News Round Up: Chloë Hanslip & Danny Driver April Tour

11 April 2016

Audience reaction:

"Myself and my companions greatly enjoyed the performance (and the excellent new composition by Deirdre McKay)... their performance [...] was absolutely first rate." - Fintan Bolton, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

"Not the least pleasure of a [Music Network] series is chance to hear (superb) music in unusual venues: [Freemasons' Hall] for Chloë Hanslip & Danny Driver" - Seán O'Keefe, Freemasons' Hall, Dublin 2

"Their playing is superb, programme choice excellent in its variations and the dynamic between them in performance is stunning. It was one of the most wonderful musical experiences I've had in years." - Robyn Rowland, Station House Theatre, Clifden

 

New commission by Music Network:

Music Network are proud to actively support and promote the work of contemporary Irish composers. Since the roll out of our Strategic Plan in 2014, we have included contemporary Irish works in 91% of relevant touring programmes.

This programme included the world premiere of a Music Network commission by Deirdre McKay entitled a quarter million miles from the moon. 

In partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre under its Composers’ Voice initiative, Deirdre McKay attended the concert in New Ross on Thursday 31 March to talk about the new work, enhancing the listening experience for audiences.

Other recent Music Network commissions include works by Marian Ingoldsby (Never give all the heart) and Brian Irvine (A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing).

 

Tour:

Our sensational duo spent the afternoon in RTÉ studios ahead of their opening peformance in Pavilion Theatre. They recorded the first of Prokofiev's Cinq méldies, Op. 35b, I. Andante, and Heifetz' arrangement of the Gershwin classic Summertime for Arena which aired 30 March.

The tour opened with a concert in Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire.

Our musicians then travelled to New Ross, Waterford and Cork, before returning to Dublin and performing in Freemasons' Hall, then on to Warrenpoint, Co. Down.

The tour continued to Clifden, Castlebar and finished in The Model, Co. Sligo.

 

Masterclasses:

As part of their tour, Chloë and Danny facilitated two public masterclasses, held at Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music (violin), and St Mary’s Church, New Ross (piano). A total of six students took part in these workshops, including Emma Galloway in St. Mary's Church, New Ross, photos below. The classes were arranged with Connie Tantrum, Music for New Ross and Joan Scannell, CIT Cork School of Music.

A mother of one of the piano students in New Ross shared her thoughts on the experience:

"As an outsider, spectator, and someone who knows very little about classical music, except the journey my daughter has brought me on over the past few years, I thought Danny Driver's masterclass was enjoyable, interesting and very informative."

Here is what some of the participants from CIT Cork School of Music had to say on their violin masterclass with Chloë:

"Chloë Hanslip portrayed her music in the most musical fashion. I was blown away by how down to earth she was. It was a real treat."

"It was a great experience to get to work with someone of Chloë's calibre. She managed to transform phrases and even single notes with a simple suggestion, and was always very positive and encouraging."

"Really enjoyed the masterclass. Looking forward to future Music Network projects coming to Cork."

 

Freemasons' Hall, Dublin, Sunday 3 April:

Photo credit Emily O'Callaghan

With composer Deirdre McKay / 'a quarter million miles from the moon' programme note

 

Programme notes:

For each of our tours, we commission influential writers to add flavour to our programmes. Classical journalist and reviewer Pat O'Kelly compiled the programme notes for the duo's programme of Beethoven, Prokofiev and Strauss. Irish composer Deirdre McKay supplied a programme note on her commissioned work 'a quarter million miles from the moon'. Read them here.