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Monday, 12th October 2020

John O’Conor to record concert at St. Peter’s

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John O'Conor pictured during his Nov 2015 concert in Drogheda. Photo: Frances Marshall Photography.


World's premier Beethoven interpreter returns to Drogheda but concert forced online

Music lovers in Drogheda and further afield had been looking forward to one of the best-known and regarded pianists of our time, John O’Conor, returning to Drogheda this Friday to perform two of Beethoven’s most famous works, the mighty Pathétique and Moonlight sonatas.

Originally planned as a concert with a limited, socially distanced audience, with the country in Level 3 this is now not viable.

The concert will instead be recorded behind closed doors in the beautiful setting of St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda and available to watch online via Vimeo from the comfort of your home from Saturday 17 October at 7:30pm for just €10.

“Audiences can now watch it from the comfort of their home at a time that is convenient to them” organiser Pauline Ashwood told Drogheda Life.

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“While we all accept and acknowledge that online is not the same as in person, in these challenging times, there are few safe alternatives.

“Drogheda Classical Music would be very grateful if people even considered buying the ticket online for €10, even if they don't want to watch it. It's all vital support for the Arts.”

Having studied in his native Dublin, in Vienna with Dieter Weber and being tutored by the legendary Wilhelm Kempff, John won 1st Prize at the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna in 1973, which undoubtedly opened the door to a career that has brought him all around the world.

One of the many accolades for his recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas was that he "should be recognised as the world's premier Beethoven interpreter".

2020 marks Beethoven’s 250th year and so it is fitting that John has chosen these two works. The Pathétique, named to convey the romantic and even sorrowful mood of the sonata and the Moonlight sonata which sparks imagery of a boat floating in the moonlight, are instantly recognisable.

The Arts have been severely hit by Covid-19, so by purchasing an online ticket, you can make a direct contribution to the future of Drogheda Classical Music to ensure we can continue to bring the best classical music talent to Drogheda.

The concert will be approximately 45 mins in duration, without an interval ou can purchase tickets at

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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.

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