News Round Up: Ergodos Musicians February Tour

12 February 2016

Audience reaction:

Our touring musicians had a very positive reaction from audience members online!

To read more about the tour, please see here



The 'Songs' tour had previews from The Journal of Music, Irish Daily Star and Sunday Business Post.

Seán Rocks had the ensemble in studio to interview co-founders Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, and the group performed their arrangements of John Dowland's 'Flow my tears' and Richard Thompson's 'Beat the Retreat'.

The piece aired on Arena on 4 February. Ergodos were also mentioned on Artbeat, The Blue of the Night and Vox Nostra radio programmes during their tour.

Pat O'Kelly from Irish Independent reviewed the opening concert at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum.

'They create a haunting atmosphere from the outset with Perotin's 'Beata Viscera' having an etheral beauty.'

Read the full review here.



During the tour, co-founders of Ergodos Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, hosted workshops in four of the tour locations: Clifden Arts Society – working with students of Mairead Berrill; VISUAL Carlow – working with Carlow College of Music and VISUAL Carlow; Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow – working with Kilbride and Lakeside Band, and Music Generation Wicklow; Siamsa Tire, Tralee – working with Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School, Tralee, Kerry.

Garrett - 'The bigger groups had a nice vibe of really communal music-making which I think energized the students in a particular way.'

Over the course of the two workshops, students looked at the plasticity of musical material through arrangement and the transformative power of arrangement in music.  Garrett facilitated the first session in advance of the tour, which focused on manipulating musical materials suggested by the chosen songs. In the second workshop, Garrett and Benedict assisted students in forming performable arrangements of their chosen songs, which were then presented in a short performance for parents and teachers that evening prior to the main Ergodos Musicians performance.

Here’s what Brendan Flynn from Clifden Arts Society had to say on the experience for Mairead Berrill’s students:

‘A wonderful opportunity for the students to experience a quality recital and to participate in the workshop which was so sensitively directed by Garrett Sholdice, an inspiring teacher….. An experience the students will never forget.’

Garrett - 'The smaller groups... allowed for more individual input... everybody got to shape the arrangement work in their own way.'

Have a look here to see the Kilbride and Lakeside Band’s arrangement, 'a kind of Charles-Mingus-esque version' of Adele’s ‘Hello’.


Photos and videos:

Opening night, Mill Theatre, Dundrum, 3rd February

Credit Emily O'Callaghan

Opening night, Mill Theatre, Dundrum, 3rd February 2016

'Goodbye' - Steve Earle

Mermaid Arts Centre, 9th February 2016

'Beat the Retreat' - Richard Thompson

'Angels' - The xx / 'Flow my tears' - John Dowland


Programme notes:

Composer and co-founder of Ergodos, Garrett Sholdice, wrote the programme notes for the ensemble's tour in February 2016. Read them here.