Learning & Participation

Me & My Instrument

 

Patrice Keegan, organ

No instrument expresses Christmas quite like the organ! Meet organist Patrice Keegan in this holiday episode of "Me & My Instrument".  Patrice shows us what she loves about the NCH organ, explains how its pipes, stops, and pedals work together like an orchestra and plays us some beautiful festive hymns and songs. 

Explore more organ music styles with Patrice's recommended listening links: 

Toccata from Suite Gothique op. 25 by Léon Boëllmann

Miroir by Ad Wammes
 

Niall O'Sullivan, trumpet

This week for "Me & My Instrument" we meet trumpeter Niall O'Sullivan! 

Learn how the trumpet makes different pitches, get in the festive spirit, and then snuggle up with some favourite family movies - Niall is sure you'll hear the trumpet in their excellent scores! 

Niall's listening recommendations: 

Star Wars 
Harry Potter - Hedwig’s Theme  
Home Alone 
Indiana Jones - Raiders March 

If you play the trumpet, why not make a short video of yourself performing one of your favourite pieces and upload to social media, tagging the National Concert Hall.
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Brendan Doyle, saxophone

In our latest video in the Me & My Instrument series, saxophonist Brendan Doyle speaks about how a saxophone works, plays one of his favourite pieces as well as recommending a wonderful piece of music to listen to.

Saxophone excerpt from Ravel's Bolero


If you play saxophone, then why not share a short video of yourself playing or talking about your saxophone and tagging the NCH social media pages - Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 

Lisa Dowdall, Viola

In this week's "Me and My Instrument" video, Lisa Dowdall of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and Crash Ensemble introduces us to three different types of viola: the modern viola, the baroque viola, and the viola d'amore!

Lisa shows us what makes each viola unique, plays us her favourite solo viola suite, and points us towards many other great violists and pieces!

Lisa's Listening Recommendations:

Garth Knox, Knox, 9 fingers

Lillian Fuchs, Bach 5th Cello Suite, Prelude

Yuri Bashmet, Schubert, Sonata for Arpeggione

Nobuko Imai, Bruch, Romance

Kim Kashkashian, Britten, Lachrymae Op. 48a

Tabea Zimmermann, Bartok Viola Concerto


If you play the viola, why not make a short video of yourself performing one of your favourite pieces and upload to social media, tagging the National Concert Hall.
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Sean Carpio, drum set

In this week's "Me and My Instrument" video, jazz drummer Sean Carpio introduces us to the drum set! Learn about the American history of the drum set, discover its jazz roots and percussive pioneers, and get inspired to create your own drum fills.

Sean's Listening Recommendations:

Max Roach with Charlie Parker "Klactoveedsedstene"

Warren Baby Dodds

Papa Jo Jones

Roy Haynes

Elvin Jones

Art Blakey w/ The Jazz Messengers

Frankie Dunlop w/ Thelonious Monk

Tony Williams


If you play drums, then why not share a short video of yourself playing or talking about your drum kit and tagging the NCH social media pages - Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 

Shane Latimer, guitar

In this episode of Me and My Instrument, we meet Shane Latimer. Shane plays the guitar both solo and with a number of groups. Hear what he has to say about his instrument here.

Shane's Listening Recommendations

Charlie Parker, Miles Davis - A Night in Tunisia

Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie - Hot House

Lee Konitiz, with Warne Marsh - Donna Lee
 
Bill Carrothers - Donna Lee

If you play the guitar, why not make a short video of yourself performing one of your favourite pieces and upload to social media, tagging the National Concert Hall.
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Mairéad English, flute

In this new "Me and My Instrument" video, we meet flautist Mairead English.

Mairead tells us about the flute, how it works & shows us how it sounds. She also tells us about how she started playing the flute!

Mairéad's Listening Recommendations
"Princess Leia’s Theme" Star Wars: A New Hope by John Williams 

"Wow" Finding Nemo by Thomas Newman 

If you play the flute, then why not share a short video of yourself playing or talking about your flute and tagging the NCH social media pages - Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 

Zoë Conway, fiddle

In the latest video of Me & My Instrument from the NCH Learning & Participation Department, fiddler Zoë Conway tells us about her fiddle and plays us some of her favourite pieces.

Zoë's listening recommendations

Riverdance 
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Leila Josefowicz Violin

If you play the fiddle, why not make a short video of yourself performing one of your favourite pieces and upload to social media, tagging the National Concert Hall.
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Eamonn Galldubh, uilleann pipes

In this episode of Me and My Instrument we meet Eamonn Galldubh who plays the Uilleann Pipes.

Eamonn's Listening Recommendations

"The Fox Chase" by Liam Ó Flynn 

If you play the uilleann pipes, then why not share a short video of yourself playing or talking about your uilleann pipes and tagging the NCH social media pages - Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 

Martin Tourish, piano accordion

In this episode of Me and My Instrument we meet Martin Tourish who plays the piano accordion.

Martin's Listening Recommendations
William Perry: Music for Great Films of the Silent Era, ‘The Raincoats of Dijon’  

Cormac Breatnach, Daire Bracken, Martin Tourish: The Whistle Blower

If you play the piano accordion, why not make a short video of yourself performing one of your favourite pieces and upload to social media, tagging the National Concert Hall.
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Lynda O'Connor, violin

Violinist and NCH family member Lynda O'Connor tells us about her violin, plays us some of her favourite piece and recommends two pieces to listen to. 

1. Banjo and Fiddle - http://youtu.be/PmZ4lSBiT-Q
2. Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto - http://youtu.be/bGv_dGJhVQA

If you play the violin, then why not share a short video of yourself playing or talking about your violin and tagging the NCH social media pages - Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 

Darren Moore, trumpet

Next up in the Me & my Instrument series is Darren Moore, a trumpet player from the Irish Baroque Orchestra - one of the resident organisations at the NCH. 

In this video, Darren tells us about his trumpet, how it makes the sound, how to make your own trumpet(!) and also tells us about some great trumpet music to listen to. 

1. The Trumpet Shall Sound (from Handel's Messiah) - https://youtu.be/2r-Wc6Vj4hc
2. West End Blues - https://youtu.be/4WPCBieSESI

If you play the trumpet, why not make a short video of yourself performing one of your favourite pieces and upload to social media, tagging the National Concert Hall.
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Caitríona Frost, percussion

Next up in the Me & my Instrument series is percussionist Caitríona Frost.

In this video, Caitríona shows us all the different types of percussion that can be used in an orchestra, how she became a percussionist and plays us one of her favourite pieces. 

Here are the pieces/albums that Caitríona mentions in the video. 
Sabre Dance by Khachaturian - https://youtu.be/mUQHGpxrz-8

Alex Petcu - In Time: music for solo percussion 
https://spoti.fi/35WeuZw

RTÉ Concert Orchestra performing Pirates of the Caribbean  - https://youtu.be/HO8jOTV0V7c

If you're a percussionist, why not make a short video of yourself performing one of your favourite pieces and upload to social media, tagging the National Concert Hall.
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Cormac Ó hAodáin, corn Francach

Inniu, sa tsraith Me & My Instrument, buaileann muid le Cormac Ó hAodáin a sheinneann an corn Francach.

Sa físeán seo,  labhrann Cormac faoin corn Francach, conas a thosaigh sé ag seinnt an uirlis agus seinneann sé píosa a thaitníonn go mór leis. 

Seo nascanna go dtí an dá phíosa a luann Cormac
Ein Heldenleben - https://spoti.fi/35PmbR6  

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte, M. 19 - https://spoti.fi/2YX0IEm

Má sheinneann tú an corn Francach tú féin, déan físeán gairid, cur é ar líne agus bí cinnte go gclibeann tú an Ceoláras Náisiúnta ar na meáin shóisialta.
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Aura Stone, Double Bass

This week in our Me & My Instrument Series, we meet Aura Stone, who plays double bass. In this video, Aura talks about how her instrument works, why the double bass is one of the most important instruments in an orchestra and plays us some of her favourite piece. 

Listen to the two pieces Aura plays  
Dragonetti Waltz No. 3 from a set of 12 written for solo bass.
The Elephant from Carnival of the Animals - Stacey Watton 

If you play double bass, why not make a short video of yourself performing one of your favourite pieces and upload to social media, tagging the National Concert Hall.
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Laura Lamph, voice

In our latest video in the Me & My Instrument Series, we meet Laura Lamph, a mezzo-soprano from Chamber Choir Ireland, who are a resident in the NCH. 

Laura tells us about her instrument, the voice; how singing happens in the body; how she became a singer and she also performs one of her favourite pieces. 

Laura's recommendations to listen to
Pavarotti - Nessun Dorma  
For Lo I raise up - Stanford

If you sing,, why not make a short video of yourself performing one of your favourite pieces and upload to social media, tagging the National Concert Hall.
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Kate Ellis, cello

In this week's Me & My Instrument, we meet cellist Kate Ellis. Kate is Artistic Director with Crash Ensemble, one of the residents in the NCH. 

In this video, Kate tells us about her cello, performs what she's been working on in recent weeks and recommends another cellist to enjoy - Abel Selaocoe.
Check him out
Lamentatio - Abel Selaocoe

If you play cello, why not make a short video of yourself performing one of your favourite pieces and upload to social media, tagging the National Concert Hall.
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Eoghan Desmond, baritone

Next, we meet with Eoghan Desmond who is a baritone with Chamber Choir Ireland. 

Eoghan tells us about how he started singing, the strange ways he has used his voice while singing, as well as performs a piece he enjoys. 

Rachmaninov's All Night Vigil: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPt7zqMDQ-wmqHIT5PDUrh1HsyccdYCa- 

Martin Mass for Double Choir: https://youtu.be/fTrml2yKd0M

If you sing, why not make a short video of yourself performing one of your favourite pieces and upload to social media, tagging the National Concert Hall.
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Fintan Sutton, clarinet

In this episode of Me & My Instrument, we meet Fintan Sutton who plays clarinet, bass clarinet & sometimes saxophone in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra who is the resident orchestra in the NCH. 

In this video, Fintan speaks about the clarinet and how it to make a sound on it; how he started playing the clarinet, performs two pieces that he really enjoys and recommends two clarinet players to listen to. 

Sabine Mayer: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6kuAjH8jM4yaKQhZekTUgL?si=PXepT_VCQpyofBEEt3uTZA

If you're a clarinettist, why not make a short video of yourself performing one of your favourite pieces and upload to social media, tagging the National Concert Hall.
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Aisling Ennis, harp

This week, we meet harpist Aisling Ennis. 

Aisling tells us about the concert harp, how it works & shows us how it sounds. She also tells us about how she started playing the harp! 

Aisling has many pieces she loves to play and you can listen to some of those below 

"The Nutcracker Suite Full Album: Tchaikovsky" https://youtu.be/mis0O8CZk90 

"Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Maurice Ravel)": https://youtu.be/xsPzWBNqMFg 
 
Claude Debussy: La Mer; https://youtu.be/RLAIJjWdJRQ  

"Berlioz: "Symphonie Fantastique": 2nd Mvt.- Leonard Bernstein" https://youtu.be/npg11G8ZkAY

If you play the harp, why not make a short video of yourself performing one of your favourite pieces and upload to social media, tagging the National Concert Hall.
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