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John Ruddock Celebration
Media Release 23 September 2014

National Concert Hall to celebrate life and work of promoter John Ruddock with special concert

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.

John Ruddock was a champion of chamber music in Ireland for over 60 years and his work brought many world-class artists such as violinist Isaac Stern, Takacs Quartet and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy to Irish audiences in a career spanning some 800 concerts. His work and that of his wife Doreen also supported the careers of some of the most important Irish musicians such as pianists John O’Conor, Barry Douglas, Finghin Collins, Hugh Tinney and soprano Bernadette Greevy.

Simon Taylor CEO of the National Concert Hall said ‘Classical music in Ireland owes a huge debt of gratitude to John. His energy was boundless and his enthusiasm for chamber music highly infectious. We are delighted to be presenting this wonderful concert, performed by some of his favourite musicians, as a tribute to a unique and much loved man’.

The celebration, which is presented by the National Concert Hall and is part of its Chamber Music Programme 2014/2015 , 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 greats.

Performing on the night will be members of the Scharoun Ensemble (of the Berlin Philharmonic) in collaboration with the Vogler Quartet who will perform Schubert’s Octet. Also celebrating the life of John Ruddock will be Finghin Collins who will perform Mahler’s Piano Quartet and Michael Collins will play Clarinet Quintet by Brahms.

Proceeds from this concert will go towards establishing a John & Doreen Ruddock mentoring scheme for aspiring music promoters.

Other concerts in the Chamber Music Programme at the National Concert Hall include Barry Douglas’ welcome return on Sunday 9 November; he will perform with the reputable Camerata Ireland with whom he is the Artistic Director and General Manager. Performing on Sunday 23 November is Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager, one of the most important vocal artists performing today, whose repertoire reaches from Bach to Berlioz, and Debussy to Dvořák.

JOHN RUDDOCK: A Celebration / Saturday 1st November, 8.00pm
Prices: €35, €45, €50 (€25 Choir Balcony)
NCH Box Office Tel: 01 417 00 00 or www.nch.ie

Finghin Collins
Mahler - Piano Quartet
Michael Collins
Brahms - Clarinet Quintet
Members of the Scharoun Ensemble (of the Berlin Philharmonic) in collaboration with the Vogler Quartet
Schubert – Octet

For further information please contact: Ruth Moloney, Marketing Executive, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 417 0084 / 087 278 6382