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.
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 www.droichead.com with further information available from www.droghedaclassicalmusic.com
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:
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
Beethoven Egmont Overture
Deirdre McKay Meltwater
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor
Bizet Symphony No. 1 in C major
Turina La Oración Del Torero
Kurtág Ligatura Y
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’
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
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.
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.
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
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