'NCH at Home': New Series of Live-Streamed Concerts to Feature Lisa O’Neill, Tara Erraught, Paul Noonan and Barry Douglas

Lisa O’Neill

'NCH at Home': New Series of Live-Streamed Concerts to Feature Lisa O’Neill, Tara Erraught, Paul Noonan and Barry Douglas

Concerts will be streamed live from an empty National Concert Hall and be preceded by a conversation with John Kelly.

The National Concert Hall has announced a series of four live-steamed concerts from the venue beginning at the end of this month.

Following other music series such as Ireland Performs (Culture Ireland and Facebook) and Courage 2020 (Other Voices), the concerts will be available on the NCH’s YouTube and social media channels and from RTE.ie.

The series opens on 29 May with mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught accompanied by pianist Dearbhla Collins. Erraught was due to play the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Met in New York in March before it was cancelled due to Covid-19. She will perform a programme titled ‘Songs of Comfort and Hope’ at 8pm featuring Liszt, Schubert, Copland, Strauss and Irish folk songs.

On 5 June, Paul Noonan from the band BellX1 will perform a selection of the band’s songs and works from other projects, all chosen specifically for the performance. Noonan also recently also took part in the NCH’s Imagining Ireland: 21st Century Song series.

Singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill will perform on 12 June. Her programme is titled ‘Reflections: A Solo Concert’. O’Neill won an RTÉ Folk Award last October for her song ‘Rock the Machine’ and, in November, released her three-track EP The Wren, The Wren, the follow up to her acclaimed Heard a Long Gone Song

On 19 June, pianist Barry Douglas who last year released a fourth volume of Schubert works for solo piano, as well an album of Tchaikovsky piano works, both on the Chandos label, will perform a programme featuring Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky and Douglas’ own arrangement of the Irish airs ‘Carrickfergus’ and ‘My Lagan Love’. 

Commenting on the series, Simon Taylor, CEO of the NCH, said:

Connecting musicians with audiences is what the National Concert Hall is all about. Whilst we cannot do so at the moment face-to-face we are delighted to live-stream performances by four outstanding Irish artists from across the music spectrum, directly from the NCH stage, in high-quality sound and vision. We hope this gives our loyal audiences an engaging and exciting ‘live’ experience and introduces these wonderful artists to new audiences as well.

Each performance will be preceded by a conversation via Zoom with broadcaster John Kelly.

For more, visit www.nch.ie

Published on 13 May 2020

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