Sunday Afternoon Recital: Michael McHale & Patrick Rafter – 23 Feb

Rescheduled from earlier in the month due to storm Ciara, we are delighted to welcome back pianist Michael McHale and violinist Patrick Rafter for a wonderfully accessible programme of divine duets.


Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 21 in E Minor
Debussy: Estampes, II. La soirée dans Grenade; III. Jardins sous la pluie
Debussy: Sonata for violin and piano
Monti: Czardas
Ysaÿe: Sonata No.3 for solo violin “Ballade”
Franck: Sonata in A major for violin and piano

About Michael McHale

Belfast-born Michael McHale has established himself as one of Ireland’s leading pianists and has developed a busy international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He has performed as a soloist with the Minnesota, Hallé, Moscow Symphony and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and all five of the major Irish orchestras, and performed at the Tanglewood and Tokyo Spring Festivals, Wigmore Hall, London, Berlin Konzerthaus, Lincoln Center, New York, Symphony Hall, Boston and Pesti Vigadó in Budapest. Michael’s début solo album The Irish Piano was released in 2012 by RTÉ lyric fm and selected as ‘CD of the Week’ by the critic Norman Lebrecht. More recent solo releases include Schubert: Four Impromptus on Ergodos, and recordings as soloist with the London Symphony, BBC Symphony and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestras. His discography of over twenty albums includes releases on Delos, Nimbus Alliance, Champs Hill, and eight duo recital albums on Chandos with Michael Collins. The début album of the McGill/McHale Trio Portraits on Cedille featuring special narrations by Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali was released in 2017 and immediately entered the Top 25 US Billboard Classical Chart. Upcoming releases in 2020 include a recording of Richard Rodney Bennett’s Piano Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor John Wilson for Chandos.

About Patrick Rafter

Regarded as one of Ireland’s most outstanding musicians, international award winning violinist Patrick Rafter has performed extensively throughout Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East as Concert Violinist and chamber musician, and currently studies under Maxim Vengerov and Oleg Kaskiv at the International Menuhin Music Academy Switzerland. Born into an exceptionally musical family in Kilkenny, Ireland, Patrick quickly became recognized as a prodigious talent after winning all age divisions for string instruments at the mere age of 12 in the Kilkenny Music Festival and went on to receive a full scholarship to study at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM). Patrick studied from 2003-2005 with Eyal Kless and subsequently with Fionnuala Hunt from 2005-2011. During his time at the RIAM, he won all conservatoire string competitions, whilst also winning national awards such as the Arthur Nachstern Bursary.

Venue: Portico Arts & Heritage Centre, Steel Dickson Avenue, Portaferry BT22 1LE
Date: Sunday 23 February 2020
Time: 15:00 to 16:45
Price: £17

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