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Wednesday 12th July          Kathleen Nic Dhiarmada, soprano                                                                              Adam McDonagh, piano

Programme

Debussy:  From Ariettes Oubliées

  1. Paysages belges. Chevaux de bois
  2. Aquarelles I. Green

Rachmaninoff:  Spring Waters Op.14 No.11

Do Not Sing to Me, My Beauty Op.4 No. 4

Rogers & Hammerstein: If I Loved You from Carousel

Mozart:   Dove sono from The Marriage of Figaro

Richard Strauss: Heimliche Aufforderung

 Morgen

Frank Cowen:      At the Mid Hour of Night

Herbert Hughes:  Gartan Mother’s Lullaby

Gounod:                Je veux vivre from Roméo et Juliette

Kathleen Nic Dhiarmada, soprano

kathleen_nic_dhiarmada-1Kathleen recently graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with first class honours.  During her time at the conservatory Kathleen studied under Sinéad Campbell-Wallace and Aoife O Sullivan repetiteur. She was the recipient of the Michael McNamara gold medal for the most outstanding final year recital in 2016. Kathleen recently played the title role in DIT’s production of Handel’s Susanna. During her time in the conservatory she covered roles such as Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme and the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Kathleen has performed with various ensembles including the DIT chamber choir, the RTE Concert Orchestra choir and the Schleswig Holstein festival choir. She has also won numerous bursaries including the Arklow Festival bursary in 2014 and the Flax Trust Bursary at the Clandeboye Music Festival in 2016.

 Adam McDonagh, piano

adammcdonagh_by_priory_studios_resizedAdam graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with First Class Honours in the Bachelor of Music Performance degree, studying piano under Dr Mary Lennon. He was awarded the Michael McNamara Gold Medal for excellence in performance and the Anne Leahy dissertation award, as well as winning First Prize in the Ninth National CHMHE Undergraduate Musicology Competition. He is currently engaged in postgraduate studies with Dr Orla McDonagh in the DIT Conservatory, while also studying the harpsichord with Dr David Adams in the RIAM.

He has performed in concerts as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in the National Concert Hall, National Opera House Wexford, Ulster Hall Belfast, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama London, and music festivals in Finland, Italy, Scotland and Switzerland. Other highlights include performing on RTÉ radio and television, in the RDS Rising Stars Gala Concert, and representing Ireland in the 10th Dublin International Piano Competition in 2015.

He is the recipient of funding from the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, and the Music Network Music Capital Scheme funded by the Arts Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. In 2017, Adam is the inaugural Artist-in-Residence for the Dublin International Piano Competition’s Schools Project.

Upcoming engagements include concerts for Summer Music in Sandford Lunchtime Concert Series, Boyle Arts Festival and Westport Chamber Music Festival, as well as acting as assistant répétiteur and orchestral pianist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in Opera Collective Ireland’s production of Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave in September.

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