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Sir Thomas Allen
Media Release 1 September 2014

Real life inspiration behind the story of Billy Elliot, baritone SIR THOMAS ALLEN performs at National Concert Hall as part of Sunday Matinée Series

Acclaimed British baritone Sir Thomas Allen will perform 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 for 2014.

Sir Thomas Allen is an established star of the great opera houses of the world and this year he celebrated the 40th anniversary of his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has been particularly acclaimed for his Billy Budd, Pelléas, Eugene Onegin, Ulisse and Beckmesser, as well as the great Mozart roles of Count Almaviva, Don Alfonso, Papageno, Guglielmo and, of course, Don Giovanni.

Having grown up in a working-class mining town in north-east of England, Sir Thomas has been cited by Lee Hall, (the creator of Billy Elliot) as the inspiration behind the character who pursues his talents despite the prejudices of his surroundings. Sir Thomas now performs on the world's great opera stages and in March this year was presented the Queen’s Medal for Music by Queen Elizabeth in recognition of his "major influence on the musical life" of the UK. Equally renowned on the concert platform, he appears in recital in the United Kingdom, throughout Europe, in Australia and America, and has appeared with the world’s great orchestras and conductors.

For his National Concert Hall Matinée performance he will be accompanied by pianist Joseph Middleton who has been described by BBC Music Magazine as ‘one of the brightest stars in the world of song and lieder’ and has been labelled ‘the cream of the new generation’ by The Times.

Simon Taylor CEO of the National Concert Hall said “The Sunday Matinee Series is designed to offer our audiences an additional, alternative and relaxed way to enjoy great music and wonderful performers. This autumn’s series features two internationally renowned singers from the UK and Austria, Sir Thomas Allen and Angelika Kirchschlager, and one of Ireland’s most celebrated musicians, Barry Douglas, performing masterpieces ranging from Schubert’s wonderful, brooding evocation of a winter’s journey to the infectious melodies of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Three concerts to treasure."

Barry Douglas will make this welcome return to the National Concert Hall on Sunday 9 November and will perform with the reputable Camerata Ireland with whom he is the Artistic Director and General Manager.

Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager is one of the most important vocal artists performing today, whose repertoire reaches from Bach to Berlioz, and Debussy to Dvořák; she performs Sunday 23 November.

Both Sir Thomas Allen and Angelika Kirchschlager’s 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.

Tickets to Sir Thomas Allen with pianist Joseph Middleton at the National Concert Hall / Sunday 5 October 2014, 3pm are €20 / NCH Box Office Tel: 01 417 00 00 or www.nch.ie

Schubert Die Winterreise D. 911

Upcoming concerts for Sunday Matinée Series 2014 at the National Concert Hall
Barry Douglas with Camerata Ireland / Sunday 9 November 2014: Tickets: €20
Grieg Holberg Suite
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat K 449
Shostakovich Romance from The Gadfly (with violin soloist)
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

Angelika Kirchschlager / Sunday 23 November 2014: Tickets: €20
Meine Liebe Ist Grün Op.6 No.5  
Übe Die Heide    
Op. 86 No. 4    
Der Gang Zum    
Liebchen Op. 48 No. 1   
Therese Op. 8 No. 1   
Von Ewiger Liebe
An Silvia
Gretchen Am

Liebeslied Op. 51 No. 5   
Die Soldatenbraut Op. 64 No. 1  
Die Lotosblume    
Die Kartenlegerin   

Im Rhein
Der König im Thule
Die drei Zigeuner
Der du von dem Himmel bist
NCH Box Office Tel: 01 417 00 00 or www.nch.ie

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