Garter Lane Arts Centre
21st May 2023 (Sunday)
Lynda O'Connor violin
Beth McNinch viola
Musici Ireland, founded in 2012, is a female led chamber collective. Rooted in creativity and exploration, they value deep audience connection and aim to create evocative wholesome performances in both traditional and explorative concert experiences. This concert will present an ambitious programme prepared by Lynda O’Connor and Beth McNinch.
Beth McNinch studied viola at the GSMD & RAM in London, continuing with a successful freelance career, performing with all major symphony orchestras in the UK, including the London Symphony Orchestra & BBC Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as principal violist with English national Ballet, London Sinfonietta, Wexford Festival Opera, Irish National Opera, RTÉ Symphony & Concert Orchestras and the Ulster Orchestra. In 2021, Beth became the inaugural recipient of the SEVN artists bursary, allowing her time to research and record works for solo viola by women composers in arts venues across the southeast of Ireland. Following this, she commissioned 4 pieces for solo viola composers: Libby Croad (who will attend the World Premiere of her sonata), Deborah Pritchard, Ailbhe McDonagh and Deirdre Mackay.
Lynda O’Connor is in demand as an orchestral performer, both at home and abroad, as a principal player, working with the International Mahler Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony, The Wexford Opera Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Ireland, the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has toured internationally with these orchestras, including performances in Carnegie Hall, Cadogan Hall as part of the BBC Proms, China, Mexico, Washington as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris as resident artists with Camerata Ireland, St Petersburg, Moscow, Belgium, Germany, Warsaw as part of the International Beethoven Festival, Spain, Shanghai, Beijing and Finland as part of the Naantali Music Festival.
Sibelius Duo in C Major
Saariaho Nocturne for Solo Violin
Bartok 7 duos
Ponce Sonata a Duo: Allegro, piuttosto moderato
Amanda Feery Square Movement
Libby Croad “Suffragette Sonata” for solo viola WORLD PREMIÈRE LIVE PERFORMANCE
-Deeds Not Words
Martinu Three Madrigals Duo No.1
-Poco allegro – Poco vivo
-Poco andante – Andante moderato
-Allegro – Moderato – Allegro vivo
Watch Trailer of the film “Deeds Not Words” for solo viola with dance, from Libby Croad’s “Suffragette Sonata” HERE