Choral treat in the Opera House

Published 02/04/2016 | 00:00

Members of the Chiral Quartet.
Members of the Chiral Quartet.

MUSIC lovers are in for a treat on Sunday, April 3, when 'The Very Best Young Irish Performers' appear at the National Opera House in association with Conservatories Ireland

There are three conservatories in Ireland: the CIT Cork School of Music, the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, all of whom will be taking part in the performances.

Among the performers are the Chiral Quartet - Hugh Murray & Christine Kenny (violins), David Kenny (viola) & Maria O'Connor (cello)

The quarter was formed in 2011 by students of the CIT Cork School of Music, where they studied with members of the Vanbrugh Quartet. They took part in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival's young musicians platform in both the 2011 and 2013 seasons, receiving master classes from members of the Auryn, Casals, Danel, Diotima, Kelemen and Pacifica quartets. The Chiral Quartet was broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 as part of the West Cork Literary Festival, and on RTÉ lyricfm in November 2011. Other highlights include winning the Cork School of Music's annual Vanbrugh Chamber Music Competition, and two appearances at the RDS Rising Stars Series. The quartet frequently performs contemporary works by Irish composers, including Conal Ryan, Solfa Carlile, Raymond Deane and John Gibson. Adam McDonagh, who graduated last year from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, will be performing solo in the concert with Chopin's Polonaise-Fantaisie Op.61. before accompanying soprano Aoife Gibney. The performance takes place at 3 p.m. Tickets are €10/€15.

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