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Chamber Music Series Lunchtimes CANCELLED

Tuesdays 22nd & 29th September
Tuesday 6th October

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Live audiences will be welcomed back to the NCH with a series of lunchtime chamber music concerts for a limited capacity audience 

The series is supported by The Irish Times & Newstalk as media partners

Camerata Kilkenny

Camerata Kilkenny CANCELLED

Tuesday 22nd September, 1.05pm

Camerata Kilkenny
Claire Duff baroque violin 
Marja Gaynor baroque violin 
Malcolm Proud harpsichord 

The Music of Jonathan Swift’s Dublin  
Handel Suite No. 5 in E major HWV 430 for harpsichord
Telemann Gulliver Suite for 2 violins
Geminiani Sonata No. 3 in E minor for violin and continuo
Corelli Sonata Op. 5 No. 5 in G minor
Handel Trio Sonata Op. 2 No. 1 in C minor

This concert consists of the musical items from a previous programme which Malcolm Proud originally devised in 2018 to be performed by Camerata Kilkenny with a narrator. Entitled Mr. Swift meets Mr. Handel this included readings from Jonathan Swift’s own works and also from other sources. With the exception of Corelli’s sonata, the music chosen was either by composers such as Handel, Geminiani and Dubourg who were working in Dublin during Swift’s period as Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral or as in the case of Telemann’s suite, by a composer who knew Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels as it had been translated into German shortly after its publication in 1726. 

Fiachra Garvey, piano CANCELLED

TUesday 29th September, 1.05pm

Beethoven Sonata No 28 in A major, Op. 101
Amanda Feery Frame Story
Chopin Polonaise in F sharp minor, Op. 44 "Tragic"
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (solo piano version by the composer)

This concert sees Irish pianist Fiachra Garvey perform a solo recital of works, opening with another of Beethoven’s Sonatas, his Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101 followed by the first public performance of Amanda Feery's Frame Story. The performance will also feature Chopin's Polonaise in F-sharp minor Op. 44 'Tragic', before finishing with Gershwin's much-loved Rhapsody in Blue, in the composer’s own version for solo piano making this a memorable musical evening.  

Described as ‘bringing a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort’ (Sunday Times) to his performance, Fiachra is an accomplished musician. A former NCH Rising Star, Fiachra has received many prizes at various international competitions including the Dublin AXA Piano Competition and EU Prague while pursuing his performance career. A keen chamber musician and recitalist Fiachra also founded and is Artistic Director for the West Wicklow Festival. He continues to perform piano recitals both at home and abroad at such festivals and venues as Wigmore Hall, London, St. Magnus Festival Orkney, West Cork Festival, Brighton Festival, Wexford Opera, Philia Hall Japan and Zhejiang Concert Hall China and has already released two solo albums, ‘For the Piano’ on the RTÉ lyric FM label and ‘Live from Wigmore Hall’.

Fiachra Garvey

Hugh Tinney

Hugh Tinney, piano & Academy Chamber Ensemble CANCELLED

Tuesday 6th October, 1.05pm

Beethoven Sonata in C sharp Op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight”    
Beethoven Septet in E flat major Op. 20

Hugh Tinney piano

Academy Chamber Ensemble
Joanne Quigley violin
Rosalind Ventris viola (TBC)
Ailbhe McDonagh cello
Dominic Dudley double bass
Fergus O’Carroll horn
John Finucane clarinet
John Hearne bassoon

As part of the National Concert Hall's celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Beethoven's birth, pianist Hugh Tinney curated a series of 6 concerts Beethoven: his predecessors and successors. The final concert scheduled for March 26th was unfortunately cancelled due to the Covid-19 lockdown. 

The programme, honouring Beethoven in the quarter-millenial centenary of his birth, presents two works from his output that achieved extraordinary popularity and yet are enormously different. The Septet, premièred in 1800, became so popular in his lifetime that he eventually railed against its fame, even reputedly once telling an admirer of the work that Mozart had really composed it! It belonged firmly to its era, following in the footsteps of Mozart’s Divertimento in the same key for string trio from the 1780s, and its youthful charm, combined with its unusual combination of unpaired, individual instruments and leading roles for the clarinet and violin, have ensured its lasting place in the hearts of musicians and public. The Moonlight sonata, written just one year later in 1801, is a work that reached into the future, at the borderline where Beethoven started to move to the more personal style and structures that became known as his “middle period”. The extraordinary, fantasy-like opening movement, the Adagio Sostenuto, has become an aural icon, and it utterly fits and befits the work’s alternative title Sonata quasi una Fantasia bestowed, unlike the “Moonlight” nickname, by the composer himself."  

The safety of artists, audiences and staff has been considered paramount in the creation of this music programme of in-venue concerts and all necessary Covid-19 safety measures have been put in place, compliant with NPHET recommendations and HSE guidelines, to ensure the return to live music is both safe and enjoyable. In particular, the events will conform to the current limit of 50 people in a controlled, theatre environment and this will include the performers and NCH staff working on the event. See Covid 19 Guidelines for details of measures put in place at NCH.