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Insights - Pre-concert talks

 Insights

Insights is a series of pre-concert talks given by respected figures in Irish music education and performance, and is linked to the International Concert Series.  Taking a thematic approach, each talk uses the repertoire and performers as a departure point from which to explore musical themes that will have much to offer anyone with an interest in enhancing the concert experience, or expanding their understanding of classical music in general.

All talks are from 6:45-7:30pm unless otherwise advertised.

Free to concert ticket holders.

English Chamber Orchestra pre-concert talk with José Serebrier and Simon Taylor

Tuesday 4 October

In an open interview with National Concert Hall CEO Simon Taylor, conductor José Serebrier talks about having his first symphony premiered at the age of 17 by Leopold Stokowsi, his work as a composer alongside that of conducting, and how he has become one of the most recorded conductors of his generation.

Choir of King’s College pre-concert talk with Tim Thurston

Wednesday 14 December

The Chapel of King's College, Cambridge has, for over 500 years, been considered one of the world's most beautiful buildings. Its choir of men and boys is equally renowned, especially for the Christmas Eve "Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols"

Tim Thurston, who grew up in Cambridge, has a special affinity with both the Chapel and its music and, in this pre-concert talk will tell the story of both. He will play excerpts from the many of the choir's recordings over the last 50 years.