Cello Quartet: William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson & Ailbhe McDonagh

Cello Quartet: William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson & Ailbhe McDonagh

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 7.00pm

Four masterful cellists perform together in an exciting new Music Network collaboration.

With its sonorous tone, swan-like elegance and an expressive range that gives the human voice a run for its money, no other instrument manages to play on our heart strings quite like the cello.

Performing together for the very first time and guided by their collective musical influences, William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson and Ailbhe McDonagh have crafted an inspirational and varied programme which celebrates the beauty of their instrument.

Audiences can look forward to marvellous arrangements of works by Bach, Beethoven and Bartók, Mozart's beautiful Ave verum corpus, a fiery exchange between two cellos in Barrière’s popular Sonata, as well as Debussy’s uber-romantic Clair de lune and Gershwin’s jazz-infused favourite "Summertime". Contemporary music for this unusual combination is well catered for in Ailbhe McDonagh’s own Cellango and in An Autumn Night’s Dream, a new Music Network commission by Conor Linehan.

Along with this beautiful programme of music, viewers will hear from the musicians in interviews hosted by Music Network's CEO Sharon Rollston, and composer Conor Linehan will introduce his new work in a short Composer Insight Session during the broadcast.

Watch online from 12 – 21 May. Tickets cost €10 (booking fee may apply) and we encourage everyone to support their local venue when possible.

Wednesday 12 May - 7.30pm
Music Network

Thursday 13 May - 7.30pm
Waterford Music

Friday 14 May - 8.30pm
The Courthouse Arts Centre

Sunday 16 May - 8pm
Riverbank Arts Centre

Wednesday 19 May - 8pm
St. John's Theatre & Arts Centre

Thursday 20 May - 7pm
Linenhall Arts Centre

Friday 21 May - 8pm


Debussy - Clair De Lune by Music Network

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