Drogheda Classical Music 2018/19 season

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14/09/2018 to 05/03/2019

Seven concerts over seven months featuring some of the best Irish and international artists, in the intimate setting of St Peter’s Church of Ireland.

Now in its seventh year, Drogheda Classical Music has once again lined up a season of exceptional artists. Three of this year’s concerts will be exclusive to Drogheda and not part of national tours.

One of the great clarinet and piano duos, Emma Johnson and John Lenehan open the Series in September with a programme including romantic works by Brahms and Schumann. In October, there’s a rare chance to hear three of today’s leading musicians perform a trio together when Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch make their first visit to Ireland. Much-loved Irish pianist Hugh Tinney will give a solo recital in St Peter’s Church of Ireland in November as part of a nationwide tour to mark his 60th birthday. Co. Louth mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught returns to the Series and on this occasion is joined by pianist Dearbhla Collins and clarinettist, Ulrich Pluta for Schubert’s sublime Shepherd on the Rock and some seasonal and operatic favourites in December. Opening the new year, violinists Lynda O’Connor and Mia Cooper and the Wolfgang Ensemble will perform Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons plus Bill Whelan’s Inishlacken. While in February, the Series is teaming up with Irish National Opera to present a concert version of Orfeo ed Eurydice (premiered at Galway International Arts Festival 2018). Pianist Barry Douglas will bring the Series to a dramatic close with a performance of Mussorgsky’s portrayal of the composer walking through an exhibit of works by the late Viktor Hartmann Pictures at an Exhibition in the beautiful surrounds of Drogheda’s Municipal Highlanes Gallery.

I’m delighted that the Series’ can continue to bring such a selection of high quality Irish and international artists to the people of Drogheda and the North East. It is particularly exciting to have great performers like Hugh Tinney, Tara Erraught and Barry Douglas returning to Drogheda” Pauline Ashwood, Artistic Director, Drogheda Classical Music.

Fri 14 Sept - Emma Johnson (clarinet) & John Lenehan (piano) - 7:30pm St Peter’s Church of Ireland

  • Clara Schumann - Romances
  • Brahms - Sonata in E flat major op.120 no.2
  • Verdi/Lovreglio - La Traviata Fantasy
  • Interval
  • Poulenc - Sonata
  • Bernstein - Sonata for clarinet
  • Gershwin - Tribute to Benny Goodman (arr. Johnson/Lenehan)

Thurs 18 Oct - Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch (piano, violin & cello) - 7:30pm St Peter’s Church of Ireland

  • Schubert - Nocturne in Eb major Op. 148
  • Beethoven - Trio in G major opus 1 No 2
  • Interval
  • Dvorak - Trio No 3 in f minor Op. 65

Fri 9 Nov - Hugh Tinney solo recital to celebrate his 60th birthday - 7:30pm St Peter’s Church of Ireland

  • Beethoven - Sonata in F sharp, Op. 78
  • Ian Wilson - Stations (2006-7) [second and sixth station)
  • Thomas Adès - Darknesse visible (1992)
  • Chopin - Berceuse Op. 57, Barcarolle Op. 60
  • Schubert - Sonata in B flat, D960

Thurs 13 Dec - Tara Erraught (mezzo) with Dearbhla Collins (piano) and Ulrich Pluta (clarinet) - 7:30pm St Peter’s Church of Ireland

Schubert Shepherd on the Rock plus some opera and lighter Christmas music

Fri 25 Jan - Lynda O’Connor & Mia Cooper with Wolfgang Ensemble - 7:30pm St Peter’s Church of Ireland

  • Vivaldi - Four Seasons
  • Bill Whelan - Inishlacken

Sun 10 Feb - Irish National Opera - 7:30pm St Peter’s Church of Ireland

  • Gluck Orfeo and Euridice (concert version)
  • Orfeo: Sharon Carty
  • Euridice: Sarah Power
  • Amore: Emma Nash
  • Ensemble: Emma Nash, Dominica Williams, Fearghal Curtis, Matthew Mannion.
  • Irish Baroque Orchestra conducted by Peter Whelan.

Tues 5 Mar - Barry Douglas - 7:30pm Highlanes Gallery

  • Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
  • Rachmaninov Moments Musicaux Op 16

All concerts will have a pre-concert talk.

Booking details:

Single tickets €19 / €17 conc (in advance) or €20 / €18 (on the door). Student / child ticket €5.

Packages: Buy all 7 concerts for €100 or pick your favourite 4 concerts for the price of 3. Booking: Droichead Arts Centre 041 9833946 or www.droichead.com

The Series is funded by the Arts Council and Louth County Council and run in partnership with Droichead Arts Centre. The Series receives sponsorship from the d Hotel and RTÉ Supporting the Arts.

About Drogheda Classical Music

Drogheda Classical Music is a voluntary organisation set up in 2012. Its mission is to programme and present a regular and affordable concert series featuring world-class Irish and international artists, performing works from all classical genres for audiences in Drogheda and the North East. It works in partnership with Droichead Arts Centre and receives grants from Louth County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland. Since its foundation, Drogheda Classical Music has hosted Irish artists such as John O'Conor, Celine Byrne, Finghin Collins, Barry Douglas, Tara Erraught and international musicians including Angela Hewitt, Johannes Moser, Cédric Tiberghien and Alina Ibragimova, to name a few.

It is programmed to complement the work of Louth Contemporary Music Society, Ardee Baroque, Boyne Music Festival and Drogheda Arts Festival.

One concert series that consistently punches above its weight is Louth’s Drogheda Classical Music which has once again unveiled an impressive programme. Taking place in the intimate setting of Drogheda’s St. Peter’s Church of Ireland, it offers a first-rate concert experience.” Michael Lee www.goldenplec.com

041 9833946
St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda