Barry Douglas with the Esposito Quartet

Thursday 24 September 2020
At 7.30pm

Barry Douglas piano, Mia Cooper violin, Keith Pascoe violin, Joachim Roewer viola, William Butt cello

We’re delighted that Barry Douglas is returning to Drogheda for the opening concert in this re-imagined series of concerts. Barry will be joined by the Esposito Quartet for Brahms’ epic Piano Quintet. One of the towering creations in Brahms’s catalogue — indeed, in all of music. Few works rival its masterful mingling of moods: majesty, serenity, tension, foreboding, anger, out-and-out joy. This concert is sure to set the tone for the coming series.

This concert is available to attend in person and will also be streamed via Vimeo and available to watch from Friday 25th September for €10.

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Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

This concert will be approximately 45 mins in duration, without an interval 

Our artists

Barry Douglas


Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow.

As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule.


Mia Cooper studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Yossi Zivoni and has been involved in a wide variety of music making in the ten years since.

She was principal first violin of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for five years, and also regularly plays and records with London’s chamber orchestras and ensembles, including the Fibonacci Sequence, Barbican Trio, Brodsky Quartet, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.


In 2016 Keith Pascoe received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Concert Hall, Dublin for his work with the Vanbrugh Quartet. He is an internationally respected violinist, conductor, lecturer, and editor. 

His professional career began after prize winning studies at the Royal College of Music, London where he studied violin with Jaroslav Vanecek, piano with Eileen Reynolds, and conducting with Norman del Mar. His professional life began in 1981, when he became a founding member (and first leader) of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Subsequent full-time positions included sub-leader of the London Philharmonic at the age of twenty-three, assistant director of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the Fields (with whom he has appeared as soloist), and ten years with exclusive EMI artists, the Britten Quartet. From 1998-2017, he was a member of the Vanbrugh Quartet, artists-in-residence to University College Cork. The Vanbrugh continue to tour and play concerts with pianist Michael McHale, and other artists. In January 2019 he was invited to lead an international orchestra in Bologna, Italy, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the death of conductor Claudio Abbado.


Born in East Germany, Joachim Roewer graduated from the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” Weimar and the Orchesterakademie of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, having performed frequently with this world class orchestra in Berlin and internationally. During that time, he was also principal viola of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester under Claudio Abbado.

In 1994 Joachim Roewer moved to Ireland to become principal viola with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, a position which he has held ever since. On numerous occasions he appeared as soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante alongside violinist Anthony Marwood with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Berlioz’ “Harold in Italy” with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.


William Butt was born in London. His musical career started early, as a chorister in St. Georges Chapel, Windsor. 

Later he studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Moray Welsh and after winning awards and scholarships such as the Royal Society of Arts, Martin Trust and first prize in the Muriel Taylor competition, he furthered his studies with Antonio Lysy in Montreal. He now enjoys a busy career as soloist, chamber musician and is professor of cello at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.


This concert is available to attend in person and will also be streamed via Vimeo and available to watch from Friday 25th September. Find out more details on these viewing options below.

In person

Plans have been drawn up to ensure that concerts can take place safely in the presence of an audience in the church. Under current Government advice, no more than 50 people will be present, including performers and venue personnel. Tickets to these concerts will go on sale one week before the concert and priority will be given to past season ticket holders and Benefactors. 


Thursday 24th September 2020 at 7.30pm

St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda

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This concert is filmed and presented with top-level audio, recorded live in St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda. You can view the concert from the comfort of your home via our online broadcast. It will be broadcast on Vimeo On Demand from Friday 25th September for €10 and available to watch for 3 days.


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