Cassiopeia Winds was founded ten years ago by five friends with a desire to dive into the glorious repertoire of wind chamber music of the past 250 years. The ensemble presents the startling originality and the sumptuous palette of tone colours of the wind quintet and expands to include works for larger forces.
Their performances run the full and varied gamut of the wind repertoire from 19th-century to contemporary works, and they have a dedication to bringing the lesser-known works of this repertoire into Irish and international concert halls and festivals. The ensemble also has a great interest in supporting the work of composers from Ireland.
Cassiopeia Winds has had the great pleasure of collaborating with well-loved and renowned musicians Finghin Collins, ConTempo Quartet, Melvin Tan, and Lise de la Salle, among others. They have performed at most of the major classical music festivals in Ireland and have given live performances on Sunday Miscellany on RTÉ Radio 1. They have been regular performers at Dublin’s Kaleidoscope Night, and have toured Ireland twice with the generous support of the Arts Council.
Catriona Ryan flute
Matthew Manning Oboe
Deirdre O’Leary Clarinet
John Hearne Bassoon
Cormac Ó hAodáin French Horn
Elaine Agnew Colmcille
Joan Trimble Three Diversions
Jennifer Walshe like glass in a mirror on a window pane
Dublin City Council Presents
Wood Quay Summer Sessions Online
Wood Quay Summer Sessions return in July for a series of online lunchtime concerts broadcast from Dublin City Council’s beautiful Wood Quay Venue. Now in its sixth year, this ever-popular outdoor series is moving online for 2020, with four unique online concerts streaming from 1pm on Thursdays throughout July on the Wood Quay Summer Sessions Facebook page.
Founded by Dublin City Council and presented in association with Improvised Music Company, Contemporary Music Centre, Music Network and First Music Contact, the Wood Quay Summer Sessions allow music fans to experience an incredible mix of music from new and established traditional, jazz, contemporary and alt-rock acts.
This year, the online Sessions will feature mesmerising new jazz from BigSpoon, a programme of music by leading women composers from Ireland performed by Cassiopeia Winds, glorious traditional music from Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Mick O’Brien and fresh alt-rock tunes from PowPig.
A special programme on each of the concerts will be broadcast on Dublin's Near FM 90.3 at 6pm on Thursdays.
July 9th presented with Improvised Music Company
13.00 | BigSpoon
July 16th presented with Contemporary Music Centre
13.00 | Cassiopeia Winds
(Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon & French Horn)
July 23rd presented with Music Network
13.00 | Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Mick O’Brien
(Fiddle & Uilleann Pipes)
July 30th presented with First Music Contact
13.00 | PowPig
(Lo-fi alt-rock band)