News Round Up: Mia Cooper, Katherine Hunka, Ioana Petcu-Colan & Helena Wood April Tour

02 May 2017

Audience Reaction:

"What an amazing concert... Virtuosity, authority, humour, soul. Do yourself a favour and go hear them." Ellen Cranitch, St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street

"It was fab. And what a beautiful programme too!" Deirdre McCrea, St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street

"@MusNetIrl tour kicked off in style last nt w/ these 4 fantastic female leading fiddlers. Fab programme, perf., & new work by Ian Wilson." Majella Hollywood, St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street

"So glad I came to Birr! Cracking gig! Brave Mmes Cooper, Hunka, Petcu-Colan & Wood! Bravo Ian Wilson & @MusNetIrl" Andrew Smith, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

"Really brilliant evening at Music Network concert tonight in Pavilion Theatre Dún Laoghaire! Congrats and thank you to Helena Wood, Ioana Petcu-Colan, Katherine Hunka and Mia Cooper!" Úna Ní Chanainn

"Fascinating evening in Limerick. Magical! Such superb musicians." Sarah Daniel, Lime Tree Theatre



Ahead of the tour, Leader of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Helena Wood was interviewed by Final Note Magazine on choosing repertoire and preparing for the tour.

"I can honestly say that rehearsing for these concerts has been a total blast. I haven't laughed so much and had so much fun for years!"

Read the full article: In Tune with Helena Wood

The Irish Times included a preview of the tour in their Easter weekend gig guide, and recordings of some of Ian Wilson's compositions were aired on RTÉ lyric fm The Blue of the Night ahead of the quartet premiering his new work 'Quattro Stagioni'. 

Pat O'Kelly from the Irish Independent reviewed the opening night of the tour at St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street, and described Ian's work as "rich in instrumental colour as it moves from the tingling crispness of winter through spring's reawakening and summer's haze to autumn." The concert was also reviewed by and the Journal of Music.


Programme Notes:

For each of our tours, we commission influential writers to add flavour to our programmes. Majella Boland compiled the programme notes for the violin quartet programme of Shchedrin, Bartók, Hermann, Telemann, Bach, Halvorsen, Bacewicz and Paganini, composer Ian Wilson supplied a programme note for his piece, 'Quattro Stagioni'.

Read them here.

Ian Wilson's 'Quattro Stagioni' is a 21st-century response to Vivaldi's Four Seasons, as seen through the lens of American artist Cy Twombly's major work from the 1990s of the same name.



St. Ann's Church, Wednesday 19th April