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Media Release 23 October 2014
On Monday 17 November 2014, the National Concert Hall welcomes one of the most consistently exciting chamber ensembles of our time – The Emerson String Quartet - to perform works by Haydn, Ravel and Beethoven as part of the International Concert Series 2014/2015.
Media Release 22 October 2014
Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager will perform with pianist James Sherlock, at the National Concert Hall on Sunday 23 November at 3pm in the last of the autumn season concerts of the Sunday Matinée Series
. Angelika enjoys an international career as one of the most important vocal artists performing today and is recognised as one of the foremost interpreters of Richard Strauss and Mozart.
Media Release 20 October 2014
The first concert in Ian Wilson’s series ‘Scoring History’ featuring the Vanbrugh Quartet, will take place at the National Concert Hall, on Friday 7 November 2014 at 6pm. The series, which will be on over four consecutive Fridays and is part of the NCH Chamber Music Programme
, will take audiences on a journey through 200 years of the string quartet canon.
Media Release 15 October 2014
• 9 ensembles, 6 Concerts, 5 premières, 2 days, 1 venue, 1 festival
• 8-hour Bang on a Can Marathon with Bang on a Can All-Stars, Crash Ensemble, So Percussion, RTÉ Contempo Quartet
• World première of works by BOAC co-founder Michael Gordon and Irish composer Linda Buckley
• European première of John Luther Adam’s Pulitzer prize-winning work Become Ocean, described by the New Yorker as ‘the loveliest apocalypse in musical history’
• Irish première of Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer
• Irish première of Music for Wood & Strings by Bryce Dessner (of the National)
• Performance of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports and Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians
Recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are set to wow Irish audiences at What?…Wow: David Lang’s Festival of Music 2015
at the National Concert Hall, over two days on 6th and 7th of March 2015.
Media Release 13 October 2014
On Thursday 6 November 2014, 8pm, the National Concert Hall welcomes the award-winning Tallis Scholars to perform the opening concert of the National Concert Hall’s Choral Series 14/15 when Irish audiences will be treated to a programme of choral gems from Byrd to Arvo Pärt, Tippet to Tavener as well as Eric Whitacre's Saint -Chapelle written especially for their 40th anniversary celebrations.
Media Release Thursday 2 October 2014
The concert entitled ‘Sounds of the South’, due to take place at the National Concert Hall on Saturday 13 December 2014 as part of Perspectives 2014 ,has been cancelled. This is due to circumstances beyond our control.
Media Release 30 September 2014
The National Concert Hall is delighted to announce the welcome return of pianist Barry Douglas on Sunday 9 November at 3pm
to perform in the second of the Sunday Matinée Series concerts. He will be accompanied by the reputable Camerata Ireland with whom he is the Artistic Director and General Manager.
Media Release 25 September 2014
The National Concert Hall plays host to two of the most thrilling American musicians of their generation; Chris Thile of Punch Brothers in a new duo with the acclaimed pianist Brad Mehldau on Sunday 9th November at 8pm as part of the Perspectives 2014 series.
Media Release 23 September 2014
The National Concert Hall is particularly pleased to host a concert celebrating the life and work of John Ruddock, a tireless promoter of world-class chamber music and founder member of the Board of the National Concert Hall, on Saturday 1 November at 8pm.
Media Release 18th September 2014
Today the National Concert Hall launched the results of a recent report on the Primary Strings Project, an initiative which allows every child in the classroom the opportunity to learn an instrument, during school time. It revealed that children having access to instrumental music tuition (generally confined to after-school, fee-paying provision) leads to improvement in their confidence and self-esteem.
Media Release 15th September 2014
Propelled to stardom by Luciano Pavarotti, the world’s leading tenor Juan Diego Flórez will wow Irish audiences with a selection of french arias as part his 2014 Tour L'Amour when he performs his sold-out concert at the National Concert Hall, Saturday 25 October 2014.
Media Release 1 September 2014
Acclaimed British baritone Sir Thomas Allen will perfrom Schubert’s Die Winterreise D. 911 at the National Concert Hall, Sunday 5 October at 3pm, with Joseph Middleton, piano. This will be the first performance of the National Concert Hall’s Sunday Matinée Series
Media Release 25 August 2014
Composer of soundtracks to Requiem for a Dream, Pi, The Wrestler and Black Swan, Clint Mansell will make his Irish debut at the National Concert Hall, Sunday 12 October, with his band, the Sonus Quartet and Carly Paradis, piano.
Media Release 22 August 2014
There Will Be Blood composer Jonny Greenwood (best-known as the lead guitarist of the band Radiohead) will have his piece ‘Water’ performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) at the National Concert Hall on Thursday 2 October 2014, as part of their European Tour. This is the world première of the piece which has been worked on by the ACO and Greenwood over the last year.
Media Release 20 August 2014
US born pianist Stephen Kovacevich, who is one of the most revered musicians of his generation, has 'a special power to move' according to The Telegraph which will be evident to Irish audiences when he performs the first piano recital of the National Concert Hall's 14/15 International Concert Series on Wednesday 24th of September at 8pm.
Media Release 14th August 2014
‘What Heston Blumenthal is to food, Charles Hazlewood is to music’. The Guardian
BBC presenter Charles Hazlewood is a man on a mission; to bring orchestral music alive for new audiences. A familiar face on British TV, notably from the 2009 series The Birth of British Music on BBC2, Hazlewood presents a new series at the National Concert Hall entitled ‘The Great Symphonies Close up with Charles Hazlewood’
starting 16 September 2014.
Media Release 11 August 2014
On 17 September 2014, 8pm the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will open the National Concert Hall’s International Concert Series 2014/2015
with the Irish première of a percussion concerto ‘Poltroons in Paradise’ by former drummer of The Police, Stewart Copeland. Scored for timpani, three percussionists and full symphony orchestra, the piece was commissioned by the RLPO for the 175th anniversary of their foundation in 1840.
Media Release Monday 5 August 2014
Gala Concert - 8pm, Sunday September 21st, 2014
Tickets on Sale: Wednesday 6th August 10am
Dr. Veronica Dunne will be awarded the National Concert Hall Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014. It will be presented in tribute to her own extraordinary career and in recognition of her incredible dedication and commitment to Irish singers, on Sunday September 21at at the National Concert Hall.
Media Release 1 August 2014
The National Concert Hall is delighted to announce young Irish mezzo-soprano Gemma Ní Bhriain from Dublin as the winner of The Bernadette Greevy Bursary Award for 2014. As overall winner, Gemma receives a bursary of 5,000 euro towards her singing career as well as the opportunity to perform a solo recital at National Concert Hall in 2015.
Media Release 30 July 2014
Saturday 9 August, 2014, 8pm
Tickets: www.nch.ie €35
On 9th of August, Irish singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paul Brady will take to the stage with his band to perform a back catalogue of his most celebrated works. He is one of Ireland’s most enduringly popular and acclaimed artists who has worked with a range of performers including Carole King, Ronan Keating, Conner Reeves, Christy Moore and more.
Media Release 25 July 2014
On 4th October 2014 (at 12.30pm, 3pm and 5pm), The National Concert Hall and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra present three showings of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, an enchanting double-bill based on the best-selling children’s picture books with live orchestral accompaniment, conducted by Terry Davis.
The screenings provide a wonderful opportunity to introduce families to the orchestra and the concert hall in an informal setting.
Media Release 25 July 2014
• Sounds of the South with Megafaun, Fight the Big Bull & Frazey Ford
• Doveman’s Burgundy Stain Sessions with Glen Hansard, Sam Amidon, Paul Noonan and Lisa O’Neill.
• Buke and Gase - Brooklyn duo Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez
• This is the Kit - Kate Stables
• Crash Ensemble perform the music of Bryce Dessner
The National Concert Hall and New York Label Brassland have collaborated to curate a weekend of music entitled ‘Brassland@NCH’ on 13 and 14 December 2014 showcasing some the label’s biggest artists and like-minded friends. The unique weekend, the final in the National Concert Hall’s flagship series ‘Perspectives 2014’, is hotly tipped to be one of the most anticipated musical events of the year.
Media Release 17 July 2014
8pm, Saturday 26 July, 2014
Tickets: www.nch.ie €25
A new occasional series sees the National Concert Hall bring some of Ireland’s most exciting artists together to pay tribute to one the great writers of modern music - the Thin White Duke. Emerging from the Hall’s Artist Writing Space project, this concert will see some of those Resident Artists, some of Dublin’s innovators and most acclaimed singers address the considerable work of David Bowie.
Media Release Sunday 13th July
Gala Concert - 8pm, Sunday September 21st, 2014
It was announced today that Dr. Veronica Dunne will be awarded the National Concert Hall Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014
. It will be presented in tribute to her own extraordinary career and in recognition of her incredible dedication and commitment to Irish singers, on Sunday September 21 at the National Concert Hall.
Media Release 10th July 2014
Today, the National Concert Hall announces a brand new Chamber Music programme for 2014/2015 bringing the best of the current generation of chamber music artists and established stars to an Irish stage.
Media Release 30 June 2014
The National Concert Hall is delighted to welcome back the American band Pink Martini featuring their original vocalist China Forbes, on Sunday 2 November 2014 as part of ESB LIVE 2014.
Media Release Wednesday 25th June 2014
Over 25 years of playing together, Altan have established themselves as one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music on the world stage. The Boston Globe has described them as “The hottest group in the Celtic realm.”
Media Release 17 June 2014
The National Concert Hall and Musici Ireland - one of Ireland’s leading chamber ensembles - present a series of lunchtime concerts taking place every Thursday throughout August (7th -28th) at the National Concert Hall. Schubert’s well-known and much-loved Trout Quintet will be performed as well as music from the movies such as Cinema Paradiso, Scent of a Woman, The Gadfly and so much more.
Media Release 14 May 2014
On Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 June, 8pm British music icon Bryan Ferry makes a welcome return to Dublin, following his 2013 sold-out concert, to perform the Irish debut of his new show ‘Bryan Ferry with Strings’.
Media Release 14 May 2014
Universally regarded as a living legend in jazz, saxophonist Wayne Shorter will make a rare appearance at the National Concert Hall with his quartet of pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade to give a unique performance on Saturday 14th of June as part of the National Concert Hall’s Perspectives Series 2014
Media Statement 2 May 2014
Please note soprano Sally Matthews will replace soprano Susan Gritton for the upcoming concert of Haydn’s The Creation at the National Concert Hall on Sunday 4 May 2014 as part of the International Concert Series 13/14. Unfortunately Susan Gritton is unwell and has had to withdraw from The Creation concerts in both Dublin and London.
Media Release 28th April 2014
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato joins the New York Philharmonic and music director Alan Gilbert
World-renowned operatic tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to Ireland after 18 years, to perform his International Concert Series debut
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to open the 14/15 season with music director Vasily Petrenko and guest violinist Ning Feng
World première by Johnny Greenwood (guitarist with famed band Radiohead,) to be performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra under Richard Tognetti
Percussion Concerto by Stewart Copeland, (former drummer with the band The Police) to be performed by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
French soprano Natalie Dessay makes her Irish debut with pianist Philippe Cassard
Irish artists featured in the season include: pianists Finghin Collins and John O’Conor and the Ulster Orchestra with their newly appointed conductor Rafael Payare and guest cellist Alisa Weilerstein
Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, T.D. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht together with the National Concert Hall’s newly appointed Chairman Gerry Kearney and CEO Simon Taylor, today announced the National Concert Hall’s star-studded 2014–2015 International Concert Series
Media Release Thursday 24 April 2014
On 4 May 2014, 8pm the renowned and revered Sir Simon Rattle will lead the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) and Choir of Enlightenment with guest soloists in a performance of Haydn’s great oratorio ‘The Creation’
, acknowledged by many as the crowning glory of Haydn’s brilliant career, and one of the greatest achievements in the history of music.
Media Release 7th April 2014
On 25 April 2014, English band Penguin Café (born of Simon Jeffe’s Penguin Café Orchestra) make their Irish debut at the National Concert Hall as part of ESB LIVE 2014. Now in its 5th year, the festival features a range of national and international artists from 25 April to November 2014.
Media Release Thursday 3rd April 2014
June 24 Rodrigo y Gabriela
July 1 Tinariwen
July 19 Altan
July 26 The Art of the Song: David Bowie
Aug 2 Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® - Adios Tour
Aug 9 Paul Brady
Aug 16 Sinead O’Connor - The Vishnu Room
Today (Thursday 3 April 2014), the National Concert Hall announces its Summer@NCH Festival 2014 line-up to include headline act Rodrigo y Gabriela. The festival which runs from 24th June to the 16th of August also features a stunning line-up of Irish and International acts to include Irish band Altan, renowned Saharan band Tinariwen, ‘The Art of the Song: David Bowie’ featuring Lisa Hannigan, Duke Special and others, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® (as part of their Adios Tour), and Irish singer/songwriters Paul Brady and Sinéad O’Connor.
Media Release Wednesday 2nd April 2014
The National Concert Hall’s 2013/2014 International Concert Series continues this Spring with a range of recitalists, duos, ensembles and orchestras including the City of London Sinfonia with clarinettist and conductor Michael Collins (12 April) Chinese pianist Lang Lang in a sold-out concert (19 April), the prized Danish String Quartet (22 April), and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Choir of Enlightenment with Sir Simon Rattle and guests performing Haydn’s Creation (4 May). It also features the Spring Sunday Matinée Series with Irish musicians, pianist Hugh Tinney and violinist Catherine Leonard (27 April, 11 and 25 May).
Media Release Friday 14th March 2014
On Saturday 12 April 2014, leading British clarinetist and conductor Michael Collins joins the City of London Sinfonia (CLS) to premiere ‘On a piece of Tapestry’ by leading jazz composer and pianist, Gwilym Simcock in an Irish exclusive at the National Concert Hall as part of the International Concert Series 13/14.
Media Release Thursday 13th march 2014
On Saturday 19 April, the National Concert Hall welcomes superstar pianist Lang Lang to perform a sold-out recital as part of the National Concert Hall’s International Concert Series.
Media Release 6 March 2014
Hendrik Weber, better known as Pantha du Prince, is a German techno minimalist whose latest collaboration with the Oslo music collective The Bell Laboratory entitled ‘Elements of Light’ will be played out at the National Concert Hall, Wednesday 26 March as part of the Perspectives Series 2014.
Media Release 4 March 2014
The National Concert Hall is delighted to announce Irish composers Alex Dowling (from Co. Dublin) and Amanda Feery (from Co. Offaly) as joint winners of the Jerome Hynes Young Composers’ Competition 2013, awarded by The National Concert Hall.
Media Release Tuesday 4th March 2014
Renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with conductor Kirill Karabits, who teamed up to produce the best-selling classical album of 2012 [The Silver Violin] will perform together at the National Concert Hall, on Thursday 27th of March as part of the International Concert Series 2013/2014
Media Release 27 February 2014
The National Concert Hall's April to June Calendar of Events is now available
Media Release 26 February 2014
Today, 26 February 2014, ESB and the National Concert Hall are delighted to announce the line-up for this year’s ESB LIVE Series. Now in its 5th year, ESB Live is a series of 5 concerts featuring a range of truly great national and international musicians from April 25th to June 19th including; Roxy Music legend and musical icon Bryan Ferry (18th & 19th June), Bell X1’s front-man Paul Noonan with his solo project ‘Printer Clips’ (24th May) and Penguin Café making their Irish debut supported by Choice Music Prize nominee, Lisa O’Neill (25th April)*.
Media Release 24 February 2014
On Saturday 26 April 2014 the National Concert Hall and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra welcome the multi Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore to Dublin for a concert of his own music. The RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be conducted by Ludwig Wicki and joined by cellist Emma-Jane Murphy, and chorus to include DIT Choral Society.
Media Release 17 February 2014
Mansell is the acclaimed British film composer and long-time collaborator of ground-breaking director Darren Aronofsky for whom he has scored Black Swan
, Requiem for a Dream
, The Fountain, The Wrestler
. In addition to his impressive work for film, Clint received major acclaim for his 2009 score for Duncan Jones’ directorial debut Moon
. His latest creation is the soundtrack to the upcoming film Noah
, starring Russell Crowe.
The National Concert Hall will play host to one of the most thrilling American musicians of his generation, Chris Thile of Punch Brothers in a new duo with the acclaimed pianist Brad Mehldau. The singer and mandolin virtuoso will perform on Sunday 9 November in a unique evening of music with Mehldau, one most lyrical and intimate voices of contemporary jazz piano. As a solo artist, band leader and collaborator (with artists such as Pat Metheny, Anne Sofie von Otter, Renée Fleming, and Joshua Redman), Mehldau continues to garner awards and admiration from both jazz purists and music enthusiasts alike.
Media Release 11 February 2014
Christy Moore, Bono and Mark Knopfler have all crossed his path … he is Donal Lunny. On Sunday 16th of March, Donal Lunny of LAPD, Planxty, Moving Hearts and Bothy Band fame joins a host of Irish musicians to perform as part of the St. Patrick’s weekend at The National Concert Hall. Joining him will be the acclaimed Irish fiddler Zoë Conway, the prodigious Padraig Rynne on concertinas, Breton flautist Sylvain Barou and the renowned singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andy Irvine.
Media Release Tuesday 4 February 2014
The National Concert Hall announces pianist Nadene Fiorentini, from Donegal, as its ‘Rising Star’ recitalist for 2014.
Media Release Monday 3rd February 2014
Acclaimed British pianist John Lill celebrates his 70th Birthday by embarking on a landmark series of recitals of the complete piano sonatas by Beethoven culminating this February with a recital at the National Concert Hall (20th of February) before completing the cycle in Cadogan Hall, London later in the month.
Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum (the taiko), KODO is forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form. They make a welcome return to the National Concert Hall Dublin with their new show, Legend on the 22 and 23 of February 2014, 8pm
Media Release Wednesday 15th January 2014
Named “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, and Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008 Chanticleer make a welcome return to Ireland to perform for the first time at the National Concert Hall on Sunday 9 February as part of the International Concert Series 2013/2014.
Media Release Friday 10th January 2014
On Wednesday 29 January 2014 celebrated American baritone Thomas Hampson returns to Ireland with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta (now celebrating its tenth anniversary season) as part of their 12-stop European tour together. Recognised as one of the most formidable interpreters of German romantic song, Hampson brings his enduring artistry to works by Schönberg, Brahms, Schubert, Wolf and Barber for this special concert as part of the National Concert Hall’s International Concert Series 2013/2014.
Media Release Monday 6 January 2014
Grammy-winning virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell makes a welcome return to the National Concert Hall on the 21st of January 2014 to perform with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. The programme for the first concert of the New Year as part of the National Concert Hall’s International Concert Series 13/14 features Bach’s Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004*, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in C major and Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77.
Media Release 3 January 2014
The National Concert Hall’s ‘Tradition Now’ festival (25 and 26 January 2014) is a weekend of forward looking traditional music offering the best of traditional music from established and up-and-coming artists on the concert circuit.
- June Tabor’s Quercus with Huw Warren and Iain Ballamy
- The Kilfenora Céilí Band with dancer Michael Donnellan and Kickincrew
- ‘Tradition Now’ Marathon
- The Gloaming - (Martin Hayes, fiddle) Iarla O’Lionaird (vocals), Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh (hardanger), Dennis Cahill (guitar) and Thomas Bartlett (piano)
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