National String Quartet Foundation with Waterford Music present The Vanbrugh and Michael McHale (introduced by Linda Buckley)
The Large Room, City Hall | Friday 28th January | 6pm
Keith Pascoe - violin Simon Aspell - viola Christopher Marwood - cello Michael McHale - piano
THE VANBRUGH together with celebrated pianist Michael McHale, present their Moonlight Tour, including Beethoven’s exquisite Moonlight sonata, Francaix’s delightful string trio, new works by Linda Buckley and Michael McHale, and Brahms’ epic G minor piano quartet.
THE VANBRUGH The Vanbrugh has evolved from the work of the legendary Vanbrugh Quartet. Over three decades the quartet gave close to three thousand concerts, presenting the chamber music repertoire to audiences throughout Ireland, Europe, the Americas and the Far East. Commercial recordings include more than thirty CDs of repertoire, ranging from the complete Beethoven quartets to many contemporary Irish works. In 2016 the group was presented with the National Concert Hall’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their contribution to music in Ireland.
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. He has performed and recorded as a soloist with the Minnesota and Hallé Orchestras, the Moscow, Bournemouth, Jacksonville, Fort Smith, BBC and London Symphony Orchestras, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and all five of the major Irish orchestras, and performed at the Tanglewood, BBC Proms and Tokyo Spring Festivals, Wigmore Hall, London, Berlin Konzerthaus, Lincoln Center, New York, Symphony Hall, Boston and Pesti Vigadó in Budapest.
Winner of the Terence Judd/Hallé Award in 2009, Michael was also awarded the Brennan and Field Prizes at the 2006 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, the 2005 Camerata Ireland/Accenture Award, and in 2016 a Major Individual Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, and his teachers and mentors include John O’Conor, Réamonn Keary, Christopher Elton, Ronan O’Hora and Barry Douglas. Michael collaborates regularly with Sir James Galway, Michael Collins, Patricia Rozario, Dame Felicity Lott, Wigmore Soloists and Camerata Pacifica.
Linda Buckley – ‘Solas na Gealaí’ for solo piano
Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.14 ‘Moonlight’
Jean Francaix – String Trio
Two songs arranged for piano quartet by Michael McHale
Clara Schumann – ‘Die Gute Nacht’
Clara Schumann – ‘Der Mond Kommt Still Gegangen’
Brahms – Piano quartet in G minor Op.25
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