Fiachra Garvey join forces to present a stunning programme of music from France, Belgium and Ireland.

 “I’ll get my coat!” cried Patrick Rafter when Maxim Vengerov phoned to invite him to study with him in Switzerland, and since then, Patrick’s diary has been stuffed with performance dates with some of the most prestigious orchestras and conductors in the world. Kilkenny born, he swapped his hurl for a bow, and his swift rise to being one of Ireland’s finest musicians is no surprise given his innate musicianship, his dazzling technique and his passion.

Fiachra Garvey is possessed of a maturity and profound understanding of his art, which when combined with his infectious enthusiasm for music-making, has already captivated audiences in concert halls across Europe and beyond. Patrick and Fiachra have planned a beautifully-ethereal programme, with works by Fauré, Franck and Ysaÿe presented alongside the world premiere of a new Music Network commission by Emma O’Halloran.

Along with this beautiful programme of music, viewers will hear from the musicians in interviews hosted by Music Network’s CEO Sharon Rollston, and composer Emma O’Halloran will introduce her new work in a short Composer Insight Session during the broadcast.

Individually, Patrick and Fiachra are stellar musicians who are making a significant mark on the international stage. Together, their performance on this digital tour promises to more than clear the very high bar that these young musicians have set for themselves.


César Franck Sonata in A major

Emma O’Halloran To turn in Circles New Music Network Commission

Eugène Ysaÿe Poème élégiaque in D minor, Op. 12

Gabriel Fauré Après un rêve, Op. 7, No. 1

“Belonging amongst the greatest violinists… 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 on Rafter

“[Garvey] brings a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort.” –The Sunday Times

Watch Fiachra Garvey performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Watch Patrick Rafter and Maxim Vengerov perform Bach’s Double Concerto for two violins with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

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Music Network has announced its exciting new Spring/Summer digital touring programme, running from 12 May – 1 July 2021. The programme, which Music Network is presenting in collaboration with Waterford Music among 14 partner promoters around Ireland, features a quartet of masterful cellists, awe-inspiring Americana and a spectacular performance by two of Ireland’s outstanding young classical musicians. Audiences can also look forward to two new Music Network commissions, artist interviews and composer insight sessions, all available to enjoy from home.

The series of three digital tours begins on 13th May with a new Music Network collaboration between four masterful cellists, William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson and Ailbhe McDonagh. Guided by their collective musical influences, the cellists have crafted an inspirational and varied programme which celebrates the beauty of their instrument. Audiences can look forward to marvellous arrangements of works by Bach, Beethoven and Bartók, Mozart’s beautiful Ave Verum Corpus, a fiery exchange between two cellos in Barrière’s popular Sonata in G Major, Debussy’s uber-romantic Clair de Lune and Gershwin’s jazz-infused favourite ‘Summertime’. Contemporary music for this unusual combination is well catered for in Ailbhe McDonagh’s own Cellangoand An Autumn Night’s Dream, a new Music Network commission by composer Conor Linehan.

As part of the classical tours, audiences can also enjoy interviews with the musicians, hosted by Music Network’s CEO Sharon Rollston, and composers Conor Linehan and Emma O’Halloran will introduce their new works with short Composer Insight Sessions.

Programme notes can be downloaded from: musicnetwork.ie/content/images/Music-Network_CelloQuartet_programme-notes.pdf

Tickets for Cello Quartet can be purchased on Theatre Royal’s website: theatreroyal.ie 

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All live 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, 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

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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

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

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Tickets also available at the door on the evening

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

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The Elizabeth Downey Memorial Concert

Thursday, 20 February 2020
Beethoven and the Romantics

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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

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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) 

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