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Wednesday, 11th September 2019

Top talent to play 2019-20 Drogheda Classical Music series

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Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who played at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018, joins the Irish Chamber Orchestra for Saint-Saëns’ glorious Cello Concerto at St. Peter’s Church of Ireland on October  24th.

Programme includes cellist who played at Harry and Meghan’s wedding

Drogheda is firmly becoming recognised as a go-to place for high quality classical music concerts and, with plans for the 2019/20 Drogheda Classical Music series now unveiled, this reputation seems certain to be enhanced even further.

Congratulations are due to Pauline Ashwood, the Artistic Director for the series, who has put together a  season which offers a broad range of exciting concerts, many of which are exclusive to Drogheda, and include a wealth of celebrated Irish and international musicians.

The opening concert in September features pianist Leon McCawley who comes fresh from his performance at the BBC Proms with a programme of much-loved and familiar piano music.

Young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who became a household name after his performance at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018, joins the Irish Chamber Orchestra for Saint-Saëns’ glorious Cello Concerto.

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The acclaimed Navarra Quartet will play a selection of string quartets representing ‘love and death’ including Schubert’s well-known Death and the Maiden.

Irish pianist Michael McHale and violinist Patrick Rafter return to Drogheda as a duo to perform a programme of French works including Franck’s violin sonata in December. This concert will be the inspiration for an education project with pupils from a local primary school, funded by Creative Ireland.

The new year opens with a weekend dedicated to celebrating the voice, which will be curated by guest Artistic Director, Tara Erraught. The weekend includes masterclasses, talks, workshops for singers, a lieder recital and an opera gala with the orchestra of Irish National Opera.

In February, Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero will perform a solo recital to include some of her signature improvisations before the season draws to a close with the quintets for piano and winds by Mozart and Beethoven featuring a stellar line up of Irish and international musicians.

All concerts take place in St Peter’s Church of Ireland and begin at 7:30pm with a pre-concert talk at 7pm.

Tickets remain at an affordable €19 / €17 conc when booked in advance or €20 / €18 on the door, with a student / child ticket still at just €5. A series ticket for all events, including 8 main evening concerts is just €110. Booking through Droichead Arts Centre on 041 9833946 or with further information available from

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 of the 2019/20 season are as follows: 

Leon McCawley.


Fri 27 Sept 2019 | 7:30pm |  St Peter’s Church of Ireland
Leon McCawley piano

Haydn            Sonata in G major Hob. XVI/40
Schubert       Sonata in C minor D958
Schumann    Abegg Variations Op. 1
Hans Gál       Three Sketches Op. 7
Brahms          4 Klavierstücke Op. 119
Chopin           Polonaise-Fantaisie Op. 61 

Thurs 24 Oct 2019  | 7:30pm | St Peter’s Church of Ireland
Irish Chamber Orchestra  
Gábor Káli Conductor                  Sheku Kanneh-Mason Cello

Beethoven               Egmont Overture
Deirdre McKay        Meltwater
Saint-Saëns             Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor
Bizet                        Symphony No. 1 in C major  

Fri 15 Nov 2019 | 7:30pm | St Peter’s Church of Ireland     
Navarra Quartet

Turina            La Oración Del Torero
Kurtág           Ligatura Y
Puccini           Crisantemi
Kurtág           Ligatura - Messages To Frances-Marie
Janáček         Kreutzer Sonata
Kurtág           Arioso Interrotto (From Officium Breve 1988)
Schubert       String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D.810 ‘Death and the Maiden’ 

Fri 6 Dec 2019  | 7:30pm | St Peter’s Church of Ireland
Patrick Rafter violin with Michael McHale piano

Mozart          Violin Sonata No. 21 in E Minor, K. 304
Debussy        Estampes, II. La soirée dans Grenade; III. Jardins sous la pluie
Debussy        Sonata for violin and piano, L. 148
Ravel              Tzigane
Ysaÿe             Sonata No. 3 for solo violin ‘Ballade’
Franck           Sonata in A major for violin and piano

*This concert repertoire and musicians will be the inspiration for an education project which will take place separately with children from a local primary school and funded by Creative Ireland. 

Mezzo soprano Tara Erraught.


Fri 31 Jan – Sun 2 Feb | St Peter’s Church of Ireland
Celebrating the Voice with Tara Erraught

Drogheda Classical Music celebrates The Voice in all its glorious forms. Under the guest artistic direction of international mezzo soprano Tara Erraught, from 31 January to 2 February, Drogheda will become the centre for a weekend of seminars, interviews, masterclasses, concerts and much more all focused around the voice. 

Sun 23 Feb  |  7:30pm  | St Peter’s Church of Ireland
Gabriela Montero piano

Mozart          Piano Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330
Beethoven    Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, ‘Waldstein’
Schumann    Kreisleriana Op. 16

Thurs 12 Mar | 7:30pm | St Peter’s Church of Ireland

Matthew Manning oboe, Macdara Ó Seireadáin clarinet, Constantin Barcov bassoon, Cormac Ó hAodáin french horn, Finghin Collins piano

Beethoven    Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 16
Beethoven    Duo for clarinet & bassoon in C major, WoO 27/1
Mozart          Quintet in E♭ major for Piano and Winds, K. 452

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