National Opera House Event

Music for Wexford

26 March, 7 April, 5 May, 20 May

Tickets: €17, €14 (concessions) €5 (students)

Music Network presents in association with Music for Wexford

Sunday, March 26: Cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand and pianist Pascal Amoyel

Friday, April 7: Patrick Rafter, violin and Lance Coburn, Piano

Friday, May 5: Philip Martin, Piano

Saturday, May 20: Cassiopeia Winds

Sunday 26th March 2017

Time:  3.30pm

Venue: St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Admission: €17, €14 (concessions) & €5 (students)

Cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand and pianist Pascal Amoyel

Gabriel Fauré: Après un rêve, Op. 7, No.1
Gabriel Fauré: Élégie, Op.24
Camille Saint-Saëns: Deuxième Sonate, Op. 123
Kevin Volans For Bob
Franz Liszt: Première Élégie, S.130
Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1 in E-minor, Op.38

The celebrated French cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand is the winner of a prestigious 'Victoire de la Musique Classique' (a French Grammy). Acclaimed for her technical prowess, haunting lyricism and exquisite tone, Emmanuelle has performed as a soloist with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Symphonique du Grand Montréal amongst others.

Voted 'Solo Instrumental Discovery of the Year' at the Victoires de la Musique in 2005, Pascal Amoyel has established himself as a pianist of note with an impressive career both as a soloist and a chamber musician, appearing with orchestras throughout Europe, America, Russia, Japan and China.

The duo have performed together for many years, garnering widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike and in particular for the wonderful singing quality of their playing – the nuanced phrasing of Amoyel the perfect foil for the glowing tones and textures of Bertrand’s cello. 


Friday 7th April 2017

Time:  8.00pm

Venue: St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Admission: €17, €14 (concessions) & €5 (students)

Patrick Rafter, violin and Lance Coburn, Piano
J.S. Bach: Adagio and Fugue Sonata 1 
L van Beethoven: Sonata No 5 Spring
Cesar Franck: Sonata in A 
Traditional Irish 'The Coolin' arr.Esposito 
H Wieniawski: Variations on an Original Theme Opus 15 
Fritz Kreisler: Liebeslied 
Patrick Rafter, Violin

"Belonging amongst the greatest violinists, except for names such as Maxim Vengerov, Itzhak Perlman and Nigel Kennedy, I cannot think of those with whom I can compare you. This is passionate abandoned playing, full of excitement, risks and drama... a dangerously virtuosic ability which seems to feed off itself.” - Alexander Bailie, RDS Music Festival

Regarded as one of Ireland’s most promising musicians, international award winning violinist Patrick Rafter has toured Europe, Asia and America as concert violinist, chamber and orchestral musician, and currently studies under Maxim Vengerov and Oleg Kaskiv at the International Menuhin Music Academy Switzerland.

Born in 1991 into a musical family in Kilkenny Ireland, Patrick quickly became recognised as a promising talent after winning all age categories for violin at the age of 11 in the Kilkenny Music Festival. He later received a full scholarship to the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), studying firstly with Eyal Kless then Fionnuala Hunt.

At 17, Patrick was the winner of all 3 senior competitions at the Dublin R.D.S Feis Ceoil, Ireland’s most prestigious music festival. Most recently, Patrick was awarded 1st prize at the Valiant International Violin Competition in Switzerland, held in August 2016.

In 2009, Patrick became the inaugural winner of the National Concert Hall 'Young Musician of the Year Award', and that year was also awarded the Arthur Gillespie award for ‘Most Outstanding and Promising Musician’ at the International Clandeboye Festival, and was announced as the 'Young Camerata Accenture Musician of the Year'. In 2010 he was also awarded the 'Camerata Ireland Young Musician of the Year', and won the RDS Music Bursary in 2015.

In 2011 Patrick was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) London, where he graduated with first class honours. In 2013 he made his debut as a soloist with the RAM string, and was also selected as a member of the RAM’s elite string ensemble Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists with whom he made his Wigmore Hall debut in January 2015.

In October 2015, Patrick was personally invited to study under Maxim Vengerov at the International Menuhin Music Academy (IMMA), Gstaad Switzerland and has performed as soloist and concertmaster with IMMA’s chamber ensemble The Menuhin Academy Soloists. Future recital tour plans include performances in Ireland, UK, Italy, Macedonia, Switzerland and also solo appearances with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, Mozart Symphony Orchestra and the IMMA Chamber Orchestra. Patrick plays a Georges Chanot violin thanks to the generous support of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Lance Coburn, piano

"One sat awe-inspired in amazement, wondering how it could possibly be played any better…” is how the Kölnische Rundschau described Lance Coburn’s performance of Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto. Since winning first prize at the Tomassoni International Piano Competition, Cologne in 2001, Lance has performed in Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Israel, Russia, United States, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and Korea as both concerto soloist and recitalist.

He has performed with the Central Florida, the Israel and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the RTE National Symphony and Hibernian Orchestras in Dublin, and many Australian Orchestras. With the WDR – Cologne Orchestra, one critic described his performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto thus: “Coburn approached the grandiose work….with the vigour of a classically-inspired artist”.

In the Bonn International Beethoven Festival, critics described his five-sonata recital as “refreshing….uncompromising….unacademic….” In the Academia– Verona, Italy – the critics said – “Coburn’s piano playing is characterised by an undoubted technical mastery…[which]…allowed us to experience precious moments of tonal exploration”.

Blessed with a dazzling technique and innate musicianship, and a charismatic performance flair, Lance also broadcasts frequently for radio Deutsche Welle, BBC Radio 3, RTE Lyric fm and ABC FM (Australia). He has given master classes for music festivals in Australia, in the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide and in the Tyalgum Festival in Queensland. In 2006 he presented a lecture recital in Dublin’s Royal Irish Academy of Music on Carl Vine’s solo piano works, a composer with whose works he has a close affinity.

Lance has also been the recipient of many other first prizes, including the Hephizibah Menuhin Scholarship, the inaugural 'Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition', and the Australian Young Performers’ Award (Keyboard Section), culminating in a performance of Liszt’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, in the Sydney Opera House, which was also broadcast live across Australia on ABC Television.

Beginning his studies in his homeland of New Zealand, Lance furthered them in Australia, the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire – Moscow and finally with John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He enjoys an active freelance career as a solo performer, chamber musician and accompanist. He is also a full-time staff member of the keyboard faculty in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Lance lives in Dublin with his wife and two children.

Friday 5th May 2017

Time:  8.00pm

Venue: St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Admission: €17, €14 (concessions) & €5 (students)

Philip Martin, piano

This 70th birthday recital will celebrate Philip Martin’s career. It will feature work from the classical repertoire as well as works by contemporary Irish composers.

The Artist

The distinguished Irish pianist Philip Martin combines a busy solo performing career with that of a composer and teacher. It is these three elements of his musical personality that make him such a force in musical life today.

Born in Dublin, he studied with Mabel Swainson before winning an Associated Board scholarship to the Royal Academy of music in London. He made his London recital debut in the Wigmore Hall and this led to frequent appearances on the South Bank and throughout Britain with all the BBC orchestras, the London Symphony, London Sinfonietta, the Royal Philharmonic, the Halle, the Bournemouth Symphony, the City of Birmingham and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Philip Martin’s BBC, RTE and foreign broadcasts are many and he has also been a frequent visitor to the BBC Promenade concerts. His concert tours have taken him to countries as varied as Japan, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Mexico, France, Germany and Canada, and he has toured extensively in the United States where, besides holding a UK-US Bi-centennial Arts Fellowship, he has held residencies in various American Universities, as well as being a guest of Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals.

Philip has recorded an eight-volume set of CD’s for Hyperion records of the music of the colourful 19th century American composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk.  As well as Gottschalk he has recorded the solo piano music of the Austrian composer, Henri Herz. His Somm recordings include a disc of two piano works by Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky and the solo piano music of Billy Mayerl.

Philip's career as a composer goes parallel with his life as a concert pianist. His compositions include three piano concertos, several shorter works for piano and orchestra, a harp concerto, a symphony, some 300 songs and many chamber and choral works.

He has recently been honoured with a Professorship from the City University of Birmingham (Conservatoire of Music) for his composing achievements and his contribution to the arts in general. Further recognition has resulted in a fellowship from his alma mater, the Royal Academy of Music in London.

He is also a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of creative artists.

Saturday 20th May 2017

Time: 1.05pm

Venue: St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Admission: €17, €14 (concessions) & €5 (students)

Cassiopeia Winds

Anton Reicha: Wind Quintet

Ronan Guilfoyle: Groove Merchants

Paul Taffanel: Wind Quintet in G Minor

Joan Trimble: Three Diversions for Wind

Darius Milhaud: La Cheminée du Roi René

George Gershwin: A selection from Porgy & Bess

Cassiopeia Winds

Cassiopeia Winds is an Irish chamber wind ensemble formed in 2010, whose performances are marked by vivacity, panache and a dedication to the exploration of fine sound-worlds. Though the ensemble has the capacity to expand or contract to suit its innovative programming, at its core is a quintet of players whose members are among the finest in the country, including players from the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Crash Ensemble.

The ensemble aims with each performance to run the full and varied gamut of the wind repertoire from 19th century to contemporary works, including Danzi, Reicha, Barber, Hindemith, Poulenc, Francaix, Ibert, Nielsen, Ligeti and Arvo Pärt. Their concerts represent the startling originality and exoticism, and the inimitable palette of tone colours of the wind ensemble. They have a dedication to bringing the lesser-known works of this repertoire into the Irish and international concert halls and festivals.

The ensemble also has a great interest in contemporary music and in supporting the work of new Irish composers, and intend to commission new works for wind quintet for performance in Ireland and internationally. The Quintet gave the first performance of a new work by Sean O’Callaghan in 2014 and has commissioned a new work from John Buckley which received its premier at a Contemporary Music Centre Salon in October 2015 followed by five performances on tour around Ireland in the autumn/winter of 2015/16.

Cassiopeia Winds has a passion for collaborating with other artists, such as renowned pianist Finghin Collins. Recent concerts include a weekend of performances at the Galway Midwinter Festival where they collaborated with the ConTempo Quartet, and a weekend of concerts as part of the 2014 New Ross Piano Festival. In New Ross the players collaborated with three of the distinguished pianists at the Festival; Finghin Collins, Melvin Tan and Lise de la Salle. In 2015 the quintet was invited to take part in the Joan Trimble Centenary Celebration in Fermanagh and completed a very successful tour of Ireland supported by the Arts Council