WhenFrom: Friday, 30 September 2022 To: Friday, 21 April 2023
WhereSt. Peter's Church of Ireland Peter Street Drogheda Louth
Drogheda Classical Music announces its 2022/23 season with a mix of solo, trio, quartet recitals, larger ensembles plus a weekend dedicated to the voice, all live in St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda from September through to April 2023. Celebrating great music and artists, the season has something for every taste.
Opening on Fri 30 Sept
Chamber Choir Ireland perform Tchaikovsky’s breath-taking Liturgy of St John Chrysostum. A setting of fifteen pieces from the Russian Orthodox Liturgy written for unaccompanied choir, this work is full of rich, intense and sonorous harmonies. Under the direction of Paul Hillier, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear Tchaikovsky’s sublime large-scale work in its entirety.
Fri 21 Oct
French pianist and winner of the inaugural Dublin International Piano Competition in 1988, Philippe Cassard, will mark his 60th birthday with a programme of popular and well-known works for solo piano by Mozart, Debussy and Schubert.
Fri 11 Nov
Liverpool String Quartet will perform in Drogheda for the first time. Part of The National String Quartet Foundation tour, they will perform a 2007 work by Irish composer Deirdre Gribbin, a set of four Piazzolla tangos, arranged by the quartet and close with Zemlinsky’s Quartet No. 1 - simply a masterwork of the genre.
Sat 17 Dec
Under the direction of Grammy-award winning conductor Peter Whelan, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Chamber Choir Ireland and soloists perform Handel’s epic Messiah; one of his most popular works, which famously received its première in Dublin in 1742. The ideal lead into Christmas.
Thurs 26 – Sun 29 Jan
The New Year welcomes the return of international mezzo-soprano, Tara Erraught as she curates a weekend of vocal training with lectures, workshops, masterclasses and concerts from Thurs 26 – Sun 29 Jan.
Following the success of the inaugural vocal weekend in Jan 2020, Tara’s guests will include repetiteur Dearbhla Colins; opera and recital singer Angela Brower; Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, Dr Paul Kwak from New York; Gaby Smith, financial and tax consultant specialising in literary, music, film and theatre; Yoga instructor and Speech and Language coach, Emma Wallace-Ahern; Senior Arts Manager and former casting director at Bayerische Staatsoper, Andreas Massow and RTÉ lyric FM presenter Liz Nolan. This weekend is a must for anyone interested in preparing for a long and healthy vocal career.
Fri 10 Feb
Pianist Leon McCawley returns to Drogheda and on this occasion, he will be joined by violinist Mia Cooper and cellist Brian O’Kane for piano trios by Clara Schumann and Dvorak, in this one-off concert.
Fri 24 Mar
Musician of note, Daniel Lebhardt, pianist makes his Irish solo debut in a recital of works by Brahms, Ethel Smyth, Beethoven and Mendelssohn. Lebhardt was the winner of the Young Concert Artists International auditions in Paris and New York in 2014.
Closing Fri 21 Apr
The Series will close on Fri 21 Apr with a performance by the Irish Chamber Orchestra under pianist and director, Kristian Bezuidenhout. Following their sold-out performance with Sheku Kanneh-Mason in 2019, we look forward to the orchestra’s return with this programme of contrasting Mozart Piano Concertos to ensure a dazzling evening of music-making.
A Season Ticket for all concerts including all events and concerts as part of Tara Erraught’s weekend are on sale now from Droichead Arts Centre on 041 9833946 or www.droichead.com. Individual Concert Tickets go on sale on 1 Sept. Further information available from www.droghedaclassicalmusic.com
The Series is generously funded by Arts Council Ireland and Louth County Council and run in partnership with Droichead Arts Centre with sponsorship from WhitelightEvents.ie and RTÉ Supporting the Arts.