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Thursday 14th October 2021

Mairéad Hickey violin
Agnès Clément
 harp

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. 

Programme

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

Interval


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]

Thursday 14 Oct  7:30pm | Garter Lane Arts Centre | Admission: €17, Concession €15, Students €5 | Tickets: garterlane.ticketsolve.com/shows

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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)

Programme

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.” 
  Times-Union 

Thursday 18 Nov 7:30pm | Garter Lane Arts Centre | Admission: €17, Concession €15, Students €5 | Tickets: garterlane.ticketsolve.com/shows

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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.

Programme:

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

Thu 17 Jun 7:30pm           Waterford Music | theatreroyal.ie | Tickets €10

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 

Thu 13 May 7:30pm                  Waterford Music | theatreroyal.ie/events/cello-quartet-stream | Tickets €10

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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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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’

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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

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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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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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