Fiachra Garvey (piano), Musici Ireland (strings) and Niall O’Sullivan (trumpet)

Wednesday 8 DECEMBER 2021
At 7.30pm

Fiachra Garvey (piano), Musici Ireland (strings) and Niall O’Sullivan (trumpet)


A genuine prodigy of wide-ranging talent and interest, Saint-Saëns is best known for opera, larger orchestral works and instrumental concertos. However, he devoted much time and effort to writing chamber music. Marking 100 years since the composer’s death, this concert presents two of his great works, the piano quintet and his short and quirky septet. Originally written as a joke, the septet’s instrumentation of strings, piano and trumpet was most unusual at the time. However, this work was hugely popular and was later arranged by the composer for piano trio, and by his student Gabriel Fauré for piano duet.

This concert will be approximately 1 hour in duration, without an interval. Tickets to attend will be €20 and with restricted numbers, priority will be given to previous season ticket holders and Benefactors.

Programme


Saint-Saëns Piano Quintet in A Major, Op.14
Saint-Saëns Septet in E flat major, Op. 65

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Our artists


FIACHRA GARVEY, PIANO

1st prizewinner at the 2012 Jaques Samuel Competition, London, Fiachra Garvey, ARAM, has performed in venues from the Fazioli Auditorium in Italy to London’s Wigmore Hall. He has also been a prizewinner at AXA Dublin International Piano Competition (Brennan Prize and McCullough Bursary), EU Piano Competition Prague (concerto finalist), and 3rd Soirees-Concours Internationales de Piano a Collioure, France (Audience award). The National Concert Hall Dublin awarded Fiachra the “Rising Star” prize in 2011, which subsequently led to a series of concerto and solo debuts. 

Concerto appearances include Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini with the Janáček Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky and Poulenc with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and Cambridge SO, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Grieg with the RTE Concert Orchestra, Prokofiev no 3 with the RIAM and Grieg with the Hibernian Orchestra working with eminent conductors including John Wilson, Duncan Ward, Theodore Kuchar, Stephen Bell and Mihhail Gerts.

Recent highlights include the first classical recital at Google Dublin, a series of solo and two piano recitals in Japan, a tour of China including giving masterclasses at the Beijing Conservatory of Music, as well as appearances at Spoleto Festival Italy, Wexford Opera, Brighton Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bridgewater Hall Manchester and The Geneva Festival, Switzerland. 

Fiachra’s debut CD “For the Piano”, under the Lyric FM label “brings a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort.” (Sunday times).  His second CD is a live performance from Wigmore Hall.

Fiachra is the Founder and Artistic Director of the West Wicklow Festival, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Classical Vauxhall and sits on the board of the Dublin International Piano Competition. He is hugely grateful for the support he has received from the Arts Council (Professional Development Award 2020) and the Wicklow Arts Office (Artist Award Scheme 2020). 

When not performing, Fiachra loves nothing more than returning home to help on the family farm with the yearly lambing, dipping, shearing, harvesting and all the other elegant and refined activities on the farm! Fiachra feels this makes him a more inspired and fulfilled musician.

NIALL O’SULLIVAN, TRUMPET

Niall O’Sullivan has performed all over Europe, Asia and the USA, selling out concert halls and performing arts centres with his ensemble of world class musicians. 

Niall’s self titled debut album and ‘Ballads’ EP reached #1 on the iTunes classical & jazz charts respectively. 

His orchestral album ‘Niall O’Sullivan and Friends’ was produced by Julian Lloyd Webber and Gavin Murphy and features opera star Danielle de Niese, four time ‘Grammy’ winning jazz guitarist Larry Carlton, theatre royalty Kim Criswell and two of Ireland’s finest vocalists, Emmet Cahill and Lisa Lambe.

Niall and his wife Shóna regularly tour the USA with their sell out show ‘My Funny Valentine’.

Recent charity work include sell out concerts for the ‘Jack & Jill Foundation’, the ‘Fr Peter McVerry Trust’ and ‘Link for Aid’ in Yangon, Myanmar. 

Niall O’Sullivan is represented by Polaris Artist Management, Vienna.

Niall O’Sullivan is an international performing artist exclusively for Schilke trumpets, Chicago. 

MUSICI IRELAND

Founded in 2012 by violist Beth McNinch, Musici Ireland is a chamber collective that takes pride in presenting interesting and evocative programmes, highlighting composers from diverse backgrounds, and shining a resplendent light on Irish composers. 

Musici consists of a core of players that welcomes collaborations with nationally and internationally celebrated musicians. Over the last decade they have created lasting relationships with venues and guest artists, performing regularly at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, making their debut at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2019, and enjoying a successful partnership with RTE Lyric FM through regular broadcast of their performances. 

Looking to the future, Musici Ireland is currently planning their 10th anniversary celebrations which include an ambitious concert series, community outreach concerts and education projects. In addition to their proposed concert season, they are also planning several exciting commissions by Irish composers, including an ambitious project with composer Irene Buckley in response to the Mother and Baby home scandal in Ireland. 

2022 will also see their postponed “Young Strings” project bought to fruition. They will be welcoming around 20 outstanding young musicians from around Ireland to join them in concert. This project is in partnership with Music For Wexford. Musici Ireland are passionate about encouraging the next generation of musicians to learn more about the profession by gaining hands on experience. 

They are also committed to improving the diversity of their ensemble, both through the programming and musicians that they engage. In 2021 they are presenting 4 concerts at Wells House Wexford with a selection of diverse composers including Florence Price and Samuel Coleridge Taylor. 

Musici Ireland are thrilled to continue their collaborations with promoters, venues and festivals, and to further develop relationships with Irish Composers. 

You can find out more about Musici Ireland and listen to their podcast “Musici Chats” at www.musici.ie and on the usual social media platforms. 

Musici Ireland are supported by The Arts Council

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This concert will be approximately 1 hour in duration, without an interval.

Tickets to attend will be €20 and with restricted numbers, priority will be given to previous season ticket holders and Benefactors.

Tickets go on sale on 8 October.

TICKETS
€20

WHEN
Wednesday 8th December 2021 at 7.30pm

WHERE
St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda

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