DCM: Patrick Rafter (violin) with Michael McHale (piano)

  • 6th Dec
  • 19:30
  • Advance €19 & €17 conc. Door €20 & €18 conc. €5 child/student
  • St. Peter's Church of Ireland

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Friday 6th December

Two of the most exciting musicians in Ireland at the present time, violinist Patrick Rafter and pianist Michael McHale come together to present a programme of Mozart, Ravel, Debussy, Ysaÿe and Franck. This a wonderful opportunity to see these two players in the intimate surrounds of St Peter’s Church of Ireland.

Born into an exceptionally musical family in Kilkenny, Patrick Rafter became recognized as a prodigious talent at the mere age of 12 and went on to receive a full scholarship to study at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM). Today, Patrick is studying in Switzerland with international violinist Maxim Vengerov. They recently shared the stage of the National Concert Hall in Dublin when they performed Bach’s Concerto for two violins, to great audience and critical acclaim. Patrick previously performed in Drogheda as soloist with Camerata Ireland.

Belfast-born Michael McHale has established himself as one of Ireland’s leading pianists and has developed a busy international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. Michael’s musical partners include Michael Collins (clarinet), Sir James Galway (flute) as well as being a performer with the Vanbrughs. This is Michael’s third performance in Drogheda having previously performed with Michael Collins and also Musici Ireland.

This concert is the focus for a new education project with primary school children from St. Mary’s Parish Primary School. Over the course of 3 months, a group of pupils in the school will be working on a project centred around Franck’s violin sonata, which the students will be encouraged to respond to through composition, movement and art. This education is made possible through a grant from Creative Ireland.

McHale played with cool authority and understated panache as one expected from a young pianist whose international career is in serious take-off mode” - Sunday Business Post

Of Patrick Rafter performing with Maxim Vengerov: “There were moments when the two soloists could not be told apart. It’s no small feat to match a player of Vengerov’s calibre in this way” - The Irish Times

This series is in partnership with Droichead Arts Centre, funded by the Arts Council and Louth County Council with sponsorship from the d hotel.

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