Patrick Rafter & Michael McHale


Patrick Rafter & Michael McHale


Two of the most exciting musicians in Ireland at the present time


Violinist Patrick Rafter and pianist Michael McHale come together to present a programme of Mozart, Ravel, Debussy, Ysaÿe and Franck. This a wonderful opportunity to see these two players in the intimate surrounds of St Peter’s Church of Ireland. The concert also features as a focal point for a new education project involving primary school students, funded by Creative Ireland.

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Patrick Rafter, violinist – Photo Frances Marshall
Photo Frances Marshall

Born into an exceptionally musical family in Kilkenny, Patrick Rafter became recognized as a prodigious talent at the mere age of 12 and went on to receive a full scholarship to study at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM).


Today, Patrick is studying in Switzerland with international violinist Maxim Vengerov. They recently shared the stage of the National Concert Hall in Dublin when they performed Bach’s Concerto for two violins, to great audience and critical acclaim. Patrick previously performed in Drogheda as soloist with Camerata Ireland.

Michael McHale, pianist – Photo Frances Marshall
Photo Frances Marshall

Belfast-born Michael McHale has established himself as one of Ireland’s leading pianists and has developed a busy international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician.


Michael’s musical partners include Michael Collins (clarinet), Sir James Galway (flute) as well as being a performer with the Vanbrughs. This is Michael’s third performance in Drogheda having previously performed with Michael Collins and also Musici Ireland.

Michael McHale, pianist – Photo Frances Marshall
Photo Frances Marshall

Concert programme


Mozart Violin Sonata No. 21 in E Minor, K. 304

Debussy Estampes, II. La soirée dans Grenade; III. Jardins sous la pluie

Debussy Sonata for violin and piano, L. 148

Ravel Tzigane

Ysaÿe Sonata No. 3 for solo violin “Ballade”

Franck Sonata in A major for violin and piano


…McHale played with cool authority and understated panache as one expected from a young pianist whose international career is in serious take-off mode…


Dick O’Riordan, Sunday Business Post

Book tickets

Book tickets for this concert through the Droichead website using the link below. 

Alternatively, you can pop into the Droichead Arts Centre box office in person on Stockwell Street or call the box office on 0419875140

Our tickets are great value and even include a free drink at the interval.


Friday 6th December 2019
Pre-concert talk 7pm, concert start 7.30pm


St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland


From €19 in advance
€17 concessions, €5 student/children

Special ticket offers

Purchase a full season ticket for all 8 concerts for just €110 – that’s a saving of €42!

Call the box office on 0419875140 for more details.