The London Conchord Ensemble and Daniel Norman (tenor) UKClassical Tour Maya Koch, violin, Emily Pailthorpe, oboe, Douglas Patterson, viola, Thomas Carroll,cello, With Daniel Norman, tenor
The London Conchord Ensemble was born from a passion to showcase works by the great composers that had been neglected simply because of their unusual instrumentation. This passion is translated on stage into spellbinding performances that have won acclaim from critics and fans alike. The ensemble plays works written for strings, wind and voice, with a repertoire that ranges from the baroque to the contemporary. Combining their rich musical repertoires with tenor Daniel Norman, the ensemble can be heard on a Music Network tour of Ireland from 28 November to 8 December. The programme will feature works by Haydn, Vaughan Williams, Martinu, Moeran, Mozart among others. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost music ensembles at affordable prices in venues around Ireland and are presented in association with The Irish Times and RTÉ lyric fm. Music Network is funded by The Arts Council. Further information from Music Network at (01) 671 9429 or www.musicnetwork.ie.
All four members of London Conchord Ensemble on this tour are award-winning soloists in their own right: Maya Koch (violin) has won numerous prizes including the Bach Prize in Baden-Baden and first prize at the International Lions Competition for Violinists in Portugal; as winner of the Gillet International Oboe Competition in 1998, Emily Pailthorpe (oboe) was described as the “Jacqueline du Pré of the oboe”.
Douglas Patterson (viola) is former Principal Viola of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and has, since 1990, been a member of the Schubert Ensemble of London, touring all over the world, while Thomas Carroll (cello), an exceptionally gifted cellist, is one of only two artists who have auditioned successfully for both Young Concert Artists Trust in London (2000) and Young Concert Artists, Inc. in New York (2001).
London Conchord Ensemble made its Wigmore Hall debut in October 2002 and since then has made regular live appearances on BBC Radio 3 as well as touring widely in the UK, Europe and America. For this Music Network tour, they are joined by the outstanding tenor David Norman, a much sought-after soloist who in recent years has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian State Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, performing at such venues as Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, Westminster Abbey and L’Opéra National de Paris.
Note: From Wednesday 5th December Douglas Paterson is replaced by Joël Waterman on viola, and on 8 December Thomas Carroll is replaced by Ben Rogerson on cello. Joël Waterman (viola) is a regular guest principal with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Amsterdam Synfonietta, as well as a member of the Spectrum Ensemble of Berlin. Ben Rogerson (cello) is a member of the Szabo Piano Trio and McCoodarog as well as principal cello of Richard Hickox's St. Endellion Festival Orchestra. He freelances with the BBC Symphony and Concert orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. Ben is a coach of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland as well as a former head chorister of Westminster Cathedral.
Haydn London Trio in D Major Hob IX No. 82 (oboe, vln, cello)
Vaughan Williams Blake Songs (tenor and oboe, )
Martinu String Trio No.2
Moeran Fantasy (oboe quartet)
Holohan Falcon (solo tenor)
Vaughan Williams Merciless Beauty (tenor, 2 violins, cello)
Richard Rodney Bennett: "Tom o' Bedlam's Song" (tenor and ‘cello)
Michael Berkeley: "Grenadier" (violin, cello, tenor)
Mozart Oboe Quartet
On Tour: Wednesday 28 November Cork (Triskel Arts Centre, 8.00 p.m.); Thursday 29 November Waterford (Christ Church Cathedral, 8.00 p.m.); Friday 30 November Tinahely (Courthouse Arts Centre, 8.30 p.m.); Saturday 1 December Dublin (St. Patrick’s Hall, 8.00 p.m.); Sunday 2 December Navan (Solstice Arts Centre, 8.00 p.m.); Monday 3 December Clifden (Clifden Arts Society, 8.00 p.m.); Wednesday 5 December Castlebar (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8.00 p.m.); Thursday 6 December Lisburn, NI (Island Arts Centre, 8.00 p.m.); Friday 7 December Armagh, NI (The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, 8.00 p.m.); Saturday 8 December Downpatrick, NI (Down Arts Centre, 8.00 p.m.).
"The ensemble clicks perfectly, the playing seemingly effortless and a regard for precision never stifling the musicians’ natural feeling for life and breath."- BBC Music Magazine