Gemma Ní Bhriain (mezzo), Cahal Masterson (piano) & Yseult Cooper Stockdale (cello) 

At 7.30pm

Gemma Ní Bhriain (mezzo), Cahal Masterson (piano) & Yseult Cooper Stockdale (cello)

The voice and cello are a natural pairing and with the addition of piano creating a harmonious link, it is surprising how few composers have written for the combination. Hear piano and voice, as well as all three instruments together, in this season’s opening concert. Schubert’s Auf der Storm was originally written for tenor and horn, but was performed with cello for the composer’s memorial service. This beautiful and unique work features in this programme, alongside Berlioz’s less familiar gem La Captive.

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.


Schumann Frauenliebe und -leben

Schubert Auf der Storm 

Notre Amour
La Captive 

Vier Lieder Op. 27  

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Born in Dublin, mezzo-soprano Gemma Ní Bhriain graduated in June 2014 with a BA in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she studied with Dr. Veronica Dunne.

This summer, Gemma participated in the prestigious ‘Résidence de Chant’ of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence where she performed in several recitals and concerts. 

She also made her debut with Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, singing the role of La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi.

During her 2019/2020 season Gemma made her role debut of Enrichetta di Francia in  I Puritani at Opéra Bastille, followed by her mainstage debut at Opéra Garnier singing the role of Le Pâtre and La Chouette in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges.

During the 2018/19 season, Gemma made her company and role debut singing Niklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann – Offenbach) with Irish National Opera. She also made her solo recital debut at Opéra Bastille in January 2019. She returned to Opernhaus Zürich to perform Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Une Pretresse de Diane/Une Matelote/Une Chasseresse in a new production of Rameau’s ‘Hippolyte et Aricie’. Gemma also made her debut at Radio France and Théâtre de Champs-Elysées, Paris.

In September 2016, Gemma joined the International Opera Studio of Opernhaus Zürich. During her two seasons as a member of the studio she performed many roles including Cléone (Médée – Charpentier),  Le Pâtre, La Chatte and L’écureuil (l’Enfant et les Sortilèges– Ravel), Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte – Mozart), Valletto (L’incornazione di Poppea – Monteverdi) and Ramiro (La Finta Giardiniera – Mozart) to name just a few.

From September 2014 until July 2016, Gemma was a member of the Atelier Lyrique Opera Studio at Opéra National de Paris.  During her two seasons in Paris she debuted in five roles, including two world premieres; Dorabella (Così fan tutte – Mozart); Diane (Iphigénie en Tauride – Gluck); Proserpina (Orfeo – Monteverdi); Etienne (Maudits les Innocents – Urquiza, Lembke, Rotella, Alvarado) and Le Garçon (Vol Retour /The Way Back Home – Joanna Lee). She also made her main stage solo debut at Opéra Bastille singing the role of Alisa in Lucia Di Lammermoor (Donizetti).

Gemma has performed with various orchestras at home and abroad including; Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble, L’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris, Le Cercle d’Harmonie, Orchestra La Scintilla, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn and Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté.

In January 2013 Gemma was awarded 4th place and also the Dermot Troy Award for Best Irish Singer and the Dame Joan Sutherland Award for Most Promising Young Singer in the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition. In the final she sang with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Patrik Ringborg. In the same year she also took part in the world renowned Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Amsterdam, where she was awarded the Wil Keune Prize for a Young Singer of Real Potential.


A pianist of growing reputation, Cahal Masterson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His musical family also includes four siblings who are all professional or aspiring violinists. Cahal has performed extensively as a soloist, vocal repetiteur and chamber musician throughout Europe and North America, and Suzhou, China. In 2018 he recorded his inaugural album Transition at Sono Luminus Studios in Boyce, Virginia, releasing this debut record with a series of performances in Washington D.C, and Toronto, Canada. Upon completion of four years postgraduate study in North America he returned to Europe to concertise again for home audiences giving recitals throughout Ireland and the UK and delivering a series of outreach piano workshops with performances for secondary school music students in Northern Ireland. Cahal’s 2019 home-coming concert tour received mention as a feature article in the Belfast Telegraph and in 2020 he was awarded an Emerging Artist Platform with Moving on Music. On this programme he was introduced to Northern Irish/Welsh composer Anselm Mc Donnell who specially wrote a new piano suite for Cahal. Subsequently Ceaselessly Into The Past was recorded by Cahal as part of the composer’s debut album which is due to be released this autumn. Following his final live public performance in Portaferry March 2020 before the postponement of public performances Cahal has been involved in numerous digital collaborations. These have included running a home concert series to collaboration with the Ulster Orchestra including a chamber recording of Beethoven Spring Violin sonata with co-leader Iona Petcu-Colan. Upcoming performances include Music for Drogheda, Belfast Music Society, Music for Galway and Sligo Con Brio this season. 

Cahal graduated with a Masters in Music Performance from Shenandoah University, USA in May 2019, and prior to this completed an Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School in Toronto, Canada. He sat his Bachelor degree in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. His main teacher and mentor over the course of his study has been Dr. John O’Conor. Throughout his studies he has received numerous scholarships and awards. During his time at Shenandoah University USA he was awarded the E Evans Scholarship for exceptional artistic talent, at the Royal Irish Academy of Music he was a recipient of the prestigious Lucien and Maura Tessier Scholarship, and at the Glenn Gould School received The Harmony Arietta Chiu Scholarship, The Nicholas Weldon Kilburn Memorial Scholarship and The Adele Crone Memorial Scholarship. He is a previous multiple prize-winner in Irelands National Feis Ceoil where he won the Morris Grant Bursary in 2014. Cahal has worked with many of the world’s leading pianists including Pascal Rogé, Jaques Rouvier, Arnulf von Arnim, Pavel Nersessian, John Perry, Ronan O’Hora, Anton Nell, Jonathan Biss, Joanna MacGregor, and Leon McCawley. He now continues mentorship with Professor Christopher Elton, Professor Emeritus of the Royal Academy of Music, London. 

Cahal is an international ambassador for the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. 


Yseult Cooper Stockdale is a freelance cellist currently based in Ireland. Her passion is chamber music and is a member of the Spero String Quartet, formed in 2020. In both recital and chamber concert capacity she has been invited to play at Music for Wexford, Kaleidoscope Night, the NCH Spring Summer Variations, The Triskel Arts Centre, FUAIM at UCC, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Other Voices, Sundays at Noon in the Hugh Lane, and the Crawford Summer Lunchtime Series. She has also been invited to play with Musici Ireland, the Vanbrugh, Crash Ensemble, Ficino Ensemble, The Robinson Panoramic Quartet and London-based Scordatura Collective. In 2018 she played at the inaugural Beckett Chamber Music Festival and has also played as a young artist with the Britten-Pears Orchestra and at Bantry Chamber Music Festival and Chamber Music on Valentia. In 2018 her concerto performances included the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Cork Fleischmann Symphony Orchestra, and Beethoven’s triple concerto with Wexford Sinfonia. She has also performed as soloist in the NCH, playing Elgar, and in 2016 toured with the Esker Festival Orchestra performing the Dvoark concerto. She has worked with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, both RTE orchestras, Irish National Opera, Welsh National Opera, London’s Southbank Sinfonia, Camerata Ireland and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Keen to maintain a stimulating and multi-genred career, Yseult is a member of the experimental Kirkos Ensemble, with whom she has performed over 60 premieres, including many multi-disciplinary performances and solo commissions. She has also recorded, performed and collaborated with artists such as the Icelandic JDFR, Bastard Assignments, Alekxandr, Anna Mieke and Glasshouse, The London Contemporary Muisc Festival Orchestra, Sun Collective, visual artist and rapper, Kojaque, Bell x1, and during lockdown developed an online performance with sound artist Philip Fogarty, in association with Music for Galway and supported by the Arts Council. In 2021 she looks forward to branching out further as an artist, exploring composition and performance art with thanks to a commission award generously granted to Kirkos by the Arts Council.

Yseult was a recipient of the John Vallery Memorial Prize for highest placed string player at the 2015 Freemasons Young Musician of the Year and was awarded the 2016 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe scholarship. Yseult has a 1st Class Honours MA, from the CIT Cork school of Music, and BA, from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where her teachers were Christopher Marwood and Bill Butt. In 2015/16 she studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”, Leipzig, with Peter Hörr.

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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.


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