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Music Students &

Music Students & Musicians

Music Students & Musicians

The National Concert Hall is a regular host of world-class, celebrity musicians. As well as performing to sold-out audiences across the world, many of these musicians are dedicated to music education and work with the Education & Outreach programme in providing first rate interactive experiences for music students and musicians across Ireland.

Double Bass masterclass

With Chi-Chi Nwanoku MBE, FRAM

Sunday 4th May, 1.15pm

  • Room: John Field Room
  • Price: Observer ticket €5
  • Complimentary tickets available for Season Friends of the National Concert Hall (Please log in with your Season Friends log-in to avail of complimentary tickets for this event)

Ahead of this evening performance with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, principle double bassist and founder member Chi-Chi Nwanoku will take time to give a masterclass to some of Ireland young double bass players.

Chi-chi Nwanoku is half the size of her double bass, yet has gained a reputation as one of the finest exponents of her instrument on today.

Her catalogue of recordings is extensive and can be found at her website. This includes three double bass concertos by Vanhal and Dittersdorf, with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Hyperion CD 67179. Barrie Gavin directed a documentary film about Chi-chi’s career called Tales from the Bass Line.

Chi-chi is Principal Double Bassist and founder member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Endymion Ensemble. She is Professor of Double Bass Historical Studies at The Royal Academy of Music in London.

Biography courtesy of www.chi-chinwanoku.com

Presented by National Concert Hall Education & Outreach Department in association with Royal Irish Academy of Music

Songschool: In Conversation with Paul Noonan and Neil Hannon

Saturday 17th May, 3pm

  • Room: Kevin Barry Room
  • Price: €10
  • 20% discount for Young Maestros
  • Open to under 18's, under 16's should be accompanied by a guardian/parent
Join Peter Baxter, Director of Songschool, in conversation with Paul Noonan from Bell X1 and Neil Hannon from The Devine Comedy and Duckworth Lewis Method. Paul, Neil and Peter will explore how songs evolve, what their favourite song is and that ultimate, unanswerable question…..what makes a great song?
Paul Noonan and Neil Hannon are members of the National Concert Hall’s pilot Artist Writing Space programme.
Keep an eye on our website for announcements of further members of the Artist Writing Space who might drop in to join Paul, Neil and Peter on May 17.


Songschool is for secondary school students who are interested in writing and recording songs, performing them at a concert, making a video, learning about music technology, and meeting people who love music as much as they do... not to mention forming bands and having fun!
All Songschool students receive a CD of their songs, a DVD of their videos, and a Songschool certificate of participation.

Presented by the National Concert Hall Education & Outreach Department

Blow The Dust Orchestra

The National Concert Hall's project for older musicians is entitled "Blow the Dust off Your Trumpet". The orchestra is now at full capacity but we would still like to hear from you!
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