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Tuesday, 9th October 2018

Three world class musicians in one Drogheda concert

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Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch.

Drogheda Classical Music 2018/19 got off to a flying start in September when clarinettist Emma Johnson and pianist John Lenehan blew the audience away with their mix of classical and jazz repertoire including a tribute to the great Benny Goodman.

Next up is a rare chance to hear three of today’s leading musicians perform together when Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch make their first visit to Ireland.

Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch was founded in 2009 and comprises three of the finest international instrumentalists performing today.  

Playing chamber music together at the Pablo Casals Prades Festival Hagai Shaham and Raphael Wallfisch recognised an immediate musical synergy. Arnon Erez joined them for trio concerts in Lucerne and the Netherlands later that year and the Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch was established.

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Since 2009 the Trio have performed, broadcast and recorded widely throughout Europe and Israel, giving concerts in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France, Israel and Spain.  They perform regularly at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and have been chosen by the prestigious Wigmore Hall to present the complete Beethoven Piano Trios in 2020, Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year.

Not only are these players exceptional in their own right, cellist Raphael Wallfisch is from a line of talented musicians. His mother, who is now in her early 90s, endured the horrors of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen by playing the cello in the camp orchestra.

Once freed, she went on to play the cello with the English Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble she helped to found in 1948 when it was called the Goldsborough Orchestra. She married the distinguished pianist Peter Wallfisch and produced a son, Raphael.

On Thursday 18 October at 7:30pm, the Trio will give their first performance in Ireland. For what will be an exclusive Drogheda-only concert, they will perform works for violin, cello and piano by Schubert, Beethoven and Dvorak.

Performed by these three musicians, it is sure to be an evening of dramatic and beautiful music in the rich surrounds of St Peter’s Church of Ireland.

Come early (7pm) to hear the musicians give a pre-concert talk about themselves and the works they will perform.

Tickets are just €19 / €17 conc (in advance) or €20 / €18 (on the door). Student / child ticket €5. Booking is through Droichead Arts Centre 041 9833946 or

The Series is funded by the Arts Council and Louth County Council and run in partnership with Droichead Arts Centre. The Series receives sponsorship from the d Hotel and RTÉ Supporting the Arts.

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