Music Network Announces Autumn Season 2016

02 June 2016


Music Network Announces Autumn Season 2016

Music Network is delighted to announce a very special line-up for our Autumn Season 2016. In addition to the regular touring activity that will involve forty-four concerts in twenty-four locations throughout Ireland, a number of exciting commissions and events are planned to celebrate our 30th anniversary year.  Spanning a range of music from traditional Irish and Scottish to western swing from Texas, a harp and clarinet chamber duo, and an award winning concert pianist, as well as magnificent choral music and a spectacular large-scale harp performance, this season reveals a multitude of musical riches to experience. 

Our season starts with a scintillating Traditional Irish music and dance tour: fleet-footed dance virtuoso Colin Dunne, fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power perform ‘Edges of Light’, a newly-commissioned work inspired by the sights and sounds of an Irish dawn. Magical stuff!

October promises further reverie as we welcome back to Ireland the impassioned tones and sparkling fingerwork of delightful French pianist Nathalia Milstein, the first ever female winner of the Dublin International Piano Competition in 2015, while later in the month Chamber Choir Ireland and Chatham Saxophone Quartet, conducted by James Wood, present a stunning spiritual programme including music by world renowned composer, Arvo Pärt. Then it’s all change as Jools Holland faves Hot Club of Cowtown roll into town, gleefully cavorting with string-band jazz and western swing for an all-dancing good time. Early booking is highly recommended!

November sees the exquisite pairing of Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts and Greek clarinettist Dionysis Grammenos, followed by two very special concerts showcasing the otherworldly sounds of vocal ensemble Trio Mediæval and trumpeter Arve Henriksen.

We will also be presenting a special event for Culture Night on Friday 16th September where we celebrate Ireland’s love of musical discovery and adventure in an intimate evening of live classical, jazz and traditional music. And finally, we are very excited to be premiering a specially-commissioned work for large-scale harp ensemble – truly a sight to behold – by the celebrated Irish composer Philip Martin. Details of both events will be announced at a later date.

Music Network’s mission is to make live music available and accessible to as many people as possible, giving Irish audiences the chance to experience the very best in international chamber, jazz and traditional music in venues throughout Ireland at affordable prices.  The autumn season tours are co-promoted with a network of valued partner promoters throughout Ireland in order to develop local capacity to provide musical activity. In addition, Music Network works with a range of partners in providing Learning and Participation programmes to music students.

Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm. Tickets for all regional concerts are available from individual venues around the country.  Single tickets for Dublin concerts range from €15 - €25 (including free programme) and can be purchased by calling Music Network on (01) 475 0224 or booking online at

[Editors: please note that detailed touring dates and concert programmes follow.]


Music Network presents Colin Dunne, Tola Custy, Maeve Gilchrist and David Power (Ireland/Scotland)

On tour 13th –24th September 2016

 “a fantastically articulate mover… you can’t take your eyes off him.”  The Daily Telegraph on Colin Dunne

“A phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity.”  Dirty Linen on Maeve Gilchrist

“A languid, loose-limbed creature that creates the finest of shapes around his chosen tunes.”  The Irish Times on Tola Custy

"The sheer breadth of expression captured by Waterford piper David Power in his latest collection will be enough to stop many listeners in their tracks.”  The Irish Times

Colin Dunne, dance
Tola Custy, fiddle
Maeve Gilchrist, harp
David Power, uilleann pipes, whistles

Music Network is thrilled to present a new collaboration between the prodigiously talented dancer Colin Dunne, fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power. This newly-commissioned work, is a sparkling kaleidoscope of melody and rhythm inspired by the natural sounds and shimmering patterns of light that announce Ireland’s day. ‘Edges of Light' draws from a unique and little known Irish idiosyncrasy: the rising of the sun at Dunsink Observatory occurs 25 minutes and 21 seconds later than at Greenwich, meaning that 8 pm Dublin Mean Time occurs at 8.25 pm GMT! Step in time anyone?

Best known for his performances and choreography in Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground, Colin Dunne has toured with musical groups The Chieftains and De Dannan and performed at such venues as Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. Three award-winning musicians from Ireland and Scotland complete the ensemble: Clare fiddler Tola Custy, one of the founding members of ground-breaking band Guidewires, acclaimed harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power, a former member of Liam Clancy’s Fairweather Band and regular collaborator with Martin Hayes’ Masters of Tradition Project.

On tour 13th–24th September 2016

  • Tuesday 13th September, The Sugar Club, Dublin 2, 8.25pm, €20 / €15 Tel 01 6787188 /, Promoted by Music Network
  • Wednesday 14th September, Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon, 8.25pm, €17 / €15 Tel 090 6625824 /
  • Thursday 15th September, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, 8.25pm, €18 / €16 Tel 01 2724030 /
  • Friday 16th September, glór, Ennis, 8.25pm, €10 Tel. 065 6843103 /
  • Saturday 17th September, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 8.25pm, €18 / €16 Tel 01 2312929 /
  • Sunday 18th September, Station House Theatre, Clifden, 10.00pm, €15 / €12 on the door, Tel 095 21699 for information only Promoted by Clifden Arts Festival
  • Tuesday 20th September, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, 8.25pm, €16 / €14 Tel 094 9023733 /
  • Wednesday 21st September, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, 8.25pm, €12 / €10 Tel 074 9120777 (An Grianán) /
  • Thursday 22nd September, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Birr, 8.25pm, €17 / €15 Tel 057 9122911 /
  • Friday 23rd September, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, 8.25pm, €18 / €16 Tel 057 8663355 /
  • Saturday 24th September, Triskel Christchurch, Cork, 8.25pm, €18 / €16 Tel 021 4272022 /


Music Network presents Nathalia Milstein (France)

On tour 11th –21st October 2016  

Nathalia Milstein, piano

“Her fingers are fleet and sure, and she retains her composure even when the technical demands are off the scale.”  The Irish Times

“staggering virtuosity”  The Irish Independent

This tour sees the return to Ireland of the young French pianist Nathalia Milstein, who swept to victory in the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition with what one critic described as an “electrifying” performance of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto. While possessing a phenomenal technique, Nathalia has also been lauded for her wonderfully expressive, heartfelt playing and has quickly developed a reputation as an outstanding chamber musician in addition to her solo performances.

Nathalia gave two recitals as part of the 2015/2016 Steinway Celebration Series which finishes on June 6th, and recently gave her début recital at Carnegie Hall. She has also performed for French television and Dutch radio and won prizes at numerous competitions, including 1st Prize at the “Flame“ Youth Competition in Paris and 1st Prize in the Manchester International Concerto Competition For Young Pianists. Heavily influenced by the Russian pianistic school, her repertoire features many works by Romantic and early 20th-century composers.


Johann Sebastian Bach, Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sonata in B-flat major, K.281
Béla Bartók, Suite "Out of Doors" Sz.81
Franz Liszt, Sonneto 104 del Petrarca
Gráinne Mulvey, "Interference Patterns"  
Maurice Ravel, Le tombeau de Couperin 


On tour 11th –21st October 2016  

  • Tuesday 11th October, St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, 8pm, €20 / €15 Tel 01 4750224 /, Promoted by Music Network
  • Wednesday 12th October, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, 8pm, €16 / €14 Tel 094 9023733 /
  • Friday 14th October, Georgian Large Room, City Hall, Waterford, 8pm, €15 / €5 (students) on the door, Promoted by Waterford Music
  • Saturday 15th October, Triskel Christchurch, Cork, 8pm, €15 / €12 Tel 021 4272022 /
  • Sunday 16th October, Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen, 3pm, €20 Tel 028 33752 for reservations, Promoted by St. Barrahane’s Church Festival of Music
  • Monday 17th October, Station House Theatre, Clifden, 8pm, €15 / €12 on the door Tel 095 21699 (for info only), Promoted by Clifden Arts Society
  • Wednesday 19th October, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, 8pm, €12 / €10 Tel 074 9120777 (An Grianán) /
  • Thursday 20th October, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 8pm, €18 / €16 Tel 01 2312929 /
  • Friday 21st October, Intermediate School, Killorglin, 8pm, €15 / €8 Tel 066 9761246 for reservations, Promoted by Killorglin Arts Festival

Chamber Choir Ireland with Chatham Saxophone Quartet conducted by James Wood (Ireland/England)

On tour 21st– 31st October 2016  

“Assured technical brilliance...undeniable musicianship”  The Irish Independent on Chatham Saxophone Quartet

“A choir at the peak of its achievement”  The Irish Times

Music Network and Chamber Choir Ireland present a very special collaboration this October between Chamber Choir Ireland and Chatham Saxophone Quartet, in a programme of exquisite spiritual music featuring repertoire by Arvo Pärt, Gesualdo, Kantscheli, Bruckner and Britten, conducted by renowned British musicologist James Wood, who was awarded the prestigious ECHO Klassik Prize in 2013 for his monumental reconstruction and recording of Gesualdo’s sacred music, which had lain unperformed for over 400 years.

Recognised for its unique approach to recording and programming, Chamber Choir Ireland is Ireland’s foremost choral ensemble. Under its award-winning Artistic Director Paul Hillier, the choir has gained a reputation for outstanding performances of works spanning early to contemporary music, together with commissions by composers such as Gerald Barry, Tarik O’Regan, Siobhán Cleary, Stephen McNeff and Jennifer Walshe.

Runaway winners of Music Network's Young Musicwide Award in 2012, the superlative Chatham Saxophone Quartet has repeatedly won plaudits for its bravura performances and versatility. With an eclectic repertoire spanning contemporary, classical and jazz genres, this unique ensemble pushes the boundaries of what a saxophone quartet can be.

Combining Music Network’s touring expertise, honed over its thirty years as Ireland’s national touring agency, with Chamber Choir Ireland’s spellbinding performance pedigree, this touring partnership is funded by The Arts Council Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme.


Johannes Ockeghem - Intemerata Dei Mater        
Arvo Pärt - Virgencita                           
Benjamin Britten - A Hymn to the Virgin       
Arvo Pärt - Fratres                                                                                          
Carlo Gesualdo - Ave sanctissima Maria   
Jacob Obrecht - Salve Regina                          
Johann Hermann Schein - Padouana, 1st Movement from Banchetto Musicale, Suite No. 16 in A minor
Anton Bruckner - Ave Maria    
Giya Kancheli - Amao Omi (Senseless War)   
On tour 21st – 31st October 2016  

  • Friday 21st October, St. Peter’s Church, Drogheda, 7.30pm, €18 / €16 / €5 (students/children), 041 9833946 (Droichead Arts Centre) /, Promoted by Drogheda International Classical Music Series
  • Saturday 22nd October, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, 8.00pm, €20 / €18 Tel 061 774774 /, Promoted by Lime Tree Theatre
  • Saturday 29th October, St. George’s Church, Belfast, 7.30pm, Ticket details at from end of June, Promoted by Belfast International Arts Festival
  • Sunday 30th October, St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, 8.00pm, €20/€15/€5 (students) Tel 01 4750224 /, Promoted by Music Network and Chamber Choir Ireland
  • Monday 31st October, St. Iberius Church, Wexford, 1.30pm, €20 Tel 053 9122144 /, Promoted by National Opera House/Wexford Festival Opera

Music Network presents Hot Club of Cowtown (USA)

On tour 25th October– 6th November 2016

Elana James, fiddle, vocals
Whit Smith, guitar, vocals
Jake Erwin, bass, vocals

“Pretty much the perfect trio…”  The Belfast Telegraph

“Spirit, originality and skill that would surely have impressed Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt back in 1930s.”  The Guardian

“[Elana’s voice] just flows with 1930s wonderment; it has an underlying sexiness that draws the listeners in until each and every one is caught in her musical spell”  Maverick Magazine

For two decades Hot Club of Cowtown have been setting stages ablaze with their intoxicating blend of jaw-dropping virtuosity and down-home melodies, weaving together country, ragtime, big band jazz and blues to awesome effect. Based in Austin, Texas, the globetrotting trio are long-serving musical ambassadors for the US State department, bringing a barrel of joy to venues from Azerbaijan to the Sultanate of Oman, while touring with everyone from Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson to Roxy Music.

Oozing warmth and charm, bassist Jake Ervin, guitarist Whit Smith and fiddler Elana James use every trick in the book to get those feet tapping: playing loose with tempos or ratcheting up the intensity with fretboard-blistering guitar licks, virtuosic fiddling and a Rockabilly-tinged slap-bass style. Be in no doubt: this music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time!

On tour 25th October–6th November 2016

  • Tuesday 25th October, The Sugar Club, Dublin 2, 8pm, €20 / €15 Tel 01 6787188 /, Promoted by Music Network
  • Wednesday 26th October, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, 8pm, €12 / €10 Tel 074 9120777 (An Grianán) /
  • Friday 28th October, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, 8pm, €15 / €12 Tel 045 448327 /
  • Saturday 29th October, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, 8.30pm, €18 / €16 Tel 041 9833946 /
  • Sunday 30th October, Triskel Christchurch, Cork, 2.30pm, €12 / €10 Tel 021 4722022 /
  • Tuesday 1st November, Station House Theatre, Clifden, 8pm, €15 / €12 on the door, Tel 095 21699 (info only), Promoted by Clifden Arts Society
  • Wednesday 2nd November, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, 8pm, €16 / €14 Tel 094 9023733 /
  • Thursday 3rd November, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 8pm, €18 / €16 Tel 01 2312929 /
  • Friday 4th November, Old Courthouse, Antrim, 7.30pm, £10 / £8, Booking at, Promoted by Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council
  • Saturday 5th November, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, 8pm, 8pm, £12, Booking at, Promoted by Newry, Mourne & Down District Council
  • Sunday 6th November 2016, The Black Box, 18-22 Hill St., Belfast, Co. Antrim, 8pm, 8pm, £13 / £10, Booking at, Promoted by Moving on Music

Music Network presents Anneleen Lenaerts and Dionysis Grammenos (Belgium/Greece)

On tour 8th - 15th November 2016          

Anneleen Lenaerts, harp
Dionysis Grammenos, clarinet

“Dynamic finesse, nuance in articulation and jaw-dropping skill” Aspen Times on Lenaerts

“One of the most promising stars of tomorrow”  Die Welt on Grammenos

Expect passion, technical aplomb and an exceptional chemistry between two dazzling virtuosi as Anneleen Lenaerts, Principal Harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic performs with Dionysis Grammenos, recently dubbed by one critic as “the new prince of the clarinet”.

Acclaimed for wonderfully nuanced playing and idiomatic arrangements, Lenaerts has garnered an astonishing 23 international awards as a solo player, most notably at the Grand Prix International Lily Laskine – the world’s most highly-regarded harp award – as well as performing with many of Europe’s leading orchestras, while Greek clarinettist Grammenos is widely recognized as one of the most charismatic and inspiring artists of his generation. His international breakthrough occurred in 2008, when Grammenos won the Grand Prix d’Eurovision and the title of the European Young Musician of the Year. The 25-year-old virtuoso regularly performs at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and London’s Barbican Centre.  The duo’s much anticipated debut CD is due to be released by Warner Classics in October 2016.

Not to be missed: this is chamber music-making of the highest order!


Robert Schumann, Drei Romanzen, Op. 94
Franz Schubert, Schwanengesang D. 957
Franz Schubert, Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821
Robert Schumann, Fantasiestücke Op.73
New commission by Anne-Marie O‘ Farrell
Bedřich Smetana, Mà Vlast, II. Vltava (Moldau), Op.43, Arr. Trneček
Giuseppe Verdi, "La Traviata" - Fantasia di concerto di Donato Lovreglio
On tour 8th - 15th November 2016          

  • Tuesday 8th November, The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin 1, 8pm, €20 / €15 Tel 01 4750224 /, Promoted by Music Network
  • Wednesday 9th November, Siamsa Tíre, Tralee, 8pm, €16 / €13 Tel 066 7123055 /
  • Thursday 10th November, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 8pm, €18 / €14 Tel 01 2312929 /
  • Saturday 12th November, Station House Theatre, Clifden, 8pm, €15 / €12 on the door Tel 095 21699 (info only), Promoted by Clifden Arts Society
  • Sunday 13th November, St. Peter’s Church of Ireland, Portlaoise, 7.00pm, €15 / €12 Tel 057 8663355 /, Promoted by Laois Co. Council Arts Office
  • Tues 15th November, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, 8pm, €16 / €14 Tel 094 9023733 /

Music Network presents Trio Mediæval and Arve Henriksen (Norway)

On tour 26th – 27th November 2016  

Anna Maria Friman, voice
Berit Opheim, voice
Linn Andrea Fuglseth, voice
Arve Henriksen, trumpet

“I don’t think I’ve ever heard such beautiful harmony singing, their tone was wonderfully pure, angelic even, inescapably Scandinavian, and totally flawless throughout.” Cheltenham Music Festival review

“Nobody plays a trumpet quite like the plaintively expressive Norwegian Arve Henriksen” The Guardian

Prepare to be bewitched by the meditative and exquisitely beautiful soundscape of Norwegian jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen’s cross-genre collaboration with Oslo’s early-music ensemble Trio Mediæval, as an array of trumpets, electronics and computer loops vie with voices, hand chimes and the mesmerising tones of the Hardanger fiddle.

With a repertoire spanning church chants, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish hymns, as well as folk songs, Trio Mediæval have collaborated with some of Norway’s leading contemporary jazz musicians, many of them ECM label mates, including saxophonist Trygve Seim, pianist Tord Gustavsen and accordionist Frode Haltli. Henriksen first emerged as a member of Food, a quartet featuring saxophonist Iain Ballamy, drummer Thomas Stronen and bassist Mats Eilertsen. In addition to a successful solo career, he is also a member of the innovative Supersilent group alongside Storlokken and guitarist/electronic artist Helge Sten.


Jesú, mín morgunstjarna,  Tvísöngur C17, Iceland. Arr. Anna M Friman
Anda þinn guð mér gef þú vist, Tvísöngur C17, Iceland. Arr. Anna M Friman
Láta gjalla létt og hátt, Rimur. Trad. Iceland, arr. Trio Mediæval/Henriksen
Eterna Christi munera, St. Sunniva hymn, Bergen, Norway C13
Fryd dig, Du Kristi brud, Trad. Norway Arr. Linn A Fuglseth
Interlude I, Arve Henriksen
Nobilis humilis, St Magnus Hymn, Anon, C13/14, Orkney. Arr. Trio Mediaeval/Henriksen
Krummí , Anna M Friman
Ljósið kemur langt og mjótt, Trad. Iceland. Arr. Nicky Losseff
Rís upp, drottni dýrð,  Tvísöngur C17, Iceland
Sulla lulla ,Trad. Norway. Arr. Linn A Fuglseth
Office of St. Þhorlák: Vespers Antiphon and Psalm IV & V, Arr. Trio Mediaeval
Om ödet skulle skicka mig , Trad. Sweden. Arr. Anna M Friman
Du är den första , Trad. Sweden. Arr. Anna M Friman
Rosa rorans bonitatem. St. Birgitta Hymn, N. Hermansson , C14. Vadstena, Sweden
En liten fågel, Trad. Sweden. Arr. Anna M Friman
O Jesu dulcissime, Tvísöngur C17, Iceland. Arr. Trio Mediaeval / Henriksen
On tour 26th – 27th November 2016  

  • Saturday 26th November, Royal College of Physicians, Dublin 2, 8pm, €25/€20 (includes reception) Tel 01 4750224 /, Promoted by Music Network
  • Sunday 27th November, National Opera House, Wexford, 7.30pm, €18 / €16 Tel 053 9122144 /


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