Reimag­ined Drogheda Clas­si­cal Mu­sic series

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

IN the words of Woody Allen, ‘If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans’.

With this in mind, the team be­hind the Drogheda Clas­si­cal Mu­sic series will present a num­ber of con­certs in an imag­i­na­tive way so au­di­ences can still en­joy some of the coun­try’s finest mu­si­cians dur­ing COVID re­stric­tions.

The new Au­tumn series for 2020 will in­clude four con­certs live and streamed from Septem­ber - De­cem­ber 2020 in the stun­ning set­ting of St Peter’s Church of Ire­land, Drogheda.

‘It is a priv­i­lege to present a re-imag­ined series of con­certs this au­tumn, which will give au­di­ences a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence ex­cep­tional cham­ber mu­sic by some of our lead­ing mu­si­cians,’ says Di­rec­tor Pauline Ash­wood. ‘All artists are Ir­ish or Ir­ish­based and where per­mis­si­ble, con­certs will be in the pres­ence of a limited and so­cially dis­tanced au­di­ence, but con­certs will also be broad­cast on­line for those un­able to at­tend’.

The first con­cert this Thurs­day Septem­ber 24th at 7.30pm, will see pian­ist Barry Dou­glas, vi­o­lin­ists Mia Cooper and Keith Pas­coe, Joachim Roewer on vi­ola and Wil­liam Butt on cello, per­form­ing Brahms Pi­ano Quin­tet in F mi­nor, Op. 34.

‘We’re de­lighted that Barry Dou­glas is re­turn­ing to Drogheda for the open­ing con­cert in this re-imag­ined series,’ adds Pauline. ‘Barry will be joined by the Es­pos­ito Quar­tet for Brahms’ epic Pi­ano Quin­tet. This con­cert will be ap­prox­i­mately 45 mins in du­ra­tion, with­out an in­ter­val

Tick­ets to at­tend the live con­cert will be €20 and with the re­stricted num­bers, pri­or­ity will be given to pre­vi­ous sea­son ticket hold­ers and Bene­fac­tors. It will be streamed via Vimeo and avail­able to watch from Fri­day 25 Septem­ber for €10.

The other con­certs planned are pi­anists John O’Conor on Oc­to­ber 16th with Beethoven Sonata in c mi­nor Op. 13 Pathé­tique, Fion­nu­ala Moyni­han with Beethoven Pi­ano Trio No. 7 in B-flat ma­jor Op. 97 Arch­duke on Novem­ber 13th and Gary Beecher pi­ano with Ga­van Ring tenor for an evening of opera, song and sea­sonal favourites on De­cem­ber 10th.

The series is funded by the Arts Coun­cil and Louth County Coun­cil and run in part­ner­ship with Droic­head Arts Cen­tre with spon­sor­ship from the d Ho­tel and RTÉ Sup­port­ing the Arts.

More in­for­ma­tion and link to watch will be avail­able from www.drogheda­clas­si­cal­mu­

Barry Dou­glas

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