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Supported by Davy, as Innovation Partner, Culture Ireland, RTE.ie and The Irish Times ‘NCH Live Stream Series’ sees four concerts to be streamed live from the NCH stage starting Friday 29th May 8pm with celebrated Irish mezzo-soprano and star of the international opera stage Tara Erraught and pianist Dearbhla Collins performing Songs of Comfort and Hope. This will be followed by Bell X1’s front man Paul Noonan (5th June 8pm), acclaimed Irish folk singer/songwriter Lisa O’Neill (12th June 8pm) and renowned Irish pianist Barry Douglas (19th June 8pm).
 
All concerts will be available worldwide to view on NCH YouTube channel, Facebook and RTE.ie. Join the conversation on Twitter at 7.30pm before each concert where broadcaster John Kelly will take over the @NCH_Music account for live discussion
 #NCHLIVE

 











 

Tara Erraught:
Songs of Comfort & Hope

Friday 29th May, 8pm

Watch Live on YouTube, Facebook & rte.ie

“In a time when our world is hurting; lonely, grieving and afraid, we turn to art. Music, literature and film bring solace.  I am delighted to return to my musical home in Ireland at the NCH, and share the program, songs of comfort and hope, albeit in a new format of live streaming”, Tara Erraught

A rich, radiant voice, expansive range and dynamic stage presence are Tara Erraught’s hallmarks. Her extensive repertoire includes, Mozart, Rossini, Strauss, Bellini, Dvorak, Gounod and Händel as well as contemporary composers. Erraught has made an impressive 47 role debuts as resident principal soloist at Bayerische Staatsoper. She was to play title role of Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in March which was to be cancelled on the day prior to opening due to current Covid-19 crisis.

Programme
Liszt   Enfant Si j’etais roi
Oh quand je dors


Schubert   Ständchen
Nacht und Traume
Ave Maria


Copland   Long time ago 
Simple gifts 
At the River


Strauss  Allerseelen 
Die Nacht
Ständchen
Morgen
Zueignung


Irish Folk songs  The Gartan mother's lullaby 
I’ll walk with my love
The cloths of heaven
She’s far from the land

Paul Noonan: Solo

Friday 5th June, 8pm 

Watch Live on YouTube, Facebook & rte.ie

“I am hugely grateful for the opportunity to get out of the house and connect with people, from the NCH stage... Living as we are without most of the ways of being in each others’ orbits, it feels like these kinds of concerts can help still our racing minds, and bring us a little closer. There’ll be Bell X1 songs, and more from other projects, and I’ll try to react to hollers as they come in on the ticker-tape!” Paul Noonan

Paul Noonan is a Dublin based songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the frontman of the Irish group Bell X1 and as a solo artist and collaborator on various musical projects including Printer Clips, Starboard Home, and Imagining Ireland : 21st Century Song.











 










Reflections: A Solo Concert with Lisa O'Neill

Friday 12th June, 8pm

Watch Live on YouTube, Facebook & rte.ie

The strangeness of all of this
I've taken to washing the messages 
I wash 
and I wish 
and I watch
The strangeness of all of this
The news was very sad at six
I wash 
And I wish
And I watch
The strangeness of all of this
I meet the odd mini bliss
I wash
And I wish
And I watch

- Lisa O'Neill

Lisa O’Neill is a songwriter like no other. Her roots may be sourced in folk and traditional music but her work opens up a landscape beyond any settled sense of genre.  On her last album, Heard a long gone song, she sets her remarkable incisive voice against impressionistic instrumental back-drops, like Margaret Barry colluding with the Dirty Three or some such meeting of minds. Lisa’s latest release on the Rough Trade imprint River Lea,  ‘Heard A Long Gone Song’ has garnered huge acclaim both at home and abroad.

 

Barry Douglas: Solo Piano

Friday 19th June 8pm

Watch Live on YouTube, Facebook & rte.ie

“We, humanity have been jolted by this crisis, and we, artists and musicians must and will adapt, so as to keep art and creativity alive for our audiences. I am very excited to play a part in this wonderful project where NCH’s space will continue to bring joy and inspiration to many of us.” Barry Douglas

Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule.

Programme
Traditional arr. Barry Douglas  My Lagan Love
Schubert  Moments Musicaux Nos 1,2 
Rachmaninov  Moments Musicaux Op 16 Nos 4,5 
Tchaikovsky  From "The Seasons" - February, December 
Traditional arr. Barry Douglas  Carrickfergus
Mussorgsky  Pictures at an Exhibition