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Media Release 10th July 2014

National Concert Hall Announces New Chamber Music Programme for 2014/2015

NCH Sunday Matinée Series – Autumn (5 Oct. 9 & 23 Nov.) featuring Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano), Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Barry Douglas (piano) and Camerata Ireland.

John Ruddock: A Celebration (1 Nov.) featuring Scharoun Ensemble, Vogler Quartet, Finghin Collins (piano) and Michael Collins (clarinet).
‘Scoring History' (7, 14, 21, 28 Nov.) – Ian Wilson’s newly curated early-evening Series featuring the Vanbrugh Quartet in four concerts exploring the string quartet canon.

West Cork Comes to Dublin – West Cork Chamber Music Festival comes to Dublin for one full day (28 March 2015) with five concerts featuring artists such as Natalie Clein (cello), Artis Quartet, Henning Kraggerud (violin), Kryzysztof Chorzelski (violin) and more.

NCH Sunday Matinée Series – Spring 2015 – Vanbrugh Quartet and Friends; three concerts featuring the Vanbrugh Quartet and special guests
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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.
 
Simon Taylor, CEO of the National Concert Hall said: ‘We are delighted to announce such a full chamber music programme for the coming season as a complement to our International Concert Series. Covering genres from the string quartet to art song, the programme offers our audiences great music performed by world-class artists. Sunday matinées and early-evening concerts also give our patrons additional opportunities to enjoy wonderful music-making at the National Concert Hall. I am particularly pleased to be celebrating the tireless and pioneering work of John Ruddock in promoting chamber music in Ireland for nearly five decades and the more recent remarkable achievements of West Cork Chamber Music Festival’.
 
Comprising a range of matinée, evening and all-day events, this new chamber music series features renowned operatic and concert performers as well as a range of award-winning chamber ensembles and soloists such as Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager, British baritone Sir Thomas Allen, acclaimed cellist Natalie Clein, the Artis, Vanbrugh, Vogler Quartets, the distinguished Scharoun Ensemble from the Berlin Philharmonic and many more.
 
This Autumn, the National Concert Hall continues its Sunday Matinée Series for the second year running boasting a superb line-up of artists featuring the British baritone Sir Thomas Allen (5 Oct.) performing Schubert’s emotive and poignant Die Winterreise D. 911, Ireland’s renowned Camerata Ireland with pianist Barry Douglas performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 (9 Nov.) and the Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager, famous for her operatic and concert performances, will perform with pianist James Sherlock (23 Nov.). The two song recitals are part of the Dublin Song Series, curated by Dearbhla and Finghin Collins in association with the National Concert Hall and Sundays at Noon Concert Series at Dublin City Gallery, Hugh Lane.
 
John Ruddock: A Celebration’ (1st November) brings together musicians from across Ireland and abroad all of whom had close association with John Ruddock, to perform a unique programme of chamber music classics. Proceeds from this concert will also go towards establishing a John & Doreen Ruddock mentoring scheme for aspiring music promoters.
 
Ian Wilson’s newly curated series of early evening concerts ‘Scoring History'- featuring the Vanbrugh Quartet, takes audiences on a journey through  200 years of the string quartet canon. Focused on four individual themes – Folk, Distant Lands, Conflict and Solitudes - each concert is devised to “connect with some of the most important and transformative events in human history” (Ian Wilson). It promises world-class performances of landmark pieces in fascinating combinations. This series marks the start of a three-year residency at the National Concert Hall by the Vanbrugh Quartet, supported by DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.
 
The long-standing and reputable West Cork Chamber Music Festival who celebrate their 20th Anniversary this year, makes its mark on Dublin when it stages a full day of concerts (28 March 2015) featuring award-winning cellist Natalie Clein, violinists Henning Kraggerud and Krzysztof Chorzelski, and the Artis and Vanbrugh Quartets. The day begins with a unique arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations as part of the 11am coffee concert; other programming highlights include Saint-Saën’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28, Mozart’s String Quintet in D.K593 and Schnittke’s Piano Quintet.
 
The National Concert Hall Spring Matinée Series 2015 continues the residency by the Vanbrugh Quartet in association with DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Each of the three concerts features a renowned guest musician performing quintets by Fauré, Dvořák and Shostakovich as well as Strings Quartets by Beethoven, Schubert and Prokofiev. (Further details to be announced).

The National Concert Hall Chamber Music Programme 2014/2015 is supported by The Irish Times and RTÉ lyric fm.

full details here: http://issuu.com/nationalconcerthall/docs/14_12_06_chamber_series_2014_2015_a
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For further information, imagery or interview please contact: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 – 417 0057 or 087 1775334.