The RTÉ ConTempo string quartet launch a new concert series this Sunday, which will see them bring their Father and Sons concept from Galway to Dublin.
ConTempo, as well as being recently appointed the RTÉ String Quartet in residence, have been The Galway Music Residency’s ensemble-in-residence for the past eleven years. As part of their regular afternoon concerts at the Galway City Library, the quartet have been exploring the legacy of the great Classical master of the string quartet, Haydn, and his Irish ‘disciples’. ConTempo are now launching a new facet of the Father and Sons concerts: a regular appearance as part of the Hugh Lane Gallery’s Sundays@Noon events.
Taking place on the last Sunday of every month, the quartet will perform one Haydn string quartet, alongside at least one more by a 21st century Irish composer, who will also speak about their work. For each concert, they will be joined by an additional special guest musician, such as Zoe Conway (fiddle), Finghin Collins (pf), Cliona Doris (hrp) and William Dowdall (fl). The result is a wide-ranging showcase of Irish chamber music, and an examination of how contemporary Irish music fits into the historical classical canon.
The series is in association with the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin City Council, RTÉ and CMC.
Next month the ConTempo quartet will also perform a concert of music by emerging Irish composers at the Irish Composers’ Collective’s tenth anniversary celebrations.
Joseph Haydn – Rider string quartet
Elaine Agnew – Ready, Steady…Go
Bill Whelan – Irish Suite for fiddle & string quartet
Guest Artist: Zoë Conway on fiddle
Joseph Haydn – Birds string quartet
Poetry readings from Mountain Ash in Connemara album by Joan McBreen
Glen Austin – Irish Airs arranged for string quartet
Guest artist: Joan McBreen, poet
Joseph Haydn – Lark String Quartet
Jane O’Leary – Mystic play of shadows
Antonin Dvorak – Piano Quintet
Guest artist: Finghin Collins, piano
Joseph Haydn – Razor string quartet
Alec Roth – Klee Pictures
Robert Schumann – Piano Quintet
Guest artist: Hugh Tinney, piano
Joseph Haydn – Opus 76 no 1, from Erdódy quartets
Ian Wilson – Her charms invited
Boccherini – Cello Quintet in C Major
Guest artist: Christopher Marwood – cello
Joseph Haydn – Compliments string quartet
Deirdre McKay – Mr. Shah stares to heavens
Menotti, Gian Carlo – Cantilena & Scherzo for harp and string quartet
Guest artist: Cliona Doris, harp
Joseph Haydn – Emperor string quartet
John McLaghlan – Where we are/Planets
Handel & Corolan quintets for voice & string quartet / (TBC)
Guest artist: Deirdre Moynihan – soprano
Joseph Haydn – Quinten/Fifths quartet
Donnacha Dennehy – Push-pulling
Mozart & Haydn – Flute quartets
Guest artist: William Dowdall, flute