Benjamin Britten as I Knew Him: A Musical Portrait by John Elwes 1 - 8 December

22 October 2013

“British tenor John Elwes, with a slew of prestigious recordings to his credit, is always a treat to hear in concert. His bright, high-sounding, clearly-focused voice is highly characteristic and absolutely unmistakable.” Albuquerque Journal

FOIMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday 22 October 2013
Music Network Presents ‘Benjamin Britten as I Knew Him: A Musical Portrait by John Elwes with Finghin Collins and Brian O'Kane’, 1 – 8 December
“British tenor John Elwes, with a slew of prestigious recordings to his credit, is always a treat to hear in concert. His bright, high-sounding, clearly-focused voice is highly characteristic and absolutely unmistakable.” Albuquerque Journal
"Finghin Collins has long been the most successful Irish pianist of his generation.” 
The Irish Times
"...the young Irish cellist Brian O’Kane, who ranged beautifully between the work’s melancholic intimacy and its flashes of the composer’s orchestral sound-world." 
The Irish Times 
Music Network is delighted to present a very special concert series entitled, ‘Benjamin Britten as I Knew Him: A Musical Portrait by John Elwes with Finghin Collins and Brian O'Kane’ from 1 – 8 December. Join three of Ireland’s finest musicians as they present this most personal of tributes to Benjamin Britten as his centenary year draws to a close. This intimate programme of music and memories of Benjamin Britten includes excerpts from A Ceremony of Carols, selected Songs From Friday Afternoons, Folksongs from the British Isles and the celebrated Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major Op. 65. Further information from (01) 475 0224 or www.musicnetwork.ie. Music Network is funded by the Arts Council.
As a boy soprano and Head Chorister at Westminster Cathedral, John Elwes, (then John Hahessy), worked closely with Benjamin Britten and made several recordings with the composer at the piano including the world premiere recordings of Britten's Canticle "Abraham and Isaac" with the tenor Peter Pears, and the “Songs From Friday Afternoons” op. 7. Britten later dedicated his "Corpus Christi Carol" to John Hahessy. ‘Benjamin Britten as I Knew Him’ will interweave music with John’s memories of the composer and anecdotes about his life and work.
Tenor John Elwes began his musical career at Westminster Cathedral in London where he was Head Chorister. His vocal education was furthered by the eminent harpsichordist George Malcolm, the then Director of Music.  Under the name of John Hahessy he had considerable success as a boy soprano - from BBC broadcasts and recordings with Decca to concerts with such conductors as Benjamin Britten. John is particularly well known for his sensitive and musical performances and his extensive repertoire. He has a busy concert and operatic life performing regularly in Europe, Japan and the USA. He has participated in more than a hundred recordings ranging from the music of Monteverdi to Britten. Notable amongst these recordings are Bach’s B Minor Mass and St. Matthew Passion (Harmonia Mundi) with the eminent Dutch conductor Gustav Leonhardt.
Pianist Finghin Collins was born in Dublin and studied with John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and with Dominique Merlet at the Geneva Conservatoire. He established his international reputation by winning the 1999 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition. Since then he has performed with leading orchestras such as the Chicago, City of Birmingham and Houston Symphony orchestras, the Seoul, London, Rotterdam and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Northern Sinfonia, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Myung-Whun Chung, Hans Graf, Emmanuel Krivine, Sakari Oramo, Heinrich Schiff, Vassily Sinaisky, Leonard Slatkin and Frans Bruggen. Last season he completed his three-year tenure as Associate Artist of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, rounding off his cycle of the complete Mozart and Beethoven piano concertos. His new double CD recording for the RTE lyric fm label of Mozart piano concertos with the RTE NSO was also released in May 2013. In June 2013 he made his début in the London Pianoforte Series at the Wigmore Hall in London while in August he appeared at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. Engagements in the 2013/14 season include appearances with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau.
Born in 1985, Irish cellist Brian O’Kane is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the Jacqueline Du Pre Scholarship to continue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Brian has also studied at the International Musicians Seminar with renowned musicians such as Ralph Kirshbaum, Gabor Takacs-Nagy and Steven Isserlis. As winner of the 2007 Accenture Bursary Award and the Camerata Ireland Young Musician of the Year Award, Brian performed as soloist with Camerata Ireland under Barry Douglas and with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Highgrove. Brian came to prominence by taking first prize at the Windsor Festival International String Competition and subsequently performed Elgar’s cello concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy.  As a member of the Cappa Ensemble, Brian is a former recipient of Music Network’s Young Musicwide Award and in 2013 was the National Concert Hall of Ireland's 'Rising Star'.
Programme
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Selections from A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
Procession: Hodie Christus natus est                                              
Wolcum Yole!
Balulalow
Deo Gracias!
Hodie Christus natus est
Selected Songs from Friday Afternoons, Op. 7 *
Fishing Song                                                                      
Corpus Christi Carol
A New Year Carol
I mun be married on Sunday
Selected Folksongs from the British Isles *
I will give my love an apple 
Master Kilby 
'Tis the last rose of summer
The Salley Gardens
Notturno for solo piano 
Henry Purcell ((1659 – 1695)
Ode to St Cecilia (Welcome to all the pleasures Z339): Beauty thou scene of love *
Music for a while
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Sonata for Cello and Piano in C, Op. 65* 
1. Dialogo            
2. Scherzo - Pizzicato      
3. Elegia                
4. Marcia
5. Moto Perpetuo
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: For the flowers are great blessings  
War Requiem, Op. 66: Agnus Dei 
Selections from the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31*
Pastoral                                                                                    
Hymn
Sonnet
*Dublin concert programme 4/12/13
FOR LISTINGS EDITORS
Music Network Presents
Benjamin Britten as I Knew Him: A Musical Portrait by John Elwes with Finghin Collins and Brian O'Kane
1st – 8th December
John Elwes, tenor
Brian O'Kane, cello
Finghin Collins, piano
Sunday 1st December, DUNDALK
Anaverna House, Ravensdale, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Start Time: 3:00 PM
Ticket Prices: €20 / €5 (Students) - Lunch before the concert €20
Booking Phone: 042 9371490 or verelc@gmail.com
Promoted by Anaverna
Wednesday 4th December, DUBLIN
John Field Room, National Concert Hall
Start Time: 1:00 PM
Ticket Prices: €15 / €12 (concession) / €5  
Booking Phone: 01 417 0000
Promoted by Music Network
Friday 6th December, WEXFORD
St. Iberius Church
Start Time: 8:00 PM
Ticket Prices: €15 / €12 (concession) / €5 (students)    
Tickets at the door only
Promoted by Music for Wexford
Sunday 8th December, KILKENNY
Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, Callan
Start Time: 4:00 PM
Ticket Prices: €15 / €10
Booking Phone: 086 1777017
Promoted by Music in Kilkenny
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"Finghin Collins has long been the most successful Irish pianist of his generation.” The Irish Times

"...the young Irish cellist Brian O’Kane, who ranged beautifully between the work’s melancholic intimacy and its flashes of the composer’s orchestral sound-world." The Irish Times 

Music Network is delighted to present a very special concert series entitled, ‘Benjamin Britten as I Knew Him: A Musical Portrait by John Elwes with Finghin Collins and Brian O'Kane’ from 1 – 8 December. Join three of Ireland’s finest musicians as they present this most personal of tributes to Benjamin Britten as his centenary year draws to a close. This intimate programme of music and memories of Benjamin Britten includes excerpts from A Ceremony of Carols, selected Songs From Friday Afternoons, Folksongs from the British Isles and the celebrated Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major Op. 65. Further information from (01) 475 0224 or www.musicnetwork.ie. Music Network is funded by the Arts Council.

As a boy soprano and Head Chorister at Westminster Cathedral, John Elwes, (then John Hahessy), worked closely with Benjamin Britten and made several recordings with the composer at the piano including the world premiere recordings of Britten's Canticle "Abraham and Isaac" with the tenor Peter Pears, and the “Songs From Friday Afternoons” op. 7. Britten later dedicated his "Corpus Christi Carol" to John Hahessy. ‘Benjamin Britten as I Knew Him’ will interweave music with John’s memories of the composer and anecdotes about his life and work.

Tenor John Elwes began his musical career at Westminster Cathedral in London where he was Head Chorister. His vocal education was furthered by the eminent harpsichordist George Malcolm, the then Director of Music.  Under the name of John Hahessy he had considerable success as a boy soprano - from BBC broadcasts and recordings with Decca to concerts with such conductors as Benjamin Britten. John is particularly well known for his sensitive and musical performances and his extensive repertoire. He has a busy concert and operatic life performing regularly in Europe, Japan and the USA. He has participated in more than a hundred recordings ranging from the music of Monteverdi to Britten. Notable amongst these recordings are Bach’s B Minor Mass and St. Matthew Passion (Harmonia Mundi) with the eminent Dutch conductor Gustav Leonhardt.

Pianist Finghin Collins was born in Dublin and studied with John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and with Dominique Merlet at the Geneva Conservatoire. He established his international reputation by winning the 1999 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition. Since then he has performed with leading orchestras such as the Chicago, City of Birmingham and Houston Symphony orchestras, the Seoul, London, Rotterdam and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Northern Sinfonia, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Myung-Whun Chung, Hans Graf, Emmanuel Krivine, Sakari Oramo, Heinrich Schiff, Vassily Sinaisky, Leonard Slatkin and Frans Bruggen. Last season he completed his three-year tenure as Associate Artist of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, rounding off his cycle of the complete Mozart and Beethoven piano concertos. His new double CD recording for the RTE lyric fm label of Mozart piano concertos with the RTE NSO was also released in May 2013. In June 2013 he made his début in the London Pianoforte Series at the Wigmore Hall in London while in August he appeared at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. Engagements in the 2013/14 season include appearances with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau.

Born in 1985, Irish cellist Brian O’Kane is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the Jacqueline Du Pre Scholarship to continue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Brian has also studied at the International Musicians Seminar with renowned musicians such as Ralph Kirshbaum, Gabor Takacs-Nagy and Steven Isserlis. As winner of the 2007 Accenture Bursary Award and the Camerata Ireland Young Musician of the Year Award, Brian performed as soloist with Camerata Ireland under Barry Douglas and with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Highgrove. Brian came to prominence by taking first prize at the Windsor Festival International String Competition and subsequently performed Elgar’s cello concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy.  As a member of the Cappa Ensemble, Brian is a former recipient of Music Network’s Young Musicwide Award and in 2013 was the National Concert Hall of Ireland's 'Rising Star'.

Programme

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Selections from A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
Procession: Hodie Christus natus est                                              
Wolcum Yole!
Balulalow
Deo Gracias!
Hodie Christus natus est

Selected Songs from Friday Afternoons, Op. 7 *
Fishing Song                                                                      
Corpus Christi Carol
A New Year Carol
I mun be married on Sunday

Selected Folksongs from the British Isles *
I will give my love an apple 
Master Kilby 
'Tis the last rose of summer
The Salley Gardens

Notturno for solo piano 

Henry Purcell ((1659 – 1695)

Ode to St Cecilia (Welcome to all the pleasures Z339): Beauty thou scene of love *Music for a while

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Sonata for Cello and Piano in C, Op. 65* 
1. Dialogo            
2. Scherzo - Pizzicato      
3. Elegia                
4. Marcia5. Moto Perpetuo

Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: For the flowers are great blessings  

War Requiem, Op. 66: Agnus Dei 

Selections from the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31*
Pastoral                                                                                    
Hymn
Sonnet

*Dublin concert programme 4/12/13


FOR LISTINGS EDITORS


Music Network Presents

Benjamin Britten as I Knew Him: A Musical Portrait by John Elwes with Finghin Collins and Brian O'Kane
1st – 8th December
John Elwes, tenor, Brian O'Kane, cello Finghin Collins, piano

Sunday 1st December, DUNDALK
Anaverna House, Ravensdale, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Start Time: 3:00 PM
Ticket Prices: €20 / €5 (Students) - Lunch before the concert €20
Booking Phone: 042 9371490 or verelc@gmail.com
Promoted by Anaverna

Wednesday 4th December, DUBLIN
John Field Room, National Concert Hall
Start Time: 1:00 PM
Ticket Prices: €15 / €12 (concession) / €5  
Booking Phone: 01 417 0000
Promoted by Music Network

Friday 6th December, WEXFORD
St. Iberius ChurchStart Time: 8:00 PM
Ticket Prices: €15 / €12 (concession) / €5 (students)  
Tickets at the door only
Promoted by Music for Wexford

Sunday 8th December, KILKENNY
Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, Callan
Start Time: 4:00 PM
Ticket Prices: €15 / €10
Booking Phone: 086 1777017
Promoted by Music in Kilkenny


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