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Music Students and Musicians

Music Students & Musicians

Recognising the talent of our young music students and emerging professionals, the ECO programme provides activities and initiatives aimed at various levels and ages.  We aim to support and develop high-level students and musicians, to foster the development of younger musicians, and to encourage a pluralist and genre spanning approach.

Ensemble Master Class with The Tallis Scholars and Peter Phillips

We are delighted to announce that world renowned vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars will be giving an ensemble based vocal master class on Thursday 6th November 2014 during their visit to the National Concert Hall as part of the International Concert Series.

Places left only for Soprano 1 and Bass voices

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International Education Series

The International Education series offers unprecedented access for Irish music students to some of the best musicians in the world by linking with the International Concert Series, the National Concert Hall’s flagship performance series.

Selected master classes and other educational activities from each of the strands of the International Concert Series provide our students with the opportunity to work with the best orchestras, choirs, singers, pianists and other instrumentalists.

Masterclasses, Workshops and Talks

Sunday 25 January, 12pm
In Conversation with…Benjamin Grosvenor

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognised for his electrifying performances and penetrating interpretations. Described by some as a ‘skill and talent not heard since Kissin’s teenage Russian debut’ (Gramophone Magazine), Benjamin is renowned for his distinctive sound, described as ‘poetic and gently ironic, brilliant yet clear-minded, intelligent but not without humour, all translated through a beautifully clear and singing touch’ (The Independent).

Join us for a guided question and answer session with Benjamin ahead of his evening performance – don’t forget to have your questions ready!

Tickets: €5
Advance sales only

Thursday 5 February 2015,2.30 - 4pm
The King’s Singers Ensemble Masterclass

Acclaimed for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand. Their work – synonymous with the best in vocal ensemble performance – appeals to a vast international audience.

On the afternoon before their return to the stage of the National Concert Hall The King’s Singers will work on the ultimate a cappella sound with pre-formed ensembles or chamber choirs. With their very own sense of understatement the King’s Singers will combine the art of singing in a group with the essential fun you need for singing a cappella.

This ensemble master class will allow each ensemble to work directly with two members of The King’s Singers on their prepared unaccompanied work and have the opportunity to observe the King’s Singers working with the other ensembles.

Please contact education@nch.ie for further details.

Tickets: €15 per person

Friday 20 February 2015 2pm - 6pm
Ray Chen Masterclass

Ray Chen is one of the world’s most exciting young violinists.  He has won the Queen Elizabeth and Yehudi Menuhin competitions, released critically acclaimed recordings, and performs “with the kind of authority that puts him in the same category as Maxim Vengerov” (Corriere della Sera).

Committed to expanding the classical audience by increasing its appeal to young people, Ray Chen embraces the use of social media, blogs about his life as a touring musician, and has a following of over 1.5 million on SoundCloud.

This commitment to the development of young people is reflected in Ray’s willingness to participate in educational activity.  We are delighted to present this master class, which offers a unique opportunity for our young violinists to benefit from one of the top performers of the day, and promises to be insightful and beneficial for both participants and observers.

Please contact education@nch.ie to be considered to take part in this master class.

Observer tickets: €5


Insights is a series of talks given by respected figures in Irish music education and performance, and is loosely based on the International Concert Series.  Each talk takes its theme from an upcoming concert, and as such will be of particular interest to those attending, but will also have much to offer anyone with an interest in expanding their understanding of classical music.

Tuesday 20 January 2015, 6.45pm - 7.45pm
Insights – Bach-Chorale to Barcarolle: Piano and Song
David Mooney – Head of Department of Keyboard Studies, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama

In the first talk of the Insights series, David Mooney will focus on the relationship between piano and song.  Using repertoire from the upcoming Benjamin Grosvenor recital, David will explore the theme in a general way, before focusing on specific works for illustration, such as Bach-Busoni (Chaconne), Franck (Chorale), Chopin (Barcarolle), and the song elements of Granados’ Goyescas.

Full Price: €10 each
Friends of the National Concert Hall: €8

Tuesday 10 February 2015, 6.45pm - 7.45pm
Insights – David and Goliath, the Ballet of Unequals: a Stradavari and Model D Steinway Recital
Keith Pascoe, Violinist with the Vanbrugh Quartet

In this talk, inspired by the Ray Chen (violin) and Julien Quentin (piano) recital, Keith Pascoe will ask the question: How has the violin and piano duet format survived?  In the light of the modern concert grand piano’s increased power, able to dominate a symphony orchestra, how and why has the violin, hardly altered since the eighteenth century, managed to hold its own?

Keith will explore the roles of the two instruments, and how composers and performers have adjusted to the ‘Frankenstein’s monster’, which the piano has become.

Full Price: €10 each
Friends of the National Concert Hall: €8

Wednesday 18 March 2015, 6.45pm - 7.45pm
Insights – On Wings of Song: Music and the Lyric Poet
Virginia Kerr, Celebrated Irish Soprano and faculty member of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and NUI Maynooth.

Using as inspiration the upcoming performance by Natalie Dessay (soprano) and Philippe Cassard (piano), Virginia Kerr will explore the world of Art Song.  Lyric poetry has inspired composers throughout the centuries. The Art Song strives to be the perfect combination of music and literature, based on four elements: the poet, the composer, the singer and the accompanist.  The poet inspires the composer and the result is interpreted by the singer and the accompanist.  It is one of the most communicative and important musical genres.

Full Price: €10 each
Friends of the National Concert Hall: €8

Perspectives Education Series

This educational strand runs parallel to the new flagship series at the National Concert Hall called Perspectives, an eclectic series which will get you thinking, open your mind and stretch your imagination. The ECO programme aims to offer similar variety in a range of activities. These may be public interviews with visiting performers, performance workshops or masterclasses.

Details of upcoming events will be announced here shortly.

Chamber Music Day

Ensemble playing is at the heart of musical activity, yet it can be an area in which young musicians find it hard to gain experience.  The ECO programme’s Chamber Music Day aims to address this by providing an opportunity for student quartets and ensembles to rehearse and perform under the guidance and tutelage of some of the best chamber musicians both from Ireland and internationally.

Tying in with the National Concert Hall’s Chamber Music Series, in 2015 Chamber Music Day will coincide with West Cork Comes to Dublin, availing of the expertise of the visiting musicians, and the festival feel of the day’s events.

Please contact education@nch.ie for further details.

What?...Wow David Lang’s Festival of Music

What?...Wow David Lang’s Festival of Music represents all that is exciting and cutting edge about contemporary classical music.  In developing the education activity for the festival, the ECO programme has attempted to maintain this feel for new, sometimes unorthodox events, and to provoke different ways of thinking about music education in the context of New Music.

Improvisation in a New Music framework, the Gamelan as a catalyst for new composition and a mixed age, level and instrument ensemble are some of the activities that will be taking place leading up to, and during the festival.

Please contact education@nch.ie for further details.