National Opera House Event

Music for Wexford

5 May, 13 May, 20 May

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

Music Network presents in association with Music for Wexford

Friday, May 5: Philip Martin, Piano
Saturday, May 13: Musici Ireland Quartet
Saturday, May 20: Cassiopeia Winds

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 13th May 2017

Time: 8pm
Venue: St. Anne’s Church, Killanne, County Wexford
Admission: €17, €14 (concessions) & €5 (students)

Musici Ireland Quartet
John Hearne, bassoon
Mia Cooper, violin
Beth McNinch, viola
William Butt, cello

Boccherini: String Trio Op. 14 No.4
Stamitz: Quartet No.5   
Francois Devienne: Quartet Op.73 No.1 in C          
Slán le Maighe     arr. John Lynch   for String Trio
Franz Danzi: Quartet Op. 40 No. 3 in Bb
Schubert:   String Trio in Bb D471 Allegro        

John Hearne completed his studies on the bassoon at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and at the Scuola Musicale di Milano. Since returning to Dublin in 2001, John has worked with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Cecilia, Wexford Festival Opera, Opera Theatre Company, Castleward Opera and with various other ensembles. A keen chamber musician, John also teaches the bassoon at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Following her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Paris Conservatoire, Mia Cooper played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as Sub-Principal First Violin for five years. She has also been a guest leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Mia also plays and records with various chamber orchestras and ensembles, including the Barbican Trio, Gould Trio, Brodsky Quartet, Fibonacci Sequence and Academy of St Martin in the Fields, at major venues and festivals in the UK, France, India, and Lithuania. She has recorded for Naxos, Meridian and Chandos. Mia is currently leader of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and in 2006 joined the String Faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is also Visiting Tutor in Chamber Music at the Royal Northern College of Music.

William Butt is a Professor of cello at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and an established soloist and chamber musician. He has performed all the major concerti with leading orchestras and conductors, including the Irish premiere of the Walton Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra. His recording of the three suites for solo cello by Benjamin Britten by Warner Music UK (Warner Classics/Apex) received very exciting reviews in the English press including the Observer and the Independent on Sunday in which the recording was awarded five stars. He also recorded the Bach cello suites live at ST. John’s Smith Square, London. He plays on a fine cello made by Giovanni Grancino in Milan (1690).

Beth McNinch, viola, studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She began her freelance career in London, where she was in great demand from all the major UK orchestras. Since moving to Ireland in 2007, Beth has worked and toured in Ireland and America with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and Camerata Ireland with Barry Douglas. She is principal viola of the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra and has appeared as guest principal with English National Ballet and the RTE Orchestra. Beth is also the founder and artistic director of Musici Ireland which is based in County Wexford.  This chamber ensemble comprises the cream of Irish talent, who are all highly regarded soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians. Beth plays on a cut down viol by Barack Norman, dating back to the 1650s. The instrument was made into a viola by Matthew Hardie in 1818.

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