Drogheda Classical Music, which has brought world-class musical performers to Drogheda audiences since 2012, is set to return with live and in-person concerts this autumn.
Celebrating great music and artists, the season shines a light on core works within the chamber music repertoire including a celebration to mark 100 years since the death of French composer Camille Saint-Saëns.
The opening concert on Thursday 21 October at 7:30pm takes place in St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda and features Irish mezzo Gemma Ní Bhriain with pianist Cahal Masterson and cellist Yseult Cooper Stockdale. Featuring works by Berlioz, Schumann, Richard Strauss plus Schubert’s Auf dem Strom, in an arrangement with cello, this programme highlights the beauty and natural pairing of voice and cello.
On Saturday 13 November at 7:30pm, the Lir Quartet will be joined by guest cellist Christopher Marwood for Schubert’s Cello Quintet. The last piece of chamber music that he wrote prior to his premature death at the age of 31, it is a work of light and shade, serenity and drama, and surely one of the most recognisable and beloved pieces of his chamber music output. It will be paired with John Kinsella’s quartet ‘On hearing Purcell and Shostakovich at Bantry House - June 2008’.
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The final concert in the autumn season on Wednesday 8 December celebrates French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. Although best known for opera, larger orchestral works and instrumental concertos, Saint-Saëns devoted much time and effort to writing chamber music. Marking 100 years since his death, this concert presents two of his great works, the piano quintet and his short and quirky septet for piano, strings and trumpet. This programme will be performed by Fiachra Garvey, Musici Ireland strings and Niall O’Sullivan.
As society reopens following the Covid-19 crisis, we want to ensure safety and comfort. All concerts take place in St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda and will have restricted numbers. The performances will last approximately 1 hour in duration and be performed without an interval.
The Series is funded by the Arts Council and Louth County Council and run in partnership with Droichead Arts Centre with sponsorship from the d Hotel and RTÉ Supporting the Arts. Full details:
Schumann Frauenliebe und-leben
Schubert Auf der Storm
Boëllmann Notre Amour
Berlioz La Captive
Strauss Vier Lieder Op. 27
John Kinsella ‘On hearing Purcell and Shostakovich at Bantry House - June 2008’
Schubert String Quintet in C major
Saint-Saëns Piano Quintet in A Major, Op.14
Saint-Saëns Septet in E flat major, Op. 65
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