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Irish Songmakers

Songs of Travel

Friday 5th October 2018

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Christopher Cull, baritone
Niall Kinsella, piano

Programme includes:

Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved), Op. 98
Hugo Wolf: Heimweh (Homesickness); Im Frühling (In Spring); Fußreise (Journey on Foot)
Vaughan-Williams: Songs of Travel

Rising star baritone Christopher Cull and pianist Niall Kinsella kick off Irish Songmakers’ 2018/19 season with a recital exploring songs of wandering, distant lovers, and the search for home. The programme includes Vaughan-Williams much-loved songcycle “Songs of Travel”, Beethoven’s “An die ferne Geliebte” (To the distant beloved) and songs by Hugo Wolf.

Northern Irish baritone Christopher Cull is an alumnus of Queen’s University, Belfast, The Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Opera Course at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio.

Recent highlights have included Marcello La bohème (Opera Holland Park Christine Collins YAP); Masetto, Don Giovanni (NI Opera) Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia (GSMD); Lelio Le donne curiose (GSMD); Valentin Faust (Clonter Opera); Bank Account Billy The Rise and the Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Opera Theatre Company); Le Geôlier / Javelinot Dialogues des Carmélites (Grange Park Opera); Lane/Merriman The Importance of Being Earnest (NI Opera /Wide Open Opera); Assassin/Apparition Macbeth (NI Opera); and Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia (Irish Youth Opera), Bach’s Johannes-Passion (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra), Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast (Barbican), Elijah (Truro Cathedral), Monteverdi Vespers 1610 (Sheffield Oratorio Chorus), Ein deutsches Requiem (The Angmering Chorale), Messiah (Knock Basilica) and a concert of arias with the Ulster Orchestra, broadcast by the BBC.

Irish pianist Niall Kinsella studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. In July 2017, Niall studied at the prestigious Franz-Schubert-Institut, in Baden-be-Wien, Austria, where he worked with pianists Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, Helmut Deutsch, Wolfram Rieger, and singers Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, Birgid Steinberger and Andreas Schmidt. In August 2018, he was a student of Lieder Interpretation at the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum University, Salzburg

Niall has performed extensively as an accompanist throughout Europe - in Austria, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and in Ireland - in venues such as Wiener Musikverein & Konzerthaus, Mozarthaus Vienna, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and regularly at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, where he curates and performs an annual series of song recitals.

Presented by Irish Songmakers with kind support from E-Z Heating Solutions Ltd.